Vista Tips

Whether you’re a business or individual it’s more important than ever to be able to recover from it as quickly as possible and with minimum data loss.  Understanding this Microsoft Vista Ultimate and Business editions are now bundled with a good and easy to use Backup and Restore service.  However it’s surprising just how many people no so little about it and are not using it.  This article outlines this useful service and how to get the best out of it so you can feel secure in the knowledge recovering from a disaster is simplicity itself. A pre-requisite to using this feature of Vista is buying the license for either Vista Business or Ultimate editions.  Unfortunately Microsoft have not made it available in other versions of Vista.   There are two types of backup you can use, and they affect how you restore the system: Using the ‘Backup Computer’ it’s possible to write what’s called an image backup of your entire PC to a backup device usually a USB stick or external drive.  This snapshot of your entire system allows you to recover exactly to the same point in time.  However, because it is an ‘image’ of your system drive it requires the restoring PC to have a system drive of at least the same capacity.  Usually it would be the same PC so this is not a problem.  It is also the lengthier of the two backup options as it backs up the whole machine.

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This is a problem where you can not right click at in Windows, at desktop or in Windows explorer. If you are having trouble with the context menu (right click menu) or right clicking on the desktop does not do anything then most probably you have your group policy is set to not displaying the context menu (right click menu) in the windows explorer. You can modify and set it in two ways. One using the group policy editor and the other using the registry editor. Here is how it is.

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The Windows Registry is a configuration database that stores settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third party applications all make use of the Registry. The registry also provides a means to access counters for profiling system performance. The registry contains two basic elements: keys and values. Registry Keys are similar to folders – in addition to values, each key can contain subkeys, which may contain further subkeys, and so on. Keys are referenced with a syntax similar to Windows’ path names, using backslashes to indicate levels of hierarchy. Simply put: The Registry contains information that Windows continually references during operation, such as profiles for each user, the applications installed on the computer and the types of documents that each can create, property sheet settings for folders and application icons, what hardware exists on the system, and the ports that are being used. Alright, now it is very important for Windows OS. It is vital to backup registry whenever you think you might gonna change it in some way. I will recommend you to take registry backup at regular periods in case it gets infected and you want to restore healthy copy of registry some time. This article will guide you about how to backup and restore registry in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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In the post Why Windows Users Hate Windows I told my readers that I had a tough time in downgrading from vista to XP at my laptop. Well this is easy if you configure the right settings in Setup Options of System.

When PC starts press F2 to go into ‘Setup’ Options.
Go to ‘System Configuration’
Select ‘SATA Opreation’ which configures the operating mode of the integrated SATA hard drive controllers.

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If you’ve lost your Windows 7 product key, this can very difficult to recover if you will just look for it at your registry. WinGuggle by “Unlock for Us” is a small application that can get your Windows Vista and Windows 7 Product Key easily. No Installation is needed, Just unzip the archive and launch the application.

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tweetybotDesigned for the Windows Family Of Desktops, TweetyBot keeps you up-to-date with the latest Tweets from your Followers and those you’re Following. With it’s built-in Friends Alert List, you can work away on other tasks and be notified when your “Special” friends are posting. Send and Receive Direct Messages, Ignore Spammers and much, much more!

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User Account Control (UAC) is a new security component in Windows Vista. If you’ve used Windows Vista for more than 3 minutes, you know what UAC (User Account Control) is. Ever tried to install a software at Windows Vista but it prompts the following:

If you started this action, continue
or
User Account Control stops unauthorized changes to your computer, If you started this program then continue

You can disable annoying need your permission to continue prompts in windows vista. Seriously it has nothing to do with the security. Its just annoying. I mean there should be a prompt for any dangerous action of program but usually Windows Vista tend to alert before any installation of programs with these kind of messages. We can get rid of this message easily. There are number of way to do that including disabling via control panel, group policy editor, registry editor, msconfig and more…

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The registry is a special file in your hard disk that hold most of Windows settings data. Wish to improve your internet speed or display message at Windows logon? No problem, those tasks can easily be done by simply editing the registry value. Unfortunately registry is not a friendly place for most people (seriously). Changing a wrong value in the registry may cause an unpredictable problem to your Windows. This is why novice users should not edit registry value directly using a registry editor by them self.

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