Windows Vista

MS Windows Vista operating system that was released for PC computers in 2006

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Microsoft Windows
Windows XP
Windows Vista

How do you reformat a computer with Windows XP Pro?

Reformatting Windows XP Pro

One Way

1. BACK UP ANYTHING IMPORTANT!!! eg. Documents, Music, Saved Games, etc.

2. Insert your windows XP CD.

3. Follow the Menus till you get to drive formating. Pick ether NTFS (for windows Xp0 or FAT32 (windows 95,98)

4. Wait for the disk to be formated.

5. Restart computer or continue with installing if you like.

OR (FAT32 Drives only) Create a windows 98 boot floppy. Boot computer with the boot floppy. type "format [drive letter]:" (no quotes) Eg for the C drive: format c:

Format Drive Restart Computer


Similar Way

Insert the XP pro CD and shut down the computer. As it's starting to turn on repeatedly press the Enter key until you get to the Windows XP setup screen. Follow the instructions to reformat and reinstall the OS.


Cable Internet
Microsoft Windows
Windows Vista
Windows 7

How do you open .dll files to see what is written inside?

A DLL is a library file that contains functions for other programs to use. In order for these functions to be run their code must have been compiled. Compiling is the process of taking source code in a language like C++ or Visual Basic which can be read by humans, and converting it into machine code that can be read by a computer processor. As such it is very hard to 'read' DLL files as the actual functional code is machine code. In order to read the source code you would have to attempt to reverse-engineer the machine code. Reverse compilation is touchy legal area which is usually very hard as the machine code may have been written in any high-level language, you would have to find out which one it was written in to have good shot of decompiling it. It would also likely be encoded.

You can use a program such as "DLL Export Viewer" (see Related link below) to 'view' DLL files.

Computer Viruses
Bloodhound Sniffer Viruses
Windows Vista

How do you get rid of the Bloodhound W32 EP virus in the temporary internet files but hidden?

check out the following URL regards. Duncan.

Windows XP
Windows Vista

How do you remove the TrojanHorse BackDoor Agent BA from Windows XP?

If you want to delete backdoor Trojans forever, then you need to take the first step in order to eliminate this troublesome malware: caution.

Although many computer users do not take this into consideration.

The truth is that without some basic security procedures, your computer will be infested with Trojans; backdoor entrances, after all, are commonplace.

However, in order to fight them, it is our duty to know about them. So let's find out first what a Trojan is.

Windows 2000
Windows XP
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The Difference Between

What are the differences between Windows 2000 and Windows XP?

Windows XP has several features that distinguish it from Windows 2000.

1. The Luna interface.

2. Integrated zip functionality.

3. Remote Assistance.

4. Integrated CD burning.

5. Hyperthreading support

6. User-mode driver framework (created after XP was released, and never backported).

7. Windows Movie Maker

8. Fast User Switching

9. The option to run tasks as an "Administrator" while logged in as an unprivileged account (pity this isn't done more often).

Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

How do you change the Windows XP FTP port?

This actually doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If your trying to listen in on an FTP port, then it's 21. If you are running an FTP server, then the option is in your software. If you are just trying to connect to an FTP server on a non-standard port than using a colon and the port after the host will work fine. If your question is referring to allowing another port into the built-in firewall, then just add a port and call it what you want. If you could provide me with more information I might be able to help you further.

Microsoft Windows
Windows 98
Windows Vista

How do you use a start up disk for Windows 98 SE?

Using a Windows Start-Up Disk

Here are opinions and answers from Wiki s Contributors:

  • Find out more from the readme.txt that comes with the start up disk.
  • You simply go into the control panel (which you find in My Computer) select 'Add/Remove Programs' icon. A window pops up. Now click on the tab along the top called 'startup Disk' then follow the instructions. Make sure you have a floppy disk, preferably one you just bought or have formatted.
A Different Option If you have a properly formatted Windows 98 startup disk, all you have to do is power down the system completely, insert it in your floppy drive (the A: drive) and turn on your system. The startup disk will take care of the rest.
Computer Viruses
Windows XP
Windows Vista

What can you do if lsa shell virus won't let you use windows update?

