Sep 15 2007

Speed up Vista By Adjusting Its Visual Effects

Windows Vista sure looks pretty with all its Eye Candy turned on. But unless you have a powerful system you will notice a marked improvement in speed if you turn off some or all of the visual effects. Here’s how to adjust the Visual Settings.

  1. Click the Start Orb.
  2. Type sysdm.cpl in the search box.
  3. Right click sysdm.cpl in the Programs section and choose “Run as Administrator”.
  4. Click continue if the UAC pops up.
  5. Click the “Advanced tab”.
  6. In the Performance section click “Settings”.
  7. Click the Visual Effects tab.
  8. Then choose one of the options.

Here’s where all the options are located.

You can let Windows choose what’s best for my computer.

Adjust for best appearance.

Adjust for best performance. And Custom.

If you’re experiencing speed issues I recommend setting it to Adjust for best Performance and give it a try, then slowly turn on other options.

Note: Adjusting for best performance will also disable Aero Glass effects.

To see Screen shots for the process, Click the Read the rest of this entry link.

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    Sep 13 2007

    Create An Instant System Restore Point

    Creating a System Restore Point should be quick and easy and today’s tip will show you how to create a script to do just that in only 2 clicks of your mouse.

    First we need to create the Visual Basic script.

    Step 1. Open a new text file by right clicking an empty space on your desktop and choosing New > Text Document

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    Sep 12 2007

    Speed Up Access To Your Files And Folders

    Here’s a tip to save you a few seconds of searching for frequently accessed files or folders. Open up Windows Explorer or My computer and look to the upper left side and you’ll see Favorite Links section. Now just locate a file or folder you open a lot and drag it to the Favorite Links section, and it will create a shortcut there. You can add as many as you like, and drag then to any order you like.

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    Now next time you open Explorer you can quickly find to your file or folder.

    If you want to get rid of an item just right click and choose Remove Link.

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    Sep 11 2007

    Turn Off Vista’s File Deletion Prompts

    If you still have Vista’s UAC (user account control) turned on and try to delete a file you will get 2 pop-up boxes to click thru. A delete file confirmation box and a UAC prompt.

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    To keep the UAC prompt but eliminate the file delete confirmation box, right click the Recycle Bin, select Properties, uncheck Display delete confirmation dialog, and click OK. Just make sure you really want to delete the file. And now you have 1 less pop up box to click thru.

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    Sep 9 2007

    Ctrl+Shift+Esc, A Quicker Way To Your TaskManager In Vista

    If you find yourself using Vista’s TaskManager a lot you know the old 3 finger salute,  Alt+Ctrl+Delete, In Vista it brings up a splash screen and then you can choose Start the TaskManager.

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    but there’s a quicker way that lets you bypass the splash screen. Just use Ctrl+Shift+Esc and it will take you right there.

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    Sep 8 2007

    Get An Onscreen Keyboard In Vista

    Windows Vista comes with a virtual onscreen keyboard that you can use in an emergency if your regular one fails, but only if you have a shortcut to it that you can click with your mouse. This has saved my bacon once already so I thought I’d pass it along. Now I’m not saying its a pleasure to use but in an emergency it will do.

    Click the Start Orb and type OSK into the Start menu’s Search box.

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    At the top of the screen you will see the results of the search. Right click OSK under Programs and drag it to your Desktop. You can rename if you like by right clicking the icon and choosing rename. Now if your keyboard goes kaput you can just click the Keyboard icon and finish what you were working on.

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    Sep 5 2007

    Create A Shortcut To Quickly Lock Your Vista Desktop

    If you are using your computer where other people have access to it whether at work or at home its a good idea to lock your desktop when you walk away from it so no one else can access your files. Here’s how to create a desktop shortcut to lock it with 1 click.

    Right click an empty part of your desktop and choose New > Shortcut.

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