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Vista?

I have a Vista 64-bit laptop (my previous computer was a copy of windows 2000), and there's nothing i hate more than when my laptop tells me Access Denied. I'm obviously an administrator group with total privilege. Is there a way to get my computer to stop telling me no? I want my computer to warn me when I'm getting ready to do something stupid but if I want to do something stupid then let me do something stupid! Honestly I kinda miss the no interfering way that windows 2000 ran, not telling me no for instance. I guess the point I'm making is, is there a way to stop my computer from telling me no? Also if it will remember that I'm in charge and it should respect / fear me would be cool, too. --thanks

Question by Misc.123    |  last reply


XP or Vista?

The Spaghedeity has smiled upon me! I'm finally going to get a new computer, a custom Dell.Should I get a Vista or XP? XP is reliable, cheaper and proven, but it's old-ishVista is NEW, cooler, and won't be outdated in a year or two, but its buggyI can't decide :p, any help? Well I wound up getting an Apple iMac 20"

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Windows Vista

I have Windows Vista Home Premium. I would like to change version the image says. I want to change it in system information and System properties so it says I have Vista Ultimate. I would also like to change the welcome screen images? How do I do this? I have been searching on how to change this, but I can't find anything. I AM NOT TRYING TO GET THE FEATURES OF VISTA ULTIMATE OR TRYING TO ILLEGALLY MODIFY THE PRODUCT KEY OR ANYTHING THAT WOULD BE ILLEGAL!!!! I just want it to say I have vista ultimate even though I don't.

Topic by popit  


Microsoft's Vista Replacement

Apparently Microsoft has found that Vista was a bad idea and so is producing a replacement which is said to be coming out in 2009.So if we put in Microsoft's usual lateness with release it will be 2010 before anything appears.Edit: Its called Windows 7 and wikipedia has an article on it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7

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Using the Wiimote on Vista

I've been trying for a while now to link a wiimote to my pc as a mouse/game controller/ect. I have been using bluesolei for bluetooth to link them up. I have only so far managed to get the computer to recognize the wiimote with bluesolei. I have bluesolei running and I'm holding down on the 1 & 2 buttons. Then I opened up one of the test scripts in GlovePie and my computer crashed instantly. I had to do a force reboot to get it back to normal. I tried using the GlovePie program several times, each one resulting the same as the first. I'm not sure if it is because I have Windows Vista, or I screwed up somewhere.

Topic by Kozar    |  last reply


Vista to XP upgrade help

I Started this group a while ago and never posted a topic... so I figured I'd do it now with the mass intrest in upgrading to XP. Post any questions you have about switching from Vista to XP here and I will do my best to help you out... and I'm sure several other computer savvy Instructites will as well.

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Obtaining Vista CMD Commands

In Vista command prompt, there are loads of commands that weren't there in XP, some of which are needed for a utility program I am writing. I run XP, and therefore am in search of a 'pack' of these added commands that I could download. Know of one?

Topic by puffyfluff    |  last reply


how to run ettercap in vista? Answered

I installed ettercap in vista but as soon as i open it and start sniffing it says... stopped wprking and get closed

Question by richa1430    |  last reply


Locked out of Vista laptop Answered

Sony Vaio running Windows Vista Home. I bought a mac and didnt use the Sony for almost a year. Tried to log on and password is not accepted. This is the ADMIN user account. There are no other users. Please help. I own it, It's not stolen.

Question by sway    |  last reply


vista to xp upgrade without piracy ?

Mom is going to buy a new thinkpad soon. it comes with vista home basic - probably oem licensed is there way to change the vista to licensed xp without paying for that ? (question is how to make it licensed and not just download and install xp)

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New Vista Srevice Pack 1

Microsoft has finally came out with the Vista Service Pack 1(SP1 for short). This will fix many of Vistas bugs. How ever, Microsoft says that it will come with its own bugs, but not many. Click here to learn more about Vista SP1. You can download the SP1 at the Microsoft technet website.'Microsoft recommends that you hold off getting this till mid April because it will be downloading with the automatic up dates.

Topic by Charger_06    |  last reply


Will the Picaxe System run on Windows Vista? Answered

On the Picaxe website, it says that the software will run on any Windows program but does not mention Windows Vista. Will it run on my Vista computer?

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Removing vista from my pc

Help I installed windows 7 on my vista machine (plenty of memory) and it is running so slow I can't use it, the guy who works for microsoft and got me the windows 7 said that it sounds like the two operating systems are causing it and told me to remove vista, but did not tell me how?????????????

