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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

100
votes
21answers
6k views

Easiest way to find out if user has either Windows 7 or Vista (through telephone support)?

If you have to provide some initial troubleshooting support by phone [or email], and you don't have access to the user's PC itself, what is the easiest and most foolproof question one can ask of the ...
95
votes
10answers
214k views

How to stop jucheck from running? Java won't remember “Check for Updates Automatically” setting

I've installed Java on Windows Vista, and every day I get a Vista security warning asking me if I want to run "jucheck". Apparently this is the Java automatic updater. Well, I don't want it to run ...
80
votes
1answer
9k views

Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to install and transfer Windows licenses?

We get a lot of questions on Super User about Windows activation and licensing. This question is an attempt to answer the most common questions in one place with a canonical answer. When ...
42
votes
7answers
46k views

Enable smooth scrolling in Excel for large cells

When I have rather big (height wise) cell in MS Excel and am trying to scroll via mouse or even via scrollbar (clicking on "<-" "->" pointers) - Excel just jumps below to the next cell, hiding even ...
41
votes
6answers
40k views

How can I suppress those annoying Thumbs.db files in Windows Vista and Windows 7?

In Windows XP, there used to be a folder setting like "Do not cache thumbnails." I can't seem to find something similar for Windows Vista and Windows 7, and every folder on my network containing a ...
41
votes
2answers
30k views

How can you use Windows Backup with a TrueCrypt encrypted backup destination?

Background There are numerous backup solutions out there for Windows and they come in many different forms. From a file copy and/or syncing tool like SyncBackSE to whole hard drive backup utilities ...
35
votes
6answers
569 views

The ghost of icons past, should I pray to Saint William? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do my shortcut icons get broken on Windows 7? I am fortnightly (or an approximation thereof) visited by the ghosts of icons, long departed. These apparitions only ...
33
votes
6answers
9k views

How do I get to the root cause of high Deferred Procedure Calls?

I've got a Dual core processor, and one of the two is constantly at 100%. Looking in ProcessExplorer shows me that it's Deferred Procedure Calls. Reading around the net seems to give me tons of ...
33
votes
5answers
67k views

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 ...
31
votes
8answers
62k views

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.
31
votes
5answers
57k views

How do I disable “you need to format this disk” message in Windows Vista/7?

I've started using TrueCrypt to encrypt a partition on an external USB hard drive. I've opted for using a raw partition as opposed to a file container. But here's the annoyance. Whenever I connect ...
27
votes
3answers
122k views

How do I recover a closed Sticky Note in Windows?

By accident, I closed my sticky notes in Windows. Is there any way to recover them?
24
votes
8answers
29k views

Is there a shortcut command in Windows command prompt to get to the current users home directory like there is in Linux?

I am used to using cd ~ to get right into my home directory. In windows command prompt I have to do cd Users\username to get there. Is there a shortcut like the Linux one? It would be nice if I ...
23
votes
4answers
174k views

Make Windows forget a network connection password?

Is there a way to prevent Windows from remembering the network password after it connects? So that upon disconnecting Windows won't reconnect without re-entering password.
22
votes
3answers
6k views

What are the technical differences between Windows Vista and Windows 7?

I'm interested in finding an unabridged technical manual documenting all of the differences between the two operating systems. In Tanenbaum's latest edition of Modern Operating Systems (3rd Edition), ...
21
votes
5answers
6k views

What program do you use to edit file associations in Vista and Windows 7?

We all know that Vista and Windows 7 doesn't let you specify custom extensions or customize them to your liking. What program do you use to edit file associations in Vista and Windows 7? EDIT: ...
21
votes
2answers
1k views

How to make explorer in Vista remember a folder's view?

For no apparent rhyme or reason Vista will decide to show a folder that was previously in details view to start showing thumbnails. I go to the folder and right-click, Customize, and set it the ...
20
votes
7answers
3k views

Is it possible to use a storage disk (such as a USB drive) as RAM?

