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Vista guides ~ Increase your Vista user experience

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by LOCOENG, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. LOCOENG

    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    Vista Tutorials. This thread will be a work in progress. Please feel free to add your own and I or another mod will add the links in this thread as needed.

    *Turn UAC on or off in Vista
    *Replace Task Manager with Process Explorer
    *How to run a program in Compatibility mode
    *How to Customize your Start Menu Context
    *How to Turn off Security Center Alert Warning Notification

    ~~~Planned guides~~~

    *Elevate Administrator UAC priveledges in Vista
    *How do turn off Windows Defender
    *Use Vista for free for 120 days
    *replace Task Manager with Process Explorer


    Also take advantage of some free program for Vista that can be found here.
     
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  2. LOCOENG

    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    Turn UAC on or off in Vista

    What is UAC?

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/useraccountcontrol.mspx

    In short it's the popup screen that asks almost everytime if you really want to do what you are trying to do....Disabling it is easy.

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/windo...8514-4c9e-ac08-4c21f5c6c2d91033.mspx?mfr=true

    NOTES/Warnings ~

    * Turning off UAC also turns off "protected mode" in IE7.
    * Turning off UAC can create problems with some programs in Vista.
    * You can elevate the administrator level in Vista to reduce the amount of UAC popups you get.
     
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  3. LOCOENG

    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    How to replace Task Manager with Process Explorer

    What is Process Explorer?

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

    Get it here ~ http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/ProcessExplorer.zip

    Open Process Explorer and go to Options -> Replace Task Manager. If you have turned off UAC this is all it takes.

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    If you haven't disabled UAC keep reading.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/replacing-task-manager-with-process-explorer-in-vista/

    Start++ utility ~ http://brandontools.com/files/default.aspx
     
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    How to run a program in Compatability Mode

    This really isn't a big issue, but from time to time you will need to use a program that pre-exists Vista and needs to be run in compatability mode. Simply browse to the executable or the desktop icon and right click it -> go to Properties. In the new window click on the "compatibility" tab and tick the box beside "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" In the drop down menu choose the OS that the program is intended for.

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    Click Apply and you should be done.
     
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    How to customize your Start menu context.

    NOTE: For an example, we will add NotePad to the Start Menu context menu. You can add whatever program shortcuts you like and as many program shortcuts you would like.

    1. Open the Start Menu.
    2. In white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.
    3. Click Continue for the UAC prompt.
    4. In regedit, go to:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell
    NOTE: It's there, you just have to scroll past all the file extensions.

    5. In left pane, right click on Shell and click New and click Key.

    6. Type the name you want to appear in the context menu and press Enter.
    NOTE: This will usually be the name of the program. For example: NotePad.

    7. In left pane, right click on the program name (Ex: NotePad) from step 6and click New and click Key.

    8. Type Command and press Enter.

    9. In the right pane of the Command Key, right click on (Default) and click Modify.

    10. Type in the full path of the program you want to add a shortcut for and click OK.
    NOTE: For the NotePad example, you would type: C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe

    11. Close regedit.

    12. Right click on the Start Menu button (orb) and see the item in the Context Menu.
    NOTE: You may need to click on a empty space on the desktop and press F5 to refresh the desktop first.

    Finished!
     
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    How to Turn off Security Center Alert Warning Notification
    (rather handy after disabling UAC as LOCO posted earlier)

    Here We Go
    1. Open Control Panel: use Classic View

    2. Click on the Security Center icon.

    3. Click Change the way Security Center alerts me.

    4. To Disable Security Center Notifications Completely
    A) Click on Don't notify me and don't diplay the icon (not recommended).
    B) Go to step 7.

    5. To Partially Disable Security Center Notifications
    NOTE: You will only be notified with the Security Center icon on the notification area system tray.

    A) Click on Don't notify me, but display the icon.
    B) Go to step 7.

    6. To Enable Security Center Notifications
    A) Click on Yes, notify me and display the icon (recommended).

    7. Close Security Center.

    Ta-dah! That's it!
     
  7. micha_el

    micha_el Guest

    This thread is very poor, excessive spelling errors (its privileges not priveledges) and advertises bad ideas (you don't turn off UAE it's what keeps vista from getting fu<ked up with viruses, duh.)

     

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