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    Vista Niggles and Moans

    Hi peeps,

    Just finished setting up the new HP lappy i got for the missus. It came with Vista Business Edition and to be honest im actually quite pleased with it. I always said to people to avoid Vista atm coz of incompatibility issues etc etc... but playing with it over the past days it seems quite ok, not that much different than XP tbh just a different, nicer looking and smoother front end. I dont know what i was expecting really !

    Anyway i do have a few things that im unsure about, and not having any sort of clue i thought id ask you guys first :-) The main one i have a niggle with is the constant confirmation windows that pop up every time i wanna do something like open a rar, save a file, change a setting, etc... it seems like i have to click confirm, then click another confirm. Can be quite a pain in the bum. Is there any way to make the OS a little less security concious so that i dont have to confirm every little thing i do, and i mean everything ?

    Secondly seeing as i didnt get an install disk for the Vista... can i use the serial number on the back of the machine to use on other machines around the house if i find a copy of business floating around somewhere. I presume not and that its a single license... but with it work on an intranet going through a single IP gateway to access the net ? Maybe a stupid question as my brain is fried from setting up wireless network all day and configuring the machine (PS antivirus's and Nero do not like Vista!)... but surely Vista doesnt recognise machines on a mac level ?

    Lastly any1 know of any good recommendations for Vista stuff - tweaks, links to getting the best out of it, themes, etc ? Any help most appreciated :-)

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    forum.notebookreview.com/sho…532

    Read all of the guide in the link and your laptop will be extremly fast if you apply most of the tweaks.

    The annoying prompt box that keeps popping up is User Account Control (or UAC for short), and it can be disabled fairly easily. I'm on an XP system myself (my Vista experience was a little less cheerful than yours), but from memory, the technique for this is:

    Start > type 'msconfig' in the start menu text box and press enter > in the MSConfig utility that pops up, there's a tab called Utilities or Tools, or something like that. Click it > Scroll down the list, double-click the one called 'Disable UAC' > hit OK > Reboot


    To your second question, there only are two Vista DVDs now, one for all versions of Vista 32bit (which is the one you'll probably have), and one for all versions of Vista 64bit. So, any Vista DVD you can pick up off a mate will work fine.


    And to the third question, nah, no utilities. As a general rule, if some registry tweak is going to benefit Windows, Microsoft implement it themselves. There's no business for them in selling something that underperforms without 3rd party software To improve performance, your best bet is to use Windows Update and to keep your drivers up to date. For cool tools and stuff though, enable the sidebar, and click the link in one of its menus to more sidebar applets. There's some ace stuff on offer.

    Oh, and the new Solitaire is nice, isn't it?

    Original Poster

    I think step 13. Turn Off User Account Control (UAC) is what i needed. Thanx manzi and rep added :-)

    Original Poster

    Dxx all my other machines are running XP and im happy with them. I just wanted to experiment but i may leave them alone. Never touch it if it aint broken ;-) I have dl'd some gadgets and there are some great looking ones out there i agree.

    So in response to the DVD... i can just dl the dvd and use the serial off the lappy then ?

    Aye, you can.

    Original Poster

    ;-) cheers matey

    You won't be able to use the serial key on your other machines - as with XP, Vista generates an activation number which is based on the hardware present in the machine. When Vista is activated from a different machine, even one largely the same the number generated will be different and Microsoft shouldn't activate it as OEM licenses cannot be transferred from machine to machine.

    Your mileage may vary of course, some people have been able to get MS reps to activate licenses they shouldn't have done.

    John

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    Vista REALLY needs a service pack release sooner that the first quater of next year

    Make your own backup of the lappy while it is running ok, before making any changes.
    Take a look Acronis True Image & EasyBCD, that should help.

    No, you can't use the serial number on another system to have a genuine version of any flavor of Vista.

    There are some good tweak tool/guides out there for Vista.
    I will try to do a list of them and post 'em when I can, under freestuff I guess.

    Ive been going back n forth with this. Ive not had any compatible problems at all, but there are a few things I hate about it.

    1. In windows explorer, I hate the way it doesnt list the harddrives as the default view. XP used to do this as standard, but vista doesnt it lists stuff in 'my docs' as the default view and it gets on my nerves having to click to get to the harddrives. I also hate the way explorer doesnt save the way you wish to view directorys.

    2. When saving files and choosing the directory to save to, its a lot more complicated and clunky than XP. I dont know why they changed it, as there was nothing wrong with the old way. Now you have to push way more buttons which takes longer.

    There are a few other things I hate but I wont go on, the above are my main hates about it.

    All in all, its ok, but I havent noticed any improvement in using it. They seem to have added a load of features that I will never use, or that completely annoy me, and whats more theres no clear reason why they have done. I wouldnt rush out and buy it for someone who is considering it, if your happy with XP then stick with it for the time being.

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    apduk

    Ive been going back n forth with this. Ive not had any compatible … Ive been going back n forth with this. Ive not had any compatible problems at all, but there are a few things I hate about it. 1. In windows explorer, I hate the way it doesnt list the harddrives as the default view. XP used to do this as standard, but vista doesnt it lists stuff in 'my docs' as the default view and it gets on my nerves having to click to get to the harddrives. I also hate the way explorer doesnt save the way you wish to view directorys.2. When saving files and choosing the directory to save to, its a lot more complicated and clunky than XP. I dont know why they changed it, as there was nothing wrong with the old way. Now you have to push way more buttons which takes longer.There are a few other things I hate but I wont go on, the above are my main hates about it.All in all, its ok, but I havent noticed any improvement in using it. They seem to have added a load of features that I will never use, or that completely annoy me, and whats more theres no clear reason why they have done. I wouldnt rush out and buy it for someone who is considering it, if your happy with XP then stick with it for the time being.




    This will work for point 1:
    microsoft.com/tec…rue

    Not too sure what you mean with point 2, but it should save to the last used folder you save anything to.

    Original Poster

    Another thing i found today. In Winrar i cannot just click 'extract here' while viewing the rar in explorer. Instead i have to actually open the rar, then when inside winrar itself i can only use the 'extract to' function. Basically it wont allow it from within explorer using the right hand mouse/options.

    Is any1 else having this gripe - always worked fine in XP.

    soupy

    This will work for point … This will work for point 1:http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/prork/prde_ffs_gkge.mspx?mfr=trueNot too sure what you mean with point 2, but it should save to the last used folder you save anything to.:)



    Oh thank you :thumbsup: that worked a treat.. rep left

    About point 2, theyve taken the 'move a directory button up' away unless im being thick?

    apduk

    About point 2, theyve taken the 'move a directory button up' away unless … About point 2, theyve taken the 'move a directory button up' away unless im being thick?



    No you're not being thick - ony the back button now to go up one level...

    You also have the breadcrumb trail at the top of the explorer window so you can jump straight to two levels up, or straight to three folders up etc. (just click on the folder you want to go to)

    Once you get used to it I think it works well.

    http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/XBreadCrumbBar/XBreadCrumbBar3.png]
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