Windows Vista is a graphical operating system by Microsoft, released on January 30, 2007 (worldwide release date).

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Why can't I boot in to Windows Recovery Environment to fix my HDD or salvage my data?

I've been trying to get in to WindowsRE to salvage the files on my Sony Vaio laptop after it failed to load Vista (it finally, consistently displays "Error loading operating system" after months of ...
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I want to be able to save a customized color scheme in Vista

I know how to change my color scheme in Vista. What I despair about is that after I change it, if I switch to another scheme (such as back to Aero), my customized scheme is gone. If I want, I can ...
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Computer very slow, not connecting to network

My computer runs Windows Vista. It's currently extremely slow to boot and respond to user input (after boot). It's also unable to connect to the network (the surrounding SSIDs are visible but if I try ...
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Is it possible to remove/hide Windows title bars?

I'm very used to my Linux desktop, but in my new job I'm forced to use Windows. For efficiency, I'm veeery used to minimize/maximize using keyboard shortcuts and move/resize windows using alt+mouse. ...
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Firefox complains about java plugin security even with the latest version

When I go to any web page that uses java, for example www.java.com -> Do I have Java? , it complains that the java version installed has security flaws. However I have the latest version (7 u 45) and ...
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Permanently Delete Windows Device Driver

I have a Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit system that has an Intel integrated VGA driver. Whenever the Intel driver is installed, Windows boots up to a black screen. I then boot to safe mode, go in ...
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Microsoft Windows ISO checksums

Is there an official source for Windows ISO (XP+) checksums, online? Wanting to download some older Windows versions, for support purposes, but they don't appear to be available on Microsoft's ...
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run a 2nd computer as an extra processor [duplicate]

I have a laptop with a busted l.c.d., but otherwise works fine with an external monitor. I was wondering if it is possible to connect it to my main pc as an extra processor(main pc is getting old, ...
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How to install Windows Vista mouse drivers without mouse or keyboard working

I can boot into Vista just fine, but the mouse and keyboard (both USB) are not working. However, they are both working fine up until Vista boots. Immediately after boot, the found new hardware dialog ...
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Non-System disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready

I've on my HP 6830S laptop installed again Windows Vista but on other partition (D:). So here were 2 windows instalation (one on C (old) and one on D(new)). I've tried to format C disk with old ...
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Starting any process and suspending it lowers CPU from ~50% to ~5% in Vista, Why?

While doing a little housekeeping on a Windows Vista installation, I discovered that suspending any winlogon.exe subprocess would lower the CPU usage from the normally observed 50% usage down to ...
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Steam client and ventrillo crashing

I recently did a fresh install of windows vista 64bit on a brand new HDD and everything worked fine until I tried to run Steam to install all of my games. It keeps crashing with "the program has ...
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Vista veeery slow recovering from 'hibernate'

I've read pretty much everything related to vista hibernate, but haven't found an answer to my question. This summer I was away for about a month, and when I came back, recovering from hibernate had ...
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Why does wmplayer.exe start when I plug in a USB drive?

I'm using Vista. Sometimes (but not always) when I plug in a USB drive, wmplayer.exe starts executing and apparently searching the drive for something. I then have to kill it with Task Manager or ...
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Windows Vista/7 Pre-loading Mechanism?

This question is related to this: How to enable Java Quick Starter (JQS) on Windows 7 While searching for an answer, I came upon a JQS help article. Quote: JQS is enabled by default in Windows ...
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How can I create a System Repair Disc, System Image of my current system for Windows Vista Home Basic (OEM)?

I only have the Recovery Disk, that if used, brings back my laptop to its factory default, it just re-install Vista to the factory default. When I bought this few years ago, Windows Vista is already ...
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How to delete a folder that is hidden and has no long and no short name

How do I delete in Windows Vista a folder that is hidden and has no "long name", and has no "short name" either. Note that I've already tried to get the short name so I could rename and delete using ...
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Computer randomly changes system language to French

One of my Dad's colleagues asked me to fix their Windows Vista laptop which randomly changed its language from English (which it had been installed with) to French. I did not obtain much information ...
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Connecting a Windows 7 laptop to a Vista PC via an Ethernet cable to share Internet connection

I am trying to connect my old Vista PC to the internet by routing it thought my windows 7 laptop which has Wi-Fi. I am using an Ethernet cable to do this but every time I try to get it share the ...
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How to view two PDF files side-by-side in Foxit?

I have Foxit Reader 6.0.3.0524 on a Windows Vista Premium. I have read this question (How to open two independent instances of Foxit Reader). I have set Foxit to 'allow multiple instances'. (Edit ...
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Windows Vista Home Premium Long running scripts on start up

On start up, or restart my computer "goes off" into a 'long running script' After a couple of hours it 'finishes' and I can use the computer normally. I have run C cleaner and malwarebytes with no ...
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I have a vista wireless connection issue

I'm not very computer-savvy - please keep in mind in response. My roommates have just had wireless restored in our house and they can all connect to the new network and access the internet. When I ...
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Configure Web Server

I'm working in a Computer Lab in a University. We have a "Main Server" located in another Lab, which is connected to ISP, also acting as default gateway for all the computers in my lab for accessing ...
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Windows installer folder, why wouldn't it change at all

I'm working with an old weary Windows Vista, I've been using it since four or five years ago, installing many different stuff and uninstalling others. Only recently I tried to tidy up a little bit my ...
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Multiple selection not working for photos in Windows Vista

I have Windows Vista 32-bit Ultimate Edition. Whenever I connect my digital camera to transfer pics, I can't do a multiple selection of pictures. CTRL+A, which is the default for selecting all, is ...
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How can I get a MByte/s or Mbit/s reading of network activity?

