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Windows Vista: Missing Menu Bar in Exploror
How to access the folder options (File Edit View Tools Help) with Explorer and How to map a network drive.
When you open the Windows Explorer for the first time, you go to tools in the menu bar and click on “map network drive” or “folder options”. 
The only question is where is the menu bar? Well, you have to press “Alt” to see it.
Why did they do this?
 
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Display the menu bar in Vista's File Explorer

If you want the menu bar displayed permanently in the File Explorer in Vista, you can do so from the Organize menu. However, if you only want to display it temporarily, you don't have to enable and disable it that way. Instead, you can just hit the ALT key to show the menu bar for a single use, and then it will hide itself again. This works for Windows Media Player, too.

Change or Resize Partition Size in Windows Vista

With Vista it’s easy to change the size of the partition or resize partition by using Disk Management Console. You may also change drive letters or paths. Partitions with NTFS, FAT32 or FAT file system can be resized with the Disk Management utility. No third-party application program such as Partition Magic needed. It can accomplish this without any data loss or the need to delete and remove the existing partition.

How to resize partition size or change the size of partitions in Windows Vista:

Click on the Start button, and then right click on Computer and select Manage.
In the Computer Management console, click and expand Storage branch, and click on Disk Management to open and access Disk Management Console.
Disk Management Console display the details of all available volumes and disk drives in the computer configuration in the right pane.
Right click on any volume or partition that needs to resize or change the size, and select either Expand (to increase the size) or Shrink (to reduce the size) to change the size of the partition.
Enter amount of space to expand or shrink in MB (cannot exceed the size of available expand or shrink space in MB).
Click on Expand or Shrink button when done.
Windows Vista will reduce or extend the size of the partition online immediately, without the risk of data loss.
 
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Difference between Domain and Workgroup

A domain is used if you use a Server.
A Domain is a specific NAME given to a LAN that includes one or more Domain Controllers(Servers). The advantage is that you have a dedicated server to log/track all users and shares via Active Directory and you can also use this server for other things such as a SQL server and/or SBS etc... The disadvantage to this is the cost and maintenance required to keep this configuration running.

A Workgroup has not dedicated server(s) to track users and such, it's all done via each client machine on the LAN, this includes shared objects and user logons. Advantage, cheaper to run and maintain as you only need two machines running in the same workgroup to be called a workgroup

Domains:
Advantages
1. One location for all user accounts, groups and computers, passwords are same for all computers.
2. Easier and quicker to maintain
3. Scales easier if you add more users and computers

Disadvantages
1. Requires a windows server
2. Complex to set up

Workgroups:
Advantages
1. Useful for small networks (10 or less computers)
2. Very easy to setup
3. No additional knowledge required
4. No server required.

Disadvantages
1. Need to setup account and password on each and every machine.
2. Passwords can become out of sync, if changed on one computer and not others
3. No easily scalable. If using more than 10 computers, the number of accounts to set up increases a lot more
4. More time required to setup for new users!
5. If using file sharing, you may reach the 10 max simultaneous connections limit.
How to restore the Recycle Bin icon in Vista

To put the Recycle Bin back on the desktop:
Right click an empty area of the desktop and select Personalize.
In the left pane of the Personalization window, click Change Desktop Icons.
Under Desktop Icons, put a checkmark in the box labeled Recycle Bin.
 
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Remove the notification about a blocked startup program at startup.

Do not use msconfig to disable a startup program, use Windows Defender.
If you used msconfig you must use it again to enable it.
Reboot.
Then open "Windows Defender"
Hers how:
In Control Panel/Security center
click on Windows defender, upper left side .
click "Tools"
click "Software Explorer"
"Remove it" from there.
Notification should go away.
Recover the Run option in Vista's Start Menu

The Run option. If you're looking to get the Run option back on your Start menu, see below.
1) Right-click the Start button.
2) Select Properties.
3) Select the Customize tab.
4) Enable the Run option.

How to run programs as 'Administrator'

Sometimes the program you need to launch requires Administrator privileges. But your programs in Vista run as a normal user.
If you need Administrator privileges for programs, then you can right-click the shortcut and select Run as Administrator. If you want to open a command prompt with administrator-level privileges, then you can use the same process: Click the Start button, then right-click the Command Prompt shortcut, and select Run as Administrator.
Disabling Vista's User Account.

Overall, UAC is a good feature. But some people find it to be bothersome, due to the prompts that appear, asking if you want to elevate a program's privileges.
On any version of Vista, except Home Basic and Home Premium, you can disable UAC for administrator accounts by following these steps:
1) Click the Start button and launch the Local Security Policy editor by entering secpol.msc in the Search box.
2) Select the Local Policies item in the left panel to expand the tree, then expand Security Options under Local Policies.
3) Scroll down the list in the right panel to locate User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode. Right-click that item and choose Properties.
4) Select Elevate without prompting and close the dialog.
Can't save file to hard disk or flash drive in Vista

If you try to save a file to a hard disk or flash memory drive on your Vista computer, you might get the following error message: "X:\Folder\Filename You don't have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission. Would you like to save in the Documents folder instead?"

This happens because the disk or drive was formatted in an earlier version of the NTFS file system (for example, this can happen with a USB flash that was formatted on an XP computer, or on the system hard drive that was formatted in XP before you upgraded the system to Vista). There's a workaround; you can read more about it in KB article 931277 at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931277/en-us

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Make Vista's default font size larger and easier to read

Don't lower screen resolution but increase the text size.
Go to Control Panel and type Adjust font size in the Search box at the top right. This will take you directly to the link for the DPI Scaling utility. The preset value of 120 DPI is usually too large. Click the Custom DPI button and use the slider control to set it to 110 DPI.
Two things you can do to speed-up Windows Vista:

Disable Transparent Glass Effect
1) Click on the Desktop and select Personalize.
2) Select Windows Color And Appearance.
3) Uncheck Enable Transparency.

Disable Windows Minimize/Maximize Animation
1) Click on the Start Menu, enter SystemPropertiesPerformance and hit Enter.
2) On the Visual Effects tab, uncheck Animate Windows When Minimizing/Maximizing.
3) Click OK.

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