Whether you have upgraded to the latest version of Vista or remain in the XP camp, the tips we list can help you speed up computer processing and improve computer security performance, it can even improve the computer's fashion and readability. Believe me!
Objectively speaking, the performance of a Windows operating system is average. If you do not try your best to "dig" in depth or change it as you wish, then it will never be able to reach its real potential.
Whether you want to increase XP running speed, customize Vista's Aero interface, manage your own disk partitions, or perform quick photo processing, the following examples show you the specific implementation methods. In this article, we will first introduce several tips on performance improvement, then we will talk about file management, interface adjustment, network and browser options, and Windows Media Player.
Case 1: Prepare for system change
Start backup first
Before proceeding to adjust the various functions of the computer, you must back up the data, even if it is just a simple creation of a Restore Point. In XP, the backup method is as follows: click "Program (or all programs)" in the "Start" menu )", select "attachment"> "System Tools"> "System Restore" from the expanded menu ", in the displayed "System Restore" window, select "Create a Restore Point" and click "Next". Then, follow the prompts to perform the corresponding operations. For the Vista operating system, click "programs (or all programs)" in the "Start" menu, and select "maintenance"-"backup and recovery center" in the expanded menu ", select "create restore origin or change settings"> "System Restore", click "Next", and perform subsequent operations based on the instructions displayed on the screen.
However, creating a restore point alone is not enough to solve all the problems. This is why Vista's "Full computer backup" tool is so popular, it can create an image file for your computer including all applications, settings, and data files. If your hardware goes wrong, you can recover the entire system, not just files. It should be noted that both Vista Home Basic and home advanced versions do not have the "full computer backup" feature.
To create a backup, follow these steps: click "Control Panel" in the "Start" menu (or click "start"> "set"> "Control Panel" in the "classic start" menu "), click "backup computer" (in the classic view, double-click "Backup and Restore Center") and select "backup computer" to follow the subsequent steps. If you use a computer for office work, we recommend that you back up your computer at least once a month or at least once every six months, no matter how often your computer is used.
Back up your computer before making any major changes. It should be noted that Windows automatically creates a restore point before each new software is installed and any other significant system changes are made.
Disable unnecessary startup programs
When you start a computer, applications of multiple services are usually started at the same time in the background, usually in unknown state. While most of these applications or services are commonly used by users such as firewalls and anti-virus software, applications that are rarely used, such as instant messaging software, it does not play any role, but it wastes system resources and reduces the running speed of users' computers.
The easiest way to clear these rarely used Automatic Start programs is to use the System Configuration tool as follows: click "run" in the "Start" menu (or enter information in the "Start search" box in the "Start" menu of the Vista operating system), and enter "msconfig ", press "OK" and select the "Start" tab in the displayed window to view the programs started with windows.
Remove the check box before running the application. Select the "service" tab to view the list of all service programs running on the computer system. Before canceling any service, you must confirm it again. After all, many of them are essential to keep computer hardware and software running normally. The "process library" explains thousands of Windows services and programs and tells users whether they are necessary. If you are not sure whether you want to use a service or program, you can use the network search engine to search for it for information.
Focus on Performance
Running diagnostic applications is the best way to know the performance of computer systems. The computation results provided by the XP "system monitor" show the running status of your computer, but it is difficult to understand the meaning. To run the program, click "run" in the "Start" menu, enter "perfmon" in it, and then press "OK ". In the displayed window, select "system monitor" in the left panel, and select "add calculator" in the toolbar on the right to add more performance measurement indicators.
Compared with XP's system monitor, Vista's "reliability and performance monitor" is greatly improved. Click "start" (or select "run" in the "Start" menu in the classic Start Menu mode), enter "perfmon", and press "OK" to open the "performance" window, this tool is indeed a combination of multiple functions, but the most practical function is "resource overview )", it provides a graphical description of CPU usage, hard disk usage, network usage, and memory usage history. This application provides extremely detailed instructions for each measurement, for example, in the CPU section, you can see the number of running services and applications, threads used, and CPU usage.
