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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 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 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 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…]

Commonly Used Automatic Variables in Windows PowerShell 2

PowerShell 2 helps you automate functions within Windows. Its automation functions include automatic variables, variables the system defines automatically that are given values based on the condition or [more…]

Commonly Used Comparison Operators in Windows PowerShell 2

As you use PowerShell 2 to help automate your Windows operating system, you use comparison operators to compare one value with another. Some of PowerShell 2's most common comparison operators are listed [more…]

Using Conditional Statements in Windows PowerShell 2

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, you use conditional statements to run different script blocks depending on a specific condition, usually using an [more…]

Performing Loops in Windows PowerShell 2

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, you can automate some of the script you need as well. Loops run the same script block multiple times — often on changing values. A few examples [more…]

Windows PowerShell 2 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

With the Windows PowerShell 2 scripting language, you can automate your Windows operating system. During that process, you may need to deal with automatic variables, comparison operators, COM and .NET [more…]

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