My motherboard (HP Pavilion s3000y) only supports 2GB of RAM max. Which means that I can only allocate 1GB for running VMs, and applications that use a lot of RAM are slow (such as games and Visual ...
20
votes
2answers
6k views

How can I tell whether a process is running with administrator permissions?

I'm using Windows Vista, with UAC enabled. I've installed an application, and the installer required admin privileges. The installer then started the application. I'd like to know if the application ...
20
votes
5answers
51k views

How do I swap audio output of the left and right speakers?

I have two speakers stereo speakers but when I use the sound control panel applet to test my audio configuration I get sound in the right speaker when the user interface indicates the right speaker ...
20
votes
5answers
43k views

Move the Public folders on Windows 7

This question is not about user folders, but rather the Public user folder on Windows 7. How do you map folders such as Music, Pictures, Video to a different location. If you right click, go to ...
20
votes
6answers
25k views

How to check the partition alignment on an SSD drive?

As I understand it, for SSD it's important to have partitions starting at the proper offset (i.e. correctly aligned). How can I check this offset under Windows Vista?
19
votes
6answers
9k views

Is it possible to disable the “scan and fix” message when inserting an SD Card?

Every time I insert the SD card from my camera into the card reader, I get this dialog: Of course there is no need to scan it. Is there a way to disable it?
18
votes
11answers
44k views

How to safely remove a USB drive when “Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' device because a program is still using it.”?

With Windows XP and Windows Vista, I try to remove an external USB hard drive, but usually get the message ""Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' device because a program is still using it.". I ...
18
votes
5answers
33k views

How can I get VirtualBox to play nicely with dual monitors?

I use VirtualBox to run a Ubuntu x64 guest under a Vista x64 host with a 19" and 15" monitor. I enable seamless mode in VirtualBox, but the windows don't actually move anywhere other than the ...
17
votes
2answers
99k views

What is svchost.exe (LocalSystemNetworkRestricted) when I see it in the Resource Monitor in Windows vista and why is it slowing me down?

Sometimes, when my computer is frozen and just about unusable, it seems that the cause is some heavy background processing. Sometimes, I can catch who is using all my disk-bandwidth using Resource ...
16
votes
10answers
56k views

Force native resolution to Non-PnP monitor in Windows

I've got a 22-inch, 1680 x 1050 monitor. Brand X2gen, model MW22U. Connected by DVI cable to my NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT graphics card. Several days ago my monitor stopped working. It displayed ...
16
votes
4answers
32k views

Stopping Microsoft Search from eating my hard drive

I have Windows Vista on a machine and I noticed quite a bit of hard drive was disappearing. I ran a utility to show me where it all went. I found the following directory consumes over 2GB of space: ...
15
votes
4answers
403 views

How to copy text in the Windows command line 'cmd'?

Is there any way to copy text that's shown in the Command Prompt window C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe to the clipboard?
15
votes
5answers
13k views

Disable Auto-Restart Prompt after Windows Update (in Windows Vista/7)

I've mastered how to disable/delay the Automatic Restart prompt after Windows Update deems it necessary to restart my computer in XP. But, now I'm using both Windows 7 and Vista and that method no ...
14
votes
17answers
646 views

How can I make it as difficult as possible to connect to the Internet from my “work computer”?

I can't work. I need to work. But I'm here and on dozens of other sites. I read Paul Graham's essay about "Disconnecting Distractions" and this is actually something I tried before - using my other ...
14
votes
5answers
28k views

What is the Windows hotkey to minimise a single, currently active, window?

