Windows Vista Tips
Windows XP Recovery Console Equivalents in Windows Vista
The Recovery Console has been deprecated in Windows Vista, so what happened to all those commands? Here's how you can access some of those familiar tools.
Enhance Windows Search with the Free Microsoft Filter Pack
With the Microsoft Filter Pack, you can extend the Windows Search service to support more file types, including OneNote and Zip files.
Use MoveFile and PendMoves to Move a File That is Always in Use
Files can’t be moved or deleted when they’re in use. Find out how you can move and delete those tricky files that are always in use.
Use the Netsh Command to Manage the Windows Vista Firewall
The Netsh command offers a streamlined way to manage Windows Firewall on Windows Vista systems. Learn how to start using Netsh now.
Enable Auditing for Security Events on Windows Vista Systems
Windows Vista will let you audit security events, but no events are written to the Security log until you enable auditing. Find out what you need to do.
Use the Snipping Tool to Capture Screen Shots
Windows Vista offers built-in support for more control over screenshots. Find out what you can do with the Snipping Tool.
Query and Manage Event Logs with the Windows Events Command Line Utility
You can use the Windows Events Command Line Utility to retrieve information about event logs, run queries, archive logs, and more. Here's a look at how to use this tool.
Know the Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows Vista
Windows Vista includes an assortment of utilities for diagnosing, monitoring, and repairing network connections. Here’s an overview of the key tools and what they’re used for.
Manage Scheduled Tasks with the SchTasks.exe Command
Find out how you can use the SchTasks.exe command-line utility to create, delete, query, change, run, and end scheduled tasks.
Prevent Users from Deleting Browsing History and Clearing Cookies
You may know how to easily clear your browsing history and delete your cookies in Internet Explorer 7. But did you know you can disable these options for users in your environment?
Remove Unwanted Toolbars and Fix Settings in Internet Explorer
Problematic add-ons. Changed browser settings. A new homepage. Find out how you can troubleshoot and fix persistent, unwanted changes.
Manage Volume Shadow Copy Service from the Vssadmin Command-Line
Check out the commands you can use to manage Volume Shadow Copy service from a command-line tool.
Troubleshoot Group Policy with GPLogView
Learn how you can use this command-line tool to perform Group Policy–related troubleshooting.
Track and Analyze System Stability and Reliability with RACAgent
Curious about system reliability? Windows Vista is already gathering this data by default. Find out how to view this data.
Best Practices for File Sharing in a Domain Environment
If you plan on implementing file sharing for Windows Vista clients in a domain environment, keep these best practices in mind.
Best Practices for File Sharing in a Workgroup Environment
Want to implement file sharing for Windows Vista clients in a workgroup environment? Be sure to keep these best practices in mind.
High Availability Printing with the Print Management Console
When a server goes down, you can use the Windows Vista Print Management console to quickly move print queues and keep print jobs moving smoothly. Here's how.
Troubleshoot Slow Start Ups with Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics
Find out how you can use Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics to identify the source of startup performance problems and automatically fix issues.
New Command-Line Switches for Sc.exe
On Windows Vista, the sc.exe command has been enhanced with new command-line switches. Here's a look at what's new.
Create an Ad Hoc Wireless Network
If you want to share information stored on your computer with other nearby computers, you can set up an ad hoc wireless network. Learn how.
Use Msconfig to Disable and Enable UAC
To determine whether UAC is causing an application compatibility problem, you can temporarily disable UAC. Here's a quick way to do this.
Know the Tools You'll Need to Deploy Windows Vista
Do you know what tools you'll need to use to prepare and deploy Windows Vista to systems throughout your environment? Here's an overview of the tools you'll need, and the ones you can forget about.
Delete Files Permanently with SDelete
When you delete a file, Windows removes the index for the file, but the file’s contents are still on the disk until the data has been overwritten by another file. Learn how to delete files permanently so attackers can't recover this data.