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    Ultimate Vista Tweaks And Tips

    Hi frnds....
    this is for vista users...


     


    hope u'll like it....



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    Don’t underestimate the power of the Help button!

    Click Start and then click Help and Support. The Help and Support window will open. You’re in. You’ve already gone further than many, many others.

    I bet that you’ll find your answer after reading just one or two topics, without hunting around the entire Help system. Here’s why:

    • A new voice for Windows. No, it’s not Clippy II. Help is easier to understand than in previous versions of Windows. It uses the language you use. You’ll notice the difference.

    • Help topics originate from your questions. We created topics based on common questions and problems. This is why Help topic titles often reflect the question you are likely asking or the problem you’re trying to solve. You’ll know it when you see it.

    • Certain topics deliver certain types of content. Quick answers, procedures, troubleshooters, and FAQs give you answers quickly, while articles use a longer format to provide more information, best practices, and tips.

    • Help has more than 750 illustrations and screen shots to show you the way.

    Extra credit: Read all 2,000+ Help topics. Reward: You’ll know a lot about Windows.
    Flaunt your skills as you help your family and friends with their computer problems.

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    Remove the arrow (Shortcut Overlay) without side effects (32

    Most Tweak programs remove the arrows by renaming or removing the IsShortCut String Values from the registry. Windows uses this value to track links, if you remove or rename the IsShortCut value lots of programs and features that use links won’t work correctly -> in Vista the shortcuts in Favorite Links, Media Center and in the Games Explorer disappear or won’t work anymore.

    The files in the zip file below remove the arrows the same way as TweakUI does in previous Windows versions; it refers the icon to another icon. If you refer it to a completely blank icon, the overlays turn black when you restart Explorer or Log Off and Log On again. Solution: I’ve created a blank icon with some transparent pixels and with the same sizes as the default arrow -> no more arrows & no black overlays.

    Install: If you used a program or a reg file that removed the IsShortCut values; merge RestoreArrow.reg to restore them. Copy Blank.ico to the Windows directory fromVista, so if you installed Vista on the D drive, copy it to D:\Windows\. Merge RemoveArrow.reg and Log Off or Restart your Computer.

    Windows Vista 64-bit users: Merge RemoveArrow_[C].reg if you installed Vista on your C drive, Merge RemoveArrow_[D].reg if you installed Vista on your D drive. If you installed Vista on another drive, just edit one of the RemoveArrow_[X].reg files so that it points to the Windows directory of Vista.

    Uninstall: Merge RestoreArrow.reg and remove Blank.ico from your Windows directory.
    Log Off or Restart your computer.

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    Keyboard shortcuts

    Ctrl+Shift+Esc -> Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del -> Tasks Screen)
    Ctrl+Shift+Enter -> Run an executable with elevated privileges
    Windows logo key+1-0 -> Launch the shortcuts on the Quick Launch toolbar
    Windows logo key+T -> Cycle through programs on the taskbar
    Windows logo key+Tab -> Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Flip 3-D
    Ctrl+Windows logo key+Tab -> Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Flip 3-D
    Windows logo key+Spacebar -> Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar
    Windows logo key+G -> Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
    Windows logo key+X -> Open Windows Mobility Center
    Open a folder and press & release Alt -> Show Menu Bar (also works in Internet Explorer)

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    Create an Elevated Command Prompt shortcut

    Right click on your Command Prompt shortcut and select Properties.
    Click on the Advanced button (at the Shortcut tab), check “Run As Administrator” and click on OK (twice).

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    UltiMouse Task Controller

    This program turns the Mouse into a Task Controller without losing the default functionality of the Mouse Buttons.

    Double Click Middle Mouse Button -> Window Switcher (Flip3D)
    Back Button + Scroll Up/Down -> Cycle through programs on the Taskbar*
    Middle Mouse Button + Scroll Up/Down -> Cycle through Sidebar Gadgets * NEW *
    Back Button + Middle Mouse Button -> Up One Level (emulates the Up Button)
    Forward Button + Scroll Up/Down -> Maximize/Restore selected program/window
    Forward Button + Middle Mouse Button -> Close selected program/window
    Middle Mouse Button + Back Button -> Minimize selected program/window
    Middle Mouse Button + Forward Button -> Restore last Minimized program/window
    Double Click Back Button -> Minimize All
    Double Click Forward Button -> UnMinimize All

    * When you release the Back Button, the selected program/window is activated.

    Install: Copy UltiMouse.exe to anywhere you want and create a shortcut in the Startup folder.
    It runs hidden in the background, you can close it with Task Manager.