LSA Shell is an important Windows component that unfortunately shows up in some virus related error messages.

install a good firewall like zone alarm and update your windows.

Download the sasser patch here

Then download the removal tool here

Then follow k027's instructions above.

If you need to shutdown in the meantime and can't, the safest way is to hold down your computer's power button for five seconds

.To get rid of this virus follow these steps .

You can get rid of the Trojan horse , by following these steps .

1 Download and intall the Malwarebytes on your computer .

2 Update your Malwarebytes .

3 Scan your computer for all the malwares in your computer .

4 Remove all the malwares , found while scanning with the malwarebytes .

5 Restart your computer ,

Startpage Viruses
Microsoft Windows
Windows XP
Windows Vista

How do you remove startpage 6 ai from Windows XP?

First try to run cleansweep, regclean programs that you can download from the web. These shorten the length of time the system has to be scanned of temp files. Then run in safe mode AVG. Then run HijackThis. Browse the file and deleted any unwanted web sites. If you have written down the extact location of the file from running AVG in safe mode, boot system up off a disk then proceed to that location and manually delete file. Reboot and rerun the above again, see if it is gone, good luck, hours and hours of fun for me.

To remove Startpage.6 from Windows XP, turn off System Restore on all drives (including C drive), reboot and run an antivirus program. This should clean it off. Reboot then reinstate System Restore.

Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

Is Windows 7 more stable than Windows Vista?

I find that it is. I've had windows 7 since January 2010 and have 0 errors, crashes. I am very pleased with it.

Microsoft Windows
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

How do you enable Registry Editing again if it has been disabled by your administrator?

First Method:

Click Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Prevent access to registry editing tools -> Right Click Properties -> Set it to Not Configured.

Second Method:

Click Start -> Run. Type this command in Run box and press Ok. REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 Then a prompt will come up with this question: Value DisableRegistryTools exists, overwrite (Y/N)? Type yes and hit Enter. After u did that also type this command in the run box and hit enter. REG add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 Then it will also come up with the question: Value DisableRegistryTools exists, overwrite (Y/N)? Type yes and hit Enter.

Third Method:

STEP1. Disable as much as you can from your startup. Remove programs from your startup folder and such, so as not to lag down the bootup process.

STEP2.Create a new shortcut on your desktop, point it to "C:\Windows\regedit.exe"

STEP3.Log off, then log back on.

STEP4.As soon as you see your desktop, double click on the shortcut. The system does not check for policies until a few seconds after it booted up. If you click on the icon fast enough, it should let you get in. After you close it though, it will not open unless you redo step 3 and 4.

Fourth Method:

Getting into the registry editor by making a vbs script in notepad: Open Notepad and copy this script into it. And save it as regtool.vbs on your desktop. VBS SCRIPT(select everything and copy into notepad and save as regtool.vbs):

Option Explicit

'Declare variables

Dim WSHShell, rr, rr2, MyBox, val, val2, ttl, toggle

Dim jobfunc, itemtype

On Error Resume Next

Set WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

val = "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\DisableRegistryTools"

val2 = "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\DisableRegistryTools"

itemtype = "REG_DWORD"

jobfunc = "Registry Editing Tools are now "

ttl = "Result"

'reads the registry key value.

rr = WSHShell.RegRead (val)

rr2 = WSHShell.RegRead (val2)


If (rr=1 or rr2=1) Then toggle=0

If toggle = 1 Then

WSHShell.RegWrite val, 1, itemtype

WSHShell.RegWrite val2, 1, itemtype

Mybox = MsgBox(jobfunc & "disabled.", 4096, ttl)


WSHShell.RegDelete val

WSHShell.RegDelete val2

Mybox = MsgBox(jobfunc & "enabled.", 4096, ttl)

End If

Open regtool.vbs And there you go!

Microsoft Windows
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Hard Disk Drives

Is it possible to reformat the C boot drive in Windows XP?

