Windows XP and Vista Tips - Thousand Oaks Computer Repair.

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Change Dual-Boot Default to XP

Because of the way Vista’s boot loader works, you’ll have much better luck with your dual-boot setup by first installing XP and then installing Vista.  By going this route, Vista loads as the default option, but you can change this without any adverse effects.  In Vista, right-click My Computer and select Properties, then Advanced system settings, then the Advanced tab.  Click Settings under Startup and Recovery and select Earlier Version of Windows from the pull-down menu.


Know Your Common Shortcuts

Many common Windows tasks come assigned with shortcuts; here are five guaranteed to increase productivity.:

Shift + Del:  Bypass the recycle bin and permanently delete files.

ALT + Print Screen: Nab a screenshot of just the active window to the clipboard

Windows Key+ M:  Minimize all open windows

CTRL + ESC:  Bring up the Start Menu

Shift + Tab: Tab backward through a form


AssignHotkeys to Common Tasks

Quick, try t open the Task Manager without lifting your hand from the mouse.  Unless you have unusually long fingers or a third hand growing from your torso, you can’t hit the CTRL-ALT-DEL combination without contorting into an unnatural position.  Luckily, there’s an easy workaround.  Navigate to C:\\Windows\System32 and create a shortcut for taskmgr.exe.  Right-click the new shortcut, select  Properties, and assign a new hotkey combination in the Shortcut tab.  Use this trick for any commonly used application.


Add Locations to the Save In Sidebar

On the left-hand of the Save As dialog box sits a Save in sidebar; in it are common locations where you might want to save a file.  To add your own folders to this list, type gpedit.msc in the Run box (or search box in Vista), then navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer, Common Open File Dialog; then, double-click Items Displayed in Places Bar.  Here you can add up to five locations, including remote folders residing on our home network (e.g.,\\MaxPC-Quad\Pictures).

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