The ‘Microsoft Vista’ Archives
Posted July 22, 2008 by

Vista: List Installed Applications (and Versions) from the Command Line

Want a quick list of installed applications on your Windows PC? By using the Windows Instrumentation command-line interface (WMIC) you can create a quick list or even generate a text file or HTM file for printing.

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Posted July 20, 2008 by

Vista: Enable / Disable Hibernate Mode from the Command Line

Instead of using the GUI (Control Panel | Power Options | Power Plan) to enable or disable Hibernate, you can do this from the command line.

Posted July 19, 2008 by

Vista: Restore the Default Sidebar Gadgets

Vista comes with some default gadgets for the Windows Sidebar, including clock, calendar, contacts, currency, feed headlines, cpu meter, weather, stocks, notes, slide show and picture puzzle. If you accidentally delete one of the default gadgets and you’re wishing you had it back, follow this Tech-Recipe.

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Posted June 19, 2008 by

Vista: Create an Administrative Command Prompt Shortcut

If you are use the Administrative Command Prompt, it may be advantageous to create a shortcut for it instead of continually having to go to the shortcut for the command prompt, right-clicking and selecting Run as administrator.

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Posted June 19, 2008 by

Vista / Server 2008: Enable or Disable Firewall from the Command Line

Instead of using the GUI, you can enable and disable the Windows Firewall from the command line. A must for any command line junkie.

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Posted April 1, 2008 by

Add Vista Gadgets Directly to the Desktop Without a Visible Sidebar

I hear many people say that they would use vista gadgets if they just did not have to use them within the sidebar. Well, you don’t. The sidebar is just a gadget holder. Running vista gadgets without the sidebar being visible is easy.

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Posted March 8, 2008 by

Vista: Add Flip 3D Window Switcher to the Context (Right-Click) Menu

Instead of having to use the keyboard combo of the Windows key and the Tab key, why not add the cool Flip 3D window switcher to your context (right-click) menu? Now you can easily access it using only your mouse. Here’s how.

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Posted February 28, 2008 by

Vista: How to Reset the Recycle Bin

Sometimes the Recycle can become corrupted and prevent you from deleting files from it (or emptying it). By following a few simple steps, you can give full functionality to your Recycle Bin.

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Posted February 27, 2008 by

exFAT Versus FAT32 Versus NTFS

Microsoft introduced the new exFAT file system with Vista SP1. Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) is the successor to the old FAT32 file system. What are the advanatages and disadvantages to this new file system? What are the differences between exFAT and FAT32? When is exFAT preferred over NTFS?

Posted February 22, 2008 by

Vista: Shortcuts to Shutdown and Restart Explorer

Since the early days of windows, users have realized that rebooting explorer will frequently save a whole system reboot. With vista, you can shutdown and restart explorer very quickly with these shortcuts.

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Posted February 17, 2008 by

Vista: Enable / Disable Performance Options

Much of Vista’s bloat comes from the Aero interface. By turning off some of these features, the user can improve the performance of the system.

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Posted February 16, 2008 by

Vista: How to Set Disk Space Quota

If you have many users that use one computer, it is quite likely that one of those people will be a disk space hog. The administrator can limit maximum disk space usage by setting a quota.

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