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11 years 8 months ago #30059 by Momok_Siam
How To: Turn on Windows Vista’s Hidden ‘Checkboxes’ Feature

You can see that Microsoft’s new operating system Windows Vista may not bring any major new features to the table (unless you count bulletproof security and simplified deployment as features), but it does have a smorgasbord of smaller ones.Some features in Windows Vista are so small, in fact, that they don’t even have proper names. For example,most tech-savvy users know how to select multiple files in former Windows operating systems like Windows XP: Hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each individual file. Of course, that can get a little tricky if you’re working with a long list and/or a lot of files: It’s too easy to mis-click and “lose” all your selections.Windows Vista offers a check-box feature designed to simplify the selection of multiple files: Instead of holding down the Ctrl key while clicking each individual file, you can click a checkbox next to each one you want to select.

To enable this Feature in Windows Vista, launch Windows Explorer, press the [Alt] key to toggle the Menu Bar on, pull down the Tools menu, and select Folder Options. When you see the Folder Options dialog box, select the View tab. Then, under the Advanced Settings scroll down to the bottom of the list and select the Use Check Boxes To Select Items check box. Click OK to complete the operation.

Now, when you hover your mouse pointer over the files in Windows Explorer, a check box will momentarily appear next each file as you move past it. If you select the check box, it will remain next to the file and the file will be selected. You can continue selecting files in this manner until you’ve selected all that you want.

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11 years 8 months ago #30060 by Momok_Siam
How To: Add “Open with Notepad” Option to Windows Vista Right-Click Context Menu

Do you use Notepad editor very frequently in Windows Vista to open all types of text files? There are situations where you need to open plain-text files (where the file type is not registered in your system, or the file has NO extension at all) using Notepad or any other text editor. Usually, you use the Open With dialog and select Notepad from the list. If Notepad is not available in the list, you browse to Notepad.exe in the Windows folder and add it to the dialog.

This quick Windows Vista registry tweak will add “Open with Notepad” to all of your file context menus. Whenever you right click on a file, you will have the option to open it in Notepad.

Copy and paste the code below into Notepad. Then save it as OpenWithNotepad.reg file and import it to the Windows Vista registry by clicking on it.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\*\\shell\\Open with Notepad]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\*\\shell\\Open with Notepad\\command]
@=”notepad.exe %1″

After implementing the changes, the Open with Notepad option will appear when you right-click on any file type in Windows Vista Explorer. Be aware that opening binary files (For example: .exe, .dll, .com and so forth..) using Notepad and saving them would corrupt the file and may no longer run. Use this Open with Notepad option in Windows Vista right-click context menu only for files containing text content.

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11 years 8 months ago #30061 by Momok_Siam
How To: Automatically Log On To a User Account in Windows Vista(Bypass Welcome Screen)

If Windows Vista has ever booted on your computer, then you are familiar with the boot screen.Windows Vista will display the logon screen in case there are multiple user accounts or if the single user has set up a password. Of course that the simplest way to circumvent the Windows Vista logon screen, if you own the only user account on your machine, is to do without the password. This will cause the operating system to not display a logon screen during start up. A single user with no password will be automatically logged on.

Just follow the easy steps outlined below to make Windows Vista automatically log on to your user account. After completing these steps, Windows Vista will stop prompting you for a user name and password on startup!

Method 1: By Using Advanced User Accounts Tools in Widows Vista

* Open the Windows Vista Start menu and in the search box type controluserpasswords2 and hit Enter.
* Select your username from the list, turn off the Users must enter a username and password to user this computer option, and then click OK.
* When prompted, enter your password twice and click OK.
* Open the Power Options window in Control Panel.
* Click Change plan settings under the currently selected plans.
* Then, click Change advanced power setting on the next page.
* Under the Additional Settings branch, set the Require a Password in wakeup option to NO and click OK.
* The last step is to jump to the Personalization page in the Control Panel and then click Screen Saver, turn-off the On resume, display logon screen option and click OK.

Method 2:By Windows Vista Registry Tweak

Instructions for Setting AutoAdminLogon in Windows Vista

* Launch Windows Vista registry editor(By running Regedit.exe).
* Navigate to the registry key:HKLM\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\winlogon
* Set the value of string AutoAdminLogon to 1 (one means on, zero means off)
* Create a new String Value called DefaultPassword
* Set the value of DefaultPassword = “P@ssw0rd”
* Check for the existence of a REG_SZ called DefaultUserName. The value should reflect the user who you wish to logon automatically.
* If this value does not exist, then right-click in the right pane, New, REG_SZ, name it, DefaultUserName.
* Set the string value to the required UserName.
* Optional Item: If your Vista Machine has joined a domain, then create a String Value called DefaultDomainName.
* Set the value of DefaultDomainName = “OnlyYouKnowDomain”

Here is a summary of the four key registry settings:

“DefaultDomainName”=””. Definitely needed in a domain situation.

