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How to disable User Control Account (UAC) in Windows Vista

One of the most annoying features in Windows Vista and now Windows 7 is the user control account (UAC) popup window which starts every time you try to install any software or open any application or a folder.

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How to enable Hibernate Option in Windows Vista/Windows 7

Hibernation is an excellent power management tool especially for laptops. When you hibernate your laptop, it saves everything you are doing so when you turn it on, you don’t have to wait for the Windows to boot from the beginning. When the laptop recovers from hibernation, it reloads everything you were doing before the laptop was hibernated.

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Clean up Windows and free up disk space

Here is an application which helps you clean up your Windows Operation system and keep it in top shape. nCleaner is perfect if you want to customize things like advanced system and advanced application cleaning system.

The nCleaner website makes claims that it end up tweaking and cleaning up to 2GB space on the hard disk due to using its features like memory management, System resource monitor, Tweak manager along with a System Adviser. I liked the huge number of options and applications it supported and worked with seamlessly. It offers the casual Windows user something along with a lot of customizable options for someone with some advanced knowledge of Windows.

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About nCleaner

  • nCleaner is meant for Windows XP, Vista and 2003. I installed it for Windows 7 and it did work fine.
  • It has support of over 100 applications typically used with Windows and hence allows you to clean up registry.
  • It cleans up disk space significantly especially if you have a Vista or XP with too many applications.
  • It allowed to shred free disk space on hard disk which frees up space but also does not allow recovery of files that were deleted before.

If you are using Windows XP or Vista I think it will be quite a useful tip to clean up the registry along with managing system resources in a more comprehensive way. Let me know if it has helped you out and drop in your comments with your opinions.

Download Link: nCleaner

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Use Aero with Windows Vista Home Basic

Almost everyone is aware of the Aero feature in Windows. You can use it with Windows Vista and Windows 7, but unfortunately this is not available with the Home Basic version of Vista and Windows 7. There are many manual hacks available for making tweaks to make Aero available.

I came across this software Aero Enabler on the internet which does exactly the same but without you needing to look up various tweaks. Just download it, install it and you have Aero features enabled on your Home Basic version of Vista or Windows 7.

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About Aero Enabler

  • Aero Enabler does make changes to your registry so the best option is to create a System Restore point before install Aero Enabler.
  • Download Aero Enabler and install it.
  • As it installs, you can select or deselect the Hardware check for Aero.
  • This can be a bit of a problem as you might have some issues if your computer does not suit the system requirements for Aero. So carrying out a Hardware check is a better option.
  • Finally .Net Framework 3.5 is required on the system.

So go ahead and try it out and let me know what you thoughts on it through your comments.

Link: Aero Enabler

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Application to repair and fix Windows registry

A lot of minor issues are faced regularly by Windows users. Most times these errors can be settled by making some changes in the windows registry.

FixWin v 1.0 is a free portable application which fixes and repairs known windows issues. FixWin works on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Once you run the application it automatically detects if you are using a Vista or Windows 7.

FixWin v 1.0

  • Before using this application you should create a System Restore Point. This Safe Point will help you restore the computer back to current settings if something goes wrong.
  • Then download the software from Windows Club and run the application. It checks for errors and gives you options to correct those issues with a simple click (see image above).

Link: Download FixWin

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Enable Hibernate Option on Windows Vista

vista hibernate batteryI am writing about this because I recently faced this problem and was not able to find anything on the internet which is needed to solve this problem.

For some vista users the “hibernate” option disappears mysteriously.

There are 2 reasons for this:

  1. That you may have less free disk space needed to store the hibernation file that is stored on the windows drive i.e. on which the OS is installed.
  2. You have done a disk cleanup and the hibernate file has been deleted.

Solution:

  1. Try to free up the space needed for the hiber.sys file that is if you have 2 GB RAM then free space should be more than 3 GB (to be on safer side) on that drive.
  2. If you are still not able to see the hibernate option in the shutdown menu then try this little trick.
    • Click on vista start menu
    • Right click on command prompt and choose run as administrator.
    • Then type this command

powercfg  -h on

OR

powercfg /hibernate on

Any one of the above will do. This would work for you. Now you have your hibernate option restored.

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PC manufactures participating in free windows 7 upgrade

windows_logoWant to buy a new PC and waiting for the launch of Windows 7? Don’t wait just go and buy one now, as Microsoft in association with some of the world’s best PC manufacturers is offering a free upgrade to Windows 7. Check out the list of PC manufacturers that are offering a free upgrade of the operating systems. Below is the list of companies given on the official site of Microsoft, however if any particular company is not in the list, you may check the official website of that company.

For India:

  • Acer
  • HP
  • Toshiba
  • Dell
  • Lenovo
  • Wipro
  • HCL
  • Sony
For US:
  • Acer
  • Asus
  • Averatec
  • Dell
  • eMachines
  • Fujitsu
  • Gateway
  • HP
  • Lenovo
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Toshiba
For Other Countries:
For all the other countries, you have to check this official link of Microsoft’s website.
Important Terms and Conditions:
  1. Your PC must be Windows Vista ready.
  2. You have purchased a PC between 26th June 2009 and 31st January 2010.
  3. This scheme is available on all the companies mentioned above but not on all the models from that company.
  4. Eligibility Criteria varies from company to company.
  5. You will get a comparable version of Windows 7 when you buy a PC with Windows Vista. That means for Windows Vista Home you will get a Windows 7 Home version.
Link: Microsoft