Question by deborahcheak    |  last reply


Are you sick and tired of Windows Vista? Answered

Like I said I am frustrated with Windows Vista. I am to the point of formatting the whole drive and just run Linux on it. Windows Vista can't find updates. It is too slow. It freezes constantly. Never finds drivers for the hardware that I have. It asks for your permission for almost everything it does. I can't install the software that I want. Do they think that I am another gullible fool that it is going to run to upgrade to Windows 7? No way! What do you think?

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Can you have windows vista downgraded to xp? Answered

My grandpa doesnt like windows vista more spacificly office 2007. He would like to have 97 on xp. Can he take it in to bestbuy or somewhere like that? If he cant could he install 97 on vista?

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how can i access administrator account in vista without modifying the original password?

Hi... My brother has blocked me from accessing a drive in vista by keeping a password for administrator.... I want to access that drive without his knowledge n without modifying the original one... Please help me out.. If possible also tell the same for windows 7......

Question by ateefahmed    |  last reply


I messed up one sound setting in Vista. And now I can't hear youtube videos...

Can you help me? Trying to tweak the sound, on my laptop running vista, I changed the setting under speakers properties>advanced>Default format. I foolishly changed the default format to another setting, thinking I could always switch it back. Immediately the sound from my youtube windows ceased. I tried switching it back and applying the settings. No joy. I tried restoring default settings. No joy. I can still hear windows sounds, just not stuff I WANT to hear. Anybody know how I can fix this? EDIT: Nevermind, I fixed it...errgh...should've just rebooted in the first place.

Topic by Lithium Rain    |  last reply


How can I get a Vista boot disk for a Dell Studio 1737 with the SATA drivers for the hard drive controller? Answered

P.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0.0cm; font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman; } div.Section1 { page: Section1; } I have been asked to do a rebuild on friends Dell laptop, unfortunately the guy who had it before me formatted the drive so I cannot create a recovery disk set &  owner has lost the recovery disk set I made her a few months ago. To make matters worse the guy who formatted it also managed to delete the recovery partition. The problem basically is that without the SATA drivers even though I can boot to a Vista disk I cannot access the hard drive as it keeps asking for the sata drive. I have tried the Dell support web site but that was no help as I have tried ALL the drivers available there to no avail & a call to them by the owner was a waste of time. I can get a replacement set from Dell but they don't really like to supply them & to be honest I would rather not have to wait weeks for them to get here before I can get the machine running again. Any ideas folks?

Question by Nostalgic Guy    |  last reply


My computer refuses to open .exe files

My computer refuses to open .exe files can anyone help? its running on vista and its started happening just recently

Topic by Danny    |  last reply


How would I go about installing this theme?

I've found this file that a person put together. It should have a vista theme in it for xp. However. Will I need the hack (i forget what its called) that lets you install .msstyles files? I really don't know. But the help is appreciated.Oops, forgot the link:http://www.guimods.com/best-vista-theme-for-xp/Thanks!

Question by Rockerx    |  last reply


How do i set up computer shortcuts using the touch interface on my Bamboo Pen and Touch?

I have a Bamboo Pen and Touch, and i found it's no good for what i bought it for, drawing. So, i was thinking, is there a way to make it so that i can touch a specific sector of the touch interface, and have it open something like the "My Computer" or My internet Homepage? I've looked online extensively, but have found nothing helpful. Note: Im using Windows Vista Basic. Any suggestions? 

Question by Wesfletch  


Is it legal to download Windows Vista from here?

Hi, I was wondering if it is legal to download Windows Vista from this site:  http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Windows-Vista-Download-42021.html I think softpedia is pretty well known, but I'm not sure. Also, I have a key from a diferent computer that doesnt have Vista installed on it, could I use that key to activate Windows Vista on a diffrent machine? Thanks in advance.

Question by salomon1996    |  last reply


Is there a way to login to AFP servers on Windows Vista? Answered

I wanna login to Mac servers on my PC

Question by Izokay    |  last reply


Is there an Emerald theme manager equivalent for Windows Vista?

I know that Linux has a theme manager called Emerald, which allows for easily swapping between different themes for the entire PC. Is there a Windows Version/ Equivalent?

Question by The Daft    |  last reply


how to hack parental control on windows vista ?

The parental control on my user is so high i  have to put https to go on google any ideas?

Question by robby-now    |  last reply


What is the best free video editor for vista? Answered

It will be used for my church and personal use.

