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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
5:41 pm
Hi, I'm new here.

I bought a pen table last week and yesterday I decided that I'm pretty sick of the generic icons Windows Vista offers. (Yeah I know they are still prettier than anything that came before but...)

So if anyone is interested, you can snag them here.

Also, does anyone know how I could set a different icon for the folder icon for all folders at once? I know you can change the icon of individual folders in their properties but that would take years to do...
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
6:47 pm
Lost Internet Connection

Hi, I'm dual-booting XP Home and Vista Home Premium Trial Version, with each OS on a separate hard drive. For the first few days with this setup my Internet connectivity was fine. After three or four days, XP still connected to the Internet, but Vista would not. I used Vista's Network Connection options to diagnose the problem (it couldn't detect a problem) and to flush the DNS cache, renew the IP address, etc. It was unable to renew the IP address, but neither of my OSs has ever been able to renew it, even when nothing is wrong (weird, huh, but true).

Why would Vista suddenly lose connectivity while XP sails along just fine with no problem connecting at all? What can I do to fix Vista's connection? Has anyone ever even had this problem besides me?

Some background info: I used the Vista install solely to test AOL on it. I installed multiple copies of AOL to figure out how to remove them in various states of corruption so I could write a tutorial about it for my LJ. Vista continued to connect until I removed the last of the AOL software, conking out shortly after that. I figured I'd hosed my normal Administrator account with all the AOL crap I put on it, so I switched to the hidden "super-administrator" account to see if that fixed the problem, but still Vista will not connect.

Edit: I forgot one detail in the OP that might make a difference: I was surfing the Web with Firefox for over an hour when I lost the connection on Vista just-like-that. I tried to open like my 23rd tab of the evening in Firefox and couldn't, that's when it was gone. It just makes no sense at all, how it konked out while I was actually surfing, a day after I had removed the last of the AOL stuff.

More info: It's an older eMachines desktop (I think it was made in 2003) that connects to the Internet through a broadband cable modem; the modem is fine and has not even needed a reboot in at least six months. This is not an urgent problem, since I'm going to format the hard drive Vista is on within a month or two and turn it back into what it was: a storage drive for my music and movies. I'm merely curious as to how XP could have connectivity while Vista doesn't, and would like to know what the fix is in case this happens again. Thanks.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
1:28 am
In the somewhat distant future, about four months or so....
Okay, I just got a new job, and I'm looking to build a new desktop at some point. My assumption is that Vista will probably be the only option with any future behind it, but I'm a little apprehensive about all the issues that people are griping about in relation to Vista.

Here are the issues that I am most concerned about:
1. Recognition of hardware.
2. Use of 64-bit - I have heard that use of the 64-bit versions simply makes the issues compounded
3. Being able to use the following titles:
A. City of Heroes
B. World of Warcraft
C. Neverwinter 2
D. Unreal 3
E. Crysis
F. Any of my older legacy games
G. OpenOffice/Firefox/Thunderbird

How real were the compatibility/driver issues?
How is the 64-bit version?
Is Microsoft moving quickly to address the issues that have been reported, in your opinion?

Also, which of these versions should I get? Why are they so goofily divided and expensive? Am I missing out on much if I just go with the Home Basic -- just to be clear, I now run XP Home/Pro with pretty much all of the eye candy turned off. I'd like a very minimalist sort of desktop. I like the functionality of Vista, but I would like it to basically feel as much like 2000 as is possible.
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
10:34 pm
Help needed with Nero and Vista
Hi, I'm a newbie.
I bought a new laptop recently with Vista installed. And I installed the demo version of Nero 6 for the time being, but now I can uninstall it by any means. When I try to use the control panel, the uninstallation process stops abruptly saying there's been an error.
When I try to uninstall it by using UnNero, it says that it's for 64-bit system only.
Please help me uninstall this Nero 6...
Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
1:46 pm


I just built a new system with Vista Home Premium. It's working well except I keep getting display artifacts -- lots of horizontal, single-pixel-high lines. It usually happens when the screen dims and UAC wants me to elevate my privileges to install some software; as soon as the screen un-dims again, the lines disappear.

