Posts tagged: Windows Vista

Migrating user accounts from one computer to another with Windows Easy Transfer

By , June 30, 2009 11:40 pm

Windows Easy Transfer allows user to copy account settings, personal folders, E-mails and various personalize items from one computer to another. It is a good tool if you want to retain the same user experience when you change computer.

Windows Easy Transfer is also a great tool should you want to change the folder name in the Users folder (C:\Users\”account”) as it is not advisable to rename the folder and change registry settings.

To use Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7

  1. Click on Start and type Windows Easy Transfer in the search box and press Enter.
  2. On the Windows Easy Transfer window, Click on Next on the Welcome screen
  3. Select An external hard disk or USB flash drive followed by This is my old computer.
  4. Wait for scanning to complete, select the user account that you wish to transfer and click Next
  5. Click on Save and navigate to the location to save your Easy Transfer file. Your account settings and files will then be copied into the Easy Transfer file.
  6. Click on Next when the transfer has completed. Click on Next again and Close.

    Note: Till this step, what Windows Easy Transfer has done is to make a copy of your current user account and store them to the Easy Transfer file. In the next few steps, you will be able to create a new account and extract the files into it.

  7. Launch Windows Easy Transfer again and click on Next on the Welcome screen.
  8. Select An external hard disk or USB flash drive followed by This is my new computer.
  9. Select Yes and navigate to the location of the Easy Transfer file that was created earlier.
  10. Select the user accounts to be transfered and click on Advanced Options.
  11. Select an existing user account on the computer or select Create User from the drop-down list to create a new account for the files to be transfered to.
  12. Click on Save and then Transfer. The settings and files will then be transfered to the specified user account.
  13. Click on Close on the Complete screen.
  14. Logon to your new account.

To use Windows Easy Transfer for Windows Vista

  1. Click on Start and type Windows Easy Transfer in the search box and press Enter.
  2. On the Windows Easy Transfer window, click on Next on the Welcome screen.
  3. Select Start a new transfer, folloed by My old computer, Use a CD, DVD, or other removable media and then External hard disk or to a network location.
  4. In the Choose a network location screen, type in the location you want to save the Easy Transfer file and click Next.
  5. Select My user account, files, and settings only and click on Transfer on the next screen.
  6. The transfer will start immedietely and you will be prompted to close Windows Easy Transfer when the transfer is done.

    Note: Till this step, what Windows Easy Transfer has done is to make a copy of your current user account and store them to the Easy Transfer file. In the next few steps, you will be able to create a new account and extract the files into it.

  7. Again, launch Windows Easy Transfer and click Next on the welcome screen.
  8. Select Continue a transfer in progress, followed by My new computer and then On an external hard disk or network location.
  9. Browse and locate the Easy Transfer file that you had created earlier and click Next.
  10. Select the user account you want to copy the files to, or alternatively you can provide a new user account name. Click on Next, then Transfer on the next screen.
  11. The account data will then be copied to the specified new user account. You will be prompted to close Windows Easy Transfer when the whole process has completed
  12. Logon to your new account.

“Open With” dialog appears when double clicking on drives in My Computer

By , January 20, 2009 9:05 am

The result of a viral infection, causes the Open With dialog to appear when you attempt to open a drive in My Computer, instead of the usual Windows Explorer.

There are various fixes (that may or may not work) and some workarounds until you can fix the problems.

Workaround 1
Click on Start then Run. Type in the drive letter (e.g. C:) and hit Ok.

Workaround 2
Right click on the drive in My Computer and select Explore.

Fix 1

  1. Click on Start, then Run.
  2. Type regedit and click Ok.
  3. Click on Edit on the toolbar and select Find.
  4. Type mountpoints2 in the search box and click on Find Next.
  5. Expand mountpoints2 folder and delete drive letter or the network path with the Open With problem.
  6. Close regedit.

Fix 2

  1. Download FixDrive and save it anywhere you want.
  2. Extract FixDrive.exe and execute it (or you can run it directly from the xip file).
  3. Select the drive letter with the problem and click Fix.

Vista boot error: BOOTMGR is missing

By , May 10, 2008 12:36 pm

When you try to boot your Vista PC up and ended with the error which says “BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. blah blah”. and so, being an obidient person, you proceed to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del, only to find that you are back to the same screen. So common sense tells you that when something is missing, unlikely that it will come back from no where. The next thing you do is to pop in the Vista DVD and proceed formatting your PC, totally skipping the diagnostic tools that Microsoft had given you to make your life somewhat easier.