Question by geoffOfAllTrades    |  last reply


How to network Windows Vista and Windows XP? Answered

OK, I have (for now)  2 Windows Vista Laptops (wireless) 2 windows xp laptops (wired) 3 Windows XP desktops (wired) 3 Windows CE compaq evo thin clients (wired) ((not necessairly important)) Well I want to network these in an file sharing fashion, so I can share media, files and printers. I am using a 8 port Netgear hub and a Linksys Wrt54GS version 7 (I think) that are bursting at the seams. Unfortuatley  my Vista laptops refuse to join my network, I have tried to make a netowrk disk from my XP computers and transfer it to my laptops but with no avail. Any help would be appreciated (with the exception of DAMN U HAVE ALOT OF COMPUTERS, that gets alittle tiring)

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Is it Possible to Soft-Mod a xbox with a vista computer?

If so how? I have IDE and SATA drive slots, and the instructions on this website are pretty old.https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-softmod-your-xbox...for-FREE/

Question by atlantic44    |  last reply


How can I get Vista to run faster?

How can I get Vista to run faster without the added expense of buying more memory? I have 1.5 gigs of virtual memory (RAM).? I have used a registry cleaner, checked for malware, etc. I have had Vista for about 1.5 years and I'm now getting to where I really like it. But I don't the fact that it takes so much memory to run. I wasn't aware of this until after I'd ordered my computer or I wold have gotten more RAM. However, it keeps sloooooooooooowing down. Any help, please?

Question by jwl970    |  last reply


A virus wiped my C: drive and deleted Windows Vista off my Notebook.

I downloaded this program off the Internet, and it wiped my C: drive. When I turn on my notebook it loads the Bios and then goes to the loading screen, it stops there and and doesn't even display the vista logo. I have tried the system restore time and time again but it always says that it fails. I went through the software and warranty booklet, and it says that you don't need a disk for system restore as it is already installed on another drive. I was not given a operating system disk for it to reload vista. I do not know what to do, can somebody please help. I think that all I need to do is buy another vista, but don't want to pay the hefty price. what can I do?

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How do I get RSS feed to show on desktop in windows vista?

 So I want to add RSS feed to show on the desktop as it would save alot time as there wouldn't be need to go every1 site check news. I've read one tutorial here, but it doesn't help me in this problem. I've already made the html file and it works, I just need to get it show in desktop.

Question by lost16    |  last reply


Assistance with Windows Vista, why can't my computer recognize analog outputs/sound does not work?

Okay, I have an HP Pavilion a6110n desktop computer, running Windows Vista ,Service Pack 2. A few days ago, I had the power supply fail, and had to replace it. After that, I noticed that my computer would not play any audio through any of the 3.5mm analog outputs. When I go into sound manager, the computer tells me that the speakers/audio outputs are not plugged in, even though I opened the case and confirmed that they are plugged into the motherboard. In addition, the onboard Realtek HD Audio Manager will not recognize any output other than the digital output, even though most of the analog outputs are integrated into the motherboard itself, and not a separate audio card. I have tried Googling to no avail, as none of the solutions I have tried have worked.  I have tried updating drivers, adding and removing hardware, uninstalling and reinstalling Realtek, even updating the BIOS, all to no avail. I have tried calling both Microsoft, and HP, and they are both unable to help me without me having to pay them. Since my computer is so old anyway, that would not be worth it. Basically, is there an easy solution that will not require me rebuilding my computer? If there is not, I won't even bother. Also, I've tried disabling, then enabling the speakers, from the sound manager, but that does not work either. If there is any possible way to help me with this, i would appreciate it. Thanks in advance. PS I've also included the two audio manager screens I get, hopefully showing the problem better. Edit: I've tried looking at this in Safe Mode, and it gives me a Code 45, basically telling me that the software is physically not plugged in. I'm seriously wondering why my computer can say that, even though the hardware in question is part of the motherboard. Also, if this were a problem, where would I look for blown capacitors?

Question by saberwing    |  last reply


Can I copy an operating system?

If I build my own computer is there way that I can copy an operating system (such as Vista) on a blank DVD from a computer that already is running Vista and install on the built computer, and save money. Or do I have to buy the disk and then install it. Thanks,

Question by kiss my donkey    |  last reply


how do you a make an image on two monitors?

 How do i make an image appear on both monitors with Vista? right now my monitors display one big desktop, i need one image, but in two places.

