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

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How to disable on screen keyboard on logon?

Yesterday I installed an old Wacom USB tablet just for fun, to see if it worked with Vista, and it did, since I've found a working driver. The only thing annoying me is that now my laptop has been ...
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Broken laptop screen - boot straight to external monitor in Vista

The monitor wouldn't normally be detected until after I log-in, but I can't because my main screen is broken. How can I make it go straight to the external monitor, or go straight into windows without ...
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Single Monitor act exactly like dual monitor?

Does anyone know if there is a way to make a single monitor act like a dual monitor with 2 totally seperated areas that are detected at the window's level. Eg. 2560x1600 monitor to show up as 2 ...
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Windows Update can't install Windows Vista SP1

If you install Windows Vista RTM and run Windows Update, many updates are offered and will successfully install. Once all other updates are installed, Windows Vista service pack 1 is offered. When ...
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Is there an easy way to read Blu-ray discs on Windows?

Some time ago, I bought my parents a computer dedicated to media (mostly photographs and movies through DLNA). My father asked me if he could read Blu-ray discs on it, so I bought a Blu-ray reader, ...
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Can you change the location of the Desktop folder in Windows?

Right now the files on the desktop are located in C:\Users\Joseph\Desktop. So if I went to that folder in Windows Explorer and create a new text document, it would appear on my desktop. WhatI need is ...
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How to monitor a folder and trigger a command-line action when a file is created or edited?

I need to set up some sort of a script on my Vista machine, so that whenever a file is added to a particular folder, it automatically triggers a background process that operates on the file. (The ...
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How can I browse a Folder with 150000 Files on Windows Vista/7?

I recently used the Bulk Rename Utility to rename and move files from a bunch of subdirectories to a single spot. In the end, about 150000 files were moved. Now I want to browse them, but recall there ...
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What is the ehome folder in C:\Windows for?

On my Windows Vista partition, startup has been slow lately, so I went and did my usual spring clean. One item I noticed in msconfig was called Microsoft(r) Windows(r) Operating System. Which ...
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Is it possible to use a Vista Boot Camp partition inside Virtual Box on Mac OS X

I've got windows Vista installed inside Virtual Box on my Mac OS partition. I've also got it installed under boot camp and I occasionally boot to it when I want to run windows with better performance ...
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Password reset programs only find passwords from one OS on a dual-boot system

I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I need to reset the passwords on Windows Vista, but the password reset programs I have tried only find the Windows 7 passwords and not the ...
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How to calibrate your mouse's X/Y in Windows Vista

I've just installed a new Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 and it's X/Y calibration/alignment seems to be off. If I move the mouse from left to right, the cursor will go up and down slightly. If I ...
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How can I delete the thumbnail cache?

I would be very thankful for advice on how to delete the thumb cache files in Windows Vista without a reboot. They are stored in this folder: ...
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Possible to Hide Mac Partition When in Windows?

I've found out that if I install Windows 7 and use the Snow Leopard Boot Camp drivers (Which I need for the graphics chipset drivers.), the Mac partition appears and is read-only. I'm quite concerned ...
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How to get the .ico file of an arbitrary file?

Say I have a file and there is set an icon to it. How to get the icon which is figured on the file? File is an arbitrary - some extension about which I have no idea. Just how to get its icon. EDIT: ...
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Alternative for VC++ 6.0

Hi all I'm using Vista(32-bit). I need to work on VC++ for MFC applications. I have installed Visual C++ 6.0 on my system which is incompatible. Can someone please suggest an alternative for VC++ 6.0. ...
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Windows 7 modify pirated Windows XP?

A friend of my had pirated version of Windows Vista; and he wanted to get Windows 7. Since he is student as me; he can download licensed Windows 7 legally from college. So he did, and installed it. ...
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Cannot create persistent “open with” association for Photoshop CS4

I'm trying to fix a computer from a friend, which has for some unknonwn reason installed the 64bit and 32bit version of CS4. The 64bit version does not work, the 32bit does. However it seems that the ...
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Duplicate folder identification/removal tool [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Duplicate file finder Is there a tool that can identify/manage duplicates at the directory level? I've tried using duplicate file removal software to weed out ...
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Prevent screensaver starting when an application runs fullscreen

Is there a way to prevent the screensaver from running when a certain application is running, in Windows Vista? I'm asking because I know Windows MediaPlayer does this, but the kind people at ...
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My computer often suddenly only has 10% of CPU capacity

Something like every second hour I run my computer, my CPU suddenly only has something like 10% of capacity. This is not because of some process taking the rest of the capacity, it is the CPU itself ...
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What kinds of Windows documentation for sysadmins are available? [closed]

I'm interested in structured, authoritative documentation for Windows (7, Vista and XP). No click-here click-there guides, but terse technical documentation which defines terms. What kinds thereof ...
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Can I show millisecond for file modified time in Windows?

I am wondering if I can get file modification time in milliseconds when using Windows explorer or 3rd party tools?
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Windows key randomly “sticks” on Windows 7/Vista

I'm having this annoying problem where Windows randomly seems to decide that I have the Windows key pressed down (even though I don't), and every key press will trigger an associated Windows key ...
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Where Does WinRAR extract files opened directly?

When I open a .docx file directly from a RAR archive using WinRAR, where does WinRAR extract the file? My OS is Vista. RAR version 3.9.
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How do I fix broken .exe file association in Windows Vista?