Microsoft had actually included a tool in the Vista DVD to fix BOOTMGR file problem, and its quite a handy tool to save your trouble of reformatting your PC.

  1. Boot up your PC using the Vista DVD.
  2. At the language selection screen, click Next.
  3. On the next screen, click on Repair your computer.
  4. In the System Recovery Option screen, select the Windows installation and click Next.
  5. In the Choose a recovery tool screen, select Startup Repair.
  6. The recovery tool will the proceed to find the problem and fix it. When the recovery process is completed, remove Vista DVD and reboot your computer.

Microsoft coming head on with counterfeit Vista

By , February 28, 2008 9:20 am

Microsoft has just released a new update (kb940510) on the Windows update to tackle some of the widely used hacking method to activate Windows Vista.

Unfortunately due to time constrain, I am unable to test on the behaviour of this update. But do note that this update is listed on the Windows update and is not stealth installation. It is also said that this update will not disable any Vista features except giving you a good WGA nagging.

Might test this update when I have the time.

Changing Windows Vista boot screen

By , November 22, 2007 12:30 am

For those who had used Window 95/98/XP and like to customize how your OS looks like, you would have known that it is possible to change the boot screen to some image that you liked instead of the default logo. Like wise, it is possible with Vista. Although I don’t have any idea why you will want to go thru the trouble to get it done.

To change Vista’s boot screen, follow the steps below.
Warning, changing of system files might potentially corrupt your system. Do it at your own risk.

  1. Login to your Vista using an account with Administrative rights.
  2. Download and install Vista Boot Logo Generator (Yahoo for it. Yes, no Google here. I like going against the norm XD).
  3. Launch Vista Boot Logo Generator. Prior to that, you will need to prepare 2 images (800×600 & 1024×768) in 24bit *.bmp format.
  4. Inside Vista Boot Logo Generator, select the images you had prepared by clicking on the Browse for image… button.
  5. Click on File then Save Boot Screen File As and use the default file name.
  6. Next, fire up Windows Explorer and navigate your way to C:\Windows\System32\en-US.
  7. Right click on the file winload.exe.mui and select Properties.
  8. Click on Security tab then click on Advanced button.
  9. Click on Owner tab than click on Edit button.
  10. Under Change owner to: box, select Administrators group account and click OK.
  11. On the Advanced Security Settings for winload.exe.mui window, click OK.
  12. On the winload.exe.mui Properties page, select Security tab and click on Edit.
  13. Inside Group or user names: box, select Administrators and check Allow for Full control in the Permission box below.
  14. Click on OK for all.
  15. Next, backup the original winload.exe.mui to another location. Then replace the original with the winload.exe.mui that you had generated using Vista Boot Logo Generator.
  16. Last, click on Start then Run.
  17. Type msconfig then click OK.
  18. Click on Boot tab, select No GUI boot then click OK.
  19. Restart you computer.

spoolsv.exe high CPU utilization?

By , November 3, 2007 10:45 pm

This is likely caused by corrupted spooler files. To fix it, first off your printer and then stop the print spooler service. Next, fire up Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRINTERS. Delete the files ending with *.SHD and *.SPL. Finally on you printer then start the print spooler service again.

To stop or start the Printer Spooler Service

  1. Go to Start then Run.
  2. Type in services.msc.
  3. Search for Print Spooler, Right Click on it and select Stop/Start
  4. .

The last few language packs for Vista Ultimate released

By , October 26, 2007 8:46 pm
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

Though all of them has got nothing to do with me XD

Network Map in Windows Vista does not display computers that are running Windows XP

By , September 18, 2007 12:05 pm

Download and install the Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder on the WinXP machines.

Windows Vista SP1

By , September 6, 2007 2:47 pm

This is a Beta software as of 06/09/2007.

Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista is no secret. The news has been out many months ago and the beta version of the SP had been available on the Internet for quite a while.

Many people are anticipating that the SP1 will bring huge improvement to Vista (similarly to what SP2 for Windows XP did), in fact there are some who claims that Vista is broken until the release of SP1. Unfortunately (fortunately to me :D ) this is not the case. SP2 for Windows XP was an exception, due to the technology advancement since after WinXP was launched, new features were created and security was the main concern. As such, Microsoft has to find ways to deliver them (the features and patch) to the end users, thus, SP2 was formed.