Question by ironspartan137    |  last reply


Upgraded to XP

I gave Microsoft until SP1 for vista, I tried to like it, but lets count the annoyances. SLOW, even with all the twaddle turned off. 2 minutes to boot, five before wireless would connect. Disk copy at a snails pace. 12 minutes to write a one gig usb 2.0 jump drive 10 gig restore partition. 10 gig win sxs folder being repeatedly told "you need permission to do that" on my explicative deleted computer even after turning UAC off. Enoughs enough Now I'm running XP Fast 45 seconds from power on to connected to the network 7 gigs total install 2 minutes to copy one gig to a jumpdrive. Make the upgrade, it's worth it.

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What are the steps to downgrading my Vista Computer to an XP? Answered

My programs are all lagging a lot with VIsta. I have an external hard drive so space is no problem. Thanks!

Question by KrazyKow    |  last reply


Can I remove Vista as an operating system and install XP?

The title says it all, I just want to know if I can remove windows vista from a computer and install windows XP home onto it.

Question by Tombini    |  last reply


help! why can't i play DOOM on vista?

Okay so i downloaded doom at my friends house, cause i realized i had not played it for a while. So i played it at his house for a while then i saved it on my flash drive, when i got home i started it up and it says "This system does not support fullscreen mode. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application",the title of said window is "16 bit MS-DOS subsystem". My friends computer runs XP, while mine runs Vista Home Premium, I figure this is part of the problem. will someone please tell me how i can fix this? Please?!

Topic by wingman246    |  last reply


Can the original halflife (on CD) run on a vista computer?

I have just recently bought a dell inspiron 530 with an intel celeron processor that runs on windows vista home basic. Can I be able to run games like the original halflife (without downloading it from steam)? i mean, the game was meant for windows xp.?

Question by Asian-Tacos    |  last reply


Severe Windows Vista Home Basic laptop problem?

I just turned on my Vista and it made all the usual sounds of the fans and hard drive. The lcd screen was black and the caps lock light was blinking at a pretty fast speed. So i waited and nothing happened. The light just kept on blinking and the lcd did nothing. What do i do?? Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question by sci4me    |  last reply


Question about upgrading Windows XP to Windows Vista? Answered

I am trying to upgrade a Windows XP Pro system with Service pack 3 to a Vista Ultimate system with the end goal of then upgrading to Win 7. Again the intention is to do an upgrade, not a clean install. This particular OS started life as a Win 95 system. Was upgraded to Win 98 then 98 second edition and then finally to XP. It has run on multiple motherboards and processors and many many hard drives. But I have hit a snag. Vista ultimate will not give the option of upgrading. And by the way, this IS the upgrade version. It says so on the box and on the DVD.  The option to upgrade is there but it is grayed out and a note says that it needs to do a clean install. If I wanted to do that I would skip Vista and go right to 7 to start with. So something is causing the install process to not want to make the upgrade. I am thinking it might be the service pack 3 of XP since the SP3 came out after Vista did. But I can't find any information about it. After all this is more than 10 years in the past.  I am of course working off a clone drive so I can experiment and would just uninstall SP3 to try it but the uninstall is not available.  As far as I can figure a repair was done using a SP3 disk of XP and that eliminated the uninstall. Now I can try doing a repair with a SP2 disk of XP in order to roll it back to SP2  but that might cause it to become unbootable and if not would for certain cause it to need to be activated again, which now will not happen over the internet but requires that you call somebody in India and read long strings of numbers back and forth to each other. I would hate to go through all of that and discover that it still will not upgrade. So the question is: is anyone familiar with this upgrade process and is there a way to force the upgrade option? By the way, I have both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Vista and the XP is a 32 bit version. So that should not be the problem.  Any thoughts about this?

Question by Vyger    |  last reply


I have a Windows Vista computer and have a problem with it freezing up at various times.

When this happens the mouse cursor and keyboard do not work. The old "Alt-Control-Del" doesn't do anything. I have to reboot and sometimes it freezes up during the boot process. It doesn't seem to be related to what windows I have open and will not happen for hours and then sometimes twice in a few minutes. If I leave it alone for some time it will sleep and not always awake. Does anyone have a solution or need more information about this problem? Any help will be very appreciated. Jerry

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Locking the Administrator after unlocking it.

Tried the instructions "How to hack vista parental controls as a standard user." and it worked out for me. But now I need the Administrator user not to show up on the logon screen. How do I lock it again? Thank you!

Question by n4er    |  last reply


Mouse driver must be messed up, Can someone help? I cant use my mouse!!!?

I tried to install mouse driver onto my vista laptop, which messed the pad's driver up. Damn. So now I cant log on, can someone help?

Question by MilotisX    |  last reply