ITsVISTA Tip 49: How to Enable Vista’s DreamScene

TipsSo you told Windows Update to download DreamScene. It installed, you rebooted, where is it? If you type dreamscene in your search bar it doesn’t list a program to run. So what the heck do you have do to make your desktop move around? This post made me remember how confused I was at first as well. Here’s how to make your desktop a little more active (Note: You can only get DreamScene on the Ultimate version of Vista). Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 49: How to Enable Vista’s DreamScene”

ITsVISTA Tip 47: Improve Wireless Connectivity in Vista

TipsVista’s new TCP/IP stack offers plenty of improvements, but unfortunately doesn’t always play well with older hardware that isn’t aware of the newer features it uses. Steve Riley on Security mentions that this can be a problem when trying to use wireless networking with a router that doesn’t understand the updated ‘Windows Tuning’ feature. He suggests this is more common with routers used for public internet connections, such as at a hotel. The fix is to disable autotuning, which happens to be the same fix from tip 25 which dealt with threaded network applications. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 47: Improve Wireless Connectivity in Vista”

ITsVISTA Tip 46: Let Vista Use Your Flash Drive for ReadyBoost

TipsI recently got a 8GB flash drive to move around my portable apps, as well as some music, and simple data files. It’s bigger than I probably need for now, but I figure I’ll grow into it pretty quickly. Since I currently have a lot of free space on it, I figured why not put that space to use, and speed up my computer at the same time, so I turned on ReadyBoost. It’s simple, here’s how to do it: Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 46: Let Vista Use Your Flash Drive for ReadyBoost”

ITsVISTA Tip 43: Restore Your 480DPI Screen Back to Normal in Vista

TipsIn tip 29 I explained how to change your screen DPI to resize some of your UI elements. On the extreme end, you can resize to 480DPI, which makes everything 500% bigger. The problem with doing that is that everything is so big, some important things can’t be seen on the screen anymore, making it difficult to get back to a more usable DPI. Here’s how I went from 480DPI back to the default 96DPI: Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 43: Restore Your 480DPI Screen Back to Normal in Vista”

ITsVISTA Tip 36: How to Make the Vista Boot Screen Say “I’m a Geek”

ITsVISTA TipThe typical non-technical computer user doesn’t want to see extra information about what the computer is doing as it will probably just confuse them. That’s why modern OS’s hide most of what’s going on underneath and just show pretty pictures and allow users to point and click on things. The more technical users, often called Geeks (I put myself in this category) like to type in commands, and see what is going on behind the scene. What better way to display your Geekness, and impress your friends with your technical prowess than to have your computers boot screen scrolling all kinds of technical information? Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 36: How to Make the Vista Boot Screen Say “I’m a Geek””

ITsVISTA Tip 32: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk in Vista

TipsIn my article “Dynamic Disc: Microsoft’s Bastard Child?” I noted how you might upgrade a computer from Windows XP to Vista, only to then find that you cannot access a dynamic disc. This is most likely due to your version of Vista not supporting dynamic disk, which would require upgrading, probably to Ultimate, to be able to read the disc. If you’re not prepared to do that, but still want to be able to use the disk, you can convert it back to a basic disk. The draw back is that you will loose all of your data, since the process is to first delete the volume, then recreate it from scratch. The next tip will include instructions on how to hack your dynamic disc back to a basic disk, which may save your data, but only if your dynamic disk doesn’t span multiple disks. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 32: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk in Vista”

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

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. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 27: Disable Vista’s Aero ‘Glass’ Transparency”