Click "reliability monitor" on the left-side panel of the application to view the daily history information about computer stability, which details the situation of each system crash and hardware or software error. You can even further explore any individual result. At the same time, this tool can estimate the overall stability information and perform daily updates to reflect whether your system or program is under attack.
Restore a file using a Shadow Copy
Another feature I like in Vista's final version (ultimate) and business is shadow copies )", it automatically backs up user files and easily restores files of previous versions with errors. To restore the previous version of a file, open windows Resource Manager, right-click "file", select "Restore to previous version", and click "open target file" in the listed versions.
For this function, you need to know that, first, Vista does not keep the "Shadow Copy" for each file version opened by the user, but creates a recovery point for each Vista, it can generate a "shadow copy". In addition, some listed versions may be created when you use Vista's "all computer backups" program.
Adjust user accessories
By default, Windows files are connected to specific applications one by one. When you double-click a file, the specified application is called up to run the file. But why do we have to stick to the Windows arrangement? To change the app that matches a specific file in XP and Vista, right-click the file in any folder window of the resource manager and select open mode ", you can see the list of programs that run the file. In XP, click "Select Program" or "select default program" in Vista. In the result dialog window, click the application you want to use as the default program, make sure that you have selected "Always Use selected application to open this file" and then click "OK". If the application you want to use as the default application does not appear in the list, click "Browse", select the application location you want to use, click "open", and click "OK" to complete the operation.
Use ready boost technology
The easiest and cheapest way to accelerate Vista is to use ready boost technology, which uses USB flash memory to expand the memory of your computer. A 1 GB flash is priced at a minimum of $15, and a 2 GB flash is about twice the price of 1 GB flash.
How can I know the flash capacity suitable for my computer? Readyboost supports a minimum capacity of 256 MB and a maximum of 4 GB. Microsoft recommends that the ratio of the additional flash capacity to the system memory be or 2.5: 1. For example, if your computer comes with a memory capacity of 512 MB, you can purchase a MB to GB flash memory. The system with a memory capacity of 1 GB should use a flash memory of 1 GB to GB.
The most uncertain information is whether the user purchased the USB flash memory has passed the readyboost test. Therefore, you must verify the minimum requirement and other readyboost information before purchasing the service. Before purchasing a specified flash memory, you can search for its information through the network and determine whether it has been tested by readyboost.
When using the readyboost function, First insert the flash memory into the USB interface, and then select "acceleration system" in the window that appears on the screen ". Next, select "use flash" and click "OK. In the readyboost tag of the "properties" dialog window, you can follow the recommended space capacity of Vista, or you can use the slide bar to select the desired capacity.
Easy partition management
Vista's disk partitioning program allows you to easily create, delete, adjust capacity, and format partitions. To access these tools, go to "Control Panel" in the "Start" menu (or "start" -- "set" -- "Control Panel" in the classic Start Menu, select system and performance ", under "Management Tools", click "Create and Format hard disk partitions" (double-click "Management Tools" in "category View" and select "disk management" in the left-side Navigation Pane "). Use the disk management menu in the left "actions" to access all your storage options. You can also right-click an existing partition and select an operation from the displayed menu.
In XP, the best way to manage disk partitions is to use third-party applications such as the partition expert produced by acronis (for $45.
One-step diagnosis report
Vista provides diagnostic tools to scan users' computers, discover problems, and generate diagnostic reports with complete bug fixes. To use this tool, click the "Start" menu, select "Control Panel" (or click "start"> "set"> "Control Panel" in "classic start" menu mode). In "system and maintenance, find "performance information and tools"-"advanced tools" and click "Generate System Status Report. In the classification view, double-click "performance information and tools", and then click "advanced tools"> "Generate System Status Report ". The diagnostic program of this system takes about one minute to process the report.
Case 2: Quick file search
Convert the fat format to the NTFS file format
Compared with the original fat and FAT32 formats, the Windows NTFS file format has many advantages in terms of performance, security, and other aspects. After you upgrade from XP to Vista, the system will ask if you want to convert the files in the hard disk to NTFS format. If you want to manually convert fat or FAT32 to NTFS, select "run" from the "Start" menu, Enter cmd, and click "OK". The command window is displayed, enter "Convert X:/Fs: NTFS (X indicates the drive letter of the hard disk)" and click "OK.