Somehow the file association for all .exe files has been deleted on my windows vista machine. For some reason the only thing I can open is Firefox. I think it was the result of a virus. So I have ...
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How does Vista ReadyBoost speed up the PC , since FLASH drives are slower than HDD's?

Flash Drives tend to be in the 10-30 MB/s transfer rate speed compared to HDD's in the 100+ MB/s range. I realize that seek time is shorter for the Flash drive, but if you've defragged your page file ...
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How do I find out why my computer is thrashing its drive?

I booted up today and my disk hasn't stopped thrashing in 20 minutes. CPU activity is flat; the only processes using anything right now are firefox and dwm.exe and it's ~1%. So I figured I'd look at ...
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How do you merge 2 outlook archives together?

I have 2 outlook archives (.pst files) that I wish to merge together. How do I do that?
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How do I stop QuickTime from repeatedly stealing file associations?

Every time I update Quicktime on both Vista and XP, I lose file associations I made for VLC (my preferred player). I only keep QT around for the odd browser video, and would prefer to keep it without ...
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How to save and restore options for cmd.exe window?

After installing Windows Vista when I run cmd.exe the font size is very small, not suitable size of console etc.... I need to configure it. I suppose my configuration is stored in registy - I want ...
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Software to learn playing music?

I'm not looking for a tutorial or something - I'm looking for some software that takes you through playing or producing actual music, in a step by step concept. Something like Keyboard Music that ...
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How to get WordPerfect 5.1 working under Vista?

Wordperfect 5.1 (for DOS) doesn't work without modification under Vista. How can I get it to work (as well as possible) under Windows Vista?
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How to open the parent folder in a new window in Windows Vista or Windows 7?

In XP, control-click on the "up folder" icon opens the parent folder in a new Window. After much searching, I find no way to do this in Vista. It's easy to get to the parent folder, but not in a new ...
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What is a simple home backup software which works with a variety of OSes?

Vista came with a backup solution that should work for me, but of course it doesn't. It doesn't play nice with Samba unfortunately. What are my alternatives? It should be simple, back up on a ...
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Font folder in Windows Vista/7

I'm just want to make sure, but is the font folder in Windows 7 and in Vista still "C:\WINDOWS\fonts" ? If not, or if it's changeable, is there an available ENVAR that will point me there?
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Could a temp directory with a lot of files slow down the Windows PC?

I am not sure if it is a metropolitan legend, but I'm asking me if a temporary directory on Windows VISTA PC with a lot of file (~30.000) could slow down the entire machine. Any idea? I need some ...
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Is there a way to make Windows Vista command prompt run in 256 colors so I can use my VIM color theme in it?

Is there a way to make Windows Vista command prompt run in 256 colors so I can use VIM and a 256 color theme in it?
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How can I open the context menu on start menu search results from the keyboard

In Windows 7, when I hit the widows key and start typing to find a file, I can easily launch a found file by using the arrows to navigate to the file in question and hitting enter. That launches the ...
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Vista 64-bit systray notification “Windows has detected your performance is slow”

I received a new workstation from work. It is configured as follows: OS: Vista Enterprise 64-bit Service Pack 2 System: HP ProLiant ML115 G5 CPU: AMD Opteron 1354 Memory: Physical 5GB (884MB ...
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Changing Windows Vista default keyboard shortcuts

I wanted to know how to disable the shortcut Win+Space (that brings the Vista Sidebar to the front) I want to change this keyboard shortcut as I'm used to having Launchy set to that shortcut and ...
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Internet connection under Windows Vista stops working until reboot [closed]

I have a fairly clean Vista Home Premium SP1 install on my desktop. There aren't many applications installed. My Internet connection always seems to stop working after web surfing for a while - ...
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Why do I get a Blank Page between each Content Page on my HP Network Printer?

The problem: I have an HP printer, networked over CAT 6. It prints, but every other page is a blank page. No, I do not have this option turned on under Printer settings on windows. I know it's not a ...
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“Stop running this script?” — is this legit?

I get this popup: It looks rather suspicious since it refers to "web browser" rather than a specific product, and doesn't offer any other details or identifying information. I've tried to figure ...
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my child bangs on keyboard, locked windows vista doesn't seem to prevent chaos?

So when I always lock my computer when I am away, b/c my child likes to bang on the keyboard. The strange thing is, when I unlock the screen, I have 10's of windows open and who knows what ...
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Does “Run as administator” really do anything if UAC is off?

I know that User Account Control should not be turned off, but let's just say it's off for the sake of argument. With UAC off, I still have the option to "Run as administrator" on executable files, ...
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How do I allow programs that require admin rights to run at startup in Vista [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista I have several monitor/profile apps set to run at startup (Logitech Hardware stuff) that require elevated ...
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Windows Vista - dialog box hangs

I am using Vista 32 bit. Now after using for few hours, suddenly all apps stop opening dialog boxes. For example, if I click "Save As" in notepad, the "Save" dialog box never shows up. Even in Start ...
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Why do I have 55 local area connections in ipconfig?

Windows Vista Home Premium. I should mention that I am having no problem whatever getting an internet connection. When I type "ipconfig" in the console, I get (55!) messages of 3 lines each, listing ...
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Hardware interrupts and system unresponsiveness

Very occasionally, about once a week, my Windows Vista Business machine will completely lock up for anything between a minute and several minutes. Once this happens, it recurs more frequently until I ...