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Import messages into Vista Windows Mail from Outlook Express

Update: http://www.vista4beginners.com/Migrate-from-Outlook-Express-to-Windows-Mail
This site has step by step directions on "How to manually migrate all your e-mail accounts, messages and your address book from Outlook Express to Windows Mail.

To transfer Outlook Express messages (not your other settings) from a computer running Windows XP to a Vista computer. (Applies to all editions of Windows Vista)

On the computer running Windows XP, do the following:
1. The folder that contains the Outlook Express messages is marked as a hidden folder in Windows. To view this hidden folder, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options. Click the View tab, and under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.

2. Locate the folder named Outlook Express. In Windows XP, this folder is located here by default: C:\Documents and Settings\your user name\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{your Windows user identity number}\Microsoft\Outlook Express.

3. Copy the Outlook Express folder and all its contents to the Documents folder on the computer running Windows Vista. (You can store this copy of the Outlook Express folder in a location other than the Documents folder, as long as you remember where to find it.)

On the computer running Windows Vista, do the following:
1. Open Windows Mail by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Mail.

2. Click the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.

3. Click Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and then click Next.

4. Make sure Import mail from an OE6 store directory is selected, and then click OK.

5. Click Browse, find the Outlook Express folder you copied to this computer, and then click the folder once to select it. (Do not open the folder when you select it.)

6. Click Select Folder, and then click Next.

7. Click All folders to import all the folders, or click Selected folders and select which message folders you want to import, and then click Next.

8. Click Finish.

The Windows user identity number is different for every user. It will be inside brackets and look similar to this sample number: {8389CA60-ED34-11DB-95EE-10AE55D89593}
If Windows XP is installed on another hard disk location other than your C: drive, use that drive letter instead of C: when searching for your Outlook Express folder.
Outlook Express stores your messages in a folder that contains several different .dbx files. These files (folders.dbx, inbox.dbx, outbox.dbx) contain all your messages. Windows Mail cannot import any of these files individually; you must import the entire Outlook Express folder.
If Windows Mail is unable to import your messages, make sure none of the files in the Outlook Express folder are marked Read only. Open the folder, select all the files, right-click them, click Properties, and make sure the Read only check box is cleared.
Windows Mail cannot import messages from IMAP or HTTP e-mail accounts, even if those messages were stored in Outlook Express. For information about these e-mail types, see POP3, SMTP, and other e-mail server types. Windows Mail also cannot import any newsgroup messages you may have had stored in Outlook Express.

You can also import your Outlook Express Address Book into Windows Contacts so you can use these contacts with Windows Mail.

How to shrink a partition in Vista

It's a common problem: you want to create a new partition (for example, so you can install another instance of the operating system, or to separate your data from your OS and program files) but your computer came with the hard drive configured as one gigantic partition. In the past, you had three choices: you could format the drive, losing all your data, and repartition. If you did that, you had to start all over from scratch. You could buy a third party program such as Partition Magic to repartition without losing data. Or you could just buy a second hard drive and install it.

With Vista, you can use the Shrink option to shrink an existing partition. This creates unallocated space out of which you can create a new partition. Cool! Here's how:
Be sure you're logged on as an administrator.
Click Start and right-click Computer.
Select Manage. You'll get the UAC prompt asking if you want to continue. Click Continue.
Expand the Storage node in the left pane.
Click Disk Management.
Right click a partition that has plenty of free space and select Shrink Volume.
Enter the amount of space you want to subtract from the partition and click Shrink.
Now right-click the new unallocated space, click New Simple Volume, then click Next.
Enter the size for the volume, click Next, give it a drive letter, click next again, give it a name (volume label) and click Finish. Source: http://www.vistanews.com
 

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Missing Vista Icons or add Icons to desktop

Right click on the desktop then click personalize, once there look to the left pane near the top and click Change Desktop Icons. Check the box for which icons you want to appear on your desktop, close/OK out and you're all done.
Get rid of "Windows has blocked some startup programs" message.

Click the Blocked Startup Programs icon on the taskbar, next to the clock.
Click on Run Blocked Program.
Select System Configuration Utility.
Check the box labeled "Don't show this message or start System Configuration when Windows starts.
Click OK.
VistaBootPRO - It's BCDEDIT made Easy.

With a total worldwide distribution of over half a million downloads, VistaBootPRO has proven to be an indispensable utility for the Vista enthusiast, and was recently named to PC World's "101 Fantastic Freebies" list;
Chances are you're here because you're running Windows Vista and want to do one of two things. Install a second OS or manage your boot configuration without directly editing the BCDEdit file. As you likely now realize, Windows Vista has made this task somewhat complicated for most users. VistaBootPRO was developed to make changes to the Windows Vista Boot Configuration Data (BCD) registry quickly and easily, doing the job in a fraction of the time it would take using the alternative. The only other way to edit the BCD is to use the command prompt application "bcdedit.exe," located in the Windows\system32 folder of Windows Vista, which requires users to become familiar with the ins and outs of the bcdedit.exe switches and options, leaving many frustrated users in its path. VistaBootPRO allows users to easily and neatly organize their boot configuration entries from within all flavors of Windows. Get it Here.
Make XP the default OS when dual booting with Vista

Boot.ini is gone in Vista; it's been replaced by the Boot Configuration Data or BCD file that's located in a folder called BOOT on the primary active partition. You can edit it with the command line tool bcdedit.exe.
Here's how:
Open the command prompt with administrative privileges by right clicking its icon in the Accessories menu and selecting Run As Administrator, or by typing cmd in the Search box and hitting Ctrl+Shift+Enter and responding to the User Account Control dialog box.
Once you have a command prompt in admin mode, type: bcdedit /default {legacy}
You should get a message saying "The operation completed successfully" and when you reboot, XP should be set as the default OS.
You can change the timeout value in the same way. At the command prompt, to change the time to 15 seconds, type: bcdedit /timeout 15
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Flash Problems

Some Web Pages do not load or display correctly.