Right-click to display Command Prompt
In some cases, the fastest way to complete an operation in Windows is through the command prompt. The fastest way to get the command prompt is by right-clicking the menu. The operation is to enter Regedit in the "run" input box in the "Start" menu, and press enter to confirm, the "Registry Editor" will be called up ". In the left-side pane, find hkey _ LOCAL_MACHINE/software/classes/folder/shell, right-click on the right-side pane, and select "new key ", name it "command promptbutton", select a new key on the left panel, double-click the shortcut menu on the right side, enter "cmd.exe/K pushd % L" in the Data numeric value, and press "OK" to confirm. After exiting the Registry Editor, you can find the "open command prompt" function whenever you right-click a folder. If you select a folder, the command prompt function is called.
Clear the open mode menu
When you right-click windows resource manager, you can see the "open mode" option in the menu that appears, listing all programs that can be used to open the file. After a user installs a new program, it is automatically added to this list. Therefore, this menu may be very long for certain types of files, some listed programs may not be able to open this file at all. Is it true that you want to use wordsearch to open images in the ".bmp" format?
To delete them, enter Regedit in the "run" input box in the "Start" menu and press "OK" to open "Registry Editor ", in the left-side pane, find key_current_usersoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrentversion variable "). Delete the items you want to clear from the open method list. Double-click mrulist and delete the letters of the program you just cleared. For example, if the value of winword.exe is "A", delete the letter from mrulist.
Add a folder to the index
Compared with XP, the new search tool built in Vista is much faster, but by default, it only indexes a few folders, therefore, you may miss many other files on your computer.
Select the Start menu and enter any entries in the Start search box, you can manually add folders to the index (or click "start"> "Search"> "file or folder" in the "classic start" menu "). When a search result is displayed, click "search tool", select "change index location"> "change", and then click "show all locations" to open the index location dialog box. The top window shows your storage devices. Select a box next to them (or double-click the entry to display the list of folders) and select the location where you want to add the index, click "OK" and "close" to return to the search window.
Do you want to save and upgrade the search results of Vista? The operation is to select "Search" in the "Start" menu (or select "start"> "Search"> "file or folder" in the "classic start" menu mode ") enter a search entry, click "save search" to bring up the "Save as" dialog box, and select "save ". The saved search is displayed in the search folder on the left panel of the search window.
Case 3: remodeling the interface
Retrieve the classic menu
One of the most controversial changes to Vista compared to earlier Windows versions is to use a toolbar in Windows Explorer and IE to replace the original menu. If you like to perform command operations under the menu, you can easily press the "Alt" key to call back the original menu, and then press "Alt" again, these menus will disappear. In Windows resource manager, if you want to keep using the menu, select "Organization"> "layout"> "menu bar ". In IE, you only need to select "menu bar" in "Tools.
Same processing running menu
The "run" input box of the XP operating system is a simple way to open the application and run the DOS command, but the new "start" menu in Vista uses the "Start search box" to replace this function. If you have a special liking for the "run" command box, you will be pleasantly surprised when you find that it is so easy to "run. Right-click the start button, select Properties> Custom, select the Run Command, and click OK ", the long-awaited "old friend" will immediately return to its original "position.
Create your own icon
Icons in Windows cannot help you quickly find important files and folders. In fact, it is very easy to create icons to help find information such as "tax refund last year. You are not an artist to design these icons. Of course, if you are willing to spend $50 to buy microangelo toolset 6 (a 21-day free trial ), then it will make you a "Picasso" in the eyes of others ".