Vista SP1 will include all patches that has been released (security, reliability and performance). In addition, the following will also be included in SP1.

Security

  • Provides security software vendors a more secure way to communicate with Windows Security Center.
  • Includes application programming interfaces (APIs) by which third-party security and malicious software detection applications can work with kernel patch protection on x64 versions of Windows Vista. These APIs help ISVs develop software that extends the functionality of the Windows kernel on x64 computers without disabling or weakening the protection offered by kernel patch protection.
  • Improves the security of running RemoteApp programs and desktops by allowing Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) files to be signed. Customers can differentiate user experiences based on publisher identity.
  • Adds an Elliptical Curve Cryptography (ECC) pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) to the list of available PRNGs in Windows Vista.
  • Enhances BitLocker Drive Encryption (BDE) to offer an additional multifactor authentication method that combines a key protected by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) with a Startup key stored on a USB storage device and a user-generated personal identification number (PIN).

Reliability

  • Improved reliability and compatibility of Windows Vista when used with newer graphics cards in several specific scenarios and configurations.
  • Improved reliability when working with external displays on a laptop.
  • Improved Windows Vista reliability in networking configuration scenarios.
  • Improved reliability of systems that were upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista.
  • Increased compatibility with many printer drivers.
  • Increased reliability and performance of Windows Vista when entering sleep and resuming from sleep.

Performance

  • Improves the speed of copying and extracting files.
  • Improves the time to become active from Hibernate and Resume modes.
  • Improves the performance of domain-joined PCs when operating off the domain; in the current release version of Windows Vista, users would experience long delays when opening the File dialog box.
  • Improves performance of Windows® Internet Explorer® 7 in Windows Vista, reducing CPU utilization and speeding JavaScript parsing.
  • Improves battery life by reducing CPU utilization by not redrawing the screen as frequently, on certain computers.
  • Improves the logon experience by removing the occasional 10-second delay between pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL and the password prompt displaying.
  • Addresses an issue in the current version of Windows Vista that makes browsing network file shares consume significant bandwidth and not perform as fast as expected.

Administration Experience

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption encrypts extra local volumes. For example, instead of encrypting only drive C, customers can also encrypt drive D, E, and so on.
  • Addresses problems with printing to local printers from a Windows® Terminal Services session.
  • The Network Diagnostics tool will help customers solve the most common file sharing problems, in addition to the basic problems that it already diagnoses.
  • Administrators can control the volumes on which to run Disk Defragmenter.

Emerging Hardware and Standards

  • In the future, flash memory storage and consumer devices will use the exFAT file system. Windows Vista SP1 adds support for this file system to Windows Vista.
  • The service pack will include support for Secure Digital (SD) Advanced Direct Memory Access (DMA), which will be on compliant SD host controllers soon, to improve transfer performance and decrease CPU utilization.
  • x64 PCs can boot using the EFI. Windows Vista currently supports network boot by using Windows Deployment Services for x86, a PC’s basic input/output system (BIOS) for x64 PCs, and EFI for IA-64 PCs. Windows Vista SP1 will add support for network boot by using x64 EFI.
  • The service pack will add support for Direct3D 10.1, adding application programming interfaces (APIs) and features that enable 3-D applications, so game developers can better take advantage of a new generation of Direct3D graphics hardware
  • The Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) is a remote access tunneling protocol that will be part of the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) platform. This protocol helps provide full-network virtual private network (VPN) remote access connections without challenges that other protocols face when traversing NATs, Web proxies, and firewalls. Windows Vista SP1 will include support for SSTP.

Those in italics are what I believe most average end users are more interested in (at least I know I am).

Disclaimer
Vista SP1 is currently still in beta and subject to changes.

Two leaked Vista update now official

By , August 10, 2007 12:30 pm

Two leaked Vista update that has been floating around the internet community for a while since end of July have been made official. However, the updates are not part of the Microsoft Windows Update yet.

The two updates, performance update KB938979 and reliability update KB938194 do not patch any security vulnarabilities, but instead patches non-security bugs such as the infamous video drivers glitches and the slow file copying process (where it sometimes takes all day long to calculate the time remaining). The updates can be downloaded at their respective websites.

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