Windows Vista is the operating system released in January 2007, as a successor to Windows XP. It was intended for PCs, workstations and laptops, and shares the same code base as its successor, Windows 7. As a result, questions and answers asked of Windows Vista are mostly interchangeable with those ...

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Windows Vista: error 646 raised by Windows Update when applying update for Office 2007

I have 12 Vista desktops on a Windows 2003 SBS domain. The updates are controlled through Windows Update Services 3. The desktops have the same hardware and software configuration: Windows Vista ...
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Temp files are being created in root directory in Vista

I have a user who has some of his temp files being created in the root directory of the C: drive on his Vista notebook. System Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables > User Variables for USER ...
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How to install on Windows Server 2008, an application that is not natively supported, but not use compatibility mode?

I have an application to install on Windows Server 2008, which is not natively supported by the installer. The application installer permits installation on Windows Vista(or XP, or 7). I do not want ...
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Windows vista and 7 don't honor routing table metric?

I have the route table below on a Vista machine, I can see the same problem on Windows 7 too. If I ping 193.181.14.10, I would expect the OS to honor the metric and choose either 0.0.0.0 ...
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Is it safe to delete files in C:\Windows\Installer?

"C:\Windows\Installer" folder found on Windows Vista is taking around 1 GB of space. Can I safely delete it? Cheers
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Script to delete temp files for all users in XP, Vista, and 7

Basically, we have numerous customers running XP and 7 with a few Vista machines. I've found this batch script, but it is limited to the current user (uses the %userprofile% environment variable). ...
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Recover original file names from Volume Shadow Copy?

In the Volume Shadow Copy folders there are some cryptically names files like: \System Volume Information\{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752} Is there any way to decipher what the file name was ...
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Stop PostgreSQL from starting on Windows?

I have a local postgresql database for development purposes that I dont want to start up every time Windows does - how do I stop it from starting!
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Windows: what is the difference between DEP always on and DEP opt-out with no exceptions?

What is the difference between DEP always on ("/NoExecute=AlwaysOn" in boot.ini) and DEP opt-out ( "/NoExecute=OptOut" in boot.ini) with no exceptions? "no exceptions" = empty list of programs for ...
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How do I get a detailed vista bootlog?

How can I get a detailed report of what/when things are getting loaded during vista boot? The basic reports found in the event viewer are @ too high of a level. Someone must've needed more ...
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System giving me an eventID of 8003 source bowser [closed]

Log Name: System Source: bowser Date: 10/9/2009 8:12:31 PM Event ID: 8003 Task Category: None Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: ...
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How can I map a SFTP to a Drive, natively in Windows [closed]

Today I saw that Vista and Win7 (which I am using) have the option to map ftp natively, according to this article: http://cybernetnews.com/cybernotes-map-a-ftp-to-a-drive-in-windows/ But I need to ...
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finding user's documents folder in .bat script

What is the best way to find a user's Documents folder on XP and Vista from a batch script? Is it safe to assume that it's %USERPROFILE%\Documents?
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Access Denied When Editing MSMQ Messsage Queuing Properties

I'm trying to adjust Message Queuing properties (specifically, message storage limits) via Computer Management on my machine. It fails with the following message: The properties of cannot be set. ...
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How to remotely see what users are logged into Windows 7 or Vista

I need to login to a remote into either a Win7 or Vista computer but when I connect I get a Logon Message "Another user is currently logged on..." but it does not specify who. I have a domain ...
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NFS server in Vista?

Does Vista Ultimate features a NFS server? I have very little experience in this area, but I have a unix-based device which can mount nfs shares and I would like to serve files to it. Is this possible ...
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Network Printers Offline (but not really)

I have two Ricoh printers/copiers setup for IP printing in the office. Before this week there were no problems printing to them. Now a handful of them (All running Vista, not sure if it is every Vista ...
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Group policy drive mapping extension not applying to Vista SP2 machine

I have one GPO (called Desktop_User) that applies to a Windows 7 and a Windows Vista machine. When I log on to this systems, the drive mapping works on the Windows 7 machine but the Windows Vista ...
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Gpresult provides wrong output on vista machine regarding UAC settings

I have two workstations running Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 and Windows Vista Business 32bit with SP2. Both are in the same OU and have a GPO linked named Hardening_Computers_Clients. This ...
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Make Vista Volume Control to remember application-level volume level

Windows Vista has an application-level volume levels for sound devices. There is a Speaker (master volume), an "application" Windows Sounds and further applications. What makes the system to forget ...
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How to rename multiple computers in a domain

I've inherited this stupid name convention: COMPANYNAME-CITY20090724 or COMPANYNAME-CITY-JOHN It doesn't tell me anything about the location (floor, department). John left the company months ago. ...
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Matching Serial to OS Edition

Is there a way to determine from a serial Key which build/version it belongs to? The previous admin provided a list of keys, but no indication of what OS they are for. Specifically Win Vista and Win ...
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Conflicts with MS Office temporary files when using Offline Folders on Vista

We are using Offline Folders feature of Windows Vista to make files on network shares available when out of office. Mostly it is working, but every time I do a sync I get a lot of such errors: ...
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Edit files in Vista

I want to modify a file in vista ( C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts ) but I can't write it to disk. Similar thing happen with other files that are not under my user directory. C:\Users\me I am ...
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How to run a program marked as requiring elevation via UAC without actual elevation on Windows 7?

I have a program, specifically an installer, which is marked is requiring elevation with highestAvailable approach. I am using an administrator account with UAC at the highest level. Is it possible ...
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How do I install Multilingual User Interface (MUI) for Terminal Services on Windows 2008 Server (not R2)?