First, open microangelo studio and follow the specified steps to create a new icon. For Windows XP users, your icons should be in the format of 16x16, 32x32, or 48x48 pixels. For the Vista operating system, you can choose to use any of the formats or up to 256x256 pixels. You can also use the pencil, brush, and other drawing tools of the program to create icons. I mainly use its input tool to process images created by others. The application allows you to enter several different formats, scale down or expand an image to an appropriate size, and then store it as an icon file (. ICO ). Google Image Search collects Downloadable images, but check whether the images you choose are free of charge. To replace an icon with the icon image you just created, right-click the old icon and choose "attribute"> "shortcut"> "change icon ", browse and select a new icon and click "open.
New Features of bubbles Screen Protection in Vista
Vista provides few options for Screen Saver. For example, if you want to make bubbles cooler in bubbles screen saver, unless you know the following method for modifying the registry, add three new values to the appropriate key, this allows the bubbles to become metallic, shadow, and display on the desktop or black background.
The operation is to enter "Regedit" in "run" of the "Start" menu (or simply click "start" in the Vista menu) and press "OK ", in the open registry editor, find and select hkey_current_usersoftwaremicrosoftwindows
Currentversionscreensaversbubbles, right-click on the right panel, select "new" -- DWORD (32-bit) value, enter "materialglass", and double-click the new one just created, when the input value is 1, you can set the bubbles to transparent. When the value is 0, you can see the metal bubbles. after entering the value, click "OK.
Similarly, in the right panel, create a DWORD named "showshadows" by using a series of similar steps. When you enter the value 1, you can display a shadow under the bubbles, if the value is 0, no shadow is displayed. Create a New DWORD named "showbubbles" and set it to 1 (the bubbles can be displayed on the desktop) or 0 (the bubbles is displayed on the back ).
Adjust the transparent edge in the aero Interface
In the XP operating system, you can change the size and color of Windows and dialog box edges, and make other display adjustments by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting "properties ", on the "appearance" tab, set the "advanced" feature. The Vista operating system also allows users to customize many features in its aero interface. Right-click the desktop and choose "personalized"> "windows color and appearance". To change the transparency of the Windows edge, adjust the "color depth" Slider. Case 4: Network Optimization
Fix network faults in Vista and XP
If you have Vista or XP computers in your network, these computers may not work well. One problem is that Vista and XP use different network names by default, While Vista uses "workgroup" and XP uses "mshome", which may cause the system to be unable to recognize each other.
To rename a computer that has installed the XP operating system, right-click "my computer" and select "properties ", click "change" in the "computer name" tab in the displayed window, enter "workgroup" in the "Working Group" input box below the "change computer name" dialog box and click "OK" to complete the operation.
Vista's "network" and "Sharing Center" can display information about all computers on the user's network, including Mac and IP addresses. Click "start"> "Control Panel" (if it is a classic Start Menu, click "start"> "set"> "Control Panel" in sequence "), in "network and Internet connection", select "network and sharing center"> "view Network Diagram ", place the mouse on a device to view its IP address and MAC address.
For non-Vista operating systems, if they already exist, or even listed at the bottom of the page, they are not displayed. Vista's new draft for Drawing Network diagrams will eventually be open to XP, but Microsoft has not yet confirmed the implementation time.
Add a virtual personal network (VPN) to any hot zone)
Whenever a user is in a public Wi-Fi hotspot, other users with specific software can fully master each step of the user's online operations. The Virtual Network establishes a channel to protect user data transmission, which can protect user data security. My favorite VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is hotspotvpn, which can implement VPN functions on XP and Vista operating systems. The service fee is $9 per month. For a single use of one day, three days, or seven days, the fee is $4, $6, or $7. The version with encryption level service is billed between $11 and $14 per month.
The user who signs the software will get a user name and password and the IP address of the wireless VPN Server. Enter this information when running a Windows network connection. Method: For the XP operating system, choose "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu (or choose "start"> "set"> "Control Panel" from the "classic start" menu ") -- "network connection" -- "Create a new connection" -- "Next" -- "connect to my workplace network" -- "Next" -- "Virtual Private Network Connection ", follow the instructions to complete subsequent operations.
In Vista, select "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu (or select "Control Panel" from "start" in the "classic start" menu "). Select create a connection or network, double-click "connect to workplace", select "use my Internet connection (VPN)", and then follow the instructions to complete subsequent operations.