If you get a program like Partition Magic (I don't remember where you get it at the moment), you can repartition your hard drive. I've never used it first-hand, so I'm not absolutely sure if it reformats, but it will let you repartition it. Can't you just put in the Windows XP install (Update/Clean Install) CD and reinstall it that way?

use a windows 98 or ME boot disk

Yup it is totally possible and quite simple. All you have to do is pop your WinXP installation CD in your CD-ROM and then restart your computer. After that, the CD will give you choices if you want to format your drive or some other stuff.

It's a tiny bit confusing because at the beginning, it doesn't ask you straight out if you wanna format your comp. I think it asks if you want to create a new partition or something. Later on it will give you the choice to format.

Windows Vista

How can you fix error code 142024 NXT 1.0?

Download SD2, and it should work.

Searchpage Viruses
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows Registry

How do you enable or disable the registry editor in Windows XP or Windows Vista?


Log on as Administrator on you PC. For Windows Xp go to Start > Run. For Vista Click on Start Then type in gpedit.msc and hit Enter on your Keyboard.

  1. Yo will see the Group Policy Editor. Then navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System.
  2. Now find and double-click on Prevent access to registry editing tools Then select either Disabled or Not Configured and Click OK.
  3. Now close the Group Policy Editor and restart your PC.

If you don't have Group Policy Editor on your version Windows, scan you PC for malewares using a good Anti-Malware software.

Windows Vista
Computer Terminology

What do you mean by device driver?

Device drivers are a set of software instructions that control the interface between a computer and a connected peripheral device. Device drivers tell your machine what the device is, what the device does, and all the other instructions needed for proper operation. For instance, Windows does not ship with a specific device driver set for all the features in your new Logitech keyboard that has custom buttons.


Mac OS
Windows Vista

How can mac and vista be installed on one computer?

Boot Camp - Parallels - VM Ware - Cross Over

AdditionAnd make sure to partition your boot drive.

To run Vista you must first have a mac with an Intel proccessor then use parallels

AdditionVirtualBox is a free emulator you can use to install different operating systems (Windows, Linux, Unix) on your Mac without having to worry about partitioning your drive or rebooting your computer:
Computer Viruses
Windows XP
Windows Vista

How do you remove the Small 4 B Q Trojan from a computer running Windows XP?

Download and run firefox to protect your computer from future spyware attacks and pop ups which are coming in through internet explorer (Trojan downloaders, win32 ).Browser attacks aren't easy to spot because they piggyback on legitimate traffic that doesn't exhibit many obvious warning signs

1. Run Deckard's System Scanner (DSS)

2. Run the vundo and combo fix

3. Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

4. Run the anti spyware removal programs spybot

5 Run Superantispyware

6. Run a complete scan with free curing utility Dr.Web CureIt!

well i discovered these virus (small,ReVop.a, small.5.y and turown.g) after visiting a music sight. avg, adware and some uninstalling from the add/remove functions of my computer removed all but the Trojan which always made it self present at start up, or slapped me in the face after avg was ran. by the way i beleave this Trojan has something to do with the second thought program. anyways after days of flipping through files i finally discovered in my start up configuration utilities some suspicious exe files called id53.exe, spawner.exe & byq.exe located in my registry (regedit)-HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run . well i found them plus one other suspicious file called "steinstaller" that was part of id53.exe . i am not a pro so i questioned these files with Google they appeared to be some sort of spyware so i deleted them and restarted. "BINGO" they are gone. i hope this helps you guys with this problem, like i said i am not a pro. so good luck.

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Microsoft Windows
Windows XP
Windows Vista

What does current password mean?

Downloader Viruses
Windows Vista
Anti-Virus Software
Hard Disk Drives

How do you remove hidden and useless files from a hard drive?

Well if you use internet explorer then you can go to the tools menu click delete browsing history then click delete all. This will delete cookies, history, temporary files, form data and passwords. Then you can visity your document folder and delete any document that are old and out of date and/or are not needed. Programs are a big memory taker. They take up alot of your hard drive so remove those un used or unwanted programs by clicking start,control panel, add/remove programs and then find the programs on the list and remove them.

Unless you are an experienced and capable administrator (i.e. someone who has learned from the mistake of doing this sort of thing incautiously), you should generally rely on simple and free tools to do this.

For the most basic of cleaning tasks, use Windows 2000 and XP's own built-in tools:

1. Click Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Cleanup (you can also just click Start | run | then type: cleanmgr).

