List of How to Windows Vista and Windows XP

Despite Windows Vista (and XP) are now considered old operating systems, they are still used by millions of users around the world. It is still very common to enter a office and see the old, good, well-known XP  or Vista screen-saver on some computer monitor. That’s why in the end  I have decided not to delete this special section dedicated to these “old glories”. On the contrary, during these years I have even increased the quantity of Windows tricks and How to Windows Vista and XP tutorials available, just to make sure that if you need to hack and tweak something, here you will find exactly what you are looking for! As you see, all articles have been divided into special categories so that it will be extremely easy for to spot the right piece of information. Nothing has been left! You will be able to find easy guides on how to modify the look of your Windows theme, how to increase the security of your operating system, how to access tools and features easily, how to make your system more powerful etc. To perform the changes described in each tutorial you won’t have to be a rocket scientist. In fact, everything is written in a very simple language but above all, the procedures to access  the sections of your computer where you will have to “work” have been purposefully and intentionally repeated over and over again so that after a couple of times you will know exactly where you will have to go. Majority of the stuff reported here is safe to use and won’t cause anything bad to your computer. However, at least 1% of these guides contains hacks which, if not executed and applied in a strict manner, will cause data loss. So, if you are not sure what to do, if you feel insecure about something, you can contact me on this page. I will reply to you as soon as possible! One last thing. Keep in mind that in the other section of  Windows 7 tutorials you will find tons of stuff which still works in Windows Vista! (the two operating systems have got a lot in common) So if you can not find something here, have a look at this other page!

Look and Feel

  1. How to Delete/Hide Unread Mail Messages (emails) from the Welcome Screen in Windows XP/Vista/7
  2. Change the Color of DOS the Prompt Window
  3. How to remove and disable arrows from shortcuts
  4. How to make folders get a cascading menu in the Quick Launch Bar
  5. How to remove the “Shortcut” suffix from a shortcut icon
  6. How to restore “Show Desktop” and “Switch Between Windows” icons in the Quick Launch bar in Vista
  7. How to decrease the speed animation of any windows in Vista
  8. How to change the minimum number of windows grouped together into a button in the taskbar in Windows Vista and XP
  9. How to get Windows 7 taskbar icons in Windows Vista
  10. How to disable the error reporting nag in Windows Vista
  11. How to disable “Newly Installed Programs” in Windows Vista
  12. How to change the preview picture in folder thumbnail in Vista
  13. Restore the position of desktop icons after changing screen resolution
  14. Show whatever you want in the system clock in Vista
  15. Hide icons from the system tray
  16. Use small start menu icons in Windows Vista
  17. Prevent Windows update from reminding you to reboot your computer
  18. Disable notification balloons in Windows Vista
  19. Disable (Turn off) system tray in Windows Vista
  20. How to change screen resolution in safe mode
  21. How to remove RTM evalutation copy watermark in Vista

System, Memory and Hard Disk

  1. Alternative Way to Make Hard Disk Invisible
  2. Fix Check Disk For Consistency Runs Every Time Windows 7/Vista/XP Starts
  3. How to Download Explorer.exe for Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP
  4. How to Fix “Please Insert a Disk into Drive” Error
  5. How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows
  6. How to Increase or Decrease the BootManager Time
  7. How to Increase or Decrease the BootManager Time
  8. Another way to speed up Windows startup time
  9. How to check for RAM issues in Windows Vista and Windows 7
  10. How to enable Disk Quota Management in Windows Vista
  11. How to speed up Windows Vista and Windows 7 Bootup
  12. How to update Group Policy without restarting your computer
  13. How to disable “Use the Web service to find the correct program” feature in Windows Vista
  14. How to share the same Virtual Memory (pagefile.sys) on a hard disk with multiple operating systems
  15. How to change your partition volume label in DOS
  16. How to generate a System Health Report in Windows Vista
  17. How to stop and restart Windows Explorer.exe without rebooting in Windows Vista and XP
  18. How to restart Explorer in Windows Vista
  19. How to increase the performance of SATA hard drives in Windows Vista
  20. How to speed Windows Vista and Windows XP
  21. How to make Vista SP1 installation permanent
  22. How to write foreign languages in Vista
  23. Disable Windows Vista notebook from sleep or hibernate on closing the lid
  24. Restore File Association (Extension Association) in Windows Vista to default settings
  25. How to connect to a Windows XP computer from a Windows Vista computer
  26. Disable Windows Vista’s Built-inCD/DVD burning features
  27. Use Windows Vista for free for 120 days and rearm and extend the grace period automatically
  28. Save space in your computer by disabling hibernation feature in Vista
  29. How to resize partitions on Windows Vista
  30. How to modify/create partitions when disk management does not work
  31. Speed up your Windows Vista
  32. Enable more than 4 gb of ram in 32 bit Windows Vista
  33. Free some space on your hard disk without deleting anything
  34. The best Windows Vista hacks
  35. How to disable Windows Media Center
  36. How to uninstall Windows Defender
  37. Windows Vista sp1 File Removal Tool
  38. User Account Control trick
  39. Uninstall Windows Vista Service Pack
  40. Backup and restore Vista activation
  41. Backup and restore vista activation and product key
  42. Run old software on Vista

