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

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Upgrading Windows XP to Vista to Windows 7

Okay I am trying to do an in-place upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7, via Vista, but I am running into a problem. I put my Vista disc in for the initial upgrade but when I get to the part where it asks ...
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How to include custom *network* locations for indexing in Start Menu search?

Hemant asked How to include custom locations for indexing in Start Menu search?, which asks how he can get Windows Vista/7 to include his custom D:\Utils folder in Start Menu search. I have a similar ...
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How to create a WIndows Vista Installer including my own drivers

I try to add a Syba SD-PEX40054 with Marvell 88SE9230 RAID Sata 3.0 PCIe card to my Workstation Intel s5000psl to pass from SATA 2.0 to SATA 3.0 and add HDD with SATA 3.0 specs. Now I have an issue, ...
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Running an application with error “The 'Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0' provider is not registered on the local machine”

I've checked through various pages of Google and have found no solution as it pertains to my system. This is a 64 bit system and from what I read there is no Jet OLEDB 4.0 for 64 bit systems and if I ...
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reinstall windows vista on a separate partition

i made a back up copy of my computer (vista) after buying on 3 dvds,a few years later it now runs poorly,, my question ; can i use the dvds to reinstall windows vista on the separate partition "D", ...
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Can't Open URLs in Lync 2010

On my workstation computer running Windows Vista, I am unable to open URLs in both Lync 2010 and Communicator 2007 R2 by clicking on them. The problem started with Communicator 2007 R2, and we since ...
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How to enable desktop background on a remote computer?

I am connecting remotely to a computer on LAN and it keeps giving me a pitch black desktop background (wallpaper). In the RDC (Remote Desktop Connection) program on the local computer I have the ...
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Accessing outlook.com email via windows mail on vist

I have Windows Vista and have just signed up for a outlook.com email service which I would like to access via Windows Mail. However I find that this is not possible. I believe that Windows Live ...
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Keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista through TeamViewer

I connect to a computer running Windows Vista using TeamViewer 8 but the keyboard short cuts are really hit and miss. I've made sure "send key combinations" is checked but often times the key ...
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Windows Vista not booting properly after updating MS Security Essentials.

After updating Microsoft Security Essentials, (Up-to date definition till 01-Nov-2013), booting of Vista is not completing. Screen shows till "Microsoft corporation" loading.. The advanced booting ...
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Limited Connection and Security unsecure [closed]

My laptop got disconnected, and now when I try to reconnect it says. Limited Connection and Security insecure. I am not able to get on the internet with my laptop, but am able with my PC. I set up a ...
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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 ...