2. This tool will scan the drive, then present some options about cleanup. You can delete temporary files, clear internet caches, etc. Basic stuff.

3. On the 'more options' tab you can uninstall applications and components you are no longer using, or clear restore points (which are created when you install drivers and important software).

Once you have run through these steps, it's always a good idea to run the Defrag program to more efficiently use all that recovered space.

For more advanced (but still easy and bulletproof) cleaning, run the Microsoft Live Safety Center tool. Free, web-based, and does an excellent job cleaning not only useless files and defragmenting your hard drive, but also removing malware in all its forms. A one-stop shop.

Just click 'Full Service Scan', let it install the plugin, choose 'complete scan', then sit back and watch the action.

You can set your folder options under My Computer, View to see hidden files, but that is dangerous to start deleting them. If you want a fresh start, you're better off to back up everything you want to keep onto another hard drive, CD burner, floppy, thumb drive, etc. then fdisk & format the hard drive to wipe it all out and reinstall your operating system and any games/programs, etc. you want on there. You can set your bios to boot from a windows CD or a floppy and it should walk you through the re-formatting of your drive.


I apologize but I do not agree to going to extreme lengths such as formatting drive unless the operating system is not responding. Temp internet files, adwares, cookies, unused dlls from improperly uninstalled programs - all cause problems such as slowing down computer. However, most of the problems of a slow computer are caused by cluttered registry files. A good registry cleaner usually speeds up [use softwares such as pccon, errorkiller, errordoctor, they are the best]. An overall cleaning utility, which has never failed me is - Ace Utilities. It has everything that is needed to keep up and running - a drive cleaner, registry cleaner, startup add remove, etc etc - check yourself. These are inexpensive and worth their price shareware programs. The freeware programs I have never tried, but would surely try them someday. Right now, these are the best up on my saddle. ...... :) Komalsoft


If you have broadband Internet your computer gets a lot of junk called data miners that monitor what you do and send this back to the company which send you pop ups. Very annoying. These data miners can take up a lot of room if they're left to accumulate and use up a lot of valuable CPU power so deleting them shows a considerable boost in power. They're usually very well hidden and it would take you from now till next year to delete them all as they're just continually downloading to your computer. There is software called Ad-Aware that will hunt them out and delete them. I seriously recommend it. is the address I think.

in the search for files and or folders on the c: for specific files called *.tmp and delete all found.You can also delete all ie5 files found in the windows temporary internet directory. If you are using a computer with a :restore: such as gateway goback or even windows system restore make sure you have a normal running machine at startup (no virus etc...)then in system troubleshooting disable system restore and all your restore points. On a reboot your system comes back healthy and clean. here is something I found by playing around...for those on AOL... type in your screen name in the search for files named(your screen name)look at what you will find! delete them all...and again on reboot all is well. Funny little thing called windows!

well in my opinion never delete the programs manually do use the "add and remove" program in control pannel. bcoz in this way if u delete the installed program manually then some of the files ar eleft behind that are shared by other programs so in future this cause great problem.

secondly, if u want to remove the hidden files then u can goto views->folder option->files and folders->check the box with the option"show all files". then u can come back to ur drives and remove the files that u want to.

I agree with using the free Windows tool Disk Cleanup which also works in Vista. When you invoke it with Start/Run/type: cleanmgr you should check all the boxes for removal EXCEPT the maintenance files for Microsoft Office 2002-2003 (over 200 MB) which should be left intact or you will need the original CD for repair later when problems occur with Office. Office 2007 does not leave maintenance files available for Disk Cleanup in Vista or XP as the maintenance files are installed to a hidden msocache folder. In XP you will see an entry checkbox for Office 2007 temporary files which you can check for removal. To sum it Vista check all Disk Cleanup boxes, in XP check all boxes except for Office 2002-2003 maintenance files

I also like CCleaner and Cleanup!, but have found CCleaner is better in Vista. Cleanup! does run in Vista, but is slower than its performance in XP. For CCleaner you should leave unchecked Cookies so your saved web passwords will not be purged. Everything else I delete. I am not a big fan of registry cleaners as I find they can get the typical user in a lot of trouble fast by deleting important Windows registry entries. The Registry is the brains of Windows and best left to more experienced users.