Shortcuts and Commands

  1. How to Run Control Panel Tools from DOS Command Prompt
  2. How to Force Kill a Process in Windows 7/Vista/XP
  3. How to Destroy a Hard Disk Drive in less than 30 Seconds with DOS Commands
  4. Secret Shortcuts to Turn Off Windows Operating Systems
  5. Hidden Utilities and Shortcuts in Windows
  6. Become a Windows God! How to Enable GodMode on Windows Vista
  7. How to Make a Shutdown and Reboot shortcut on your Windows Desktop
  8. How to enable the “No To All” feature while overwriting files in Windows
  9. How to add website shortcuts to desktop context menu
  10. How to add a website to the Desktop Context Menu
  11. Display computer performance details and Windows Experience Index information
  12. How to skip Windows Media Player configuration wizard
  13. How to clear the Print job queue in Windows Vista
  14. How to use the keyboard when the mouse stops working in Windows Vista
  15. Shortcuts to Windows Vista Aero Theme
  16. Another way to shut down Windows Vista quickly
  17. Windows Vista/XP commands
  18. How to retrieve a list of running processes from DOS
  19. How to uninstall programs from DOS
  20. How to copy data from Windows Command Prompt to the Notepad
  21. How to shut down Windows Vista quickly
  22. How to force Windows Vista to shut down quickly
  23. Windows vista takes too long to shut down
  24. Shell commands for Windows Vista
  25. Windows Vista Shortcuts

Enhancements

  1. How to Auto Login in Windows 7 and Vista
  2. How to Disable and Turn Off Useless Icons and Utilities from the Taskbar
  3. How to Turn a Folder to a Hard Disk Drive In Windows Vista and XP
  4. How to add the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu
  5. How to open a file quickly using your favorite applications
  6. How to change the icon associated with a file in Windows Vista and Windows 7
  7. How to speed up Disk Cleanup in Windows Vista
  8. How to customize items in the “Send to” right-click menu
  9. Right click on shortcuts icons don’t show “open file location” in Vista
  10. How to open Folders on logon in Windows Vista
  11. Add “Move to” or “Copy to” to Windows Vista context menu
  12. How to customize the search in Windows Vista Instant Search Box
  13. How to restore and fix Recycle Bin icon that doesn’t change when it is full or empty
  14. How to change the folder Windows Vista uses to install new software
  15. How to enable Quick Search in folder view in Windows Vista
  16. How to change the program used to open a file extension association
  17. How to create a custom control panel in Windows Vista
  18. How to speed Vista Internet connection
  19. How to restore the “Search…” function in Windows Vista SP1
  20. Restore run in start menu
  21. 6 Windows Vista tips for a faster pc

Security

  1. How to Turn Off and Disable “Do You Want to Run This File?” Warning in Windows 7 and Vista
  2. How to Protect User Accounts. How to Turn on Ctrl+Alt+Del in Windows 7 and Vista
  3. How to Hide User Accounts from the Welcome Screen in Windows 7 and Vista
  4. How to Hide and Conceal Pictures and Images Using DOS
  5. Turn a Folder to a Safe in One Click With a Hidden Windows Command!
  6. How to Hide and Conceal Hard Disk Drives
  7. How to Enable/Disable the Last Access Timestamp in Windows Opearting Systems
  8. How to Block Website Access in Windows Operating Systems
  9. How to enable Telnet in Windows Vista and Windows 7
  10. How to add “Encrypt” feature on right-click context menu
  11. How to quickly turn your monitor off
  12. How to force Windows to show hidden files and folders
  13. How to create an invisible user account in Vista and XP
  14. How to move your multimedia and personal files to another destination in Windows Vista
  15. How to hide folders in your computer without using any software
  16. How to disable the registry (RegEdit) in Windows Vista
  17. How to prevent users from changing color scheme in Windows Vista
  18. How to restrict access to programs in Windows Vista
  19. How to prevent users to change display settings
  20. How to disable User Login Screen in Windows Vista
  21. How to see if somebody tried to access your computer
  22. Prevent users from accessing files and folders in Windows Vista
  23. Disable Windows Vista from requiring for password on wakeup from standby or hibernation
  24. How to disable Task Manager in Vista, XP and Windows Server 2003-2008
  25. How to reset a password in Windows Vista
  26. How to filter websites in Windows Vista
  27. How to hide security notifications and its icon

Updating…(most recent articles are located at beginning of each list)

Vista Errors (This list contains the most known and dreaded errors in Windows Vista. Here you will find the solution to most of your Vista problems. If what you are looking for is not posted here, drop me a few lines and ask me whatever you want. I will write an article about your request.)

