Top 5 Simple Tips & Tricks To Unlock Vista’s Potential
Windows Vista has a large amount of options when it comes to customization, as do nearly all Windows operating systems. Fortunately, Vista makes it even easier then you may believe to tweak your operating system.
Already you might have known these Tricks.But for Newbies these Tricks will be really useful.
Today, we will be looking at some of the top Vista tricks to increase productivity and unlock Vista’s potential. Here they are (in no particular order):
Access Vista’s Super User Mode
Vista is riddled with an extremely large amount of “security” measures that may, or may not, be helpful. Running Vista as an Administrator may help, but did you know there is an even higher Administrator? Well, there is! All you need to do to unlock it is the following:
1. Go to “Start” and type cmd.
2. When the command prompt loads, type the following:Net user Administrator /active:yes
3. When you switch user, you should now be able to see an Administrator account.
(Note: If you would like to hide the Administrator account, you can, again, go to “Start” and type cmd, then type: Net user administrator /active:no)
Save Battery Life on Laptops
Vista is quite a resource hog. If you have a laptop, this could present a problem. To maximize battery life and still run Vista on a viable amount of memory, simply do the following:
1. Hit the Windows Key and X at the same time.
2. When “Windows Mobility Center” loads, you should be able to adjust settings, such as Display Brightness, Power Consumption, etc.
Remove Personal Information from Files
Nearly every single file on your computer contains some type of personal information – either information about the user, information on setting e.g. time, date, etc. In any case, it may be good to remove some of this information before making it available to the public, such as uploading a video or image online.
To do this, all you need to do is:
1.Select one or multiple file(s)
2.Right-Click and select “Properties”
3.Click “Details” and then click “Remove Properties and Personal Information.”
You can now have Vista create copies of the selected file(s) before changing/removing any of the information.
Tweaking Windows Power Button
Unlike Windows XP, the Vista power off button simply puts your computer to sleep when you were actually intending to turn it off. Fortunately, this can be easily changed with a simple tweak.
1.Click “Start,” then click “Control Panel.”
2.Select “Hardware and Sound,” then click “Power Options.”
3.Click “Change Plan Settings” under your current power plan.
4. Click “Change Advanced Settings,” and then navigate to:
Power Buttons and Lid / Start Menu Power Button
Disable UAC Notification Messages
One of the most ridiculous features of Vista are the continuous “confirmation” messages. Messages that pop up nearly every time you attempt to run any unknown application. Almost all of which are completely unnecessary, and waste time. Here is how you can disable these annoying uac notifications, quickly and easily:
1.Go to “Start” and click “Control Panel.”
2.Click “User Accounts and Family Safety,” then click “Turn User Account Control On and Off.”
3.Un-Select the box labeled User User Account Control (UAC) to help protect my computer.
4.Click “OK,” and you’re done!