Vista – Madhur Kapoor’s Blog Technology, Software Reviews, Tutorials, Vista Tips, Windows Tips Thu, 08 May 2014 16:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tweak Windows Vista With Ultimate Windows Tweaker Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:47:38 +0000  

Ultimate Windows Tweaker

TweakUI was a very famous tweaking utility for Windows XP but there was no such similar utility for Windows Vista. Ultimate Windows Tweaker is tweaking utility for Windows Vista and it can be rightly called as “Tweak UI for Vista”. It allows you to customize Windows Vista with over 130 changes.


The program is portable and requires no installation. The interface is simple, easy to use and the tweaks are categorized under the following categories

  • Personalization
  • User Account and UAC
  • Security
  • System and Performance
  • Internet Explorer
  • Network Optimizations
  • Additional Options

It can automatically detect whether you have IE7 or IE8 and offer relevant tweaks. You can get more information about a tweak by hovering your mouse over it. A lot of useful tweaks are available which lets you customize Vista the way you want. You can always resort to the default settings if you wish.

It is a freeware and is available for Windows Vista.


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Replace Vista’s UAC with Smart UAC Sat, 15 Nov 2008 09:37:34 +0000 alert

Many of us must have disabled the default Windows Vista UAC on our system due to its irritating nature. Even though it is a good security measure to have User Account Panel, no ones likes to get disturbed for simple actions. But since there are a lot of malicious programs that can harm our system, disabling UAC creates a security risk. Smart UAC is very nice alternative to Vista’s default UAC. It replaces your Vista’s UAC with something that is more secure, configurable and less irritating.


It won’t annoy you much for simple actions. It remembers the choice we made in the alert window and will apply it automatically unless we change our mind. One of its best feature is the ‘Training Mode’ where you can define activities which does not require your confirmation, or you can manually configure the security rules on your system. This way, you have a full control on the security policy of your system.

It can also protect your system from a lot of malicious programs. It comes with an extensive database of over 400,000 entries which helps in identifying virus and other malwares and malicious programs. It will scan each program and can determine if it is malicious or not. It can also monitor and hide rootkit programs. The Database is also updated regularly so you are always protected from new threats.

It is a freeware and I recommend it for every Vista User. The good news is that Windows XP users can also install it in there system to get protected.

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“New Folder” Option missing from “New” Menu in Windows Vista Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:33:47 +0000 Today when I tried creating a New Folder in Windows Vista, I saw that the option was missing from the right click “New” menu. I tried creating it through the explorer by going to “Organize – New Folder”. This option was there but it was doing nothing. I was able to successfully able to create a folder through DOS but that is not something you prefer.

New Folder fix

I thought that it might be due to a virus but a scan by my anti virus and anti spyware didn’t find anything. So after searching, I was able to find a solution to this problem. Apparently, the reason why this is happening is unknown. to fix the problem, download this file ( , extract it to your desktop, you will get a .reg file . Right click on that file and select “Merge” in administrator mode and add it to your registry.

After that, simply refresh the desktop 2-3 times and the entry will be back and working.

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How to Disable User Account Control (UAC) in Vista Tue, 21 Oct 2008 09:03:42 +0000 One of the security features in Vista is the User Account Control (UAC) feature. When ever you try to install a program or any processes try to change the system setting, it displays a prompt through which you can accept or disable the action. This increases the security of the system but can sometime turn out to be annoying if you are trying to install some programs. Here is the simple process of disabling it


Go to Control Panel and type  “uac” in the search box and hit enter. You will get a screen as shown above.

Click on “Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off” and deselect the option shown below.


Click Ok and restart the computer and the changes will be applied and you will get rid of those annoying prompts. However, UAC is a security feature so think carefully before disabling it.