  1. How to Fix “Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer” Error in Windows
  2. Microsoft Releases the Official Patch for the Dreadful Windows Vista Blue Screen of Death
  3. How to fix endless reboot while trying to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7
  4. How to fix blank desktop shortcut icons
  5. How to fix “Host Process for Windows Services Has Stopped Working”
  6. Desktop and Toolbar don’t load at startup in Vista
  7. Desktop and icons fails to load at startup in Windows Vista
  8. Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file
  9. Windows Vista doesn’t shut down
  10. Desktop and icons fails to load at startup in Windows Vista
  11. Windows Sidebar doesn’t start in Windows Vista
  12. How to fix “Bootmrg is missing” error in Vista
  13. Classic menu bar can’t be closed in Windows Vista file Explorer
  14. Windows Vista update error 800b0100
  15. Windows Vista 0x8004230c error
  16. Security Center can’t change your automatic update settings in Windows Vista
  17. Microsoft Windows Search Indexer has stopped working in Windows Vista
  18. How to fix com surrogate has stopped working issue
  19. Missing file names from Windows Vista Explorer
  20. Desktop icons stop working after installing Vista SP1
  21. After installing WindowsVista SP1 a device driver is not installed or some hardware stop working
  22. Different issues related to Windows Vista SP1
  23. Readyboost stopped working after installing Vista SP1
  24. Windows Vista 0×80070426 error (activation or activation error)
  25. Usb stops working after installing Windows Vista SP1
  26. Windows Vista can not go into hibernate after installing SP1
  27. Windows Vista SP1 Error Code 0×80070002
  28. Windows Vista activation wpa fails with third party firewall
  29. 8 causes why your Windows Vista SP1 won’t download
  30. Vista windows update error code 80004002

Updating…(most recent articles are located at beginning of the list)

Vista Extras (This list contains some unknown features and Easter Eggs in Windows Vista. If you think to know everything about your operating system, read here and think again! If what you are looking for is not posted here, drop me a few lines and ask me whatever you want. I will write an article about your request.)

  1. A nice easter egg on windows Vista’s desktop
  2. Easter eggs in Vista
  3. Windows Vista Aurora startup and bootscreen

Updating…(most recent articles are located at beginning of the list)

XP Tricks and Fixes (This list contains some articles regarding how to improve or fix your Windows XP. If what you are looking for is not posted here, drop me a few lines and ask me whatever you want. I will write an article about your request.)

  1. How to Fix “The Windows Logon Process Has Unexpectedly Terminated” Error in Windows
  2. How to Fix Microsoft Security Essential Genuine Validation Error
  3. How to Fix Original Windows XP Failing Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Issue
  4. How to create an invisible user account in Vista and XP
  5. How to Fix Generic Host Win32 Process in Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003
  6. How to change the minimum number of windows grouped togheter into a button in the taskbar in Windows Vista and XP
  7. How to fix missing Folder Option in Windows XP
  8. How to customize items in the “Send to” right-click menu
  9. How to share the same Virtual Memory (pagefile.sys) on a hard disk with multiple operating systems
  10. How to fix “The Disk Defragmenter is not installed on your computer” in Windows XP
  11. How to preview Windows XP clipboard with a shortcut
  12. How to change Logon Screensaver and Message Box in Windows XP
  13. Disable Windows Vista and XP notebook from sleep or hibernate on closing the lid
  14. Disable windows vista and XP from requiring for password on wakeup from standby or hibernation
  15. Disable turn off system tray in Windows Vista and Windows XP
  16. How to change screen resolution in safe mode
  17. How to disable Task Manager in Vista, XP and Windows Server 2003 2008
  18. Upgrade/convert Windows XP Home to Windows XP Professional for free
  19. Delete and clean Internet Explorer 7 browsing history from the command line
  20. Free some space on your hard disk without deleting anything
  21. How to uninstall Windows XP Service Packs
  22. How to backup and restore Windows XP activation information
  23. Fix browseuidll was not found issue in Windows XP
  24. Windows XP error 0x9780070002
  25. Windows XP SP3 endless reboot boot stop c0000139

Updating…(most recent articles are located at beginning of the list)


The lists available on this page are constantly updated, tweaked and tested almost on a daily basis. Don’t forget, before starting applying a trick for example, to read the comments posted at the end of each article by dozens of other users who have tried it before you. In this way, if something doesn’t work or the tutorial needs some “polishing” you will know beforehand. Believe me, this will save you from a lot of work and pain! But I am positive that this won’t be your case. All How to Windows Vista and XP tutorials have been tested carefully before being posted online. If you can not find a tutorial don’t forget to drop me a line by filling out the form on this page. I will write what you have been looking for right away! (well, depending on how much free time I have got!). As a final note, I am not responsible for any damage or data loss you might incur while applying the tricks and hacks reported on this page. Everything here is provided without warranty or guarantee.


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