Posts Tagged ‘Vista’

Enable/Disable Vista Internet Connection Activity Animation.

Friday, March 19th, 2010

By default, the Internet Connection activity icon, situated in the notification area (double computer icon), displays two tiny PCs with blue screens when connected. This simply informs the user that a connection has been established. What it does not say is whether data is being transferred between the host PC and the Internet.

To get the icon to ‘blink’ as it does in other versions of Windows, and thus enable you to see that data is being transferred, you need to enable the Activity Animation option. to do this proceed as follows:

1. Right Click on the Internet Connection icon in the notification tray.
2. From the Drop Down Menu, Click on the ‘turn on activity animation’ option.
3. Now when data is being transferred between your PC and the Web you should see the connection icon blink alternately as data is transferred.


If you want to return the Internet Connection Icon to its original none blinking state proceed as follows:

1. Right Click the Internet Connection icon.
2. From the Drop Down menu, Click the ‘turn off activity animation’ option.

Create A New Partition Using The Vista DVD.

Monday, March 15th, 2010

There are two basic ways of creating a new partition. The first is through Disk Management from within the Vista operating system itself or, alternatively, there is a way of creating a new partition using the Vista DVD.

To create a new partition using the Vista DVD proceed as follows:

1. Switch on your PC.
2. Quickly insert the Vista DVD into your CD/DVD-ROM drive.
3. A message will appear asking you to ‘Press any key to boot from CD/DVD.
4. Press any key.
5. A black screen will now appear with a progress bar along the bottom. The legend say’s ‘Windows is loading files’.
6. After the files have been loaded the Language screen will appear.
7. Select your language from the list and press Next.
8. At the Installation screen press the Install Now button.
9. The product key window will now open.
10. Type your product key number into the available box and then press OK.
11. The End user License Agreement now appears. You ‘must’ accept this to continue.
12. The next screen to appear is ‘Where do you want to install Windows’.
13. At the bottom of this window you will see an option marked Drive options (Advanced), click on this option.
14. In this Window select ‘unallocated space’ from the list of partitions and then click New.
15. A size box will now appear under the New option.
16. Type the size of the new partition into this box (or simply accept the default), then click the Apply button.
17. The new partition will now be created.

Turn Off System Restore In Vista.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

While System restore is a God send when problems strike, it can also have a downside. That downside is, quite simply, Disk Space. Every restore point takes up ever more valuable disk space, thus reducing available space required for other files/applications.

System restore is clever enough to realize that, once its space allocation (usually 12% of available disk space) has been reached it needs to start deleting some of its restore points and replacing them with later ones. However, there comes a time, assuming your PC is working satisfactorily; that it is much simpler to delete all restore points and start from scratch. Alternatively you may be the type of person that keeps an incremental backup image of your hard drive and are therefore not in need of system restore.

If you need to clear all system restore points (for whatever reason) or you simply don’t want to use system restore (not a good idea unless you have an up to date backup image of your hard drive), you need to turn system restore off. To do this proceed as follows:

1. Click the Start Button.
2. From the Start menu click Control panel.
3. In Control Panel click the System Icon.
4. On the Left of the System properties window you will see a list of Tasks, click on the System protection link.
5. In the System Protection window remove the ‘Tick’ mark from beside the drive you want to disable system restore on.
6. A message will now appear asking: ‘Are you sure you want to turn System restore off’.
7. Press the Turn System restore Off button.
8. System Restore will now be turned off permanently on that particular drive.
9. To re-enable system restore just click your mouse in the box next to the drive you require system restore to monitor ( a tick will appear in the box), the click the Apply button and system restore will resume monitoring the drive.

Checking System Memory With Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool (Vista).

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Windows Vista is the first Windows operating system to have a built in memory diagnostics tool. This tool helps analyze your install system memory (RAM) to ensure that everything is working as it should be.

There are two methods of accessing the Memory Diagnostics Tool:

From within the Vista Interface:
1. Click the Start button
2. From the menu select Control panel.
3. In Control panel click the Administrative Tools Icon.
4. In the Administrative Tools Window you will see a menu of items. Scroll down this menu until you come to the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool and then click on this option.
5. A new window will now appear with the following options:
Restart Now and check for problems (recommended).
Check for problems the next time I start my computer.
6. It is recommended that you choose the ‘restart now and check problems option’.
7. The Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool will now start scanning your memory for problems.
8. After the diagnostic tool has finished checking the memory your PC will restart and details of the memory check will be displayed via an icon in the notification area.
9. By default the memory check is set for ‘standard’. If you want a more thorough check you can change the scan option by pressing F1. This will bring up the options window. From here you can change the scan from Standard to Basic or Enhanced. Please note that the Enhanced scan does take some time to complete.
Start Scan at Boot-up

This option is useful if you have a dual boot system – i.e. you have more than one operating system installed on your PC.

1. Reboot your PC.
2. At the Vista Boot manager screen press the TAB button to highlight the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool option.
3. When this option is highlighted press Enter.
4. The Memory Diagnostics Tool Window will now open and scanning of the memory will start.
5. Once scanning has completed your PC will restart and details of the scan will be displayed via an icon in the notification area on your desktop.