Set wireless encryption
Each home or small office wireless network needs to use the "Wi-Fi protected access (WPA)" encryption method to prevent possible intrusion. If your network does not support the WPA function, you need to upgrade it. The steps for setting WPA vary with vrouters. The following operation instructions apply to Linksys wrt54gx4.
First, log on to your vro management interface, click "wireless connection", select "wireless security", and select "WPA" as your encryption method in the drop-down list, enter the encryption key, and then record the key to the paper, because it will be used when you log on to the network from another computer. Click "Save settings ".
Then, you need to use the same password on the vro to encrypt each of your computers. On Each XP operating system computer, click the wireless connection icon on the system tray, select the "wireless network" tab in "properties", mark your network, click "properties", and select the "associate" tab. Select your own encryption method from the "Network Authentication" drop-down list. In the "Data Encryption" dialog box, select "TKIP", remove the check box "this key is automatically provided for me", and enter the user's WPA key in the "Network key" dialog box, enter the network password again in the "Confirm network password" box. Click "OK" twice ". Now the computer can be connected to your network.
In the Vista operating system, click "Control Panel" in the "Start" menu (or "start"> "set"> "Control Panel" in classic menu mode ") -- "network and Internet" -- "network and sharing center" -- "manage wireless networks ". Right-click your wireless network connection, select Properties, click the Security tab, select WPA2-Personal from the security type drop-down menu ", select TKIP from the "encryption type" drop-down menu, enter the WPA key in the "Network Security Key" box, and click "OK" to complete the operation.
Changing search providers ......
To add Google or other search engines to the search box of IE 7, click the downward arrow to the right of the exploration bar, select "find more providers", select a provider, and click "add provider ", select "set it to my default search provider", or continue to use the current search engine and select a new search provider when entering search entries.
... Or use your own provider
If you are not satisfied with the available search engines in the IE "search for more providers" list, it takes only a few seconds to create an engine based on your requirements, the method is: Click the downward arrow on the right of the search bar, select "find more providers", open a new tag, and browse to the desired provider. Execute a "test (note all are in uppercase)" search, copy the URL in the address bar of the result page to the first text box under "self-create" in the "add service provider to IE 7" window. Enter a name in the box and click "Install ".
"Pressure" the browser"
No matter under what circumstances, the browser will send your requests to the DNS server on the network by clicking the network link or entering URL Information in the address bar, it then queries the IP address and returns the result to the user's browser. This process may take some time. To reduce the waiting time, you can add the most frequently accessed IP address and the host name of the site to the host file. In this way, if you want to find the address in the file, the computer can skip the slow DNS server and directly find the address in the file. In the home version of Vista or XP, the file is stored in "C: windowssystem32driversetchosts". In XP Pro, the storage address is "C: winntsystem32drivershosts ".
Double-click the file to open it in notepad or the user's default file editor. Enter the IP address or host name of your site (each entry occupies one line ). The IP addresses are listed in the first column, and the corresponding host names are listed in the next column. At least one space gap must be maintained between the two columns, then, each pair is listed on one line (to find the IP address, you can select "run" in the "Start" menu, enter "cmd" and press Enter, enter "ping", a space, and the host name, and press "enter ). After the operation is complete, save the name of the file with the same location as the existing one.
Users' browsing behaviors are often like publicly available books. If you do not need to leave any trace during browsing, you can use a proxy server established between the user's access sites. However, if you use a proxy server, downloading files may cause problems.
First, find the proxy list of atom inersoft. The site column contains information about each server, including the available time percentage. Write down the IP address and port of the server you selected. For example, in the list of 22.214.171.124: 80, the IP address is 126.96.36.199, and the port number is 80. To query the IP address of a website, open the command prompt using the method mentioned in "Convert fat format to NTFS file format" and enter "Ping www. site name. com, and then press Enter. The result will contain the address of the site.
