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Windows Vista - Utilities, Tweaks, Knowledge and fixes

  • Vista will not go to sleep: Search, find and install the "HID non user input data filter"
  • Temporary disable Vista's UAC:

    Create batch file with the 2 lines below:

    Taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
    start C:\Windows\explorer.exe

    /F means that the task is killed forcefully, and /IM stands for the image name, i.e. the file name of the process. Be careful with the second line. I had a typo in it which left me with an empty desktop. In such a case you can launch explorer.exe with the Task Manager (CTRL+ALT-DEL -> File -> New Task (Run…)).

    You have to run this batch file with admin privileges (right click on it and navigate to “Run as administrator”). The UAC prompt will just be displayed once. After that you won’t see it again in this session. Note that not only those applications where its icon contains a UAC shield will be launched automatically with admin privileges, but also those programs which should never be elevated (Internet Explorer for example).
  • Disable Hibernate in Vista: From CMD, under admin privilege, type:
    PowerCFG -H OFF or ON
  • Restore language bar in Vista: When language bar does not whow: This problem seems to be related to a bug in the task scheduler. Here's how I fixed it in my system:

    Start task scheduler (Administrative tools) and select View -> Show hidden tasks.
    Go to Task Scheduler Library/Microsoft/Windows/TextServicesFramework, where you should find a task named MsCtfMonitor. This task should run at user logon, so check the history tab looking for any errors. If you run this task manually you'll probably get the language bar back until you log off.
    If everything seems ok but still no language bar after a reboot, then start regedit and go to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Schedule/TaskCache/Logon. Under this key is a set of GUIDs that should correspond to existing tasks under the key HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Schedule/TaskCache/Tasks. On my system there were a few keys that did not have corresponding values under tasks. Backup the key, remove any bad entries, then reboot.

    My guess is that the scheduler finds a bad task key at logon and stops without running any remaining tasks.
  • Create System Restore points, previous Versions. Use this file, and schedule it in your Vista's task scheduler.
  • When double click on a folder, it opens in its own window.
    Open CMD, Run this : regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

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