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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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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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 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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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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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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VNC from Windows to Mac freezing constantly [closed]

I'm trying to VNC into an OSX 10.4.11 box from Vista using RealVNC and TightVNC. I can connect successfully, but after a minute or so my VNC window freezes completely, while on the Mac the ...
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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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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 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 ...
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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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How can I map a SFTP to a Drive, natively in Windows

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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Stop external USB keyboard repeating key presses on Vista

We have an infuriating problem with a (Vista/Dell) laptop. When an external (Logitech) USB keyboard is attached to it, it regularly starts repeating key presses. When the user recently deleted an ...
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Vista Power Management GPO

I've created a loopback GPO that has several settings (both computer and user) including a Custom User Interface (Access 2007 Application) and Power Management (has the computer sleep after being idle ...
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MS Office shortcuts in start menu don't work on Vista

In Vista (Business), the shortcuts that are automatically added to the start menu (for recently run programs) don't work for MS Office programs. You click on them and nothing happens. Has anyone seen ...
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How important is UAC for developers?

Our small team of developers primarily uses Windows Vista. There has been some debate about the importance of Vista UAC (User Account Control). How important is UAC for experienced users, ...
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Would you recommend Windows Vista?

Windows Vista in generally considered not much of a success by microsft and I've heard many computer support shops recommend against it. The typical opinion is to stick with XP then upgrade to 7 but I ...
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Remote Desktop Security

I currently run Remote Desktop on my home computer (Vista Ultimate). It is always on so I can access things from my home computer when I am not there. I have a linksys firewall and use port forwarding ...
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How long should we wait before deploying Vista / Server2008 SP2

Now that Microsoft have released Vista & Server 2008 SP2 (see Lifehacker). How long should I wait before installing it on: Stand alone machines PCs on the domain Windows servers "Critical" ...
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How can I force the 32-bit version of the remote desktop client to run on 64 bit Vista?

Normally it is quite easy to run the 32 bit version of a windows application from the command line, e.g. run window: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Notepad.exe You can tell that the process is 32-bit by ...
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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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On Windows Vista, is there a way to allow an application to always run with elevated permissions?

Here is the scenario, I have an application that requires elevated permissions to run on my Windows Vista based HTPC, but I don't want to disable UAC because the computer is always connected to the ...
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Good/free tool or way to backup drivers

What is good free tool to backup all currently installed hardware drivers, or is there manual way to do it too? Also, simple way to restore backed up collection of drivers to fresh reinstalled system, ...
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VNC on Vista

I'm using UltraVNC on my Vista machine, and it's giving me very poor performance, even over a 300 mbs network. It seems to be doing screen polling. I looked, and it doesn't look like the video hook ...
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RAM disk for Vista 64-bit

I have a workstation with 8GB RAM running Vista 64-bit. I'd like to try running some small server VMs in a virtual RAM disk to see how much performance improves. I haven't made a RAM disk since my ...
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Cisco VPN Client on Vista - Virtual Adapter

I have used the Cisco VPN client for years, and on XP it is pretty much rock solid, on Vista, not so much. You might be able to connect, but unless you set up a constant ping to something, it usually ...
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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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Preventing applications flashing in my taskbar - is this possible?

I'd like to prevent / restrict the amount of times an applications flashes in my task bar. For example, messenger chat windows. If I ignore them, they keep flashing. Ideally, what I'd like to do is ...
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HP z800 running Vista loses NVIDIA display settings after Windows Update

Not sure if this is a SuperUser question or not... I'm approaching from the administrator's perspective. One of my users is on an HP z800 workstation running a financial trading application. This ...
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Virtual PC (XPMode) - Setting up Loopback Adapter for guest to talk to host

I have Windows XP running inside Windows 7 via Virtual PC (XPMode). Now I want the IE6 browser inside the virtual XP guest instance to be able to talk to the IIS webserver running in the host OS ...
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Cannot start IIS - how do I find what is running on port 80?

This is on a Windows Vista machine running IIS 7. Trying to start Default Web Site, but it says: "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process? If I change binding ...
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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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Windows Vista activation in VMWare

Our QA team requires Vista VMs for testing (installers, features, performance general compatibility, etc.). Physical PCs with Vista installed don't cut it since they make it difficult to roll back to ...
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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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Archived and queued Windows Error Reporting

Just ran Disk Cleanup on a computer here (Windows Vista), and saw 3 items in the list I haven't seen before: Per user archived Windows Error Repo... | 402 MB System archived WIndows Error Repor... | ...
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Why does connecting to Snow Leopard from Vista using VNC hang every 5 mins or so?

There was a post discussing VNC hanging when connecting to OS X a few months back, but it was OS X 10.4, so I thought I'd see if someone has experience with our problem. We're trying to remotely ...
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Windows disk imaging for backup with auto scheduling

I am after a way to automatically schedule a disk image backup of Windows Vistas x64 systems. Required features Ability to run on nightly schedule with no user involvement (so this takes out things ...
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Vista Failure Auditing

I need to meet government security requirements in order to ship my product. Here is specific requirement I am trying to meet: Group ID (Vulid): V-1080 Group Title: File Auditing ...
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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 can I script schtasks so it doesn't need a password?

I'm trying to install some software using a batch script and using schtasks to start a service every day at midnight. The script works fine, but it prompts for a password, which causes the script to ...
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nslookup resolves but Vista network stack doesn't

On a Vista x64 PC with a wired connection to a Server 2003 Domain environment, a DHCP-assigned IP, and an empty hosts file, intermittently any attempt to ping, telnet or otherwise resolve a particular ...
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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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My Vista's nslookup returns an ipv4 address for an ipv6 site

the command: nslookup ipv6.google.com doesn't work quite well. somtimes it returns an correct ipv6 address, sometimes it returns an ipv4 address. How can this happen? [im using OpenDNS] much ...
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Why is my hosts file not working?

I've been using the hosts file to for local website development, and it's recently stopped working. No entries other than localhost resolve. I've simplified to test, so it now contains only ...
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IPSec VPN on Vista

My company uses IPCop to configure it's VPN. We have an IPSec script that runs on Windows XP to open a connection using a security certificate for authentication. Microsoft totally changed things ...
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Is XP Home Edition good enough?

We (a small company) have just bought a couple of HP Minis for mail/web/office tools. The HP minis were preinstalled with XP Home Edition, and we are considering XP Professional or Vista Business. Do ...
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Vista's Unique Keyboard Shortcuts

I've always been a big fan of keyboard shortcuts, and one of my favorites was for times when I'd lost mouse control due to a deal battery and I needed to respond to something or other flashing in the ...
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Good firewall for Vista? [closed]

I just bought my first laptop. It runs Vista, and I need a software firewall to protect both its Ethernet and wifi connections. I use the free Comodo Personal Firewall on my desktop, but I read that ...
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Upgrading From Vista to windows 7

Will we get same performance of a fresh windows 7 installation by upgrading vista to windows 7.
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How to remove a workstation from a domain with no DC

My Google-fu is failing me for me some reason but I need to remove a machine (Vista workstation) from a non-existent domain and domain controller. It's prompting me for the domain administrator's ...
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How to force Kill process in Vista? [closed]

Ok, I've tried in the task manager - it didn't worked. Then I've tried in command line by: taskkill /im name.exe /F And it says (it's a translation from polish, so it's not exact): ERROR: can't ...