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May 18, 2007

Windows Vista Tips

How to Check vista activation status :
1. Click on the Start Button and key in CMD and hit Enter to start up Command
2. At the prompt, type in "slmgr.vbs -dli"
3. After a few seconds you will be presented with a pop-up message with your
activation status.

How to Change Windows Vista Product Key after install :
1. Click on the Start Button and key in command prompt so that it shows up on your
start menu search list. Right click on the Command Prompt shortcut and select
Run As Administrator.
2. At the administrator command prompt, type in "slmgr.vbs -ipk <"insert your product key ">
3. To activate windows after changing the key, run "slmgr.vbs -ato"

How to Create a direct shortcut to Network Connections:
1. Right click on the desktop and select New and then Shortcut.
2. In the location box, copy and paste explorer.exe
::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} and hit Next.
3. Type in Network Connections as the name and Finish.

How to Change taskbar time to military/international format :
1. Click on the Start Button, type in intl.cpl and hit Enter.
2. Click the Customize this format button.
3. Click on the Time tab.
4. Change the time format to H:mm:ss and hit OK.
5. Hit OK once more to close Regional and Language Options.

How to Disable Windows startup sound :
1. Click on the Start Button and type in Sound. Select Sound from the list.
2. Click on the Sounds tab.
3. Remove the check from Play Windows Startup sound.
4. Hit OK.

How to Stop autostart applications :
1. Click on the start button and key in msconfig
2. Hit Enter.

How to delete / replace a system file :
1. First you need to take ownership of the file. Run takeown /f "path and file
name" to take ownership from a command prompt.
2. Next, you need to give your account full control permissions on the file. Run
cacls "path and file name" /G <'your username'>:F to get full control from a
command prompt.

How to Create an administrator command prompt shortcut :
1. Right click on your command prompt shortcut and select Properties.
2. On the shortcut tab hit Advanced.
3. Check the Run As Administrator box and hit OK.
4. Hit OK once more to close the properties window.

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