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Vista Tweak 7: Disabling the secured (dimmed) desktop during UAC consent prompt

July 2nd, 2007 3 comments

Normally when Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) asks the user for a consent when launching an application that is deemed insecure, the desktop will fade dark while the consent window is shown. While I recommend to always leave UAC turned on, this desktop dimming can get annoying very quickly.
Fortunately this behavior can be disabled so that the consent window is still shown without dimming the whole desktop. To turn this off follow these steps …

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Vista Tweak 6: Adding Games to the Vista Game Folder that are not added automatically

June 29th, 2007 8 comments

By default Vista adds installed games to the Vista Games Folder when they are started for the first time. However there are many games that are not added automatically. It is possible to drag and drop a shortcut icon of a game onto the Game Window but only the icon is displayed then without any box art or additional information.
There is a workaround to add your own games to the Game Window completely with box art and other infos. This is more of a hack since it is not officially supported and since you have to tamper around in the Registry you should know what you are doing. Also you have to repeat the following steps for every game that you want to add which can be tiresome if you want to add many. Here’s the step-by-step guide to add your games …

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Vista Tweak 5: Autologin on Vista

June 29th, 2007 No comments

Despite there seems to be no visible option to turn Autologin on in Vista it is still possible to activate it. The feature is a bit hidden and not directly accessible through the Control Panel. If you ever are the only person using your computer there is no purpose in always having to log into your account. Here are the steps to turn on Autologin …

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Vista Tweak 4: How to make the Vista Experience rating appear again if it disappeared

June 28th, 2007 1 comment

Some people found that the link to rate the Vista Experience Index was gone on their system so they weren’t able to re-measure the Experience Index again after for example hardware changes were made. The following steps show how to repair this. Note that this requires making modifications to the system registry! I recommend to always make a backup of the registry (with regedit) before making any changes to it!

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Vista Tweak 3: Turning 'show File Extensions' on

June 28th, 2007 4 comments

Why this is turned off by default is beyond me but Microsoft must be thinking this is useful to users. It is not! There are still people who actually don’t know how make the file extensions visible and there are people who don’t even know that filenames normally have an extension. Displaying file extensions has the advantage that you know immediately with what file type you are dealing (that is unless the file extension was set wrong). But if you can see an .exe extension on an unknown file it is a lot more helpful than just counting on the file’s icon. To turn on ‘show file extensions’ follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to Start Menu/Control Panel and double click the Folder Options icon
  2. Click the View tab and in the Advanced Settings list uncheck the item called Hide extensions for known file types
  3. Click Ok and you are finished
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Vista Tweak 2: Turning off Security Center completely

June 28th, 2007 No comments

The Security Center is one of the most annoying things in Vista. It not only wastes valueful memory but also sits in your taskbar tray all the time. To turn it off and let it’s tray icon disappear follow these steps …

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Vista Tweak 1: Turning off User Account Control

June 28th, 2007 No comments

User Account Control is probably the most annoying new ‘feature’ in Windows Vista and while it provides a good protection against unwanted programs it can become bothersome quickly when many applications have to be installed. I recommend to leave UAC turned on unless you have enough reason to turn it off. To turn off UAC follow these steps …

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