Under the Network tab of Windows Task Manager, I can only see "Network Utilization" and "Link Speed". For example, if the link speed is "100 Mbps" (Mega bit per second) and the network utilization is ...
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How to get the Sort By option on Desktop in Vista?

I don't have the Sort By option when I right-click on the Desktop in Windows Vista. However, I do have this option if I right-click on an empty area in Windows Explorer while viewing Desktop folder ...
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Linking computers to increase performance [duplicate]

I have 2 laptops (one of which is my primary PC) and a desktop PC. The desktop run on Vista Home Edition, the secondary laptop also runs on vista and the primary laptop runs on windows 8. It is ...
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What is the BLAB_MEM environment variable in Windows?

On my Windows Vista system I see an environment variable called BLAB_MEM, with the value "-Xms128M -Xmx512M". This variable name is shown under both the system and user variables. That value ...
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How to connect to a remote server to make instant file edits?

I don't know what the technical term for this is, but at my workplace every computer has a mapped network drive which lets me access all files on the server which I believe is located in the same ...
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SFC /scannow reports “Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation”

I tried to run sfc /scannow.But it reports "Windows Resource Protection couldnot perform the requested operation"..I have a Windows Vista 32 bit operating system.Please suggest to know the detail ...
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PC infected by ransomware (hostage virus)

I'm using Windows Vista.. I have accidentally downloaded a file yesterday. Since then I get on my screen a white screen written on it that my PC is blocked and need to pay money to unblock it. This ...
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Log into hidden administrator account with standard user

I created an administrator user account (jeff) and then downgraded an existing account (jen) to a standard user. All was good I accomplished my goal except I didn't want the admin account to show on ...
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Moving Ubuntu guest from Vista 32 to Windows 7 64 issue

As the title suggests, I ran into a problem when trying to migrate Ubuntu 12-04 guest from Vista32 Ultimate host to Win7-64 Ultimate host. I transferred the whole virtual machine and tried both adding ...
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Repeating important updates for Microsoft Office 2007

Today I've started important updates for Windows Vista on laptop. Those updates include updates for other programs from Microsoft Update including Microsoft Office 2007 suit. All important updates ...
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Vista 2 administrator account disabled for repair

Vista service pack 2 ... I can: Turn on computer Listen to unending beeps Get into bios See that boot is set to 1. cd/dvd 2. usb 3 hard drive Load defaults I cannot: Save defaults I can: Reboot ...
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How to enable administrative shares on Vista and XP?

I am looking for a way to enable administrative shares on both XP and on Vista. I am a complete newbie when it comes to using administrative shares. I have no prior experience as to how this is ...
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avoid System Repair

A coworker had an electrical hit and lost usage of usb and ps2 on her computer. I added in a pci to usb card to get it back to "usable"...The usb ports seem to be inactive until windows boots, have no ...
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Installing Myst (game) on a 64-bit Operating System

I'm trying to install my MYST game on a 64bit operation and I can't because I need a 32bit operation. I get a message: "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows ...
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bt yahoo comes on every tab

I use internet explorer. I recently downloaded a programme and it has highjacked by my search dial. I managed to get rid of it by setting the homepage (Bt yahoo) to default. However, every time I open ...
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Windows freeze after login

I have an old machine with Windows Vista - Ultimate Edition which was working just fine until 3 weeks ago, when it started to freeze just after I login to Windows. What's really confusing me is that ...
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Fixing corrupt Administrator account on Windows Vista

I have a Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit install. When the computer boots up, it throws an error message : Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart ...
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Make a free space useable in vista

I've just re-installed vista, in my previously dual booted system. Vista is installed on a 120 GB partition on my 250GB HDD. My HDD's architecture has as follows 120GB NTFS where Vista is installed ...
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Windows Explorer Default Open Location in Vista when using Start->RightClick

I'm running Vista. I normally right-click on the bottom left-hand Start button and select "Explore" from the pop-up context menu to start Windows File Explorer. Currently the initial location ...
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Migrating POP3 pst files to new IMAP pst folder

In the discussion about how to create an IMAP account and migrate the POP3 emails the following instructions are given: "You should be able to just create a new IMAP account (with a new PST file) then ...
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Slow internet, but not ISP, not router, not ethernet card, would like to troubleshoot

Here is what I have: Dell Vostro 1500 laptop, Vista, Broadcom 440x 10/100 Toshiba Laptop, Vista Just bought a gigabit expresscard ethernet laptop adapter D-link DSL-6740U v.H1 ADSL modem/router 3 ft. ...
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Why does user NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL want to do a local launch of IPBusEnum?

I have Windows Vista Home Premium. A few months ago, I got a message on boot-up that "Windows could not connect to the System Event Notification Service" and that "This problem prevents standard users ...
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Is there a way to decipher the urls at safebrowsing-cache.google.com ?

I see there is at least one other post regarding this URL and an answer was given regarding why it appears this way. What I would like to know is how do I see what these urls are. I have content ...
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Sony Vaio PCG-2J3L won't boot, and no display

My friend asked me to look at a Vaio PCG-2J3L Vista Home Premium, which won't boot and the display shuts off after two seconds. I have determined that the mouse and keyboard work, but as soon as the ...
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Programmatically changing filenames without breaking shortcuts

I have a folder with several gigabytes of mashups. They are are all mp3s and named like this "title [remixer]". The artist tag is "artist1 vs. artist2 vs ..." and the title tag is exactly like the ...