Windows Vista: Customize with 198 Tips & tricks, guide tutorials

With the release of Vista Service Pack 1, you can now enjoy a higher degree of program compatibility, an increased speed when copying large files and connecting to networked PCs, improvements in BitLocker encryption, and a configurable search option. We know that Vista takes some getting used to—new translucent interfaces, constant security prompts, and Sidebar […]

With the release of Vista Service Pack 1, you can now enjoy a higher degree of program compatibility, an increased speed when copying large files and connecting to networked PCs, improvements in BitLocker encryption, and a configurable search option.

We know that Vista takes some getting used to—new translucent interfaces, constant security prompts, and Sidebar gadgets, oh my!—but you can't live in the shadow of Windows XP for much longer. With a little hand holding, we can make your Vista experience smoother (and more beguiling) than ever.

Here are 198 tips and tricks to get the most out of Windows Vista:

Start-up:

  • Remove Unwanted Dual Boot in Vista: One Vista user keeps getting a dual-boot message at start-up, even though he removed the other drive. Find out how to clean up an unwanted dual boot.
  • Avoiding OS Conflict: System Restore supposedly gets deleted on Vista every time one boots to XP. Is there any way to avoid this?
  • Avoid Confirmation at Start-Up in Vista: Here's a way to let specific programs run with automatic user authorization at PC start-up.
  • Unblock Start-Up Programs in Vista: It would be great if the end user could modify the authorized list.
  • Use a Vista Restore Point to Log On to a System: If you've recently set a new password and forgotten it, this is a quick way around the problem.
  • Vista Log-In Hacks: There are a few things you can do to tweak the Welcome/log-in screen, for convenience and greater system security.

Security:

  • Enhancing Vista Security with EFS: In addition to encrypting on a file-by-file basis, you can encrypt all the files inside a given folder automatically by encrypting the folder itself.
  • Tame User Account Control: You can get rid of Vista's annoying security prompts, but doing so may place your system at risk.

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