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

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Remote Desktop Connection (Mac) does not share drive/folder to the Vista target

I have a Mac OS X 10.5/Intel system, runnging RDC 2.0.1 (latest as far as I know). When I connect to the remote Windows Vista system, I can control the remote desktop, and everything behaves as ...
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Monitor receives NO SIGNAL after moving computer/changing resolution; I've tried all suggestions on the internet to no avail

Specs Computer: Dell XPS 420 OS: Windows Vista (Not sure 32-bit or 64-bit) Motherboard: Dell BTX motherboard CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 RAM: 2GB (not sure) Graphics: GeForce 8800 GTX ...
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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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Icon changes to old one when filename matches old one

I'm using Vista Home Premium x64. I wrote a program in Visual Studio 2008 I put it on my desktop. Then, I deleted the program and changed the icon in Visual Studio and recompiled it. Then I moved ...
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How can I restore my laptop from Windows 7 to its original Windows Vista recovery partition?

I bought my Acer laptop 4 years ago with Vista Home Premium x86. It has a recovery partition that I have used successfully in the past to format everything and reinstall Windows to factory settings. ...
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I have a huge file That I don't recognize, I don't know if it's safe to delete it [on hold]

it's got windows updates in it as well as a bunch of files labeled netflix. some image files for microsoft net. Any ideas what this might be? C:\cb1ae51dcc04fe70bb8a07a3 is the designation.
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Internet wireless connected with limited access, Windows Vista

I had some malware in my computer so I did a bit of manual work to remove it including resetting TCP/IP. Now the malware is gone. I can see my home wireless network and I can get connected to it, ...
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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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Folder location of Flash cookies on Windows Vista

What's the location of the folder that contains the Flash cookies on Windows Vista? Flash cookies are also known as Local Shared Objects (LSO) and you can see what's been stored and remove them if ...
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Windows Media Player won't launch on Vista - how to repair or reinstall it?

My friend asked me to look at her Acer Aspire laptop with Vista Home Premium as it is no longer playing DVDs. I found that Windows Media Player would not launch. I found this thread, which contained a ...
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Have a win 95 program moved to 98 then to vista ok 2 yrs then died need help in getting running again [closed]

Photostyler 2.0 by Adlus, bought out by Adobe. Using to edit mostly BW family photos. I use it because I know it well. Have a win 95 program Photostyler 2.0 I moved to win 98 then to vista home ...
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Configuring Intranet and Internet on one PC

I have PC with two NICs one is connected to Internet and another is connected to Intranet. Intranet settings are 10.35.134.129 255.0.0.0 10.35.134.1 Internet settings are 192.168.1.15 ...
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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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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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Remote Desktop Dropouts: “Because of an error in data encryption, this session will end.”

I'm getting some strange connection problems when trying to remote desktop to a Vista box. It connects and works for a while then disconnects with the following message: "Because of an error in ...
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External Hard Drive - Data Corrupted

I have a Maxtor 500gb externally powered USB hard drive. Overnight a lot of the files became corrupt on the drive, upon restart of the computer a ChkDsk was automatically started on the drive. The ...
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Installing Adaptec 2906 SCSI card on Vista machine

I'm having some trouble installing an Adaptec 2960 SCSI card using the Add Hardware wizard on this Vista machine. The machine isn't autodetecting the card, but when I attempt to point the wizard to ...
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Directly edit the hard disk on Windows Vista

I'm on Windows Vista Home 32bit. Is there a way to edit the disk the system is on? Hex editors will not edit the hard drive directly. Is there a work around besides BartPE?
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HP Pavillion DV6500 recovery disk failure

I recently attempted to re-install Windows Vista on an HP Pavillion DV6500 using the factory recovery DVD's, but encountered a strange problem. When the recovery disk attempted to reformat the hard ...
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Where is Windows explorer

Wasn't there a thing called "explorer" on the desktop, for getting around on the computer? Not Internet explorer, but the local tool. Just on the local machine. Somehow it's gone... Where is in in ...
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Unable to boot from SATA II and vista

I'm trying to use a SATA II hard drive on Toshiba Satellite notebook. The hard drive has vista installed on it from another notebook. After inserting the hard drive, the boot starts.. shows "Microsoft ...
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Why doesn’t Windows Vista get an address from the DHCP server?

My Windows Vista PC does not get an IPv4 address from the DHCP server; viewing the network properties shows something (likely the DHCP request) being sent, but no packets being received. Manually ...
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im using Acer Aspire 4736, Windows Vista, please help me

Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer. This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the ...
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Issue connecting Vista Toshiba laptop to Airport Extreme Wifi - but a Windows 7 Dell connects fine

I have a Toshiba L355D-S7815 laptop. I also have a Dell Latitude E6400. The Toshiba is running Windows Vista Home Edition and has all current patches applied. The Dell is running Windows 7 ...
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How to undo desktop folder location change in Vista?

