Evaluation copy watermark on Vista SP2

Have you updated to Vista SP2 and are getting a “Windows Vista (TM) Evaluation Copy. Build 6002” watermark on your desktop? Well that’s how it is meant to be… Careful reading during installation of the SP2 will reflect:

Service Pack Information

SP2 Beta is pre-release code which will change before the final release of SP2

Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 Beta is time-limited software that will operate until May 1st, 2010 – Un-install Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 Beta before May 1st, 2010

After SP2 installation your desktop may display the text “Evaluation Copy”. This does not mean that your system is no longer “Genuine”, only that you have installed a test version of software which is time-limited

After installing the service pack, the “Evaluation Copy” text may show up on the 2nd boot

After un-installing the services pack, the “Evaluation Copy” text may remain during the first boot, but will disappear after the next reboot

Starting any Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Vista SP2 installations will result in Microsoft collecting information about the installation process

To remove the watermark – read here.

However, I haven’t still figured out a way to make the updates work… My updates have somehow got disabled and my system crashes on trying to update.. Even the defender updates don’t work.. Plus there is no uninstall option in add / remove programs..

Waiting for a solution… Will update this post once I find a solution.

Map a FTP drive / folder in Windows Vista

Map a FTP drive / folder in Windows Vista:
Source and credit: WinVistaClub – This is yet another helpful trick from the amazing site for vista. I was searching for something related to FTP and found this useful article.

You can create or map a drive directly to your FTP site from within Windows Vista. For that you dont need the help of any third party software. It could be done in XP and it can be done in Vista too.

Open Explorer > Computer > Click Map Network Drive.

Next click Add network location wizard.

Select Choose a custom network location – Specify the address of the website, network location or ftp site.

Uncheck log on anonymously and give the username & password.

You will now be connected to your website http://www.website.com .

This is quite useful if you store files online or run a website.

Have your programs Run as Administrator

SOURCE

There are some programs that need to be run in Administrator Mode in order to function properly. Here are just some examples of the types of programs that would need to do this:

  • Programs that access protected areas of your computer such as the System and Windows folders, and even the C Drive
  • Any Spyware / Adware / Malware / Virus removal programs
  • Any Disk or Performance Utilities

Aside from typing the program in the Windows Start Menu Search bar and pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter, you can have a program always run in Administrator Mode.

To do this, right click the program and choose properties. Click on the Compatibility tab near the top.

Select “Run this program as Administrator” and click Apply.

That’s it! You never have to go through the hassle of right clicking and choosing Run as Administrator each time. This is very useful if you use a program launcher such as Launchy, and are unable to right click the program icon.

What if I can’t find the Compatibility Tab?

No worries. The icon you have selected is probably a shortcut, so you would have to find the original .exe file. It shows up for most shortcuts, but sometimes it doesn’t and I have no idea why.
Anyways, if you can’t find the Compatibility tab at the top, select the Shortcut tab anyway.

Select everything except the quotation marks in the “Start in” box and copy it.

Then open your Start Menu, click on Computer, paste the information in the address bar and press Enter.

Once you are at the directory, look for the .exe file. Right click it and choose properties, and the compatibility tab should be there.

Create wifi connection between Vista and XP

How to setup a wifi / wireless / WLAN adhoc connection between Vista and XP:

After searching the net for a while, I have come across this useful tutorial which explains in simple words – step by step procedure for setting up a adhoc wifi connection between Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Entire source and credit – visit here

First switch on the WLAN adapter (Both notebook– people always forget this part) (there must be a button to activate the Wireless adapter)

VISTA NOTEBOOK

Open Network and Sharing Center in VISTA notebook

Click Manage network connections

In the Pop Up window

Double click LOCAL AREA CONNECTION

In the properties window

Select Tcp/Ipv4 and Click properties

Select OBTAIN IP automatically

Click OK to close the windows

Select Tcp/Ipv6 and Click properties

Select OBTAIN IP automatically

Click OK to close the windows

Repeat the same with WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION

Close the window

On the Network and Sharing Center

You would find SHARING AND DISCOVERY on the page

SET

Network Discovery ON

File Sharing ON

Public folder sharing ON (optional)

Password protection sharing OFF

other options are optional (doesnt req)

Click Set up a Connection or Network ( From the left panel tasks)

Double click Set Up a wireless ad hoc (comp to comp) network

Click Next

Give A Network name (for your WLAN) For Eg… WLAN1

Select Security Type from the drop down menu as either WEP or No authentication(Open)

(WAP-2 is not supported in XP)(WEP is better for security reasons)

Give a security password if u select WEP (not req for open) Eg. password 12345

Select Save this network if u want to save the network

Click Next

Now Close the window YOUR network has been set up.

In the XP run Notebook

Go to My Network Places

Click View Network Connections

Double click LOCAL AREA CONNECTION

In the properties window Select Tcp/Ip and Click properties

Select OBTAIN IP automatically

Click OK to close the windows

Repeat the same with WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION

Close the window

RightClick WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION

Select View Available Wireless Connection

In the Window you would find the network you have set up in the VISTA notebook (EG.WLAN1)

If not, click the refresh button.

DoubleClick the available network

Insert the password you have selected (Eg.. 12345)

Finish the Set-Up process

Wait for 2 minutes

Now your network is ready to use.

