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

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More efficient file compression program for many identical files?

I am doing a backup of my work and I'm looking for a program that can more efficiently compress files. The windows default compression program works fine, but it doesn't work as "smart" as i would ...
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Simplest way to dual boot Linux on a Vista laptop

I have a 64bit Vista laptop with no CD drive (and no intention of buying one). What is the simplest way (if any) for me to dual boot Linux (I don't care what version as long as it's not too old...and ...
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Create a Windows Image for Deployment

In my company we have 8 laptops that we use to deploy on the field. These machines get assigned to a user for a certain time and run Windows Vista. All the machines are the same model. After the ...
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“Insert” is always on in my Vista command prompt

When I start command prompt (cmd.exe) in my Vista Business 32-bit, it acts as if the Insert key was toggled, so whatever I type overwrites the characters under the cursor. I can turn it off by ...
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Automatically close program at a scheduled time each day

Is there a way to automagically determine if a program is running and close it at scheduled time, say 3 am every day? Maybe use task scheduler to close said application? if this is possible any ...
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How can I determine the highest GPU-supported DirectX version?

On Windows 7 / Vista how can I determine what DirectX version is really supported by the GPU?
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What can I turn off on a vista laptop to free up resources

I have a vista laptop (Toshiba if that makes a difference). It works ok some times, but a lot of the time the disk seems to grid and the system is pretty unresponsive when I am not doing very much ...
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How can I get the UAC/elevation prompt to remember my local username?

I want to be able to run as a non-admin domain account for normal work and be prompted for elevation when needed. This is fine when not in a domain as the elevation prompt remembers my user name and I ...
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How do you reset Windows keyboard drivers to their original defaults?

I have an Apple (Ultra-thin USB) keyboard that I'm using on a Windows machine. The keyboard layout for an Apple keyboard is somewhat different from a standard Windows keyboard. Being the very-smart, ...
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How do I make the Windows Vista/7 power plan automatically switch to “Power Saver” on battery?

I like having my laptop run as long as humanly possible when running off battery, even if it means huge a compromise in performance. Currently, whenever I'm on battery I have to manually switch my ...
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Windows 7 fails to install

I'm upgrading from Vista SP1 (which was actually upgraded from XP over a year ago) to Windows 7 RTM (64-bit Ultimate to 64-bit Ultimate). After 4 hours or so, the install fails with the message "This ...
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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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Deleting “undeletable” files in Vista

I recently upgraded my workstation from XP SP3 to Vista Business, and during the upgrade Windows moved my old C:\Windows directory to C:\Windows.old. I got all of the stuff I needed out of that ...
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Preventing the installation of Chrome Addons

Every time I visit home (only twice a year), I find my younger (teenaged) sister, has managed to give her computer a "virus". Almost inevitably this isn't true virus, but is a malicious browser ...
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How does Windows Aero prevent screen tearing?

When Windows Aero is on, there isn't any screen tearing, as opposed to when using the Basic theme without Aero. Why, though, do games with vertical sync seem to have a much greater input lag than ...
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Is there ever a response to the, “check for solution and close” dialog in Windows?

Usually iTunes crashes for me in Vista x64 half the time it starts. I have tried troubleshooting, reading all sorts of things and attempting many of them. The only way I can get rid of it is to kill ...
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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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Block extensions from being installed in Google Chrome

System Information OS: Windows Vista Home Premium User: Standard User Objective Stop the Standard User from installing any extensions in Google Chrome. There is one currently installed for AVG ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 Do I run Visual C++ 6 IDE on Windows Vista or higher?

Visual C++ 6 is crashing when opening a project or using the "open" file menu, how can I 'force' VC++6 to work under windows 7 without a Windows XP emulator / virtual machine / Windows XP Mode?
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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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Disable power LED blinks during Vista hybrid sleep?

Does anyone know how to disable the blinking power LED when Vista enters hybrid sleep mode? My case has a very bright blue LED that is rather distracting. I'd rather not disable hybrid sleep, as it ...
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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 ...