Windows vista resources

Windows vista resource

Here is the collection of important blogs and sites about windows vista tips and troubleshooting. And also few good blog related to electronics and technology which help the visitors. Interest of this resource page is to provide valuable and interesting stuff to the visitors.

IE7 Short Keys tricks

IE7 Short Keys and tricks


To launch an item in quick launch hit "Win+Item Number" e.g. if Internet Explorer is the third item in quick launch hit "Win+3" to launch it.

To open a new tab in IE7 use "Ctrl+N"

To switch beetween tabs in IE7 use "Ctrl+Tab"

To close an active tab in IE7 use "Ctrl+W"

To open a hyperlink in new tab press and hold "Ctrl" while clicking on the hyperlink. OR Use the Middle mouse button.

To Zoom in a page use "Ctrl + (plus)"

To Zoom out a page use "Ctrl - (minus)"

To view IE7 window in FullScreen mode use "F11"

The menu bar is not displayed in IE7 by default to view the menu bar press "Alt". To permenantly display the menubar right click on the empty space beetween tabs and toolbar and then select "Menu Bar."

Windows Live search is the Default search engine for IE7 to add additional search engines and to change the default search engine, click the dropdown type arrow in the search bok and select "Find More Providers" or "Change Search Defaults

Windows Vista tips Troubleshooting

windows vista vs XP

windows vista vs XP
There are plenty of reasons to leave Windows XP and install Windows Vista,and below are my top 15 favorites reasons to switch to windows vista.

1. It’s the Interface, Stupid
Perhaps the best thing about Windows Vista is the most obvious: its new interface.

2. Flip Over Windows Flip 3D
Switching between open windows using Alt-Tab in previous versions of Windows was always a shot in the dark, as you never quite knew to which window you’d switch, or even which ones were open.

3. Live Thumbnails
Do you run a lot of programs and visit a lot of Web sites simultaneously? If so, you’ll appreciate Live Thumbnails. Hover your mouse over any window on the Taskbar, and a thumbnail of the window pops up, with the program and document name, or the Web site name, just above it.

Now this one is really awesome point to be considered….

4. Boost Performance
With ReadyBoostWindows Vista includes a quick way to enhance system performance: ReadyBoost. It preloads files and programs you often use into RAM so that they’re there when you want them, and you don’t have to wait for them to load from the hard disk. You can buy an inexpensive USB flash drive and use up to 4GB of cheap RAM to boost your system performance.

5. Cool Performance Tools
If you’re the kind of person who tends to peek under the hood and tinker, you’ll find a lot to like in Windows Vista, which contains plenty of applets and utilities.

6. Better Security
At every level of Windows Vista, you’ll find improved security. The firewall is now two-way, including inbound as well as outbound protection.

7. Find Anything Fast With Search
Can’t remember where you put an important file? It’s no longer a problem. Windows Vista integrates a new search technology throughout the operating system–on the Start menu, within Windows Explorer, and just about everywhere else you look.

8. Nifty Software Gadgets
If you’re a software gadget fan, you’ll love Windows Vista.

9. Better Wireless Networking
Anyone who uses a wireless network at home, at work, or on the road will appreciate the way Windows Vista handles wireless networking.

10. Map Your Network
Want to see every single computer and device connected to your network–and get instant information about each, such as their IP addresses?
11. Better Graphics With Windows Photo Gallery
12. Become a Director With Windows Movie Maker
Windows Vista comes with a new version of the much-maligned moviemaking tool Windows Movie Maker, and it’s a big surprise–you’ll actually want to use it.

13. Better Notebook Support
In previous versions of Windows, the mobile-computing features seemed bolted on after the fact.
14. File Sharing and Syncing
With Windows XP it was possible to share files among PCs on your network–possible but often impossibly hard, it seemed.
15. Protect Your Kids With Parental Controls
Worried that your children may be exposed to inappropriate content online? Want to make sure they’re not playing violent games? Parental Controls put you in the driver seat. Not only can you determine the kinds of sites they visit and games they play, but you can also enforce rules about when they’ll be able to use the computer at all.

