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ITsVISTA Tip 31: Install Java’s JRE 6 to Avoid Aero Problems

February 5th, 2007 · 5 Comments · 27,148 views

TipsDid you download Java and install it on your Vista machine only to notice that when the Java apps open, your Aero interface becomes disabled? You’re not the first. Thankfully, there is a solution. Keep reading →

30 Tips for Getting More (or Less) Out of Windows Vista

January 31st, 2007 · 87 Comments · 62,032 views

30 TipsMany thousands of people rushed out yesterday to get their hands on Microsoft’s Windows Vista. Many of them probably have it installed already and are exploring the new features, and finding the many changes in this new OS. Of course, many of them are also wondering What is this? and Where is that and How do I make this thing stop doing that!. To help answer some of those questions, here are 30 tips for getting more (or less) out of your new Vista install. Keep reading →

ITsVISTA Tip 30: How to Cheat at Solitaire in Vista

January 30th, 2007 · 14 Comments · 36,362 views

TipsWhat good is a computer without some games to waste time with? What better game to waste time with than Solitaire? Well, Vista has Solitaire, and it’s improved from previous versions. Nice graphics, sounds, and even animation, the effects will make you feel like you’re really there, with yourself, playing cards. Keep reading →

ITsVISTA Tip 29: Use Vista’s DPI Support to Scale Your User Interface

January 29th, 2007 · 123 Comments · 89,481 views

TipsDo you sometimes have a hard time reading the text on your screen, especially on laptop computers? This may be because of something called DPI. DPI (dots per inch) refers to pixel density, or the number of pixels displayed in an inch. On standard desktop monitors, this has generally been 96dpi, but many laptop screens are more dense, displaying up to 144dpi. This has the effect of making everything look smaller. For a few more details on DPI in Vista, see Greg Schechter’s Blog. Keep reading →

Windows Vista Tips & Tricks

January 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment · 2,100 views

A Microsoft website that includes tips, videos, presentations, etc on Vista. Keep reading →

ITsVISTA Tip 28: Install the Vista Telnet Client

January 28th, 2007 · 23 Comments · 39,682 views

TipsDo you use Telnet? If so, you’ll obviously need a Telnet client for Vista, but which one should you choose? The good news is that Vista has its own Telnet client, it’s sitting on your hard drive, it’s just not installed by default. So how do you get it installed? Erickr pointed out how to do this on his blog, here’s a pictorial version: Keep reading →

ITsVISTA Tip 27: Disable Vista’s Aero ‘Glass’ Transparency

January 27th, 2007 · 15 Comments · 18,057 views

TipsI‘ve been using Vista for a while now, and the fancy Aero transparency is really no big deal. I’ve seen a number of sources that say it doesn’t slow down your system, so you probably don’t need to disable it in the interest of increasing performance. If you just don’t like the way it looks, Tech-Recipes suggests it is something you can disable. Keep reading →

ITsVISTA Tip 26: How to Disable Vista’s ClearType if You Find it Blurry

January 26th, 2007 · 25 Comments · 40,505 views

TipsOne of my colleague mentioned he didn’t like ClearType in the new IE7, the same ClearType that’s on by default in Vista. I don’t mind it myself, but if you find it to be ‘blurry’, or just don’t want it on, you can disable it. Keep reading →

ITsVISTA Tip 25: Speed up Threaded Network Downloads in Vista

January 25th, 2007 · 30 Comments · 52,902 views

TipsI‘ve seen mentioned in a few places that applications that use multiple network threads (BitTorrent clients, download managers, etc) don’t download files as quickly in Vista as they do in Windows XP. Most seem to attribute the difference to the new AutoTuning function in the TCP/IP stack. Keep reading →

ITsVISTA Tip 24: Run Vista for 120 Days without Activation Using SLMGR’s Rearm Function

January 24th, 2007 · 46 Comments · 86,936 views

TipsA previous tip pointed out the SLMGR.vbs script that you can use for license related tasks in Vista. The D’ Technology Weblog points out one of the things you can SLMGR for; extend use of Vista without activation for up to 120 days. Keep reading →