1) Note that if you have a "Flash" problem, (even if it works on some but not on all sites)  first try Uninstalling and reinstalling the Macromedia Flash Player.
Follow directions here because you Can Not use the Windows "Add/Remove" for Flash. This usually resolves Flash problems.  The uninstaller is available at:
http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_14157&sliceId=2
 
2) In your IE browser, click on Tools>Internet Options>Advanced tab.  Be sure the box next to
"Enable third party browser extensions"  (requires restart) is checked.

No need to Browse to get the path, Use "Copy as path"

When you hold down the Shift key and right-click, the menu will also include an option labeled Copy as Path. This copies the entire path of the file or folder to your clipboard, for you to paste wherever you please.

This can be useful when you've located a file in Windows Explorer and you want to upload it to a Web site. i.e. Instead of browsing for the file through the site, just copy and paste the path.
Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover (FxVisor 1.3)

Shrink or remove the annoying arrows that appear on shortcuts on your Vista Desktop.
Windows Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover, aka FxVisor, allows you to either way to remove the shortcut overlay arrow or to even customize it in Windows Vista, so we have written the Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover utility to enable you to do just that.
http://www.frameworkx.com/Frameworkx/content.aspx?ch=60&id=636
* A Microsoft microcode reliability update

Available from Microsoft that improves the reliability of systems that use Intel processors using XP or Vista.
This update is important for anyone using ANY Intel CPU (Not AMD) and running Vista or XP.
Article ID : 936357
Last Review : June 22, 2007
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=936357#appliesto
 
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Change the name of Vista's registered owner

To view the registered owner of your computer, click Start, typing winver, and pressing Enter.
To change the registered owner:
      * Be sure to backup the registry before making changes...

1) Click Start, type regedit in the search box, and press Enter.
2) Click Continue to clear the User Account Control hurdle.
3) On the left, double-click to navigate down to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion
4) On the right, double-click on RegisteredOwner.
5) In the Value Data box, type new name you want to appear as the registered owner, then click OK.
6) Double-click RegisteredOrganization, and type the new organization in the Value Data box.
7) Click OK.
8) Exit the Registry Editor, run winver to view change.


VSO Image Resizer - manage your digital photos (For XP/Vista)

How to resize images for the web - The VSO free image resize software organizes your photos by shrinking their resolution or moving them within your hard drive. VSO Image resizer is the perfect tool for those who store their digital pictures and images on their PC and who want to resize, compress, convert, create copies, create thumbnails, import or organize photos.
With this free resize image software, you can create e-mail friendly versions of your images, load them faster, move them easily from folder to folder, change their format, edit large numbers of image files/batch image resize and thus save space on your hard drive. Using high resolution 1600x1200 for creating wallpaper or file-sharing you can save your memory. VSO Image Resizer can also change file names using a template and you can add your own watermark with transparency support.
VSO Image resizer is integrated into the Windows explorer shell, right click on your pictures and start
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Vista Default Programs

The Default Programs item on the new Start menu makes uncovering important settings far easier than it was in XP. The useful dialog includes choices for selecting the apps you want to use as defaults (for certain file types or for all appropriate file types), and also with associating file types with applications. It also makes changing AutoPlay options easy.  Finally, the menu includes the formerly elusive Set program access and computer defaults options, which can help control such unwelcome behaviors as Windows Messenger starting up every time you so much as look at your monitor.
 
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* Scan your PC for errors absolutely Free (Very good)

* Evidence Eliminator - Erase your surfing history total "privacy protection".

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Windows Vista Devices and Drivers

Microsoft offers a growing collection of driver resources for users of Windows Vista. Here's the latest collection of online resources, which will be updated periodically as others become available:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/updatemanagement/bb310559.aspx


Tweak Windows Vista in many different ways.

You'll be able to tweak Vista in countless way, including for speeding up performance, juicing up Internet speed, cleaning up your hard disk, cleaning out startup programs, and even tweaking Windows Media Player and Explorer. There are numerous settings here, many of them exceedingly fine-grained. Want to change the speed at which the Start menu search display? Yes, you can do it, and plenty more as well. The program is free, and there's a lot to play with. Download it here.
Sidebar wastes too much space

There's no known way to make the sidebar smaller, but you can do this:
You can have your gadgets without running the sidebar. Just drag them off the sidebar onto any area of the desktop. Then right click an empty part of the sidebar and select Close Sidebar. The gadgets can be put wherever you want them on your desktop, and you have no empty sidebar space taking up valuable screen space.
Clean up the Send To menu

Are there items in the Send To menu that you never use?
In Windows Explorer, navigate to: \Users \ *your username* \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ SendTo
You'll see shortcuts in the folder for each item in the Send To menu. To remove an item, delete the shortcut from the folder.
You can add additional items by highlighting the folder and clicking File | New | Shortcut and creating a new shortcut with the wizard.

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