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

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Need help fixing MBR on 2K3/Vista multiboot Dell 620

Such a long story and pain in the butt... My customer has asked me to load 7 windows vista clients and 4 windows server 2K3 machines bare metal(because apparently VM's aren't good enough) on a Dell ...
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Vista 64 boot/bcd error, no installation disk, no cd-rom drive

I am having a boot/bcd error with my install of Vista 64 bit. The Computer is like 6 years old, and I don't have the installation disk, and my cd-rom drive is broken and does not read cds. If I were ...
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Installing Nortons or Trend on Windows Vista Non SP1

I have a customer with a Windows Vista Machine without SP1. Have tried installing SP1 but it blue screens. I have also, contrary to the specifications on Nortons 360 and Trend Micro Maximum Security, ...
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All computer changes discarded after restart

There's an Internet café that I frequent, and I've noticed that after restarting any computer - no matter what I did on that computer - it goes back to the exact same state as it was before, with all ...
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Windows Update Search Fails Silently

I have a Windows Vista computer. When clicking on Windows Update, I click on Search, and it shows the progress bar for a few seconds then returns to the main page. There is a red logo with an X, but ...
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Wifi disconnects constantly

My laptop Dell Inspiron constantly tends to disconnect from my home network every minute or so. After which it reconnects again, but it really bugs me. I have a windows vista, help? My ipad, on the ...
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.Net 4.5 Errors after upgrade from Vista SP2 64bit to Windows 7 RTM, SP1 won't install

I recently upgraded from Vista 64bit SP2 Professional to Windows 7 64bit Professional. Most everything went smoothly, however after the update, any time I try to use an application that uses .Net 4 ...
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USB safe removal notification keeps popping up

I have a Dell inspiron laptop with windows vista. It has been working perfectly until lately, a problem has been bugging the hell out of me. Ever minute, a USB safe removal notification in the ...
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Vista VM cannot connect to printer shared from Win 7 VM - Error code 0x00000102

I'm running two OS's using Oracle VM Virtual Machine. One has Windows 7 Pro x64, the other Windows Vista Business x86. I have to try and connect a printer installed via USB and shared inside of the ...
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How to migrate user files from hard drive of dead vista system to w7?

I have the good hard drive from an otherwise dead Vista laptop ( I'm looking at you, HP Pavilion DV6700!) connected to the USB port of a good windows 7 system. To clarify, the drive from the old ...
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vgaSave “Legacy driver” preventing hibernation

My PC cannot enable sleep/hibernation mode because of VGA Save driver. I think understand that this is a backup driver to provide video, how do I circumvent it? I have (or at least had,) Nvidia ...
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Is it possible to install Vista from a flash drive? [duplicate]

I'm looking to reformat my laptop that is running Vista, and I had planned on burning an ISO to a DVD-R and installing Vista to the laptop from that after reformatting, but I don't have any blank ...
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my HP desktop with Windows Vista wont boot

It continues to loop to a BSOD and I cant get a dos prompt or repair screen, I dont have recovery disks but I have brought up a window, black, with gray title bar that is labeled Edit Boot Options, ...
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How can I give a file a custom icon?

I would like a way to give a file a custom icon. I know it's possible to change the icons for an entire file type, but that's not what I want. I know it's possible to create a shortcut to a file, ...
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Want to upgrade Windows, but it thinks I have a pirated copy

I have a current copy of Windows Vista on my laptop and I understand Windows 8 is lighter and might make things run a little better. Pentium dual 1.47 GHz processor 4 GB RAM Windows upgrade ...
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Video Card doesn't work without PS/2 Keyboard plugged into PS/2 Mouse port

To make a very long story short, we had a computer in with an odd problem: While the computer otherwise booted fine (Windows start-up sound played), The PCIe-16 video card would not display an image ...
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Media Player is missing from the list in “Turn Windows features on or off”

I decided to reinstall Media Player in Vista [this way], so I figured I should turn it off as a Windows feature. But when I continue with the procedure, I get an incomplete list of features, here's an ...
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Deleted partitions still show up under “My Computer” in Windows Vista

I removed two partitions using Vista diskhandling. The partitions are gone, but the two logical devices still show up under "My Computer" (F and G). How can I remove these icons?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...