Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW.

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Malware, Security, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: You’re probably aware that there’s a massive ransomware epidemic spreading right now. It’s already affected companies and computers in more than 150 countries, and causing untold misery for hundreds of thousands of people whose computers have been rendered unusable.

Source: Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW. | Gizmo’s Freeware

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New ways to get free Windows-installation media

Posted on March 18, 2015. Filed under: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , |

Windows Secrets offers a post on New ways to get free Windows-installation media.

“Sooner or later, you’ll need to repair, refresh, or reinstall Windows — a task that will require your original Windows installation/setup files.

But most new PCs no longer come with classic Windows setup discs; the vital recovery files are typically stored on the hard drive — where they are vulnerable to loss or damage.
But in late 2013, Microsoft shut down its TechNet subscription service (ZDNet article); then, last month, it pulled its ISOs from Digital River.

So, what’s a Windows user to do? This article will show you where and how to obtain full, legitimate setup files for Vista, Win7, and Win8.

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Windows Secrets speed tricks

Posted on July 25, 2012. Filed under: Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , |

Series: House Call 2012: One family, four PCs covers some speed tricks for startup and shutdown on Windows 7/Vista.

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How to fix the Vista KSOD (blacK Screen Of Death) « Logic IT Consulting

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , |

How to fix the Vista KSOD (blacK Screen Of Death) from Logic IT Consulting.

If this doesn’t do it, check the comments below for some other ideas.

 

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Get Windows 7 Gadgets in Windows XP

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Get Windows 7 Gadgets in Windows XP with the Thoosje sidebar.

Some of the gadgets you can get in Win7 or Vista Sidebar are available with this freeware.

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Download the IPConfig Gadget to troubleshoot Vista

Posted on March 24, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Greg Schultz of TechRepublic tells you how to Download the IPConfig Gadget to simplify troubleshooting in Vista.

“I created the Windows XP IP Configuration Tool several years ago. Recently, I created the Windows Vista IP Configuration Tool for Vista, whose IPConfig command offers five more options than XP and requires working through a UAC prompt. In the discussion thread for the Vista version, TechRepublic member jvdgijp suggested that I convert the tool, which is an HTML application, into a Vista gadget. Several other members echoed that request, so I got to work and created the IPConfig Gadget.”

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Vista shell commands

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , , |

TechRepublic has a Windows tip on using Shell commands in Vista:

“Using Shell command shortcuts

While you can use Explorer, the Control Panel, or the Start menu to access key features in Windows Vista, sometimes a shortcut can be more useful. Hidden underneath the Windows Vista architecture are a whole host of special shortcuts known as Shell commands. To use a Shell command, all you need to do is press [Windows]+R to access the Run dialog box and then enter the word Shell followed by a colon (:) and then command as in:

Shell:command

As you can see there are no spaces between the word Shell and the colon and the command — it is essentially one word.

While there are close to 100 Shell commands, not all of them are very useful. As such, I won’t actually list them. I’ll just discuss the ones that I find most useful in everyday situations first and then I’ll list the other ones that I find occasionally useful.

Keep in mind that not all of these Shell commands will work in all versions of Windows Vista.

Most useful Shell commands

  • shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder – opens the Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) window.
  • shell:Sendto – opens the SendTo folder so that you can easily add more locations to the Send To list.
  • shell:Common Administrative Tools – opens the Administrative Tools menu as a folder
  • shell:Desktop – opens the Desktop as a folder.
  • shell:Downloads – opens your Downloads folder.
  • shell:Quick Launch – opens the Quick Launch folder.
  • shell:Searches – opens the Search folder showing all your saved searches.

