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*Despite asking questions in another board in the Lounge about Windows Search, I am still struggling to get Search to work right on my wife's Vista PC. I wanted to find quickly where her Outlook .pst file was, searched and didn't find it. So I Googled to find out where it should have been and went to that folder - sure enough there it was. So I started a search in that very folder and it still didn't find it. So in Advanced Search I got it to include non-indexed, hidden and system files, and then it did find it. A similar thing happened searching for something else I knew was there.

It turns out when I looked at the Properties in the folders concerned, and the Advanced button, that the folders concerned were not indexed. OK, so I changed that and it asked me if I wanted to change it just for that folder or for subfolders too. I opted for subfolders too. So far, so good.

But when I go to look at drive C: it already has a tick in the box to index the drive, so why weren't those folders indexed? *And the tick box for the drive as a whole is in a different place from the one for a folder. It is already ticked, so how do I now get it to apply that to all the subfolders. I certainly don't want to go through folder by folder looking to see whether they are indexed or not.

(I'm tempted to ask also why searching in Vista has to be so non-user-friendly when I knew how to find things in XP, but I don't seriously expect an answer to that!)


How do I find Scheduled Tasks in Vista? There is no Scheduled tasks item in Control Panel like there used to be in XP.*

The reason I ask is that both I (on an XP machine) and my wife (on a Vista machine) use ZipBackup to do daily backups. (And I don't at the moment want a discussion on whether that is the best backup program to use, please.) These are scheduled to run at a certain time each day and, in XP at least, when you set a scheduled backup in ZipBackup, it uses Windows scheduled tasks to do it. And if I want the backup to run at an unusual time (maybe I have uploaded a lot of photos and don't want to wait until tomorrow's scheduled incremental backup to back them up) I can just open Scheduled tasks in Control Panel, right click the task in question and select Run. Job done.

Is there a way I can still do that in Vista? I have Googled a bit and found this Description of the Scheduled tasks in Vista on the MS website, which includes a long list of default scheduled tasks and dire warnings to the effect of "We do not recommend that you modify or disable a scheduled task in Windows Vista. Modifying or disabling a scheduled task may cause unexpected problems" which all makes me think that these are scheduled tasks, but not as I know them, Jim.


Vista Home Premium on OEM Gateway laptop.

Guest account is in essentially unusable/inoperable mode. Here's the sad tale: guest account had never been enabled...decided to-- so son could do IE stuff (check his mail, etc) as Guest when home.

Enabled it. Switch user. Select Guest. It spends a LONG time "Setting up your desktop" or similar words. During that process, it throws up numerous error messages about being unable to run/open/don't-remember-exact-words a LOT of EXE files! And lnk files. The words gave me the impression that it didn't know the correct association.

BTW, restore using ANY prior restore point produces can't-due-to-transient-error.

Now, any login to guest eventually reaches a desktop, but the mouse icon is toggling constantly between arrow and hourglass-about 2x per sec. No .lnk will open. .lnk is not associated with anything (does not even appear in the extension list). IE will not run (no response at all). Processor usage on both cores stays at around 70% (normal idle is 2-6%,

Huh? Vista doesn't know what to use to run an exe or lnk?

Is there any way to make Vista re-create a "clean" guest account?

Hello All,
Having success with reverting my "PC" back to SP-1, i have decided to continue the experiment one step further ( Pre SP-1 )So here goes...
first to all of you that doubt what im passing on is crazy i suggest that you can try this for yourself and prove me wrong. By the way haven't heard from most of the "usual suspects"regarding this "who needs em" thread. Whats the matter ... afraid of loosing your "common wisdom merit badges" ?
1. First get a spare hard drive and remove the PC side panel.
2. Stand the hard drive up and affix it so it can't move around. i used a plastic potato chip clip.( Had it that way for about a month no problems)
3. Attach power cables and data cables to new drive.
4. load recovery disks.... and power up
5. if all goes well you now have your PC back to "day one" (no Micro Squish updates etc.)
Now you can do the experiment as i have done (see my post MS updates who needs em) Now you can fool with the "OS" as much as you want without the worry of "hosing"your system.Now results now are, my "OS" is now 7.94GB compressed backup down from 14.6GB (all programs aboard) Norton 360 and MalwareBytes doing the "security" thing, Oh... if Micro Squish updates are so wonderful why is it that you all have second party security software??? Also now that Acronis 2010 has worked the bugs out of their "Try & Decide" program (virtual PC mode). Can even survive re-booting, i can surf the web with total confidence. When finished, i select "dump changes" and were back to pristine "PC" So for all that think this is crazy, give it a try besides if you are among the ones that like fooling with the PC this will provide you with hours of fun (until you wife yells at you for spending all your free time with the computer) Now come on "guys" take you best shot ....Regards Fred

My wife has a new computer running Windows Vista and an ancient printer (DeskJet 930C).

