Vista Tweak Compilation - Updated!

Discussion in 'Performance & Tweaks' started by Synapse, Mar 12, 2006.

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    Vista Tweaks (All Versions)


    Enable New Boot screen in Vista

    1. Click on the start orb and type in "MSCONFIG" in the textbox.
    2. Once the System Configuration tool loads, click on the Boot tab.
    3. Under Boot Options check 'NO GUI Boot'
    4. Reboot and enjoy!

    Show Run Command on Start Menu

    1. Right click on your taskbar and select Properties.
    2. Click on the Start Menu Tab and then select Customize.
    3. Scroll through the list and check the Run Command check box.
    4. Hit OK a few times and it is back.

    Resize Partitions with Vista Disk Management

    1. Click on the Start Button and right click on Computer and select Manage.
    2. Expand the Storage section and select Disk Management.
    3. Then just right click on any partition and select either Expand or Shrink to change the size of the partition.

    Enable Vista Glass on Intel GMA 950 Graphics Cards

    1. First, I had to open up device manager. Click on the start menu and type in devmgmt.msc and Enter to load it up.
    2. Once there, expand the Display Adapters section and right click on each device and select Uninstall.
    3. Reboot the computer.
    4. When it restarts, it should install a generic video driver so your screen will still work.
    5. Go back into Device Manager, expand the Display Adapters section again and then right click on the device and select Update Driver.
    6. This time select Browse My Computer for Driver and then Let me pick it from a list.
    7. Go the the Intel section and select the Intel® Lakeport Graphics Controller.
    8. Hit OK and install the new driver. Restart your computer.
    9. Once you have rebooted, right click on your desktop and select Personalize again.
    10. Click on Windows Colors and Appearance.
    11. Click on Open classic appearance properties for more color options.
    12. In the Color Scheme box, select Windows Vista Aero.
    13. Hit OK and glass will now load.

    Enable Add-ins in Windows Live Messenger

    Copy and Paste the following into a .reg file and import it.


    Once you import it, restart Windows Live Messenger and under Options you will have a new list item for Add-ins.

    Create a Shortcut for Flip 3D

    1. Right click on your desktop and select New and then Shortcut.
    2. Copy and paste RunDll32 DwmApi #105 into the location box and hit Next.
    3. Enter in a name for your shortcut and hit Finish.
    4. Copy/Cut and Paste your new shortcut where ever you want.

    Add Additional Clocks to Taskbar

    1. Right click on the clock in the taskbar and select Adjust Date/Time.
    2. Click on the Additional Clocks tab.
    3. Check the box for either additional clock 1 or 2 and select the time zone.
    4. Type in a display name for your click and hit OK.
    Now when you hover your mouse over or click on the clock you will see the additional time zone.

    Disable Network Printer Search

    1. Hit Alt to bring up the menubar if it is not already on the screen.
    2. Click on Tools and select Folder Options.
    3. On the View Tab, uncheck Automatically search for network printers.

    Speed up Start Menu Search

    1. Open Registry Editor (regedit).
    2. Navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER, <A class=iAs style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 1px; COLOR: #cc6600; BORDER-BOTTOM: #cc6600 0.1em solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; TEXT-DECORATION: underline" href="
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    Newly Updated 3/11/2007!
    Jason, Mar 11, 2007
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    When maximizing a window in aero, the windows theme turns dark. You can change that so it stays 'seethrough' all the time... so no changing taskbar colour when u maximize. heres a link to the vid and the discription provides u with the tools to do it.


    The good thing about this theme is that its not an add-on program for the theme, it mods a new .msstyle... so its just as quick.!



    snowdog101, Mar 16, 2007
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    I just completed mostof these tweaks and my control panel won't open properly anymore. When I open the Control Panel from the Start Menu or from the Computer icon on the Desktop, I see a Windows Explorer tab on my taskbar, but that disappears within a few seconds.

    Any ideas before I start reversing the tweaks one by one to find out what happened?

    btw--my laptop is MUCH faster now that I've done the tweaks. The only one I could not do was the speed-tweak.zipdownload (the file wasn't there anymore).


    Christian82, Apr 1, 2007
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    Well, I seem to have figured it out. I thinkI got a little trigger happy in the services.msc window, disabling things I shouldn't have just to see how fast the computer would get. I had to reverse everything I did yesterday, and then redo things one by one, now I have it all working perfectly.

    Christian82, Apr 2, 2007
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    necromander83, Dec 4, 2007
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    Feb 20, 2007
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    I think you should add here that as you have said on the page the link takes you to, it's still in trial phase, until it is tested and verified and there is more detail as to what it does I am sure you will understand if I advise members against trying it at the moment.
    cyclic, Dec 5, 2007
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