Windows Vista tips Troubleshooting

Clean Install Windows vista

Clean Install Windows Vista With Upgrade DVDs


Clean Install Windows Vista With Upgrade DVDsTraditionally, you are required to have a previous installation of Windows before you can upgrade, e.g. have Windows XP on your system before using Windows Vista Upgrade DVDs. What if you have ALREADY upgraded to Windows Vista but are having system issues that require formating and re-installing Windows? Paul Thurrot proposed this hack that lets you install a Windows Vista Upgrade, without needing to re-install Windows XP first:


Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD and begin the setup program.

When prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT enter it. Click "Next" and proceed with setup - this will install Windows Vista as a 30-day trial.

When prompted, select the edition of Windows Vista which you have purchased and continue with the setup.

Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop for the first time, run the install program from within Windows Vista.

This time, type in your product key when prompted.

When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install, choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Windows Vista.(Yes! This means that you will have to install Windows Vista for a second time) .

Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to activate Windows Vista normally. You can also delete the Windows.old directory which contains information from the first Windows Vista installation.


This means that all Windows Vista upgrade DVDs can be used as full retail DVDs. However, this is an illegal approach and you are going against Windows Vista's Eula should you install an upgrade without owning a previous version of Windows as specified by Microsoft.

Windows Vista tips Troubleshooting

Improve SATA Disk Performance in Vista

Increase SATA Disk Drive Performance in Microsoft Vista.
sata is equipped with dell and microsoft windows vista system.

You can squeeze a more performance out of your SATA hard disk drive by enabling write caching. The price though, is an increased risk for data loss/corruption should you experienced a power loss - this risk is less in a laptop because of its battery.
1. Click on the Start Button.
2. Type "Device Manager" and hit Enter.
3. Expand Disk Drives.
4. Right-click on your hard disk drive and select Properties.
5. On the Policies tab, check Enable Advanced Performance.
6. Click OK and close Device Manager.

Windows Vista reviews effect windows XP.

Microsoft windows vista effect on windows XP.


Tools works with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Great tutorial to give ur Xp ..the VISTA look

http://www.visualtasktips.com/downloadzip.php

Tool to give 3D filp show in XP.

http://rapidshare.com/files/14980298/Madotate_2.02.02.zip.html

Visual Tooltip makes it possible to show a thumbnail of a window by putting the mouse cursor over a button of the taskbar

http://chsalmon.club.fr/fichiers/V2/VisualTooltip21.zip


Vista Start Menu ,SE Desktop Sidebar ,Folder Marker ,Copernic Desktop Search, JetStart Free ,Visual Task Tips ,FastFolder, LaunchBar Commander ,Google Desktop, WindowBlinds;

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/collid,1433-c,downloads/files.html

vista glass look to ur XP

http://www.chime.tv/products/glass2k.shtml


animations in desktop.................................
disadv: slow down the computer.......

http://www.winxp-manager.com/yfd/index.html

Windows Vista tips Troubleshooting

Disable Windows Balloon Tips

Disable Enable Windows vista Balloon Tips

Most of us facing problem about balloon tips in windows vista this is the irritating thing in windows vista and also windows xp.Everyone want windows vista tips to disable balloon tips.As vista balloon tips does not have any useful information. I disable that tips from the first day when I was using windows xp and now in windows vista I also disable it. Here is a tips how to disable balloon tips in windows vista.

Click start and go to run. Type gpedit.msc (this is used to open group policy) and press enter. Now open User configuration, then Administrative template after that start Manu and finally Taskbar.

Now choose remove balloon tips, right click with mouse and open properties.

Now in option enable it and click ok. Close the gpedit and reboot the system.

Congratulation you have disable your awful balloon tips in windows vista.

Gpedit.msc is not available in windows vista home and premium edition’s not to worry we can do the same from registry in windows vista home and premium edition.