The motherboard (a Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H) has a built-in Radeon X1250 card. I also have a Radeon X1650Pro PCIe x16 card which I've tried with Catalyst 7.7 and 7.9, and I see the same behavior there.

Anybody experiencing similar things? Does it seem like this motherboard needs to be RMA'd, or what? I've installed the drivers that came with it, but it doesn't seem to make a difference.

It's not a big deal, but it's annoying.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
1:03 pm
HP Officejet won't install via USB
I have an HP Officejet Pro L7580 that I purchased specifically because my old printer wouldn't work with Vista. The disk that came with the printer was for XP only, and I downloaded the Vista package from HP.

Every time I try to install, I wait until I'm instructed to connect the USB cable to the computer, but Plug&Play comes up and tries to install the printer and can't find the drivers. My impression is that I don't want P&P to try to install it - that's why the instructions tell you not to connect the USB cable to the computer until told to do so.

I've uninstalled, reinstalled, deleted the infcache, uninstalled all the USB controllers and hubs, followed the instructions in the support document at http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=c00843708. I can't even point it to the right driver, since I don't know what driver is needed and the driver apparently never gets installed because I can't get past the connection screen.

Current Mood: cranky
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
1:00 am
Okay, this is the first time I've made a music video with windows vista and each time I try to save it the movie comes out with the bottom half having this green strip through it, anyone know what I should do? Wanna see the vid for yourself?
1:01 am
Another Sim question...
So, I broke down and bought Sims 2 but now I'm wondering:

Is there a way to play it in Windows mode (aka not full screen) in Vista? The old trick doesn't work. It says the path is invalid or somesuch.
Saturday, July 21st, 2007
5:21 pm
Legacy Mode?
I just installed an older game (ok ok, I confess. It's the Sims) on my new machine, and it doesn't seem to be fairing too well. A friend suggested I try running it in Legacy mode and then disappeared before I could ask how one goes about doing that. So, help?
Thursday, July 19th, 2007
11:55 pm
Hi guys,

I just purchased a new laptop that (of course) has Vista on it. There are 2 things that I'm sure will seem silly but are driving me crazy that I hope you can help me with.

1) I have Firefox set as my default browser, but when I go to my email from either Yahoo Messenger or the Gmail Notifier, it's opening in IE. Please please please tell me this can be fixed! So obnoxious!

2) I keep setting it so I don't have the Google Desktop toolbar, but every time I restart it pops back up again.

I know it's trivial, but it's also super obnoxious. I just want things the way I want em.

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, July 14th, 2007
10:28 pm
I am a total noob here.

Anyway, any little help would be much appreciated.

I'm planning to purchase a laptop (for upcoming university) within a week or so, and of course many laptops come equipped with Vista installed already. I don't know much about the operating system, infact I've sorta stayed away from it from all the horror stories I have heard about it. You know the whole millions of windows popping up asking permission to install files, crashes, incompatibility and so forth.

I'm looking to, if anything getting a laptop with the home premium addition for my sort of needs.

My real questions are:

1) Is Vista still as buggy as people claim it to be?
2) Are programs such as Winamp and Adobe Photoshop CS2/3 compatible? ESPECIALLY PS CS2/3 I tend to need that program. Also you know little programs such as adaware, azerus, VLC media player work with it?

My main concern is that all the little useful applications that I have grown accustomed to will no longer function, and that would leave me with a pretty hefty expense to just be using Microsoft works on.

I mean I still have my main desktop computer that I can do work on, but having a laptop that can do main functions would really come in handy since it would allow me to work on the go.

