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

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How to recover Windows Vista product key?

Two years ago I bought an Asus laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed. I also received a recovery DVD with it. I now want to reinstall Windows and fully format the hard drive - however, the sticker ...
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Second monitor stopped being recognized by Windows

One of the developer PC's running Windows Vista Ultimate had the second monitor stop being recognized in Windows overnight. There were no hardware or driver changes at the time, though I have ...
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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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Re-establish route to localhost on Windows Vista

route -f How do you re-establish a route to localhost after this? I can re-establish connections to the Internet via wireless using route add {wirelessgateway} {wirelessip} if {wirelessif} route ...
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Google Chrome: Always On Top Bug

Sorry for the vague title but this one is hard to explain so bear with me please. I'm using Windows Vista at work for web development and sometimes when I Click or Alt-Tab to background window, the ...
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How to prove maximum concurrent connections limit in windows?

We need to verify that our clients (Windows Vista SP 2 and Windows 7) are able to open more than 10/20 connections. I found an answer which states the limit was removed, but without any source like ...
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Windows remote shutdown: access denied

I have 3 "client" computers, on which the mentioned user is administrator: CPU1: Win Vista 32-bit -- User: Domain\User1 -- IP: 192.168.42.1 CPU2: Win 7 64-bit -- User: localhost\User2 -- IP: ...
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Why is my Vista trial period only 15 days?

I've recently been forced to reinstall Windows Vista Home Basic after a startup error prevented me from doing anything else. Unfortunately the sticker under my laptop is so faded that I can't read the ...
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mspaint problem “this is not a valid bitmap file”

I have Vista Business on my laptop. I download JPG pictures from my Nikkon camera. I open them with mspaint and resize them. Then save them back as jpg (using the jpg option). When I try to open the ...
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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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How do I recover from “repair pending” error in SFC?

I am trying to fix an issue with Windows registry and services. I tried running sfc command but this is the error message I get? C:\Windows>sfc /scannow Beginning system scan. This process will ...
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Accessing a local SQL server 2014 from within a VM running vista using VS2005 fails

My laptop is running Win 7 (x64) and is part of a domain. I've installed SQL Server 2014 Dev and VS2012 on it as I want to use the laptop for development. Since some of my development has to be done ...
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Laptop as second monitor via VGA cable, XP+ Vista

I have host desktop PC (running Windows XP) with a TV Card. I connected it via VGA cable to a laptop that runs Vista. I'd like to extend the desktop screen to the laptop. Both computers detected the ...
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Where does Windows Vista's Notes gadget store your notes?

I like to use the default notes gadget in Windows Vista, and I want to synchronize my notes between my PC and my laptop. I'm going to use Dropbox, so I just need to know where does the gadget store my ...
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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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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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Printing problems from Vista laptop to network HP OfficeJet 8500A

I have a network with some computers connected to it; one of those machines is a laptop running Vista. When I try to print from this laptop the documents just seem to pile up in the spool directory ...
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How to recover Firefox and Chrome bookmarks after upgrade from Windows Vista to 8

I upgraded a laptop from Windows Vista to 8, doing a format & re-install first. Before the format, I used both Windows Backup and Easy Transfer (7) first. I imported the user accounts into ...
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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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How do I manage multiple audio playback devices on Windows Vista/7?

I've got speakers (audio in) and headphones (USB headset with it's own soundcard) connected to my desktop computer. Under Windows 7, I can right-click the Audio Mixer and select Playback Devices and ...
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Windows Vista: image thumbnails do not appear or are suppressed

I am having an annoying problem with image thumbnails in Windows Explorer: they are no longer visible! On occasion, when I switch to a new directory, I'll see some thumbnail images appear/flash ...
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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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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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Mouse takes too long to be discovered

I have a dual PC setup with a device that allows me to use one mouse, keyboard, and monitor (I don't remember what that's called). One PC is running Vista and the other is running Linux. When I switch ...
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Change BIOS settings without display

The state: I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FE41M with a broken display (old laptop from my girlfriends mother) and broken vga port. Windows Vista boots up fine and the display shows a small part on the left ...
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Are the passwords for Windows user accounts encrypted using 128-bit AES? [closed]

I am referring to Windows 7/ Windows XP. Once a user account is locked (windows key + L)/ or logged off, is there anyway to get access to the users' files? Or anyway possible to break into the ...
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Trying to copy 4Go from windows XP to VISTA/7 takes ages

