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How to Share the Root of a Drive Under Vista

Vista makes sharing folders a pain let alone the root of a drive.
Vista will allow the permissions to be set, even though you have to do it manually by right clicking, then hitting "share", and manually setting the permissions to everyone, but then when you try to access it from a remote computer, it will say "access is denied".

Here's how to share the root of a drive under Vista:
ie: Drive D: or E: Not Drive c: or the Vista OS drive
Note that Vista will not let you change permissions on certain folders.

In the Start menu click "Computer"
Right click on the drive and click on properties
Click security tab
Click edit
Click Add
Click Advanced
Click Find Now
Scroll down and Select "Everyone"
Click OK and OK
Select the permissions you want
Click apply/OK

It may take awhile to change all the files permissions.
 
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Network can't get an IP address from a DHCP server

If you aren't able to get an IP address when you connect to a network that uses DHCP to assign addresses, it may be because of the extra security on Vista's routing table. The fix involves making changes on the DHCP server so you may need to contact your network administrator. Refer him/her to KB article 942971 at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942971/en-us
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Automate Your Defragmentation Routine

Vista has automated some of its maintenance tasks like defragmenting your hard drive and backing up key system files and documents. To keep your hard drive defragged regularly, use the Start menu to click on Computer, and then right-click on the hard drive you want to schedule. Open its Properties menu, and under the Tools tab click Defragment Now. Check the "Run on a schedule box." Use the Modify Schedule button and drop-down menus in the next screen to set your schedule.
The nightmare of Sharing a file using Vista

Here is a good explanation of Vista's file sharing and networking from Network Magic
 
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Performance tools in Vista

Vista provides a set of tools which are intuitive and easy to use. Go to: Control Panel\System and Maintenance\Performance Information and Tools\Advanced tools 
Click on the 'Generate a health report' - this analyzes your system and provides suggestions for maximizing performance.
Turn Restore points on/off for any drive

Go Control Panel/System/Advanced system settings
select System Protection tab and change settings.

Turn shadow text on/off for icons on the desktop

Windows Vista automatically ads a shadow to the text under the icons on the desktop. On some backgrounds, this can help to make the text more readible. However, on others it can have just the opposite effect. To enable or disable this feature:
Go Control Panel/System/Advanced system settings
Advanced tab and under performance click settings.

Activate Three Clocks

Why settle for one time zone when Vista lets you track three? Click on the digital clock in the System Tray and click through to change time settings. In the Additional Clocks tab, you can check one or both boxes and show two more additional clocks set to other time zones.
 
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See your computer's ability to run new Vista features

To discover your Vista machine's WinSat rating
Launch the Control Panel, System and Maintenance --> Performance Information and Tools.

Level 1 at least one sub-system needs upgrading.
Level 2 very basic system.
Level 3 systems runs Aero well, suitable for Word-processing and email.
Level 4 systems will play HD video.
Level 5 systems delivers any Windows Vista scenario, especially good for gaming.
Level 5.9 is the highest rating!
Restore Missing Desktop Icons in Windows Vista

Go to Control Panel \ Personalize (or right-click on the desktop and select Personalize)
Now you can just re-check the checkboxes for whichever icons you want back on the desktop.
Windows Vista Fonts Look Bad

The default settings enabled by the manufacturer have font smoothing disabled.
Make sure that ClearType is enabled. Open the classic Appearance Settings dialog. Right click on the desktop and choose Personalize. Then click on Window Color and Appearance:
If you have Aero enabled, you’ll have to click on “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”.
Click on the “Effects…” button and make sure that your computer has the checkbox for font smoothing enabled.
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Completely clean out the Temp folder in Vista

If you use the Disk Cleanup utility in Vista to clean out your Temp folder, you may be leaving hundreds of files there, because it only lists the files that are more than a week old. If you want to adopt a "no temp file left behind" policy, you have to empty the folder manually.
Click Start and in the Search box, type %temp%
This will open the Temp folder, which is located by default in the Users\\AppData\Local path on the drive where Vista is installed.
Manually highlight all files by pressing CTRL+A.
Press Delete or right click and select Delete from the context menu.
 
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How well your Vista machine has been running.

Click Start button, click Start Search, type perfmon. When the Reliability and Performance Monitor finishes initializing, select, Reliability Monitor. 
New Shortcuts in Vista

Winkey + g cycles through the Gadgets, naturally you have to install a few gadgets for this to work.
Winkey + u activates the Ease of Use Center.
WinKey + x cycles thought the Mobility Center.
Winky + Tab activates the new Vista feature called Flip 3-D.
 
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* Evidence Eliminator - Erase your surfing history total "privacy protection".

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Speed Up SATA Hard Drives in Windows Vista

Windows Vista has built-in support for Serial ATA(SATA) hard drives, but it doesn’t automatically enable advanced write caching features. You can speed up your computer by enabling this mode in Device Manager.
Type "device" into the start menu search box.
Open the Disk drives section of the tree, and right-click on your hard drive. Select the Policies tab.
Click the checkbox for Enable advanced performance


Save your search results

After you perform a search using Vista's search feature, you can save the search in a special folder. This feature allows you to create a virtual folder which, by default, is saved in your \\Searches\ folder. Every time you open such a folder, the search results are updated.
Turn UAC off entirely

Choose Control Panel > User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts, then click Turn User Account Control on or off.

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