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    Deleting the Undeletable

    As many of us move forward from Windows XP or prior beta versions of Windows Vista to the final RTM version, I thought this little tip might be in order. You may be aware that Windows Vista includes a number of different ways to upgrade a computer, from a straight in-place upgrade (insert CD, run setup and choose upgrade) to Windows Easy Transfer, which allows you to copy settings, programs and data from an old setup a fresh shiny new OS environment. In doing this, it’s not unusual to find some folders that can’t be accessed, even by an administrator, because their ACLs were set for accounts with SIDs that applied to an old partition.

    How do you take it back? -> The secret lies in two command-line utilities, one ancient, the other completely revised for this release. Respectively, these are takeown (which takes ownership of a file or directory) and icacls (which sets new ACLs on that directory). I created a small batch command on my system called itsmine.cmd, as follows:

    takeown /f %1 /r /d y
    icacls %1 /grant administrators:F /t


    From an elevated command prompt, you can run a command such as itsmine D:\hard_to_delete and this will reset ownership and ACLs on the hard_to_delete directory such that a command like rd /s D:\hard_to_delete should work.

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    Take Ownership Context Menu Item

    TakeOwn.reg adds a Take Ownership Context Menu Item to all files and folders. It opens an Elevated Command Prompt which recovers full access to the selected file / directory, sub directories and their content.
    You can access the Context Menu Item by holding down Shift + right-click on a file or folder.

    If you want to access the Take Ownership Context Menu Item on an exe file, you must merge “RunAsAdmin_Exe-.reg”; this reg file removes the “Run as Administrator” Context Menu Item from all exe files (they both use the runas key). Merge “RunAsAdmin_Exe+.reg” if you want to restore the “Run as Administrator” Context Menu Item.

    Install: Merge TakeOwn+.reg
    Uninstall: Merge TakeOwn-.reg

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    Shell Commands for Windows Vista

    The shell: command can be used to open a special folder directly from the Start, Search menu. For example, the command shell:SendTo opens the SendTo folder (%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\S endTo). To launch the Documents folder of your User Profile, you’d type shell:Personal. Below is a complete shell: commands listing for Windows Vista. The entire listing is stored in the following registry key in Windows Vista:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\explorer\FolderDescriptions]


    Code:
    shell:AddNewProgramsFolder - shell:Administrative Tools - shell:AppData - shell:AppUpdatesFolder - shell:Cache - shell:CD Burning - shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder - shell:Common Administrative Tools - shell:Common AppData - shell:Common Desktop - shell:Common Documents - shell:Common Programs - shell:Common Start Menu - shell:Common Startup - shell:Common Templates - shell:CommonDownloads - shell:CommonMusic - shell:CommonPictures - shell:CommonVideo - shell:ConflictFolder - shell:ConnectionsFolder - shell:Contacts - shell:ControlPanelFolder - shell:Cookies - shell:CredentialManager - shell:CryptoKeys - shell:CSCFolder - shell:Default Gadgets - shell:Desktop - shell:Downloads - shell:DpapiKeys - shell:Favorites - shell:Fonts - shell:Gadgets - shell:Games - shell:GameTasks - shell:History - shell:InternetFolder - shell:Links - shell:Local AppData - shell:LocalAppDataLow - shell:LocalizedResourcesDir - shell:MAPIFolder - shell:My Music - shell:My Pictures - shell:My Video - shell:MyComputerFolder - shell:NetHood - shell:NetworkPlacesFolder - shell:OEM Links - shell:Original Images - shell:Personal - shell:PhotoAlbums - shell:Playlists - shell:PrintersFolder - shell:PrintHood - shell:Profile - shell:ProgramFiles - shell:ProgramFilesCommon - shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86 - shell:ProgramFilesX86 - shell:Programs - shell:Public - shell:PublicGameTasks - shell:Quick Launch - shell:Recent - shell:RecycleBinFolder - shell:ResourceDir - shell:SampleMusic - shell:SamplePictures - shell:SamplePlaylists - shell:SampleVideos - shell:SavedGames - shell:Searches - shell:SearchHomeFolder - shell:SendTo - shell:Start Menu - shell:Startup - shell:SyncCenterFolder - shell:SyncResultsFolder - shell:SyncSetupFolder - shell:System - shell:SystemCertificates - shell:SystemX86 - shell:Templates - shell:TreePropertiesFolder - shell:UserProfiles - shell:UsersFilesFolder - shell:Windows

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    i don't like vista...so in short i gave the ans..lolz

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