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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 and more.
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\**YOUR LANGUAGE**\oobe.xml
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.

Repairing Corrupt Vista Files

Use Vista's build in "System File checker" application. The "System File checker" verifies the integrity of all core system files.
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 finds.
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.

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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.

How to 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 maximized.
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.

Where is Windows Mail stored (Vista Only)
It is located in C:\Users\"User Name"\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail

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