The printer works, but I can't find the "HP ToolBox" which, according to the (old) manual, should be under Programs.

Do I need to download a new ToolBox, or is it somewhere (where?) on the new computer?


I found that the LiDE 25 Vista 32 Bit drivers and software DO work in Windows 7 Build 7000 32 Bit version.
So if you have a Canon scanner try the Vista drivers.

I got the Windows 7 upgrade for three computers. I have Windows Live One Care one all three of them. Tof of them are laptops and one is a desk top. Mine is the first one that I want to install Windows 7 on, since I will be installing it on all three. During the pre install Windows 7 wants me to uninstall Windows Live One Care. I don't want to since That is my back up and has been for the past three years and it should be compatible since it is a Windows program. I thought about doing a clean install on the partition that I have Windows on on my laptop but Windows doesn't seem to want to install on that partition. I have Compaq Presario C 500 32 bit operating system running Vista home Premium 2 Service Pack 2. It has two drives partitioned C: is 87G and I still have 40 G free and D: is 5.81 G is where Windows is located. If Live One Care is on C: Why would Windows 7 want it removed? Windows 7 needs to be on D where Vista is now. Over the three years I've had this laptop I've never had to reformat this hard drive.

I currently have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop running on 32-bit Vista Home Premium, plus two Dell XPS 435MT desktops each running on 64-bit (note that is different from the laptop) Vista Home Premium. I am seriously considering buying a copy of Windows 7 Upgrade with a three-user license, with intention of upgrading all three of the above machines, but would like to get some unbiased advice and/or suggestions before I take the plunge.

To begin with, is it possible to obtain a single upgrade copy in the first place with a 3 user license that can upgrade a 32-bit laptop AND two 64-bit desktops, or will it be necessary to get an individual upgrade for each machine? Also, at present I'm currently having issues with one of the 64-bit desktops which Dell is working on resolving. They are still working with me on it, so may yet resolve the issues, but in the back of my mind I am considering upgrading at least the one with the issues in the hopes of replacing issues in Vista Home Premium with a hopefully properly-functioning copy of Windows 7 "just in case" Dell cannot fix what is becoming a very stubborn issue (see my "REMOVING Microsoft Net Framework?" discussion under Microsoft Vista elsewhere in this forum).

As a general note, I've been looking at upgrading to Windows 7 anyway, but my current issue with one of the desktops has got me considering doing it sooner than intended. In view of Microsoft's much-publicized problems and general issues over the last few years, I would ideally have preferred "watching" Windows 7 awhile longer to see what issues and problems develope with it so that is also a factor in my thinking as well. I PRESUME that if I were to upgrade, I should get a copy of Windows 7 HOME PREMIUM to replace the Vista HOME PREMIUM, but is this true? I've read some things that recommend sticking to the same "subcategory" (such as Home Premium) because to change increases the liklihood of problems in the upgrading process. This seems logical to me, but I am no expert on this subject so if you have any thoughts there I would appreciate hearing them.

And finally, after reading in this very forum about so many problems I am very nervous about upgrading in the first place. . . .except that I can also find a lot of horror stories about Vista as well. Only my one desktop has any current issues, so if I do this that desktop (Dell XPS 435MT) running on 64-bit Vista will likely be my initial upgrade.

I thank you in advance for any suggestions and/or advice you can share, and look forward to hearing from you. I've not bought Windows 7 yet, but would like to do so in the very near future in case it is needed to correct the current issue mentioned above in one desktop.

OK, I'd like to take the plunge to Win 7 but want some advice first. I have 3 HDD in my computer. One has Vista 64 on it with other files, 300gb drive. One I use for data, 500gb drive and the other is now empty, formatted NTFS, 75gb. Would it be better to do a clean install on the empty HD and leave Vista alone and have a dual boot system? Or, just ditch Vista completely. I have had Vista for a year now and really haven't had any problem with it, well just one minor thing. I have plenty of disc space left on the 300 and 500gb drives. The 75gb is a Seagate SATA that is 5 years old.

This is not a question or even a teaching. It is merely a statement of what I have learned since using Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade.

First of all, I got it for 50 bucks by pre-ordering it. This has to be the greatest bargain in MS history.