The other useful Shell commands

  • shell:AppUpdatesFolder – opens the Installed Windows Updates location in Program and Files.
  • shell:Cache – opens Internet Explorer’s temporary Internet files folder.
  • shell:CD Burning – opens the folder where Windows Vista temporarily stores files to be burned to a CD.
  • shell:Common Desktop – opens the Public User’s Desktop folder.
  • shell:Common Documents – opens the Public User’s Documents folder.
  • shell:Common Programs – opens the Start menu shortcuts folder.
  • shell:Common Start Menu – opens the Start Menu as a folder.
  • shell:Common Startup – opens the Startup folder.
  • shell:Common Templates – opens the Templates folder.
  • shell:CommonDownloads – opens the Public User’s Downloads folder.
  • shell:CommonMusic – opens the Public User’s Music folder.
  • shell:CommonPictures – opens the Public User’s Pictures folder.
  • shell:CommonVideo – opens the Public User’s Video folder.
  • shell:ConflictFolder – opens the Sync Center Conflicts folder.
  • shell:ConnectionsFolder – opens the Network Connections folder.
  • shell:Contacts – opens your Contacts folder.
  • shell:ControlPanelFolder – opens the Control Panel.
  • shell:Cookies – opens the cookies folder
  • shell:Favorites – opens your Favorites folder.
  • shell:Fonts – opens Vista’s Fonts folder.
  • shell:Gadgets – opens your Windows Sidebar Gadgets folder.
  • shell:History – opens the Internet Explorer history folder.
  • shell:InternetFolder – opens Internet Explorer.
  • shell:Links – opens your Links folder location.
  • shell:MyMusic – opens your Music folder.
  • shell:MyPictures – opens your Pictures folder.
  • shell:MyVideo – opens your Video folder.
  • shell:MyComputerFolder – opens Computer window.
  • shell:NetHood – opens Network Shortcuts folder.
  • shell:NetworkPlacesFolder – opens the Network Places location.
  • shell:Original Images – opens Windows Photo Gallery Original Images folder.
  • shell:Personal – opens your Documents folder.
  • shell:PhotoAlbums – opens your Slide Show folder.
  • shell:Playlists – opens your Playlists folder.
  • shell:PrintersFolder – opens Printers in the Control Panel.
  • shell:Profile – opens your main folder.
  • shell:ProgramFiles – opens the Program Files folder.
  • shell:Public – opens the Public User folder.
  • shell:Recent – opens the Recent Items folder.
  • shell:RecycleBinFolder – opens the Recycle Bin folder.
  • shell:Start Menu – opens the Start Menu folder.
  • shell:Startup – opens the Startup folder
  • shell:System – opens the System32 folder location.
  • shell:Templates – opens the Templates folder location.
  • shell:UserProfiles – opens the Users folder.
  • shell:UsersFilesFolder – opens your main folder.
  • shell:Windows – opens the Windows folder.”
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How To Fix “BOOTMGR is missing” Error in Vista and Windows 7

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: Techniques, Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , |

TechSupportAlert tells you How To Fix “BOOTMGR is missing” Error in Vista and Windows 7.

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Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Sent

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Windows Vista, wireless | Tags: , , , , |

Internet Fixes tells you how to Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Sent.

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Mixed Networking With Windows Vista

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) responder.

Say what?!?!?!

That’s the function that’s missing in XP which keeps XP computers from showing up in Vista’s network map.

What it is and how to fix it from Internet Fixes Vista & Windows 7 Tips.

And now you know.

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Classic Shell | Get Classic Shell at SourceForge.net

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , |

SourceForge has Classic Shell for those who want some previous version features added back to Windows Vista and 7.

Recommended by Windows Secrets.  Freeware.

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Ultimate Windows Tweaker for 7 & Vista

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , |

The Windows Club has the Ultimate Windows Tweaker, a sort of ‘TweakUI’ for Windows 7 & Vista.

Recommended by Windows Secrets.

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TweakUAC: Disable annoying UAC in Windows 7, Vista

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Help, Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , |

Freeware Genius has a post on how to Disable annoying UAC security prompts in Windows 7, Vista by switching to UAC quiet mode.

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Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , |

Gizmo has a list of his Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software, along with recommendations of when to switch to 64 bit and when not, along with what to use.

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Get a Classic Windows Shell for Vista/7

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , , |

SourceForge has a Classic Windows Shell for those who want some missing features added back to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others.

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Turn Vista into Windows 7 for free

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , |

CNetTV shows you how to Turn Vista into Windows 7 for free.

Add a few programs to make Vista like 7.

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Create A Complete Backup And Restore Image With Windows Vista.

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: backups, imaging, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , |

Internet Fixes tells you how to Create A Complete Backup And Restore Image With Windows Vista..

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VistaSwitcher – Speed Up Windows Alt-Tab

Posted on October 25, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts, Utilities, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , |

VistaSwitcher lets you Speed Up Windows Alt-Tab in Vista.

Main Features

  • Outstanding UI, semi-transparent backgrounds and antialiased fonts
  • Live window and desktop previews under Windows Vista and 7
  • Task list with mouse-over selection
  • Multiple task selection, tile windows vertically or horizontally
  • Minimize, maximize, restore, close windows and groups of windows
  • Compatible with UAC, works with elevated applications
  • Small and fast, native 64-bit version available
  • Multilingual user interface (Unicode based)
  • It’s FREE for any use!  32 and 64-bit.

This is a beta version in development, so use at your own risk, and check back for updates often.

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Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows Vista

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: networking, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , |

Know the Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows Vista.

Microsoft provides a list that can help when configuring or troubleshooting a network.

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Manage Scheduled Tasks with the SchTasks.exe Command

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Techniques, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , |

Manage Scheduled Tasks with the SchTasks.exe Command using Windows Vista or newer versions.

“An administrator can use the SchTasks.exe command-line utility to create, delete, query, change, run, and end scheduled tasks on a local or remote system through the command shell.”

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