Remove unwanted items from the
Vista Welcome Center
Important - If you don't have a manufacturers installed OS, you
will not have a oobe.xml file.
1) UNINSTALL the items you will be removing ie:Norton AV trial
1) Make a Backup copy of oobe.xml to another folder.
2) Open Notepad and Run As Administrator. So you can save the
file after changes.
3) Browse to the file (path below) but change to view "All
Files" so you see it.
The offending items will be fairly obvious.
Remove the ones you don't want, and be sure to delete the full
block for each task item.
Be sure to remove the words <task> </task> and all in between
for each one.
C:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info\oobe.xml (note that the Vista
system32 directory may be located elsewhere on your machine).
C:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info\default\1033\oobe.xml for English.
I needed to run Notepad as administrator to allow file to be
saved, but it worked.
Use Vista's build in "System File checker" application. The
"System File checker" verifies the integrity of all core system
There are two types of scan system in "System File checker" i.e.
1) Verification mode
2) Scan/Repair mode
The Verification mode will only check the files without
repairing them and makes you know which files are corrupt. And
the second one Scan/Repair Mode will automatically fix errors it
To start you must run cmd.exe.
Note you must run cmd.exe as administrator.
Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, click Start, click
All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and
then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an
administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password,
or click Allow.
Find it in the windows C:\Windows\System32
Right click it and select Run as Administrator.
Then, type one of the following commands in command prompt
depending on the type of scan you wish to perform:
sfc /verifyonly ->To verify any corrupt files only.
sfc /scannow ->To verify and fix any corrupt files.
|We highly recommend using the
programs shown below.
computer, Scan it for registry errors free.
This is a very good scan and repair program.
Repair XP Pro - (Great program)
XP Repair Pro 2007 edition is fully Vista
The most comprehensive system repair tool on the
Scan your PC for errors absolutely Free (Very good)
Evidence Eliminator - Erase your surfing history
total "privacy protection".
KeyLogPro - Want to know what other people type
on your computer when you are away?
Remove .ini files
from Vista Desktop
Chances are that "Hide protected operating system files
(Recommended) is NOT checked. Simply check it.
or if it is checked, try this:
Opening Folder Options (by typing CONTROL FOLDERS in Start -
Search box), unchecked Hide protected operating system files
(Recommended) and clicked Apply. Then re-checked the option and
clicked Apply, OK. The two desktop.ini files are no longer
visible on the Desktop.
If they re-appear again then just leave it checked.
alphabetize contacts by last name in Windows mail.
1) First you need to open Windows mail and from the tools menu
select Windows contacts.
2) When the windows contacts window opens make sure its
Then from the views icon select details.
3) Then right-click on the field named Name and check/tick the
First Name and Last Name fields. This will open up 2 new columns
named First Name and Last Name in which your contacts' First and
Last Names are displayed.
4) Thereafter right-click somewhere in your window where there
is white space and from the menu which appears select sort by
and then select last name.
5) You can also move a column by dragging them left or right
from the top.
is Windows Mail stored (Vista Only)
It is located in C:\Users\"User