I'm trying to move a 4Go file from a PC running Windows XP to another running Windows Vista / 7, but the transfer speed never goes beyond 1Mb/s. Both computers were connected to a router via WiFi. I ...
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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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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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In Windows' Run command line, how to open “My computer”?

if I do run (Winkey + R) and type "C:\", explorer shows up in "C:\". I'd like to know how to do the same for the My Computer folder in Windows Vista / 7.
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Windows - Can't delete folder from Recycle Bin and it won't restore

Chain of events: Empty Recycle Bin silently fails. Tried it repeatedly. Selected ranges of items in Recycle Bin and deleted them (some didn't work), narrowing down until only one item was left: a ...
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Google Chrome: “The application failed to initialize properly”

Google Chrome stopped working for me today. When I launch Chrome, I see the following error: Windows - Application Error The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click OK ...
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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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What Windows Vista/7 program for scaling windows like compiz?

There's this game I'm playing which uses raster graphics, but it is not suited for high resolution because the text is too small. In GNOME I would have been able to use Compiz scale effect to solve ...
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How to completely remove a wireless network setup from vista?

To remove a wireless connection setup I basically go to (network and sharing center) then select (manage wireless network) and then from the list of wireless networks I right click on the one that I ...
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How can you automate video output/resolution changes in Vista?

I have a laptop with an external monitor and frequently switch between outputting to both the monitor and laptop screen as an extended desktop, and solely outputting to the laptop screen. Every time I ...
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wget/cURL alternative native to Windows?

Is there a wget or cURL type command line utility native to Windows Vista? How does it work?
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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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Choose Default Program dialog does not show up after choosing Open with entry in context menu [duplicate]

For some time now when I click Open with from Windows Explorer's context menu I'm getting this error This file does not have a program associated with it to perform this action. Create an ...
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How can I get a file copied from one location to another location on the same server without the echo

Is it possible to copy a file from one location to another location on the same server without the file traveling from the server to the workstation and then back to the server. The scenario is the ...
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How to fix “authz.dll is corrupt” error?

I've got a Vista x64 box here that throws an error about "authz.dll is corrupt" whenever I start an application. Doesn't seem to hurt the function of the applications, but is very annoying. So far I ...
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How do I tell Windows to use a specific monitor's driver instead of the generic PnP driver?

My BenQ screen looks unsharp and grainy. I downloaded a new driver from BenQ site, but I don't know how to install it. Windows Vista's hardware manager shows "Generic PnP monitor". How to install my ...
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Windows Vista looks like XP post update

The other day the 'Windows Update' service prompted me for several important updates that were available. I sieved the ones that read 'Update for Microsoft Windows' and installed them. Here's a pic of ...
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How to Retrieve WiFi Password when “Show” is grayed out?

I set my own Wifi password and am admin for my computer. I need to add a user, but the password is not what I thought I set. With several Wifi users I want to see my Wifi password so I don't have to ...
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What means a blue question mark in Vista/Windows 7 Device Manager

In Windows Vista/7, a small blue question mark on a white background is overlaid on a device icon in my Device Manager. What does it means? The properties dialog says "this device is working properly" ...
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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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Standard User Account Win 7 can't access folder on Vista

I have a home network with 4 users. The network consists of a Windows Vista Computer and a Windows 7 laptop. On both computers two of the accounts are standard and two are administrative. One of ...
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hibernate takes 4 minutes 38 seconds

I have a 4GB RAM 500GB 7200 rpm HDD laptop and when I hibernate the laptop it takes in the region of 3 or 4 minutes(*) to hibernate. not the 24 seconds it used to take. It takes this long whether or ...
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Why does TortoisePlink.exe show “No supported authentication methods available” where plink.exe works fine?

I have both TortoiseHg 2.3 64 bit and TortoiseGit 1.7.7 64 bit installed on Vista 64 bit. Both TortoiseHg (ssh = "C:\Program Files\TortoiseHg\TortoisePlink.exe" -ssh -2 -C -batch entry in ...
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Wi-Fi connectivity issues after installing Cisco 32-bit VPN client on Windows Vista

I have recently uninstalled a previous version of the Cisco VPN client by using the Windows add/remove utility in Control Panel. After that, I reinstalled the most recent version of the Cisco 32-bit ...