Second, as I did with Vista, I installed Windows 2000 so I could use my legacy gfx pgms and Ubuntu 9.10 so I could see what the open source folks were up to. I then tried to install Win ME so I could use one legacy pgm it has that I like. However, Win ME wouldn't install (Sun Virtual Box) and that got me thinking. Win 7 has a pgm, and I also have a freeware pgm, that is just as good as the one I wanted to use in Win ME. So why bother with Win ME? Then I realized that I was no longer doing gfx all day, and the several gfx pgms that would install under Win 7 more than met my needs (Photoshop 7, Picasa, and PhotoDraw 2), along with a few gfx utilities such as a color picker. So why bother with Win 2000? All I was doing was updating it. Finally, I realized that Ubuntu was never going to be any real competition with Win 7, and again, all I was doing was updating it. Even its games, which used to be better than the MS equivalents, were now pitiful compared to the cool new Solitaire, etc., that came with Win 7.

So I began uninstalling stuff. I got rid of Ubuntu, Win 2000, Virtual Box, and much, much more. Win 7 can do all that those things used to do, and a lot more, so why clutter up my computer with the old stuff?

I'm a performance-and-systems-oriented geek, and I have used many, many DOS/Windows versions, and with every one of them I had a huge stash of third-party utilities. But with Win 7 I also found that most of my third-party utilities were no longer necessary, so I uninstalled, or didn't install, them, too. Win 7 has so many included bells and whistles -- GOOD bells and whistles -- that I just don't need much outside stuff.

I originally decided to buy Win 7 because some journalist wrote that "Windows 7 is Vista done right." That struck a chord. My computer came with Vista, and I found Vista, IMO, to be overly maligned and a good OS. Nowhere near a great one, however. Not even close. Win 7 is built on Vista technology, but corrects, and goes far beyond, Vista's SP2's quirks. It truly is, IMO, "Vista done [better than] right."

I called MS tech support on a minor issue, and I found the Microsofties I talked to were truly proud of their new OS. I also found that they WANTED customer feedback and LISTENED to their customers. What a switch from the old days!

In conclusion, "I would like to say this about that": MS has produced a fine piece of s/w, and I am proud to use it and brag about it.

God bless you all, and Merry Christmas, everybody.

Hi, I've been running Vista Home Premium 64 bit since the summer with no real problems--so why switch to Win&? I need XP mode to run some programs that Vista can't.

My problem, I already bought Win7 Pro but when I go to upgrade, it tells me it can't upgrade Vista Home Premium so I have to do a clean install. Without thinking, I did this and then realized I hadn't backed up Thunderbird or Mozilla. There were a few other problems but they were minor. I used my Acronis backup of Vista to get my machine back to it's original state--that's how I'm on here now. What version of Vista is necessary to allow a straight upgrade to Win7 Pro? I should be able to find a cheap legitimate copy of the Vista upgrade so I can upgrade to that version of Vista and then simply upgrade to Win 7 without losing my settings.


Does anyone have any experience with Windows 7 and touch screen workstations?

I have an HP IQ506 that I upgraded from 64-bit Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium. Everything works except for the touch screen functionality. The HP Touch Smart apps "sort of work" (response is choppy and inconsistent), but touch screen functions do not work from within Windows itself. (Log in screen, desktop, etc)

I've pulled all of the latest drivers from HP and, as I stated earlier, the HP apps seem to work. I'm about to try a fresh install, but before I do all that work I was ust wondering if anyone has been able to get touch screen (HP Touch Smart in particular) stuff to work with Win7.




Twenty-six ways to work faster in Windows 7

By Lincoln Spector

The easiest operating system Microsoft has ever released, Windows 7 gives you all sorts of slick and simple ways to open folders, navigate windows on the desktop, and launch applications — so many, it's hard to remember them all.

Here's our compendium of tips for working faster in Win7, none of which requires downloading or installing anything. Some are new, some recycled from XP and Vista.The full text of this column is posted at (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.


My Vista operating system has been corrupted or hijacked, I don't know which I just know it want's me to put in the OS disk then click repair. The Geek squad backed up my files (lot's of money) but I have an external HD now. Anyway, I want to do this right and you have helped me in the past so what do you kneed to know to help me?

When I patch Vista, and a reboot is required, on reboot I get to a screen that says:

Configuring Update Stage 2 of 3 100% Complete
Do Not Shutdown Your Computer

At this point the computer apparently goes into an endless loop. After waiting as much as a half hour I have shutdown then restarted the computer and the update then goes on to completion.
How do I get past Stage 2 without a shutdown/restart?

