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These are some uncommon but very useful tips tricks & hacks for windows vista to enhance the user experience in windows vista.

Enable Auto-Logon in Windows Vista (Warning: Security Risk)

a) click Start and type ‘netplwiz’ or click that name on the Start menu
b) in the GUI window that comes up, uncheck the “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” box
c) click ‘Apply’
d) in the new dialog box that opens type the name of the account you want to auto-logon by default (if the account is not normally passworded then it blank)
e) click OK and exit.

Remove ToolTips From Showing When You Mouse Over Something

a) start > run = “regedit”
b) HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced
c) set “ShowInfoTip”=dword:00000000
d) exit and reboot

Remove Splash Screen in Windows Mail

a) start > run = “regedit”
b) HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows Mail
c) set “NoSplash”=dword:00000001
d) exit and restart

Delete Hibernate File

When you use hibernate in Windows Vista, it creates a file called hiberfil.sys. This file can grow rather large and you may want to remove it. A simple way to delete it:

a) log on as the Administrator
b) start Command Prompt then type: powercfg -h off
c) hit enter

Turn on File Extensions

a) go to any folder, e.g. Documents
b) Layout > Show Classic Menus
c) Tools > Folder Options > View Tab
d) Untick “Hide Extensions of Known File Types”
e) close, return to Layout and put it back as it was

Enable Sidebar in Windows Vista

a) go to Program Files/Windows Sidebar/sidebar.exe
Start Windows Explorer at a C:\ Drive Instead of Documents
a) create a shortcut to Explorer.exe on your desktop
b) right click on the shortcut and choose ‘Properties’ and click on the ‘Shortcut’ tab
c) you will see the default ‘%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe’ in the ‘Target:’ field
d) change the value to: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe /n, /e, c:\
e) click OK and exit

Getting Rid of Arrows on Shortcuts

a) start > run = “regedit”
b) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > lnkfile
c) rename ‘IsShortcut’ to ‘AriochIsShortcut’ in the right pane
d) close regedit and reboot

Show Administrator on Welcome Screen

a) start > run = “control userpasswords2″
b) select administrator account, click reset password (input new pass) and hit “Ok”
c) start > run = “regedit”
d) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > Winlogon > SpecialAccounts > UserList
e) create “DWORD (32bit) Value” with Value Name: Administrator and Value Data: 1

Disable User Access Control (UAC)

a) while logged in with admin rights
b) press the key combo Win+R (the “Run command” box comes up)
c) run “msconfig”
d) go to the “Tools” tab
e) scroll down to “disable UAC” and click the “launch” button below
f) it will execute a command & leave behind a CMD window, exit that, reboot Vista

Enabling Additional Avalon Effects

Once you have Aero turned on, you can enable additional transition effects. Follow the steps below to add some additional desktop and explorer effects:
a) open regedit.
b) HKEY_Local_Machine > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Explorer
c) create a new DWORD and call it MILDesktop.
d) set the value of MILDesktop to 1
e) create a new DWORD and call it MILExplorer
f) set the value of MILExplorer to 1
g) exit and restart
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