Again go to run (windows key + R) and type regedit and press enter.

Expand registry to HKEY_CURRENT_USER >> SOFTWARE > Microsoft>> Windows > Current Version>> Explorer > Advanced.
Right click and create new Dword value and give name as EnableBalloonTips.
Give value as 0(zero)
Reboot your Windows Vista. And your work done.
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Vista guide for file sharing

Microsoft windows vista guide for file sharing
Microsoft windows vista is mostly used in network. so sharing of file and foler is vary important here is vista guide for file sharing.

File sharing with Vista is handled differently too. It stops users accessing a shared folder unless there are accounts established for each user.

To share files from windows vista on a network your computer need to be connected with. Now click the Network button and open the Sharing Centre.
Turn On Sharing and now you are able to use Public folder to share. You can also set permission for other user to allow access for modify or change the files. One more option is available to turn of f password protection for public folder.

One more problem for networking between windows vista and windows xp is -
Windows Vista uses a new protocol named Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) to display computers in a network, but this protocol is not in windows xp or other windows operating system like windows 98.But for this Microsoft has release software for windows xp which must be installed on windows xp to show up vista machine on network. You can download this software for Microsoft download.

how to network windows vista and xp

now windows vista on his way and windows xp network is already established. so few vista network problems like vista not recognizing xp on home network. Or may be you installed new microsoft vista and want to add microsoft vista to xp network or looking for help how to connect vista on network with xp.

how to connect or network windows vista and windows xp

In windows vista network setting menu is in the start bar by default and easily available for simple user and easy to configure.


In the start bar find Network option.
Then select “Networking and Sharing Centre”
Here you can configure network, manage settings for network, add Computers to Your Network and Repair Connections. This is simple compare to windows xp.

Networking between XP and Vista

Many time windows vista and windows xp in a same network but both machine are not able to see each other. Main reason is windows vista automatically takes name of network as “workgroup” and in windows xp default name is “mshome”. If you make sure that both computer have same network name.
You can change the network name in windows xp by right click on my computer
Choose property
Then select computer name option
Then at the bottom workgroup name give the name what ever you like and
Apply and then ok
You need to restart your windows xp system to apply changes.

To change network name in windows vista
Right click on my computer and then property
Systems many, select change setting
It will pop up computer name, change the workgroup name.
And apply and ok

windows vista tips

Windows vista tip for network troubleshooting

Unidentified Network
Windows Vista can sometimes cause network adapters to show up as connected to an "Unidentified Network", sometimes limiting the network to local access only.


There are many reasons that can cause this problem, but some suggested solutions to try are:
• Reset your Router using the web control panel.
• Update your network adapter drivers.
• Temporary disable any Anti-Virus/Firewall package to see if the problem is resolved.
• Try assigning a static IP address to the network card.
• Disable IPv6 on old network cards / routers.

