Windows Vista Secret #11: Deleting the Undeletable

As many of us move forward from Windows XP or prior beta versions of Windows Vista to the final RTM version, I thought this little tip / secret might be in order. You may be aware that Windows Vista includes a number of different ways to upgrade a computer, from a straight in-place upgrade (insert…

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Windows Vista Secret #10: Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Six Keystrokes

User Account Control is, as I mentioned in secret #4, an important part of the security protection that Windows Vista offers. For any user with administrative credentials, you can always execute a process with full admin rights by right-clicking on the executable or shortcut and choosing “Run as Administrator”. For myself, I regularly want to…

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Windows Vista Secret #9: Kill the Startup Monsters

If there’s one thing that puts me off an application, it’s when it unnecessarily inserts itself into the Windows startup process so that it can have its very own system tray icon from whence it can spam me with annoying messages. Obviously it makes sense for some applications to run on startup (for example, I want…

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Windows Vista Secret #8: Zoom in Explorer

The awesome guys from the Windows Vista Magazine revealed a great Windows Vista secret recently that I wanted to bring to a broader audience. When you’re browsing around the file system in Explorer, it’s often useful to be able to quickly switch between different folder views. If you’re looking at a folder with lots of long…

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Preparing for Windows Vista

On a more practical note than my last blog posting, I want to encourage everyone to check out the Windows Vista compatibility cookbook. Despite our best efforts, there will always be some breaking changes between releases of an operating system, particularly when security model changes such as UAC are introduced. This excellent guide, recently updated…