Current Mood: tired
Friday, July 13th, 2007
11:24 am
Hey all,
I have Vista Home Premium installed on an MDG laptop (core 2 duo, 2GB ram, video card is an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 with 527MB available graphics memory)

the problem is, whenever I turn it on or wake it up from sleep, the screen size is at 1280x800 resolution (which is right) but after about 10 seconds it'll reset itself to what looks like 800x600 (making everything huge and pixel-y) then reset itself back to 1280x800 about another 10 seconds later. this happens every single time i turn the computer on or wake it from sleeping, and is starting to get extremely frustrating, because i can't do anything else while it's doing this.. i've looked through the display settings and can't seem to find anything out of the ordinary, except that the monitor refresh rate is at 59 hertz and 60 hertz is also available to be set instead of 59, but i don't know what these mean.. anyone have any ideas?

Current Mood: frustrated
Monday, July 9th, 2007
5:00 pm
Music sounds for Vista
Hi, Vista users !

I got a question regarding this OS. Could you share your impressions about music sounds of Vista (recorded by Robert Fripp)

It would be great if you can give me links where I can read about more about the recording of this music fragments for the OS Vista (amd also previous versions of Windows)

Do you think that it is very important what music bqckground the OS has?

thanks in advance

Artyom (Russia)
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
7:51 pm
Hey!  First time poster here  *waves*

This is fairly trivial/cosmetic, but it's been really annoying me.  I have Windows Vista Ultimate.  Essentially, what I want to do is position my wallpaper/desktop background so that it sits in the middle of the screen.  "Center" is what it was called on XP, as opposed to Stretch or Tile.  Vista is giving me three options in the Personalization/Display Desktop page which do those things, but they all change the resolution to make it stretch to fit the screen.  

Does anybody know how to center an image (say, something as small as an icon, for example]) without stretching it to fit the entire screen?  As you can imagine, the image distorts as it gets bigger/stretched.

Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated!!!
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
10:50 pm
now people have been saying bad things about Windows vista and the only way to see if its going to work on your computer is to install it and see for yourself because there are people out there who are trying to get people a way form Microsuck i mean microsoft. thats what im doing because i should be getting the vista prem. by july. i hope and see how it works. I also heard there is a service pack 1 already coming in the middle of 2007???? not sure the real day yet.

how will a 256Mb video card work?

People said before that you can ONLY install windows XP 1 time only on a computer, well i installed it 8 times on diffrent computers and they all are on the internet and working with updates. Now can. If you have the FULL program of vista (any) How many times CAN you install it on a computer? becuase i have a desktop and a laptop and my mom wants to install it on hers too. I was thinking just wait and see. but i though i'd just see what you people say first, before i try

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
10:50 pm
Does windows Vista have The compadiblitly Wizard? and if so how good does it work?

Current Mood: refreshed
7:23 pm
My computer info: Windows Xp home. AMD athlon Xp 1.67GHZ 1GB memory 250GB hard drive 256Mb video card.  If i run it with vista Prem. how slow will it be?  And How good is Vista home prem? 

And Will these programs work with it?
- The sims2 + all ESP
- DVD shrink
- trillian (i know it will)
-Photoshop cs2
- Yahoo messenger
- nero
-Microsoft word 2000

Current Mood: chipper
2:58 pm
firewire on vista
so with the failure of my last computer I needed a new one fast

so i now have a HP running vista home premium.

trouble is i discover some one at microsoft has made the firewire port not work

and i can't seem to find any way to fix it, short of buying a firewire card and pulling the back of my mchine open.

anyone have any tips so i can avoid installing new hardware?
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
2:35 pm
Hi everyone, I just have a pretty simple question to ask. My "Colors and Appearance" options just seemed to change on their own and I can't figure out how to get them back to how they used to be =(

Here are the picture differencesCollapse )
Sunday, February 18th, 2007
1:35 pm
Hello. My sister and I have been thinking about buying a new computer for a while now, and the computers we're looking at come with either Vista Home Basic or Home Premium. My questions are about the word processor. Does Vista Home Basic and Premium come with a word processor? Or is it necessary to buy Windows Office 2007 separately? If it does come with one, which word processor does it come with?

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