Jun 7 2007

How To Disable User Account Control “UAC”

warning-2.pngWhat is UAC. UAC has to be one of the most hated new security features of Windows Vista. UAC stands for User Account Control.
The main goal of User Account Control is to limit the exposure to attack of the operating system by requiring that all users run in standard user mode.

This limitation minimizes the ability for users to make changes that could destabilize their computers or inadvertently expose the network to viruses through undetected malware that has infected their computer. You’ve all seem the pop-up boxes that make you click “allow” before installing any programs or hardware or even running some programs and most of the time you just keep clicking allow,allow,allow just to get the damm thing running and your not even reading the warnings.

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Sure you can turn it off. Read how below. But it’s all or nothing.

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    Jun 6 2007

    Accessing Vista’s Command Window

    For those of you who access the Command Window regularly you’ll glad to know you can open it from any folder, just press”shift and right click” or the tried and true method, “Start Pearl – search box – command.

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    Jun 4 2007

    Modifying The Windows Explorer Columns

    helpindex3.pngIn Windows Explorer you can use column headers to sort your files by Name, Date Modified, Type and size. Just clicking the header in each column will change the sorting, But did you know you can add more columns? In Vista there are about 250 different choices. Just right click a column header and choose more and look at all your choices.

    To get to Windows Explorer, Click the start Pearl and start typing Explorer in the search box and it will popup.

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    Jun 3 2007

    Uninstalling Vista From A Dual Boot Machine

    lightbulbpng1.pngMaybe you’re having problems with Vista or just want to get rid of it from your dual boot setup here’s how. Uninstalling Vista from a dual boot machine is relatively straightforward – most of the time. Nonetheless, I recommend that you back up everything before you start. Then follow these steps:

    1. Put your Windows XP installation CD in the CD-ROM drive and reboot the computer (be sure the BIOS is set to boot from CD).

    2. Start the Recovery Console from the CD.

    3. Run Fixboot from the Recovery Console.

    4. Run Fixmbr to reset the master boot record.

    5. Exit the Recovery Console and reboot the computer.

    6. Edit the boot.ini file to remove the Vista entry.

    7. Format the partition on which Vista was installed.

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    Jun 3 2007

    Check Your Windows Vista Experience Index Score

    lightning1.pngThis handy program will give your computer a performance rating based on Processor speed, Memory, Graphics for running Aero and 3D gaming and your hard disks data transfer speed. The index ranges from 1 to 5.9 Mine is 3.5 for a few year old P4 2.4GHz with 1 gig of ram, and Vista runs just fine.You can get to the program by clicking the Windows Pearl- control panel- system maintenance- then under the System tab click check your computers Windows Experience Index base- update my score.

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    Jun 2 2007

    Keep Your Computer From Entering Hibernation Mode.

    battery-logo.jpgDon’t you hate it when you walk away from your computer for a while and when you come back it seems like it shut down and you need to hit the on button to restart it. When I first started using Vista this drove me crazy. Hibernation mode is on by default in Vista, here’s how to adjust or just plain turn it off

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    Jun 2 2007

    Windows Vista Software Compatibility List

    computer2.pngHere is a great Wiki on what programs are compatible with Vista. There are 3 major categories with hundreds of programs (Works, Somewhat works, & Heavy problemdoesnt work). Check it out it may save you a lot of time and grief.

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