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

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Dell BIOS update appears inefective

My Dell XPS M1330 currently has BIOS version A11 which is too outdated to install windows 7 Home Premium. I followed the instructions on the Dell support site, downloaded the appropriate BIOS update ...
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format windows recovery partition in hard drive externally

I want to format a disk from my other laptop. I have an external drive reader and when I attempt to format the disk, it only formats the main partition but the recovery sector remains intact. I am ...
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Customize Windows Vista installation DVD from Windows 8.1

I know that there is a software called vLite that can help me do this, but it requires me to have Vista installed in order to run it. How can I customize an ISO image file of Windows Vista from a ...
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DVI 'Y' spliter and 2 monitors

I have set up 2 monitors on my PC (Window Vista Home Edition) and connected them with a 'Y' splitter DVI cable to extend my desktop. The problem is it won't extend. All it does is mirroring the ...
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Error 80070570 when installing Vista

First some background: I'm trying to upgrade the hard drive in an Advent 5301 laptop. I've already tried cloning it, but I couldn't get that method to work. So now I'm trying to install Vista onto ...
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Cannot “save as” file on Microsoft Excel and Word 2007 running on Vista Home Premium edition

I have Excel and Word 2007 running on Vista home premium edition. After working on a new file and try to "save as" just before naming the file, a window pops up 2 dialog messages "Search online to ...
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What is this window switcher (screenshot) running on Windows Vista and how do I disable it?

I'm diagnosing a problem on a friend's Windows Vista machine. Basically it has this intermittent issue where without any user input, it seems to activate some kind of window switcher/tiler program ...
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Identifying program attempting to install certificate on windows

I'm trying to help a friend using Windows (which I'm not an expert on by any means) who's experiencing malware-like behavior: a dialog box is repeatedly popping up reading: You are about to ...
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Windows Vista computer won't power on when connected to router

In all of my years of supporting PCs, I have never seen this. Here's hoping y'all have an idea. My client has a home PC running Windows Vista (long story as to why he hasn't upgraded). He has a ...
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Vista Buissnes sp1 32bit

My computer had Vista Buissnes sp1 32bit on it and was getting slow so I istalled XP for a while and now need to upgrade. I have the oem serial code for Vista Buissnes sp1 32bit and was wondering ...
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Changing to Spanish language on Windows Vista Business [duplicate]

My school is taking some donated laptops from the United States on a mission trip to Peru. These computers are all running Windows Vista Business in English. We need to switch these computers to use ...
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How does Diskpart Clean All affect MBR and implications?

I want to overhaul my entire internal hard drive, re-partition it, and re-install Windows Vista. After booting on the Vista Installation Disk and opening Command Prompt, I'm not sure whether to use ...
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Wifi connection is excellent. No internet. All devices and laptops work except desktop with vista. Help please

Wifi is excellent. No internet access on desktop with Vista. Devices and laptop work fine. Wires are secure. Please help.
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Diskpart Clean, thus unable to boot

I booted my Dell Inspiron 1525 on a Vista Recovery DVD (not installation disk), ran the Command Prompt, and did like following: diskpart list disk select disk 0 (which was the only hard drive I ...
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Acronis Disk Director renamed my Windows 7 to Windows Vista in boot menu

I tried merging system partition with another partition, progres bar was constantly shifting to 10-15% so after about 12 hours I decided to restart, to my surprise everything loaded perfectly and ...
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Archiving Emails from Outlook Express in Vista

I've used Outlook Express for years and I believed I used it in my last desktop which used Windows XP. but, I've been using a Windows Vista laptop since about 2009 to which I somehow migrated all my ...
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DirectX games crash computer after ~6 minutes

For a little over a week now I have been having an issue where some games rendered using DirectX have been crashing after a small period of time. Usually the result is similar to an immediate system ...
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Won't let me open regedit

I was going to try to access regedit to try out Indrek's answer here, because i wanted to do the option one here (couldn't open flag+r), because when I try to access the disk management from the ...
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Youtube live stream does not scroll in Firefox browser on Windows Vista

I am trying to watch a live stream in Firefox on Windows Vista. I can watch what is happening online, but I'm not able to scroll backwards and forwards. How can I fix this?
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Normal windows mode without any brightness - How to get it back?

My Fn key doesn't seem to work/help me to adjust brightness. So I tried to minimize the brightness (inside the Control Panel). To my surprise, the screen went entirely black and I couln't see a way to ...
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Thinkpad W510 is not starting up and makes a beeping sound

Think pad is not starting up, when power button is pressed, all the lights come on as its starting up and few seconds later all the lights are off and starts making a continuous beeping sound, one ...
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Network, battery, and sound icons missing from notifications in vista

The irritating thing is that I know I answered this question once, and now I can't find my own answer -- The network, battery, and sound icons are missing from the notification area and the boxes to ...
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Permission errors when copying files from the former internal drive of a defunct WIndows Vista laptop

I'm helping a friend resurrect data from the internal drive of a Windows Vista laptop which survived a house fire -- call this SingedDrive. We bought a new Windows 8 laptop, and I've installed ...
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Acer eRecovery Management for Aspire 5920G (Windows Vista)

I have an Acer Aspire 5920G running on Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2. Recently it has booting problem so I am planning to reset it to Factory setting using eRecovery Management. According to ...
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Vista fails to load user profile if i dont choose user account quickly

i know this question is kind of vague, but here´s what i know. When i turn on the computer and the user account selection screen shows up, if I choose a user right away everything works properly. But ...
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Windows Vista Laptop won't sleep automatically