I'm familiar with windows-d to show desktop but sometimes I just want to minimise two or three windows as they become active and not the whole lot. Running Vista if that makes a difference. Cheers.
14
votes
6answers
1k views

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 ...
14
votes
8answers
27k views

Moving a window from a disconnected monitor to connected monitor on Vista

I have a laptop that runs Vista Mega Ultimate Amazing for Business 64-bit. When at work, I connect a monitor via USB (which totally rocks) to the "left" of the laptop monitor. It's identified as ...
14
votes
9answers
19k views

Disable preview thumbnails during Alt+Tab switching in Windows Vista / 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Disable or delay alt-tab Aero Peek effect in Windows 7 I'm running Win7 on a laptop without aero and I much prefer the traditional Alt+Tab switcher where you just see ...
14
votes
5answers
16k views

SFTP as a folder on Vista

Is there a program available for Vista, that allows me to set up a folder as an SFTP connection to a remote server? The use case is to have a folder on my desktop, where I can drag/drop/edit files ...
14
votes
7answers
20k views

Fonts without file extension, install on Windows?

I have received a folder of fonts which I need to install on Windows. The problem is, they do not have file extensions. For each font there are two files. One of those two gives some info when ...
14
votes
5answers
15k views

Troubleshooting failed upgrade to Windows 7?

I've upgraded three PCs from Vista to Windows 7 without incident, but the fourth one is a bit of a problem. The Windows 7 install fails and rolls back to Vista with: The upgrade was not ...
13
votes
7answers
2k views

Why does Windows still have the BSOD on Ctrl+Scroll+Scroll “feature”?

While Windows XP came out I heard about a testing feature that existed to manually cause a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). I also heard this was supposed to be removed in XP Service Pack 2. It didn't get ...
13
votes
5answers
4k views

Moving users folder on Windows Vista to another partition - bad idea?

I am aware of two questions - one here and one on serverfault which ask HOW to do this. I even provided answers myself, having done it a few months back. But now I'm having second thoughts. My plan ...
13
votes
1answer
5k views

How can I get “Open PowerShell Here” in my context menu?

In XP I was used to having the "Open Command Window Here" option in my context menu for folders. In Vista, it's hidden by default, but I know that I can hold shift when right clicking to see that ...
12
votes
8answers
15k views

Why is usable RAM less than total RAM?

My girlfriend bought a laptop last week. It's a core 2 duo with 4 GB We installed vista 64bit, and one of the first things we did was right click on "My computer" to see gthe properties. Immediately ...
12
votes
4answers
35k views

How do you defragment the MFT on an NTFS disk?

A while ago, I nearly filled my hard drive, much more than the recommended maximum of 85% of capacity. I believe that NTFS started storing files in the space reserved for the Master File Table (MFT) ...
12
votes
4answers
12k views

What's using up my disk space?

My Vista 64 installation has drive C, a 150 GB hard drive. I also has a 1.5 TB drive D. My C drive has 12.3 GB free. I don't know what's using up all the space. There's almost 83 GB unaccounted ...
12
votes
8answers
28k views

wget/cURL alternative native to Windows?

Is there a wget or cURL type command line utility native to Windows Vista? How does it work?
12
votes
7answers
3k views

What is the effect of always sleeping a laptop? Is it bad for batteries or something else? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it bad to put your computer in sleep mode every time? I do not shut down my laptop (os:vista). Instead I always make it sleep. Are there any bad consequences of this ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I create a shortcut to “Foo” without “ - Shortcut” suffix?

Whenever I create a shortcut to a file or folder in Vista, I'd like it to not automatically append " - Shortcut" to the name of the shortcut. For example: Create a shortcut to the "Foo" ...
11
votes
2answers
18k views

Delete Windows file association using .reg file

Question: Using a .reg file, how do I completely remove a file type association? I tried e.g. deleting HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\myextension_auto_file but that's apparently not enough. Background: On Windows ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

How do defragmenting programs work?

a) What algorithm would a typical defragmenting program use to get rid of the fragmentation? b) In Defraggler, I have a quick defrag option and a defrag option. Assuming defrag would do a normal ...
11
votes
3answers
8k views

How to replace Windows Explorer breadcrumbs with classic full path textbox?

I want to permanently replace the Windows Explorer folder-buttons breadcrumbs address bar with the classic full file path textbox address bar. I know you can double click on the address bar to ...