In IE, select "Tools"> "Internet Options"> "connection", click "LAN Settings", and select "use proxy server for LAN ", enter the IP address of the proxy server in the address bar. In the port input box, enter the number of ports, check "do not use proxy server for local addresses", and then click "OK ". In this way, when you browse the network, the proxy server will protect your privacy. You can also go to tor.eff.org to learn about the TOR anonymous Network Information actively supported by the electronic border Foundation (Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Use offline files
Vista commercial, enterprise, and advanced versions allow users to use network files. Open windows Resource Manager, right-click the network file or folder to be retained offline, select "properties"> "share", and right-click the shared file, select "always offline (on some computers, you only need to 'offline files' -- 'always offline use')" to automatically synchronize the file.
Vista's photo gallery application not only provides photo preview, but also acts as a shortcut image editor. Use this program to open an image, click "modify" to adjust its color and exposure, remove the red eye and perform other operations; click "automatic adjustment" to allow the application to automatically complete the repair operation.
Find windwos Media Player
If you have a large number of multimedia files, it may not be easy to find a specific file. Windows Media Player 11 allows you to easily find the target file by searching for recording audio tracks, artists, or other criteria. For example, to query Bob Dylan's "like a rolling stone", enter "title: Rolling Stone" in the search box to obtain a list of search results similar to this name.
The capture tool of Vista makes it easy to capture all or part of screen images and add comments. Click "start"-"All Programs" (or "programs" in the "classic start" menu ") -- "attachment" -- "capture tool" (or directly enter "snip" in the Start search box and press "OK ).
When the "capture tool" window appears, drag the mouse around the image you want to capture and click "new" to select the type of capture. You can capture the free and rectangular areas, capture activity window or whole screen. You can save the image to a file, or click "copy" to add it to the clipboard to paste it into other programs. If you are capturing images from the network, select the "option" button to capture images together with the URL address, set the program to copy and capture images from the clipboard, and then perform other operations.
Shortcuts for using Windows Media Player
If you use Windows Media Player 11 to play music, you can use the following shortcuts to replace mouse operations.
Vista's Best New Tool
The new Aero interface may attract a lot of attention, but this new Windows version has several first-class tools. The three new Vista features we like are listed below.
On the reliability and performance monitor, you can view the health status of your computer.
The readyboost option of Vista allows you to use USB flash to improve system performance.
You can use the options in the new "capture tool (snipping tool)" program to make Screen capturing more creative.
Workstation: Change security settings in XP and Vista
Excellent security performance should prevent users from frequently receiving alerts for vulnerabilities. The content described in this article can help to ensure the security of your computer, and you do not need to see frequent bounce warnings.
Revoking Account Control: without a doubt, Vista's most annoying feature is the User Account Control (UAC) function, before a user accesses resources of different systems, the window requesting user permission is displayed. Of course, this setting will help to ensure the security of the user's computer, but do you really want to allow a window to jump out before you do so? Even the small operation of changing the main font of the window.
Fortunately, you can close UAC in a simple way: select "Control Panel" in the "Start" menu (or "start"> "set"> "Control Panel" in the "classic start" menu "), click "open or close User Account Control" in "User Account", select "continue" in the UAC prompt, and cancel "use User Account Control (UAC)" on the next page) to help protect computers. Then click "OK". After restarting the computer, you no longer have to worry about the prompt dialog box that appears frequently.
Enhanced Command Prompt: When you run certain commands through the command of Vista, an error message is displayed, indicating that the command cannot be run because the user does not have the correct management permission. This may even happen when you log on to the system as an administrator.
To address this restriction, you must increase your permissions. Click "start"> "All Applications"> "attachment" (or "start"> "application"> "attachment" in the "classic start" menu ") right-click "command prompt" and select "Run as administrator". At this time, the command prompt will be loaded, but the user will perform operations in special administrator mode, you can check whether the title bar starts with "Administrator. Additional tips: you can press Ctrl + Shift + press enter and Enter cmd to open the Command Prompt window without using the mouse.
Tip: If you have accidentally deleted system files, UAC may be useful. This error will lead to two pop-up windows: A confirmation box from UAC and a single file deletion confirmation box. To retain the UAC prompt and exclude the prompt window, right-click "recycle bin", select "properties", deselect the check box in the "show deletion confirmation dialog box", and click "OK ".
