Windows Vista
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Fixing Annoyances

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 Fixing Annoyances

These are not necessarily recommended or acknowledged by Microsoft, so use these at your own risk. For items that change the registry it's always wise to have restore point saved first.

Set Explorer to start at C:\
Windows Explorer defaults to starting at documents. Use this to have explorer start on the C:\ drive like Windows XP Explorer.
Windows Explorer icon
  1. Place a shortcut to Explorer on your desktop (hold Ctrl down when dragging to create a shortcut).
  2. Go into Properties (right-click on Explorer)
  3. In the target field change "%SystemRoot%explorer.exe" to
    "C:\Windows\explorer.exe /n, /e, c:\"
    Explorer Properties
  4. Click Ok and exit.

The last option "c:\" is where Explorer will start. You can use different drives or add a path below the root for Explorer to start in.

Remove Shortcut arrow
If you hate those little arrows that appear on your icons, use this fix to make them disappear!
Shortcut example
  1. Run Regedit (Press Win-Logo+R and type regedit).
  2. For each of the following keys, in the right pane, delete "IsShortcut" (select "IsShortcut" and press "Del" key) :
    Regedit shortcuts
Remove the Security Nag and Taskbar icon
If you know that your security settings are correct (since Vista can fail to detect your Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware), use this to get rid of inaccurate notifications and taskbar warning icon.
Security Center Taskbar
  1. Open the Security Center
  2. In the left pane, click on "Change the way Security Center alerts me"
  3. On the new dialog, select the last option "Don't notify me and don't display the icon".
    Security Center Options
Disable UAP (User Access Protection)
This may make your system more vulnerable to attacks, but no more than XP does, and removes some of the nag screens.
  1. Log in as an administrator.
  2. Run MSCONFIG ((Press Win-Logo+R and type msconfig).
  3. Select the Tools tab and scroll down to "disable UAC" and click the "Launch" button.
    MSCONFIG User Access
  4. When it is done, the cmd window will remain. Type "Exit", and then restart Windows (don't use the "off" button that just goes into standby).
 Keyboard Shortcuts
Microsoft has a number of shortcuts. Below are some of the less commonly known, but very useful shortcuts. For a complete list on the Microsoft web site (Windows 7 shortcuts), click here.

The Windows Logo key Win logo key below often appears adjacent to the Alt keys. Some laptops will position it differently.

Items in Green are new in Vista or operate differently than in Windows XP.
Keyboard Win Logo
Shift+Del Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
Ctrl-Shift-Esc Open Task Manager
Hold Shift when you insert a CD Stop the CD auto run.
Win logo key Open or close the Start menu
Win logo key+Tab Cycle through taskbar programs using Vista's Flip 3D
Win logo key+Tab+Ctrl Cycle through taskbar programs using Vista's Flip 3D using the arrow keys.
Win logo key+Break Display the System Properties dialog box)
Win logo key+D Toggle to show desktop (minimize all open windows)
Win logo key+E Open My Computer
Win logo key+F Search for a file or a folder
Win logo key+F+Ctrl Search for computers on the network
Win logo key+G In the sidebar, cycle through the gadgets
Win logo key+L Lock your computer (if connected to a network) or switch users
Win logo key+M Minimize all of the windows
Win logo key+Shift+M Restore the minimized windows
Win logo key+R Open the Run dialog box
Win logo key+T Cycle through the programs on the taskbar
Win logo key+Spacebar Bring the sidebar gadgets to the top and select the Windows sidebar
Win logo key+U Open the Ease of Access Center
Win logo key+X Open the Windows Mobility Center

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