These suggestions may help you narrow down the cause of the "unidentified network" problem.
troubleshooting computer network is among the most important job descriptions of the network administrators, system administrators, network technicians and the IT consultants. A computer network can have different kinds of problems such as it can be infected with virus and spyware, attacked by hackers, accessed by unauthorized users and may face connectivity failure issues due to the faulty network devices or configurations. Following is a list of the basic network troubleshooting commands that are built-in the Windows based operating systems and UNIX etc. The right use of these troubleshooting commands can helps a lot in diagnosing and resolving the issues with your computer network. few more windows vista tips.
PING
Ping is the most important troubleshooting command and it checks the connectivity with the other computers. For example your system’s IP address is 10.10.10.10 and your network servers’ IP address is 10.10.10.1 and you can check the connectivity with the server by using the Ping command in following format.
At DOS prompt type Ping 10.10.10.1 and press enter
If you get the reply from the server then the connectivity is ok and if you get the error message like this “Request time out” this means the there is some problem in the connectivity with the server.
IPCONFIG
IPconfig is another important command in Windows. It shows the IP address of the computer and also it shows the DNS, DHCP, Gateway addresses of the network and subnet mask.
At DOS prompt type ipconfig and press enter to see the IP address of your computer.
At DOS prompt type inconfig/all and press enter to see the detailed information.
NSLOOKUP
NSLOOKUP is a TCP/IP based command and it checks domain name aliases, DNS records, operating system information by sending query to the Internet Domain Name Servers. You can resolve the errors with the DNS of your network server
HOSTNAME
Hostname command shows you the computer name.
At DOS prompt type Hostname and press enter
NETSTAT
NETSTAT utility shows the protocols statistics and the current established TCP/IP connections in the computer.
NBTSTAT
NBTSTAT helps to troubleshoot the NETBIOS name resolutions problems.
ARP
ARP displays and modifies IP to Physical address translation table that is used by the ARP protocols.
FINGER
Finger command is used to retrieve the information about a user on a network.
TRACERT
Tracert command is used to determine the path of the remote system. This tool also provides the number of hops and the IP address of each hop. For example if you want to see that how many hops (routers) are involved to reach any URL and what’s the IP address of each hop then use the following command.
At command prompt type tracert www.yahoo.com you will see a list of all the hops and their IP addresses.
TRACEROUTE
Traceroute is a very useful network debugging command and it is used in locating the server that is slowing down the transmission on the internet and it also shows the route between the two systems
ROUTE
Route command allows you to make manual entries in the routing table.
Hopefully the above mentioned commands will help you to diagnose the troubleshooting your computer networking problems.

Vista guide for Disk utility

Vista guide how to use disk utility

In windows vista there is a disk utility which checks your hard disk for error, bad sectors and recover information. You can troubleshoot your hard disk in windows vista. this is useful vista guide to check your hard disk.

In order to check a disk in Windows Vista, go to my computer and select the drive you want to check right-click on the disk and choose Properties as shown in below snap.

On the Properties page, click the Tools tab and click Check Now.



Select the options automatically fix file system error and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors checkboxes and click Start.



You cannot check the disk while it is in use. Windows vista perform disk check when in restart by choosing Schedule disk check.



Upon restart, you will see following screen which indicate that disk is checked for errors and repaired if needed.

Windows Vista Guide

Windows vista guide to create shutdown and restart button

Here is vista guide for creating shortcut for shutdown and restart your windows vista. In windows vista you need few click to restart or turn of computer. Here is vista guide to create shortcuts.

Right click on desktop and select short cut as shown in photo.



Now type in "shutdown -r -t 0" at shortcut path and click NEXT:



Give the icon name “vista Shutdown icon” and click Finish:



Now you have vista shutdown icon on your desktop.



to create shortcut for windows vista restart type, type this "shutdown -s -t 0" for short cut.
hope you understand this vista guide for creating shortcuts for restart and vista shutdown.

Windows Vista Tips for Printer Sharing

Vista tips for Printer Sharing

There may be only one pc for group of computer. And you would like to share printer for entire office or may be you want to give temporary printer access for some Windows Vista user. For this you have to do windows vista printer sharing. This Vista tips will guide you steps for printer sharing for windows vista workgroup.
To share a printer within a workgroup, enable printer sharing on the host PC (where printer cable connected). After enabling printer sharing it allow other network pc to see the shared printer. Open the windows vista Control Panel by clicking on the Start Menu > Control Panel:


Then, click View Network Status and Tasks:


If printer sharing is disabled, click the button next to Printer Sharing, then Turn on Printer Sharing and click Apply:

Printer sharing is now enabled on the windows vista host computer, allowing access to the connected printers.

now go the pc where you want to share your printer, now go to network neighborhood and find the pc where printer is connected. Once you have found the shared printer you wish to use, right click on it and select Connect



Sometime it asks for username and password from host computer to allow access for other computer. Enter username and password for windows vista. Now vista install required driver and add access to the shared printer.
Windows Vista should now install the required drivers and add access to the shared printer, allowing you to print from any application.
This Windows vista tips for printer sharing work on workgroup base Network.