The ‘Microsoft Vista’ Archives
Posted March 9, 2007 by

Vista: Prevent Users from Writing to USB Drives

Whether you refer to them as flash drives, USB drives, or pen drives, these portable storage devices can be both a blessing and a curse. More and more administrators are being tasked with preventing users from being able to copy important documents onto these drives to prevent loss of important data. To prevent a user […]

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Posted March 7, 2007 by

Vista: Encrypt/Decrypt Files from Context Menu

By default, Vista allows you to encrypt and decrypt files, but you have to do a lot of mouse clicking to get there. You have to right-click the file, select Properties, click the Advanced button and then finally select to encrypt the file. Wouldn’t it be much more convenient to just right-click the file and […]

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Posted March 7, 2007 by

Vista: Add Files for Vista to Index

Vista’s search is greatly improved. However, it still ignores common programming filetypes. Many programming files like .php and .xml files are text. You can easily have vista include these files in your index to make searching more efficent.

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Posted March 7, 2007 by

Vista: Clear Recent Items

Purging the Recent Items list on the Start menu is easy. Here is how to do it.

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Posted March 7, 2007 by

Vista: Hide Recent Items

I am so tired of seeing recent items on the start menu. This is how to disable it.

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Posted March 6, 2007 by

Vista: Enable Parental Controls on a Domain Computer

If you are running Vista Ultimate on a domain, you will notice that Parental Controls is disabled by default. In order to utilize Parental Controls so you can limit access to the web, set hours that the account can access the computer, what games can be played and what applications can be run, you will […]

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Posted March 5, 2007 by

Vista: Enabling Sound in DreamScene

If you are running Vista Ultimate and have spiced up your desktop background with DreamScene, you may want to utilize the movie sounds to further enhance the experience. To enable the sounds of your DreamScene content, follow these steps:

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Posted March 5, 2007 by

Vista: Setting a Video as a DreamScene Background

One of the Vista Ultimate Extras is a piece of eye candy known as DreamScene. It brings your desktop to life by allowing you to use video as your desktop background. To utilize this functionality, your graphics card must support the Aero interface and the videos must be .mpeg or .wmv format.

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Posted March 2, 2007 by

Vista: Command Prompt Here

Many times I like to drop to a command box to get my work done. Being able to drop to a command prompt from the current folder structure can make things very easy. Vista includes this ability out of the box.

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Posted March 1, 2007 by

Vista: Making Only Administrators UAC Free

Vista incorporates a feature called the User Account Control (UAC) to help ensure that users don’t accidentally make unwanted changes to their system by prompting them for admin authorization. UAC is also useful in stopping malware from grabbing admin privileges without the user knowing it. However, if you are an Administrator on the PC, the […]

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Posted February 27, 2007 by

Vista: Getting Adobe Flash Player to Work

Here’s the scenario: you download the latest and greatest version of the Adobe Flash Player. After it finishes installing, you go to a site featuring Flash content and are greeted with a message notifying you that you need to install Flash Player, but didn’t you just do that? To properly update your Flash Player, you […]

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Posted February 26, 2007 by

Vista: How to Clear Reports from Parental Controls

In order to more easily keep an eye on what your children are accessing on your computer, it is wise to perform periodic maintenance. You should clear your reports once in a while to prevent having to constantly wade through long lists of old data. To clear the reports, follow these steps:

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