How often to run temporary file removers? Often...and once a day is not excessive.

The best way is to use a disk sanitizer, which will format the hdd and write useless information on it and then format it again, depending on the software. Classic formatting works, but data can still be recovered. If you use Linux or Unix, the shred command works great. <>

This program will remove:

Temp files

Temporary Internet files


Junk in the registry

Stored search data


And run Disk cleanup :-Click Start =>Programs=>Accessories=>System Tools=>Disk Cleanup

It is not uncommon to free up around 300MB after running this program the first time.

Caution Do not delete stuff in "Local Drive":\WINDOWS folder

This was probably allready mentioned. Open a folder. Tools>Folder Options click "show hidden files and folders" Delete everything that shows unless it says Can not Delete Access Denied.

Microsoft Windows
Windows XP
Windows Vista

How do you remove or delete past items on the customize notifications window?

  • Try here:
  • Per Microsoft's KB:

    To clear the Past Items list, perform the following steps:

    1. Delete the IconStreams and PastIconsStream values from the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TrayNotify

    2. Open Task Manager, click the Processes tab, click Explorer.exe, and then click End Process.

    3. In Task Manager, click File, click New Task, type explorer, and then click OK.

Office Applications
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Microsoft Office

Will Microsoft Office XP work with Microsoft Windows Vista?

Answer (maybe)

"Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003, and the 2007 Microsoft Office suites are all supported on Windows Vista."


"Because Office 2000 and Office XP are in Extended Support, there have been no fixes for issues that occur when these products are run on Windows Vista." interpretation is that you can get the usual security patches until the end of extended support (2011 for OXP). But if something breaks under Vista, you're out of luck.

There is a particular problem with Outlook XP under Vista (or Windows 7); because of changes in the Windows security system, Outlook XP is unable to save account passwords when running under Vista. So every time you run Outlook, you have to enter the account password.

AnswerYes. You can check the compatibility of any program with that of Windows Vista by finding the "Application Compatibilty Tool/Wizard" in the Microsoft web site.

I myself have Office XP Pro on my Vista machine. It should work fine. When it comes the version of Vista you have, it doesn't matter.

Yes it is compatiable and works fine. I use Office 2000

depends on the computer there is a vist upgrade advisor on the Microsoft webpage

Computer Hardware
Computer Terminology
Windows Vista

Where is the BIOS stored?

it is permanently stored on one or two ROM ICs installed on the system board
Cmos setup information are stored in ROM bios chip.and it was maintain by a 3.0 battery.its called cmos battery.
There is a non-volatile ROM chip built into the motherboard that stores and boots the BIOS on startup.

Windows XP
Windows Vista
Operating Systems

How do you install two hard drives with two different operating systems XP and 98 in one machine for dual bootup?

its quite easy actually...always install the earliest OS your case, install 98 on whatever drive you wish and after it is complete...install xp on the other. during boot, you will be given the option to boot what ever OS you wish.

I tried your sugestion, loaded 98 first on the first drive, xp on the second does not work, only boots into 98

XP should be loaded with both of the drives connected. After loading 98, do not make any hardware changes. Just go and load XP onto the second drive. XP will create some files on the 98 drive that will bring up an OS menu at boot time allowing you to choose the OS of your choice. It will only show for about 30 seconds. Maybe you just weren't at the computer when it displayed.

The amount of time that the OS selection menu appears, and the OS that the system defaults to can be customized to boot into Win98 or WinXP if no action is taken by the user. You could configure a computer to allow it to boot into Win98, WinME, Win2000, and WinXP, if you wanted to. You could also have it boot to three different Win2000 installations if you wanted to.

A few tips to follow. Always install the older operating system first (i.e. Win98, then Win2000, and then WinXP.) Don't change drive letters after installing. Changing major hardware components will likely require reinstalling everything all over again. So, keep your motherboard the same. Changing a motherboard prevents the operating systems from booting because they don't have the drivers for the new hardware, and therefore, can't utilize them.


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