Posts Tagged ‘Vista’

Create a Password Reset Disk for Vista!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

It is a good idea to have a Vista password reset disk on hand to have as a backup in case you forget your login password. If you are on a domain, you will not be able to use this information as your system administrator can reset your password for you. To create a password reset disk for a local user account, here’s how:

1. Insert a removable media such as a flash drive of a floppy disk
2. Go to Start
3. Select Control Panel
4. Select User Accounts and Family Safety
5. Select User Accounts
6. Select “Create a password reset disk” from the left pane
7. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process

Be sure to store your password reset disk in a safe place.

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Add items to the Right Click and Send To option in Vista.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dealing with the “Send To” folder in Vista is pretty much the same as it is in Windows XP, only the location of the folder is in a different location.

Find the Send To folder:
1. It is a hidden folder so we first need to make it visible. Click Start, Computer to open Windows Explorer. Now click Tools > Folder Options > View > put a tick next to the option Show Hidden Files and Folders and click Apply > OK.

2. To navigate to the Send To folder, double-click your main drive, usually OS (C:), > Users > and then double-click the folder for the particular user > AppData > Roaming > Microsoft > Windows > Send To.

Add Items to Send To:

1. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Shortcut.

2. Follow the instructions to create a shortcut.

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1. Drag and drop a Shortcut of the Item you wish to be added.

Now, when you right-click a file, and click Send To, the shortcut to the item you selected will be an option. You can create shortcuts to files, folders, applications and more.

If you dislike navigating to the Send To menu every time you want to add to it, there is an alternative method.

Create a “Send To” option in the Send To folder:
1. It is a hidden folder so we first need to make it visible. Click Start, Computer to open Windows Explorer. Now click Tools > Folder Options > View > put a tick next to the option Show Hidden Files and Folders and click Apply > OK.

2. To navigate to the Send To folder, double-click your main drive, usually OS (C:), > Users > and then double-click the folder for the particular user > AppData > Roaming > Microsoft > Windows.

3. You should now see the Send To folder, right-click it and choose the Create Shortcut option.

4. The new shortcut will be in the same location as the Send To folder. Drag and drop it into the Send To Folder.

Now anytime you want to add an item to the Send To menu, right-click the item point at Send To and choose the “Send To” option from the menu.

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Force Vista To Connect To Wireless Network When SSID Is Not Broadcasting.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

There is actually an easy fix to force Vista to connect to Wireless Network that is not broadcasting it’s SSID (Service Set IDentifier)

1. Just open up the Network and Sharing Center by clicking on Start, type the word network in the Start Menu search box and click on Network and Sharing Center link in the search results. Or go to Start \ Control Panel \ Network and Internet \ Network and Sharing Center.

2. In the left navigation pane, click on Manage wireless networks.

3. Then right click on your wireless network connection and select properties.

4. Click on the check box next to Connect even if the network is not broadcasting and click OK to save the change (no reboot is necessary).

5. Now when you need to connect to wireless network, when SSID is not broadcasting, Vista will make the connection all the time.

Note: As far a security goes, there is no real advantage to hiding the SSID since many programs can see your wireless device when it is not broadcasting. It does not hurt to enable it, but will not deter someone who is network savvy.

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Map a Drive to an FTP site in Vista.

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

If you access an FTP site often, you may want to save time by ‘mapping a drive’ to it. I suggest that by using the ‘Map network drive’ function you can add a shortcut to your Computer window. Note that it does not assign a drive letter, it simply creates a shortcut with a name you choose.

1. Click on the Start menu and choose Computer

2. Click on Map network drive towards the top of the Computer window

3. Click Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures.

4. This will take you to the Add Network Location Wizard. Click the Next button.

5. Pick Choose a custom network location and click Next

6. Enter the path to your server (note the examples of how the paths should be entered) and click Next.

7. Uncheck Log on Anonymously and enter your user name for the site, then click Next.

8. Type in the name you’d like to give this site (this is the name that you will see in your Computer window) and click Next.

9. The wizard’s work is done. Click Finish and a window will open showing the site. You will be prompted for a password unless you’ve previously used Explorer to ftp to the site and the password was cached.

10. You can now work with your files just like you would in the Explorer.

11. You’ll see a link to the site in your Computer window. Now you’ve got easy access to your files on the remote server!