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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 Recover a Lost Windows Vista Password

There is a downside to creating good, strong passwords. What if you forget yours? Recovering a lost password in Windows Vista can be a nightmare if you don't take the right precautions. But there are some [more…]

How to Create a Windows Vista Password Reset Disk

The best way to protect yourself and your password is to create a password reset disk in Windows Vista. A password reset disk is a defensive maneuver. It guards you against the slings and arrows of others [more…]

How to Force a System Restore if Windows Vista Won't Run

So something has gone terribly wrong with your system, and you want to get Windows back to the way it was a day ago (or, if you installed Uncle Billy Joe Bob’s Blaster Beta, maybe just a few seconds ago [more…]

How to Delete System Restore Points in Windows Vista

If you need extra space on your computer, you can delete the system restore points in Windows Vista. After all, Vista can use up to 12 percent of the total available space [more…]

How to Create a System Restore Point for Windows Vista

Whenever you're going to install a new piece of software (or even update an existing application), it's a good idea to create a system restore point for Windows Vista. With a current system restore point [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 Request Remote Assistance for Windows Vista by IM

One of the easiest ways to request and receive Remote Assistance for Windows Vista is by instant messaging (IM). If you use one of Microsoft's instant messaging services [more…]

How to Manually Add a Port Exception to the Windows Vista Firewall

Sometimes, adding a firewall exception isn't enough to allow an application to receive information, such as software updates, from the Internet. In these cases, the only way to get the program operating [more…]

How to Close the Inbound Windows Vista Firewall Fast

Although you can expect the Windows Vista Firewall to do a pretty good job of keeping out intruders, every Windows user should be able to close the inbound Windows Vista Firewall fast. There are times [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 Use Windows Live OneCare to Get Rid of a Virus in Windows Vista

If you think you have a virus on your Windows Vista computer that your antivirus program can't find (or if it stops running altogether), you can use the Windows Live OneCare Safety Scan to get rid of a [more…]

How to Install a Previously Declined Update for Windows Vista

Microsoft wants you to use Automatic Updates, but some of the automatic patches have caused more problems than they've fixed. To avoid these problems, you can turn off Vista's automatic updating feature [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows Vista

Troubleshooting problems in Windows Vista is a breeze when you use the troubleshooting feature in the Windows Help and Support Center. The Help and Support Center contains a wealth of information about [more…]

How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows Vista

Every once in a while, it’s good computer practice to create a system restore point in Windows Vista, particularly when you install some software or tweak some settings in Windows and things seem to be [more…]

How to Back Up Files to a Writable CD or DVD in Windows Vista

You need to regularly back up your Windows Vista files to a writeable CD or DVD or risk losing everything. Backing up files is a good computing practice, guaranteeing that you have a copy of all your work [more…]

How to Back Up Your Digital Photos to DVD or CD in Windows Vista

With Windows Vista, creating a CD or DVD backup of your digital photos is a snap. Thanks to digital cameras, people have more photographs than ever. And for most of us, 95% of those pictures are only on [more…]

How to Change the Driver for a Device that Isn't Working in Windows Vista

Windows comes preloaded with an arsenal of drivers— software that lets Windows communicate with the gadgets you plug into your PC. But if you install something that’s either too new for Windows Vista to [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 Assign a Static Local IP Address in Windows Vista

Sometimes the only way to resolve network problems in Windows Vista is to assign a static local IP address. Your network equipment (such as a network interface card or wireless adapter) is supposed to [more…]

How to Restore Lost Files and Folders Using Windows Vista's Backup and Restore Center

As long as you've previously backed up your PC, restoring lost files and folders couldn’t be simpler with Windows Vista's Backup and Restore Center. [more…]

How to Know Which Files Are Safe to Delete with Windows Vista's Disk Cleanup

When your computer is running low on space, Vista's Disk Cleanup will locate a wide variety of files that you can delete, but if you don't know which files are safe to delete, you might delete a file that [more…]

How to Uncover Performance Problems with the Windows Vista Event Log

When Vista is bogged down, takes forever to start, and otherwise appears to be misbehaving, one of the best places to uncover performance problems is the Event Log: No other diagnostic tool contains all [more…]

How to Restore Directory Information for iPod Data Backed Up to a Windows Vista PC

If you've backed up your iPod to a Windows Vista PC, the files from the iPod will be a jumbled mess — having lost all the original directory and filenames. Not to fear. Although your files look as though [more…]

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