Customize Windows Vista Installation with vLite Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:30:00 +0000 vLite

Whenever you install Windows Vista on your machine, it comes with a lot of components or utilities that you probably don’t want. vLite is a software that lets you create a Vista installation DVD that will only have the things that you want. You can also use it install vista without responding to any prompts, all by automating those actions. You are not doing anything illegal as long as you are making these changes to your own Vista DVD and keeping it to yourself.

To use it simply, copy all the files from the Vista DVD to the hard drive. Then you can run vLite to remove components that you do not need, integrate hot fixes or third party drivers, you can also integrate Vista SP1. vLite will then create a new DVD which will have all the changes that you have made. You can then burn the DVD and use it to install Vista which will have all the things that you wanted only. This way you can save a lot of time and can also increase system performance and can also save time by getting rid of all the prompts that you get while installation.

The only downside is that you will have to burn a new DVD and install Vista from it. Why not create a new DVD now and use it whenever you wish to format your computer and install Vista again.


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Optimize Windows Vista with Vista Manager Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:25:25 +0000 fullscreenshot

Vista Manager is a all in one utility to tune up, tweak, optimize and cleanup Windows Vista. It contains an impressive collection of tools which will improve your Windows Vista every aspect from security to optimization to performance.

Some the main utilities which it has are


The System Information tools will give you detailed information about your system ranging from hardware installed to the processes running on the machine.


The Optimization wizard consists of 10 steps that will improve your system performance. From System Startup to Shutdown, it will optimize both. You can also turn off unnecessary tasks. You can also modify the RAM and disk cache, turn on animations to make Vista faster.


It includes an uninstaller that will check for leftovers from previous uninstallation including those in the registry. The Duplicate File Finder is there to remove duplicate files. It even shows you a chart of which folder is occupying how much space. Registry defrag rebuild and re-indexes the registry to reduce application response time


Now here is the most awesome port. You can customize almost everything, from mouse scroll speed, restrict changing of wallpaper, disable sidebar etc. You can customize the right click context menu, notification setting and lot more.


Who is not concerned about Security these days? You can customize a wide range of security options from Logon settings to Encryption/ Decryption of files. You can restrict access to certain drives and specify which programs are allowed to run on the computer. There is a Privacy Protector to remove all trace of your online presence.


It will optimize your connection settings and help you in tweaking Internet Explorer.

There are also a few other utilities which will help you in finding the installation key, shut down PC etc. Overall it is nice utility that will give you complete control over Vista. However it is not free and costs $40. You can try the whole program for 15 days and see if you like it. It even supports Vista SP1.

Download (32 bit )                       Download ( 64 bit )

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[Windows Vista Tip] How to Open Command Prompt by Right Click Menu in Vista Thu, 05 Jun 2008 18:22:38 +0000 Normally when you have to open the command prompt in Vista, you have to do so by navigating the menu. There is a small trick using which you can open the command prompt just by right clicking.


To do so, hold down the “Shift” key and Right Click anywhere on the desktop. You will get a Menu like this


Just click on “Open Command Window Here” and command prompt will be displayed


You can also perform the same operation inside a folder or by right clicking on the folder while holding the Shift key. The advantage is that the “Command Prompt” will now point to to directory from where you have opened it. It will certainly save time instead of using “Cd..” or “Cd Directory name” . How do you find this trick ?

Via DownloadSquad

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Yahoo Messenger 9.0 beta launched Tue, 30 Oct 2007 13:54:15 +0000 Yahoo Messenger 9 beta

Yahoo has announced the launch of its messenger 9.0 Beta, a new version of its messaging software that can work on both Windows Vista and Windows XP. There are several new features and a new look.

Now people from India, Vietnam, Phillipines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand can use it in there native language. People can also chat in hindi using the Indian version. The design is also new and allows us to choose between different color themes. There are several new skins and emoticons which makes it visually good and appealing. It is also compatible with Youtube and flicker which makes photo and video sharing much more easier thanks to the in-line media player. File transfer is also more secure now thanks to Norton Antivirus.

Overall  i find it much better than the previous version. Do give it a try and let me know whether you like it or not.

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