One of the key "under the hood" features Microsoft touts for Windows Vista is that it's more reliable than Windows XP. That may seem like an overstatement for those of us who have recently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista. To be fair to Microsoft, XP can now be thought of as a mature operating system, with well-understood behavior. Troubleshooting Windows XP problems can be a mystery, but the techniques and tools available are well understood.
As you first start using Vista, simple navigation is a chore. Vista's surface changes over XP are more substantial than previous Microsoft OS releases, so simply finding the old stuff is more difficult at first. Much of the old stuff is there, and the usual command line tricks can work. All you need to do is click on the start button, click "Run"…
Now we run into our first problem. The "Run" command isn't visible by default. There are two ways to use the run command in Vista. First, you can simply type "Run" in the search box, and the run command box pops up. If you plan on using the run command frequently, you can make it visible on the start menu by right clicking on any blank space in the menu and clicking the "Customize" button. The "Run command" is now a checkbox option that's disabled by default, so you can enable it by clicking the checkbox.
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