From now on, when your PC starts up, Windows Vista will log on automatically.

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11 years 8 months ago #30062 by Momok_Siam
How To: Fix Windows Vista Update Error Code 8000FFFF “Cannot update the computer”

Are you affected by the Windows Vista Update Error problem? This happens when you are trying to update Windows Vista and instead of working like it should, you receive an error 8000FFFF. So, whats the deal with the Windows Vista update error and what exactly does 8000FFFF mean?

The Windows Vista update error 8000FFF “Cannot update the computer”problem has been widely reported by Vista users with 4GB or more of ram, but can occur on other configurations as well.

The Windows Vista update error 8000FFF can occur if one of the following factor is true:

* The relevant Windows Update services stop working.
* The temporary folder of Windows Update has been corrupted.
* Windows Update Agent does not work.

At this time, let’s try the following steps to troubleshoot this Windows Vista update issue. After completing the steps, please perform Windows Update to check the result.

Step 1: Verify the relevant Windows Update services

* Click on Windows Vista Start, type services.msc in the Start Search box and press Enter.
* In the right pane, please check whether the following three services have been started:

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
Windows Event Log
Windows Update

* If not, please start them one by one.

Step 2: Rename the Windows Update SoftwareDistribution folder

* Click on Windows Vista Start, type notepad in Start Search box, and press Enter.
* Copy the following commands and then paste them into the open Notepad editor window:

net stop wuauserv
net stop Cryptsvc
ren %windir%\\SoftwareDistribution SD.old
ren %windir%\\system32\\catroot2 catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start Cryptsvc

* After pasting the above commands, please close the Notepad editor window. Choose Save when you are prompted to save the file. Type “register.bat” as the file name and choose Desktop from the left panel as the location.
* Refer to the Windows Vista Desktop, right click the register.bat file, and choose Run as administrator.
* You will see a DOS-like window processing.

Note: Please look at the cmd window and make sure it says that it was successfully started. After that, please run Windows Update to test the issue again.

If the Windows Vista update error 0×8000ffff persists when searching for updates, let’s reinstall Windows Update Agent 3.0.

Step 3: Reinstall Windows Update Agent 3.0

* Please download the file from the following link:

Windows Vista (32bit)-

* Save the file to D: drive.

Note: Please select a drive where Windows Vista was not loaded because the file cannot be launched directly from the system root directory.

* Click Start, click Run, type: “D:\\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe /wuforce” (without quotations) and then press Enter to install the Windows Update engine.

Note: There is a space between “D:\\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe” and “/wuforce”.Now, let’s run Windows Update again.

Please also try the following steps to troubleshoot the Windows Vista update issue 8000FFF “Cannot update the computer”:

* Click on Windows Vista Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and press Enter.
* In the Windows Registry Editor window, expand: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\COMPONENTS, right-click COMPONENTS and select Export to backup the registry key.After that, please delete the following entries in the right pane:


* Restart the Windows Vista computer and try to perform Windows Update again.

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11 years 8 months ago #30063 by Momok_Siam
How To: Fix When Clock, Volume, Power or Network Icons in System Tray are Missing and Grayed Out in Windows Vista

Clock, Volume, Network and Power or Battery icons on Windows Vista notification area (system tray) is system icons that users can choose to display or hide. However, sometimes, any or all of these system icons can disappear, missing or hiding from notification area.

So you notice you are missing icons in the Windows Vista System Tray, like the clock or volume icons, and then you realize that you simply can’t enable them because the check boxes are grayed out. So what do you do?

Enable missing system tray icons by editing Windows Vista registry:

You can solve all of these problems by looking in two separate places in the Windows Vista registry, and then deleting a bunch of keys in each location.

Open up regedit.exe through the Windows Vista start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following registry key:


If you see any of the following key names in the right-hand pane, delete them:

* No Tray Items Display
* Hide Clock
* Hide SCA Power
* Hide SCA Volume
* No Auto Tray Notify
* Hide SCA Network

After deleting the values in that pane, browse to the following registry key and then repeat the process:


You’ll have to logout from Windows Vista and then back in, and then most likely go back into taskbar properties and re-check the boxes for each.

Enable missing system tray icons in Windows Vista via Local
Group Policy Editor

* Run GPedit.msc to start Windows Vista Local Group Policy Editor.
* Expand the tree to go to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar.
* Change set the state value to Disable or Not Configured for the following group policies to enable showing or displaying of the icon in the notification area.Clock: Remove Clock from the system notification area
Volume: Remove the volume control icon
Network: Remove the networking icon
Power (battery) Icon: Remove the battery meter
* Close the Local Group Policy Editor.
* Restart Explorer, Log off and log on again, or restart computer to make the change effective.

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