I have an Acer Laptop running Vista Home edition. Try as I might I cannot get it to sleep automatically after a period of inactivity. I've been making changes in the Select a Power Plan dialog, ...
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Cloned hard drive will not boot Vista

The system is an Advent 5301 laptop, and I'm trying to swap the hard drive for one of a larger capacity (120 -> 320 GB). I used Clonezilla to directly copy the original drive to the target drive, but ...
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“uninstal” option missing from “Programs and Features” window? - windows vista

I'm using windows vista, trying to clean out the laptop (not really mine) and so I'm trying to uninstall all the crap. But when i go to the programs and features window, the uninstall option is ...
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cannot recover folder due to missing element

I just deleted a very important folder accidentally. The problems is, it can NOT be restored due to a missing Element ($R1XLWAK no longer in :\$Recycle.Bin) Shadow Explorer didn't work. Recuva says ...
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System Resore not working

Vista 32 bit System Restore is creating restore points, but when I try to restore my system I get a message saying System Restore could not be completed and my system is returned to its original ...
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Choosing from multiple network connections

I have two different ISPs in my home and also two different routers. I'm using one for Wireless, and one for ethernet. On my PC here, it has both wireless and ethernet connections setup at the same ...
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BSOD after cloning data hard drive Windows Vista Ultimate

I have an issue with my current system not running properly after I clone my data drive to another, bigger hard drive. I have tried Acronis TruImage as well as a couple of other programs that I cannot ...
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What to do after system restore does not work?

Sometimes after a windows update I get a blue SOD on start-up, and normally resolve this by going into safe mode, system restore, check problem with update / reinstall all fine. On this occasion I ...
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Removing OpenSUSE installer from Boot Manager (Unable to boot Windows at the moment)

I have a computer that is shared with another person. The main OS is Windows Vista. One day, the other person wanted to install OpenSUSE onto VMWare but he made a mistake in the process and now every ...
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Wired AutoConfig service missing on Vista

I've got notebook with Win Vista installed and I need to set 802.1x authentication. There's no Wired AutoConfig service in services.msc and registry entries ...
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VirtualBox Vista Guest can't see host network

I virtualized a Visa Ultimate machine and need to run it via Virtualbox on a Windows 7 host. Both are members of a domain administered by SBS 2011. For some reason the Vista VM would only see the ...
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Computer wouldn't wake up, reinstalled Vista home premium, now PC won't boot

I hope someone can help me find an answer to this. Our vista 64 bit PC was acting up- it wouldn't wake from sleep requiring holding down the power button to shut down the computer after which I could ...
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Vista hangs during installation on VMWare

I am installing Windows Vista Business x86 (no Service Pack) on VMWare Workstation 10.01, but it never completes the final step (translated it is probably the step "Completing installation..."). I ...
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Debugging not-loading Windows XP x64

The question is related to this one: Windows XP x64 hangs at welcome screen. So I want to debug WinLogon.exe through Windows Kernel-Debugger remotely using an 1394 (Fire Wire) port on the system asked ...
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Windows7: how to put an item in startup directory without Admin rights

I share my work computer with 3 other employees. It would be very helpful to run a script at startup for all of us. It is a big company, and there is a lot of red tape for everything!!! So, we ...
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Boost microphone volume on windows vista over max [duplicate]

I quite literally made an account on here to post this question. I've already tried the standard settings such as the slider that boosts your volume by 30% and I've maxed ALL the mic controls on both ...
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Blue Screen Error Code 1000008e Windows Vista

When using CCleaner this blue screen error code appeared: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: BlueScreen OS Version: 6.0.6002.2.2.0.768.3 Locale ID: 1033 Additional information about ...
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XP in VMware with Host SSD

My host computer, running Windows 8.1, has an SSD drive. I want to install Windows XP in a VMware machine, is it safe to place the machine files on the SSD? I have the fear that XP might not handle ...
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Triple boot (OSX, Vista, Ubuntu 12.04): replace Ubuntu with CrunchBang

I'm probably not really a power user (I can read instructions) but my problem is pretty specific, so I figured it would fit here. I'm sorry if it doesn't. I managed to set up triple boot (OS X ...
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How to Maximize High Speed SD card for system performance

I've recently bought some high speed sd cards and I'm using them with ReadyBoost in Windows 7 to good effect. They're 16GB cards and ReadyBoost will only use 4GB or 4096k, whatever's your flavor. Is ...
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Windows Vista Color and Appearance

Vista Personalization Problems When I open Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization and click on the "Window Color and Appearance link", I get a small window with "Appearance ...
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Convert fahrenheit in celsius in MS Windows Vista

I am not a Windows user, but we need to find a solution for converting Fahrenheit in Celsius degrees in MS Windows Vista? I know that it should be possible using a formula, but is there any native ...
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Where can I ask Windows security related questions that are not product specific [closed]

Following up from this I'd like to know if there are any Windows Security forums that are not product specific. I want to use such a forum to ask about combinations of Free Firewalls and Virus ...
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Unable to Create Bootable USB from Windows Vista ISO

I have this old laptop hanging around and I have Dreamsparks from my university account. I decided to try Windows Vista on this old laptop which currently has XP installed. Currently I am unable to ...
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Window Vista Taskbar Always Freezes

I have a Windows Vista (yeah, I know ugh) laptop. After start up the taskbar always freezes. The work around is go to Start Task Manager, Processes tab, select "explorer.exe," and click End Process. ...