In this way, no matter what files you want to delete (including system files or common files), you need to click OK in a dialog box. However, if you want to delete the system file, you will still see the UAC prompt (unless you disable the UAC function by using the "undo Account Control" operation mentioned above ).
Migrate to Vista"
We recommend that you install new vista, but we also consider that many users will choose to upgrade from XP to Vista to avoid the need to reinstall their applications, files, and settings. In most cases, upgrading from XP to Vista does not require additional preparation. However, we recommend that you back up files to avoid exceptions.
To upgrade and install Vista on XP, all applications, files, user accounts, and other settings of the user are retained. For the sake of insurance, it is best to back up all the files before overwriting and installation to avoid unexpected occurrence. On the contrary, when the all-new vista installation is complete, all information about the XP system and the user's original applications, files, settings, and accounts will be deleted, delete all files on the user's hard disk (including all problematic registration entries accumulated by the system ). Vista XP files and setup transfer tools (files and settings transfer wizard) windows easy transfer allows you to move settings, files, and applications to the newly installed Vista operating system through data lines or networks.
Not every XP version can be upgraded to a different version of the Vista operating system, which is why we recommend that users install all Vista instead of the original system. For example, to upgrade from XP Professional edition to Vista Home Premium, you need to install all of them. On the Microsoft website, you can find the update options for XP and Windows 2000.
PERSONALIZATION: Change the default settings of Vista
When you install Vista, you may not agree with every setting that Vista has made for the interface and running mode. The following describes the five most Vista users who want to perform personalized settings immediately after installing the new version of the system.
Custom desktop: it is easy to adjust almost all aspects of the Vista desktop. Right-click on the desktop and select "properties" to change the background, screen saver, sound, and mouse pointer. You can also set a theme to change the resolution, icon, and font of the display. If you use Vista's Aero interface, you can also specify a color in "windows color and appearance" or click show color mixer to customize the color of the Windows window.
"Start" menu redesign: Right-click the "Start" button and select "properties"-"Start Menu" to restore the appearance of Windows 98 or 2000, select the "classic start" menu. To change the "Start" menu in Vista, select it and click "personalize". Then, you can select the entries you want to add to the "Start" menu, change the selection method in the sub-menu and reset the search option in other settings. Click the "Taskbar" tab to change the taskbar shape. Select the "Notification area" tab to perform the same operation on the system tray.
View all files and folders: Vista hides system files and folders by default, and does not display common file extensions. This makes it difficult for users to have a definite understanding of the files on their systems. Do you want a panoramic view? The operation is as follows: open windows resource manager or any folder window, and select "Organization" -- "folder and search options ", view and change the file display options and display methods provided by the system. For example, you can select which files are displayed as small icons and whether the drive disk drive letter is displayed, and select "show hidden files and folders ", then, deselect the "hidden extension of known file types" check box.
Reset the Default Application: Vista is likely to use Microsoft applications for browsing, email, and other application operations (depending on the PC vendor's computer configuration scheme, or whether the user is upgraded from Windows XP ). One notable new feature of Vista is the ability to change the default applications of the entire group at one time. Click "default program" in the "Start" menu (or choose "start"> "set"> "Control Panel"> "Default Application" in the "classic start" menu "), in "Default Application", select "set program read and computer default options" and select "Microsoft Windows" in the configuration list to use Microsoft software as the default application.
That is to say, ie will be used for browsing, Windows Mail or outlook will be used to process emails, Windows Media Player will be used to open audio or video files, and so on. If you want to use software from other vendors, you can select "non-Microsoft ". If you want to select from existing Microsoft or non-Microsoft applications on the computer, select "Custom" and select your favorite applications.
"Fire" toolbar: some users prefer the "sidebar" Mini app on Vista desktop, but it may be meaningless for other users. To "fire" them, right-click the "toolbar" icon on the system tray, select "properties", and deselect the "open a toolbar when Windows starts" option.
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