No login on Vista using admin password but password is correct. Other users butons work perfectly.

Recently I updated to Service pack 2. There after, I used the computer as usual without problem.

But yesterday morning starting as usual from the hard disk, I got the screen with the 2 butons (one for me as admin and one for my wife).

Clicking my admin buton, I was prompted as usual to enter my password. Entering the password correctly (not the Caps Lock trap!) I got the message (in French : Echec de l'ouverture de session par le service Service de profil utilisateur. Impossible de charger le profil utilisateur. Which means about this : "Error when opening the session by User Profile Service. Impossible to upload le User'profile." Only one button was available : "OK" ... Clicking on the button OK, There is a message : "Session end". and the screen gets black rebooting to the screen with the two previous buttons. ...

I have done the process 25 times in a row ! Just to be sure that all the additional fragments of service pack 2 were operational! With the same result.

I tried a wrong password and then I got the message "Wrong password ... " That convinced me that my password was correct.

I tried with the Caps Lock on and got the message "Wrong password ..."

I tried the second button (used by my dear wife ... and everything was working perfectly ... except when I tried methods to recover like coming back on a previous version using "rstrui.exe" ... I was getting a message "rstrui.exe not available" (translation from the french ".

Apparently I have lost the systempropertiesprotection.exe and the rstrui.exe.

I tried then to start with my DVD OEM Windows Vista family premium disk in the DVD reader. (I use a SONY VAIO VGN-N31M/W), directing the startup procedure on the N1 choice for startup. The same problem occured.

Can I bypass this password procedure somehow ? And reload a "fresh" version of Windows Vista from my original disk?

What should I do ? Without losing all my data of course ....

Do I have to find and load the apparently missing ".exe "? How to do it?

I have a laptop that came loaded with the VISTA OS. What is the BEST route to go to either Upgrade to Win 7 OR downgrade to WINXP.? And most important HOW to do either???

Thanx all.

I think I may have a brick instead of a desktop computer standing in front of me! I ran a scan on the Crucial web site and it showed that I could upgrade my memory speed from 800 to 1066 on my Gateway FX-540S. The factory had installed 3 gig of ddr2-6400 (2 1 gig and 2 512 mb 800mhz). I changed these out to 2 2 gig 8500 modules using the color coded slots to insure they were correctly installed. The computer booted up OK, showed the 4 gig installed and the 3.6 gig that Vista(32) could use. However, the computer would freeze up several times a day and have to be forced down and re-booted. The logs showed hard memory hits occurring. I should have quit there and put the original modules back and written off the new ones, but unfortunately, I tried to change the memory frequency in the BIOS and that has left me with a computer that cannot boot or even start up. Just the fans run, nothing else occurs. I know, don't say it, it was a stupid thing to do and I've been beating myself up for it since doing it yesterday. I contacted Gateway support and the gist of Acer's answer was that my computer is out of warranty (the three years were up last month!) and they can't help me. I've tried to contact a local computer repair service, but most of them are no longer in business or don't even bother returning my phone call. Is there any way to get out of this, or should I start looking at new machines? This machine is 3 years and 1 month old, a quad-4-6600 and has been reliable up until I did this! Thanks for any help or suggestions any one can give me.

Rich B.

Had a friend buy a 8305-29U NetVista desktop from a place she worked, and she asked me to see what upgrades I could do to it. It was a new enough Pentium 4 to move up from Win2000 to Vista, so I bumped the RAM, installed a DVD/CD burner and did the Vista install. Afterwards, I discovered that the built-in video card could only do 640x480, so I installed an AGP card and Vista was happy.

BUT this NetVista uses a plastic clip to hold cards in, instead of individual screws, and the clip is missing (as is the blank-off plate for one of the slots). I have temporarily secured the AGP card with a butterfly clip, but would prefer to have the IBM part (and the blank-off plate, which is shorter than standard). Does anyone know a good place to find non-standard parts like these?

Hi all,

While looking for some specific software, I stumbled upon this utility. It changes the standard Windows Vista Start Menu into a completely revamped menu. If you don't like clicking on the folders to reveal the subfolders, I think you may enjoy this structure. If you have lots of directories, it does help using this new format. Test it out and see for yourself. Below is the software description from the download site.

Software Description:
Do you have hundreds of programs in your Start menu? Do you waste time looking for the program you need? Try Vista Start Menu to instantly find what you need among the large amounts of information. Vista Start Menu is effective for advanced users and easy to use for beginners. Start working with nleasure!
If you are interested follow this link to get more details on Vista Start Menu SE 2.4 by OrdinarySoft

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