I did change the desktop folder location to D: for security and backup. However now it seems to be that D: is some how incorporated in Desktop, like if they are only one unit? How I can revert this? ...
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Connection Status: unknown access is denied

My main user profile is having problems showing stats for my network. The Vista network connection icon has a red x in it and states, “Connection status: Unknown" "Access is denied.” on mouse ...
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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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What causes “host process for windows services stopped working and was closed”?

When computer (32-bit Windows Vista 32-bit 6.0 Home Premium SP 2) randomly has a "Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed" error: This popup message simply occur out of ...
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How to enable or disable usb ports on windows vista pc?

How can we enable or disable USB ports on a PC running windows vista? I have 6 USB ports, 2 in front and 4 at the back. Is it possible to disable the front USB ports and enable 4 ports at the back?
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How can I upgrade Vista Home to Vista Ultimate without Anytime Upgrade DVD

I'd like to upgrade Vista Home to Vista Ultimate on my desktop computer. I have a MSDN subscription, which means I can download just about every Microsoft software there is. However, there doesn't ...
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How can I upgrade from Vista 32-bit to Vista 64-bit?

I just ordered a laptop, and it came with Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I want Vista Home Premium 64-bit on it. I'm planning a reinstall. Does anyone know if my product key for Vista 32-bit will also ...
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“Windows cannot find” file when opening Excel spreadsheet

For all of my Excel spreadsheets when I attempt to open them (by double-clicking in explorer) I get the message "Windows cannot find C:...". The files are there, and are valid zip files as seen by ...
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Toshiba Satellite battery indicator saying “plugged in, not charging”

My Toshiba Satellite with Windows Vista is a couple years old. The battery lately is completely shot. Even after charging for a long time, it barely lasts five minutes when you unplug it. I'm assuming ...
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Toshiba Satellite plugged in not charging

I have a Toshiba Satellite that has vista installed on it. It's 3 years old and the battery lately hasn't been working very well. Recently though, I've had a problem of the battery indicator saying ...
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IPCONFIG for one network adaptor only

Is it possbible for IPCONFIG on Vista to display the status of one adaptor only. I have so many adaptors that the one I want has scrolled off the top. Alternatively, is there another program that ...
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Why is my HP TouchSmart tx2 1025dx shutting down?

I'm having an issue with my HP tx2 1025dx laptop. Sometimes it will spontaneously shut itself off. First, the screen will go out. Next, the computer itself will shut down. This usually occurs when I ...
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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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Unable to uninstall virtualbox network drivers

Last time I tried to uninstall virtualbox, it failed with a BSOD. Since then, I am unable to install any version of virtualbox. The uninstaller seem's to fail to. When i look in my network drivers ...
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I can't see headers or footers on Word 2007 unless in full screen view

I have a machine on a domain that does not show any headers or footers when viewing documents in word 2007, unless I switch to full screen mode. Other computers can see the headers and footers no ...
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Windows Vista/7 “need permissions” to delete

I'm on Windows 7 but experienced this kind of trouble on Vista as well sometimes. When I want to delete a folder when I have previously accessed a subfolder of it, Windows cannot delete it and instead ...
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Vista: Improving troubleshoot approach skills

I'm not a Windows SuperUser, but neither just the regular user. I don't mind browsing the Registry, using Process Explorer, reading the Event logs, (un)installing new drivers and so on, but all this ...
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Why is deleting files so slow on Windows Vista?

Why is deleting files on Windows Vista so slow even with small files?
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Chrome (and Chrome alone) cannot access the Internet

My neighbour rang me this morning to tell me that she couldn't access the Internet so I agreed to have a look at it for them. The machine is an aging Sony Vaio running Windows Vista (didn't note what ...
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Finding open files

I'm using Windows Vista with an external (USB) hard drive. Sometimes I need to disconnect the hard drive, but when I try to disconnect USB devices, Windows tells me that an application is using the ...
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What executable files can run on Windows?

What kind of executable files can run on Windows XP through Windows 7? I know of PE, but I don't know if there are any others. I'm also interested in knowing different kinds of interpretive ...
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'Active Directory Domain Service unavailable'

i installed a usb printer driver in a laptop running Windows vista Home Premium, 32bit. installation completed successfully but the printer doesn't respond to any print order giving error messages ...
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Why Hibernation does not work on my Vista64 Desktop?

I have an custom-made personal Desktop (not laptop) Vista64 Ultimate - up-to-date in term of Windows updates and drivers, Asus Rampage Formula, 8Go RAM and 6 hard-drives (2To), which refuses to go to ...
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Windows Batch Scripting: Newest File Matching a Pattern

This would be lightning quick in linux, but I'm not familiar enough with windows flavour of batch scripting. Basically I want to look for a series of files matching a certain wildcard, and get the ...
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Encrypted Disk + chkdsk = Cannot boot into Windows

Here is the scenario my friend and I have: Installed Norton Utilities and performed "optimize" (mistake 1) Upon reboot, chkdsk runs and starts spitting out "replacing invalid security id with ...
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Windows vista important files [duplicate]

my hp vista will not power on or neither will the monitor. I have photos that I did not back up. Is there a way to retrieve them I have tried to unplug and restart but nothing happens