ITsVISTA Tip 63: Uninstall Vista SP1 Beta

TipsA newer version of the Vista SP1 is rumored to be available soon, but if you’ve installed the original SP1 Beta release, it sounds like you’ll first have to uninstall it (or maybe you just don’t want SP1 installed anymore). In the past, service packs weren’t always uninstallable, but thankfully that’s not the case with this one. As it turns out, uninstalling a service pack takes at least as long as installing it, so follow these steps, and get yourself a drink for the wait. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 63: Uninstall Vista SP1 Beta”

ITsVISTA Tip 62: Save power in Vista, save the world

Blog Action DayAs I write this, it’s Blog Action Day, when bloggers around the web unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind. This year it is the environment. How does Vista relate to the environment? It uses resources, and by reducing the resources it uses, you can help reduce it’s effect on the environment. So here’s a tip on how to reduce Vista’s thirst for power. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 62: Save power in Vista, save the world”

ITsVISTA Tip 61: Eliminate ‘blocked startup program’ notifications

TipsIf you’re like me, you may block some of the programs that normally want to run at startup so they don’t eat all your RAM and processor. After doing this, you may consistently get notifications reminding you that a program is being blocked. Here’s why you might be getting them, and how to make them stop. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 61: Eliminate ‘blocked startup program’ notifications”

ITsVISTA Tip 60: Hide a persistant on-screen keyboard in Vista

TipsI had a question in chat from a user that had the On-Screen Keyboard appearing on his screen at startup. How do I get rid of it? He tried Msconfig to see if there was an entry for it, but with no luck. After seeing there were no options of that sort in the On-Screen Keyboard options, I poked around a little and found the answer, which fixed his woes. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 60: Hide a persistant on-screen keyboard in Vista”

ITsVISTA Tip 59: Hide the Vista Updates you don’t want to see

TipsWhen you use Windows Update with Windows XP, there is a checkbox to not show an update again. I like that feature, and used it to hide IE7 on some of my machines. As The How-to Geek points out, there is a comparable feature in Vista, allowing you to hide those updates you’d rather not see or install. It’s easy to do, but not necessarily intuitive. Here’s how to hide those updates you don’t want. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 59: Hide the Vista Updates you don’t want to see”

ITsVISTA Tip 58: Restore your Quick Launch ‘Show Desktop’ icon

TipsI had someone in the chat room ask me how to restore the Show Desktop icon they had deleted from their Quick Launch bar. I did a quick Google and suggested a page at Lockergnome that describes a procedure that worked in Windows XP, but they said they had tried it and not only did the icon not come back properly, it didn’t function correctly either. I browsed around a bit and found a way to not only restore the functionality, but the icon as well, and it’s easy! Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 58: Restore your Quick Launch ‘Show Desktop’ icon”

ITsVISTA Tip 57: Add ‘Copy To’ and ‘Move To’ to your Vista right-click menu

TipsThere are many ways to copy and move files from one location to another. I tend to first open two windows, one being the source, the other the destination, and then drag the file from one to the other. Cut/Copy and Paste is another common means of getting your files were you want them to go. Another option is available in Vista, as I found at the Error Forum, but it doesn’t show up by default. Here’s how you can add Copy to Folder… and Move to Folder… options to your right-click menu. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 57: Add ‘Copy To’ and ‘Move To’ to your Vista right-click menu”

ITsVISTA Tip 54: Change the border padding for windows in Vista Basic

TipsIn Tip 53 I pointed out how to change the border padding for windows in Vista Aero. The same can be done if you are running Vista’s Basic interface (such as you would if running Vista Home Basic, or if you have a video card that isn’t Aero capable). The reasons are the same, the steps are just slightly different. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 54: Change the border padding for windows in Vista Basic”