Windows Server is based on Vista, so most guides online are useless. Moreover, the Microsoft download page that allows me to download the image file (which presumably contains the language pack CABs) ...
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WMF 4.0 & DSC on Vista? Any chance?

I am currently evaluating the Microsoft PowerShell Desired State Configuration feature. Unfortunately, my company is still running more then 5000+ Vista clients (and W2003 servers), which seems like ...
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What's the best way to move c:\users to d:\users under vista/W7 [closed]

I just installed Windows 7 RC1 and want to move c:\users to d:\users. What's the best way to do this? Due to the fact that Windows 7 creates a reserved partition that is mounted as C: in the ...
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Huge host CPU usage in idle vmware guest. Ubuntu 10.04 host, Vista SP2 guest

I'm experiencing huge host CPU usage with an idle vmware guest. Host: Ubuntu 10.04 32-bit 2.6.32-24-generic-pae. (Very new install, i.e 24 hours ago) Hardware is Dell XPS M1530 laptop, 4GB ram. ...
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Free software to monitor serial port communication [closed]

I'm looking for the Wireshark of Serial Port monitoring. I'd prefer free/open-source software, but am willing to look at commercial solutions if the price is reasonable. It needs to be compatible ...
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How do I change the default location for a users home directory in Vista?

I would like to move the default location of my c:\Users\USERNAME to another drive. What is the easiest way to do this and how? I know that I can move each of my "Special Folders" like Documents, ...
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Reserving Ports on Windows Vista?

Is there a way to reserve a range of ports on windows vista? On windows XP and 2003 there was a registry key for that (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812873), does anyone know of a method to do so ...
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BIND DNS SERVFAIL ERROR

I am attempting to setup a bind DNS server for use with a domain I recently registered using No-IP. I registered my DNS server with No-IP using ns1.mydomain.net and ns2.mydomain.net pointing to the ...
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Vista auto-login as local user on a domain-joined computer

We have an environment that requires laptops to login as a local user even through the machine is joined to the domain. With XP, we could push out registry keys: DefaultUserName = 'ALocalUser' ...
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GPO: Applying a home page to Win7 and Vista Clients running IE9

I am trying to set the homepage on several Windows 7 and Vista machines via Group Policy Preferences. Both are running Internet Explorer 9. The "apply once and do not reapply" option is enabled, as i ...
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How useful is ReadyBoost on W7 (or Vista)

As a cheap (and temporary, if I can convince the powers that be to buy more RAM), solution to speed up some development laptops, is it worthwhile using ReadyBoost with a few spare SD cards? I'm ...
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Tomcat won't start - how to check that port 8080 is not in use

Tomcat won't start, and it has worked perfectly before. I suspect something else is running on port 8080. I am running Windows Vista. How do I check that nothing else is using port 8080. I have ...
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How to format as FAT32 from Windows 7/Vista

What is the best way to format a USB drive with FAT32 (for Mac compatibility) from within Windows 7/Vista? I ask because the Disk Management only lets you pick exFAT (because the disk is over 32GB I ...
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How do I get my Apache virtual hosts working?

I'm trying to set up virtual hosts for local development and can't seem to get it working. I have this in my httpd.conf: NameVirtualHost * <VirtualHost *> ServerName localhost DocumentRoot ...
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How does Windows decides which DNS Server to use when resolving names?

What algorithm does Windows use to decide which DNS Server it will query in order to resolve names? Let's say I have several interfaces, all active, some with no dns server specified, some told to ...
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Installed Vista SP2 - Computer loads black screen with cursor then restarts - Only boots when disabling driver sig enforcement

Working on a customer's Vista machine, we started the install for Service Pack 2 and walked away. When we returned, it was in Startup Repair after having failed to start. We then loaded Windows ...
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Rename files to empty filename in Windows (Vista)

Vista allows files with empty "first name" (for example, ".svn"). However, when I try to remove the filename of an existing file, leaving the prefix, in Explorer or using cmd's 'rename', I fail. How ...
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How to remove 'Administrator:' from the command promt title

In Windows Vista, is there a way to remove the word 'Administrator:' from the title of a command prompt window? The 'title' command just updates the part after 'Administrator:', so that will not do.
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Does anyone out there know how to install and manage an SMTP service on a machine that runs Windows VIsta?

I am working on a php program which would allow a user to enter information in a form and then send that information to a particular email address. I've been told that you need to have something ...
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Apache Unclean shutdown of previous apache run [closed]

I'm having problem with running Apache2.2 on my Vista machine. When I clean install Apache it works just fine, but after I installed PHP, I'm getting this error message in logs. [Fri Oct 23 21:29:02 ...
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Log places to look for when a Vista service stops immediatly

I'm trying to diagnose why cygwin sshd service starts and stops immediately. In the Vista application event log I found: sshd: PID 3480: `sshd' service stopped, exit status: 255 It doesn't help ...
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Windows Server 2008 (sp2) stops responding on network share requests from Windows Vista and 7 clients

I have two Windows Server 2008 SP2 machines (TFS and TFSBUILD). Periodically, the TFSBUILD server shares (\TFSBUILD\ShareName or \TFSBUILD\C$) become unresponsive to requests from Windows Vista ...
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Norton Ghost EBAB03F1: The specified network name is no longer available

After about 15 minutes, a Norton Ghost 14 backup fails with Error EBAB03F1: The specified network name is no longer available. The source computer is a P4 laptop running Windows XP SP3. The target ...
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How do I purge or empty Windows Explorer's network username and sharename cache?

While troubleshooting a Samba vs Windows Network issue, I noticed that Windows' Explorer remembers login credentials of remote shares, even if you ask it not to. For instance, after accessing a share ...