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Customizing Windows XP & Vista

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How to Create a Theme in Windows Vista

It’s easy to create a theme in Windows Vista — wallpaper (desktop background), colors, icons, screen saver, mouse pointers, even your own custom sounds. That’s pretty cool, especially if you have a good [more…]

Windows Vista Root Keys and What They Do

The Windows Registry may look like a file or a database, but it’s really a conglomeration of many different pieces of information drawn from several places. You can change some of the entries, but other [more…]

A Closer Look at the Windows Vista Registry

The Registry is Windows Vista's central repository for all sorts of different settings — the name of your keyboard driver, the size of your desktop, the location of the program that plays MP3 files, and [more…]

How to Safely Change the Windows Vista Registry

Making changes to the Windows Vista Registry doesn't have to be a scary thing. But it is important to know how to make the changes in a safe way that won't cause your system permanent damage. [more…]

Customizing the Windows Ribbons Screen Saver with Registry Tweaks

When you edit the Registry, you can customize Vista to work the way you want it to (within Microsoft's parameters anyway). It's best to start with something fairly simple to learn the process before you [more…]

How to Schedule Maintenance Tasks in Windows Vista

It should come as no great surprise that you need to schedule maintenance tasks in Windows Vista to keep your computer running smoothly. With Windows Vista, you can schedule such preventive maintenance [more…]

How to Distribute a Theme in Windows Vista

If you've taken the time to create a custom Vista theme, you probably want to be able to share it with others. Right? To share your new creation, you need to know how to distribute a theme in Windows Vista [more…]

How to Remove the White Border on Screen Shots in Windows Vista Paint

Whether you’re using a keyboard shortcut (such as Alt+PrtScr) or the Snipping Tool that Vista added to the Windows Clipboard to take a picture of the screen, Windows Paint may come in handy. If you open [more…]

How to Use Windows Vista's Snipping Tool

Although you can use the Print Screen button on your keyboard to capture what's on your screen, if you know how to customize the defaults for Windows Vista's new Snipping Tool, you can really customize [more…]

How to Use System Restore on Multiple Drives in Windows Vista

When you perform a file backup, Vista backs up your data files before it creates a restore point — and the restore point contains backups of your shadow copies. But if you have more than one drive, the [more…]

How to Work with the Outbound Windows Vista Firewall

So you know that there’s both an inbound and outbound firewall, but you can’t figure out how to get the outbound firewall in Windows Vista to work. You are not alone. Working with the outbound Windows [more…]

How to Turn ClearType Off and On in Windows Vista

If some of your fonts look a bit fuzzy or you have an older monitor, you might want to consider turning off ClearType for Windows Vista. Windows Vista enables ClearType by default because most Vista users [more…]

How to Turn Off Windows Vista's User Account Control

Notice how Windows Vista is constantly asking for your permission to do things that you just told it to do? This is part of the User Account Control feature that Microsoft set in place to protect you from [more…]

How to Turn Off Hibernation in Windows Vista

If your PC is running low on memory, you should think about whether you want to turn off the hibernation function in Windows Vista. Hibernation is a modified version of sleep mode that preserves your workspace [more…]

How to Bring Back the Hibernation Feature in Windows Vista

If your PC is unable to go into hibernation mode, don't worry. You can easily bring back the hibernation feature in Windows Vista (as long as you have an administrator's account).The hibernation feature [more…]

How to Adjust the DPI Scaling in Windows Vista

Did you know that you can adjust the DPI (dots per inch) scaling in Windows Vista to adjust the size of fonts and icons on your screen? DPI scaling is kind of like a zoom feature. Adjusting the DPI scaling [more…]

How to Improve the Appearance of Windows Vista for High-Resolution Monitors

If you have a very high-resolution monitor, you might have noticed a few limitations in the way Vista appears on your monitor. The good news is that there are ways to improve the appearance of Windows [more…]

How to Open the Windows Vista Command Prompt within a Specific Folder

Many advanced Windows commands are best issued from the command prompt (you know, the old DOS-like C:\> command line). Advanced Vista users have long been frustrated by the hassle of Vista's enormous pathnames [more…]

How to Create a Custom Shutdown Command for Windows Vista

Windows Vista has four basic shutdown commands — Sleep, Shutdown, Hibernate, and Restart — but it's capable of more variety. You can create a custom shutdown for your Windows Vista computer so that it [more…]

How to Turn On Aero Glass after Windows Vista Disables It

From time to time, Vista concludes that it just can’t handle Aero Glass anymore. Sometimes Vista decides there's just not enough memory to handle it, or a program you run doesn't agree with Aero Glass. [more…]

How to Add a Shortcut to the Send To Menu in Windows Vista

If you find yourself copying files into the same location over and over again, you can save time by adding a shortcut to the right-click Send To menu. By adding a shortcut to the SendTo folder, you can [more…]

How to Add a Toolbar to the Windows Vista Taskbar

If you have a folder that you need to access regularly, you can add a new toolbar — essentially a pop-up menu — to the Windows Vista taskbar. This new toolbar can take you directly to a folder and its [more…]

How to Find a Folder's Path Name in Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer lets you traverse folders within folders within folders, buried so deep you may never get out. But it doesn’t give you one simple place to look that tells you precisely where you are. [more…]

Creating COM and .NET Objects with Windows PowerShell 2

PowerShell 2 enables you to automate your Windows operating system, which entails dealing with objects: COM objects are created using the New-Object method with the [more…]

How to Create and Run a PowerShell Script

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, it helps to know how to create scripts that you may be able to loop and use more than once. The steps to create a script follow: [more…]

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