If the Network is not working

In the Vista Notebook

Click DIAGNOSE AND REPAIR in Network and Sharing center (Vista)

If there is a problem

A window will pop up with options like

RESET ADAPTER

AUTOMATICALLY OBTAIN IP

do one of them and try the network again

if it is still not working

try both options

if still it doesnt work

Disable the adapter and then Enable it again

Connect the network and try again

The network should work

Sharing Internet connection through WLAN

First check out whether the net connection is Single USER or Multiple user

IF it is single user and also need authentication for each internet connection.. IT would be a

problem

If Multiple user, follow the following

Connect the Internet to the Vista Notebook

Open Network and Sharing Center in VISTA notebook

Click Manage network connections

In the Pop Up window

Select both THE LOCAL AREA CONNECTION and WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION

Right Click the selection and select Bridge connection

Wait for 2 minutes

TRY the network again

You would get the internet in both the computers.

Enjoy your WLAN

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Also try these links:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/adhoc.mspx

http://www.home-network-help.com/ad-hoc-wireless-network.html

Create wifi connection between Vista and XP

How to setup a wifi / wireless / WLAN adhoc connection between Vista and XP:

After searching the net for a while, I have come across this useful tutorial which explains in simple words – step by step procedure for setting up a adhoc wifi connection between Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Entire source and credit – visit here

First switch on the WLAN adapter (Both notebook– people always forget this part) (there must be a button to activate the Wireless adapter)

VISTA NOTEBOOK

Open Network and Sharing Center in VISTA notebook

Click Manage network connections

In the Pop Up window

Double click LOCAL AREA CONNECTION

In the properties window

Select Tcp/Ipv4 and Click properties

Select OBTAIN IP automatically

Click OK to close the windows

Select Tcp/Ipv6 and Click properties

Select OBTAIN IP automatically

Click OK to close the windows

Repeat the same with WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION

Close the window

On the Network and Sharing Center

You would find SHARING AND DISCOVERY on the page

SET

Network Discovery ON

File Sharing ON

Public folder sharing ON (optional)

Password protection sharing OFF

other options are optional (doesnt req)

Click Set up a Connection or Network ( From the left panel tasks)

Double click Set Up a wireless ad hoc (comp to comp) network

Click Next

Give A Network name (for your WLAN) For Eg… WLAN1

Select Security Type from the drop down menu as either WEP or No authentication(Open)

(WAP-2 is not supported in XP)(WEP is better for security reasons)

Give a security password if u select WEP (not req for open) Eg. password 12345

Select Save this network if u want to save the network

Click Next

Now Close the window YOUR network has been set up.

In the XP run Notebook

Go to My Network Places

Click View Network Connections

Double click LOCAL AREA CONNECTION

In the properties window Select Tcp/Ip and Click properties

Select OBTAIN IP automatically

Click OK to close the windows

Repeat the same with WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION

Close the window

RightClick WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION

Select View Available Wireless Connection

In the Window you would find the network you have set up in the VISTA notebook (EG.WLAN1)

If not, click the refresh button.

DoubleClick the available network

Insert the password you have selected (Eg.. 12345)

Finish the Set-Up process

Wait for 2 minutes

Now your network is ready to use.

If the Network is not working

In the Vista Notebook

Click DIAGNOSE AND REPAIR in Network and Sharing center (Vista)

If there is a problem

A window will pop up with options like

RESET ADAPTER

AUTOMATICALLY OBTAIN IP

do one of them and try the network again

if it is still not working

try both options

if still it doesnt work

Disable the adapter and then Enable it again

Connect the network and try again

The network should work

Sharing Internet connection through WLAN

First check out whether the net connection is Single USER or Multiple user

IF it is single user and also need authentication for each internet connection.. IT would be a

problem

If Multiple user, follow the following

Connect the Internet to the Vista Notebook

Open Network and Sharing Center in VISTA notebook

Click Manage network connections

In the Pop Up window

Select both THE LOCAL AREA CONNECTION and WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION

Right Click the selection and select Bridge connection

Wait for 2 minutes

TRY the network again

You would get the internet in both the computers.

Enjoy your WLAN

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Also try these links:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/adhoc.mspx

http://www.home-network-help.com/ad-hoc-wireless-network.html

Change How Often System Restore Creates Restore Points in Windows Vista

System Restore is one essential feature in Vista which have helped recover many of us from critical problems. There are lots of cases where System Restore has miserably failed.

Instead of going into pros and cons of System Restore, here we are talking about how often System Restore creates restore points in windows vista.

No matter how big your Harddisk is, System Restore may create too many restore points hogging the space on your precious Harddisk.

To know about it in depth along with procedure, visit here (Source)

Resize a partition in Vista

IMP NOTE: The following procedure involves formating, partitioning your Harddisk. Do not forget to take a backup of your data before proceeding.

SOURCE & CREDIT – WinVista Club

You may not need to have 3rd Party Softwares to achieve resize partitions in Windows Vista.

Try the following steps –

Right Click on Computer – Manage

In the left pane, under Storage category, click on Disk Management

Now select and right click on the partition you wish to modify.

In the context menu, you will see options to Extend, Shrink or Delete the partition. Select the option you want.

You can not merge partitions in Vista with its Utility. If your 2nd partition is empty, you can delete the 2nd partition and then extend the 1st partition, to use the freed up space.

Also note that you can extend only to the right; if you are desirous of extending the partition to the left, you may have to use a 3rd party utility, like Acronis.

Sometimes one or more options may be grayed out and thus unavailable. It could be that such a step may be physically not possible.

How To Resize A Partition In Vista, if Disk Management fails.

Should you wish to continue, nevertheless, please first backup your important data should anything go wrong. You may have to use diskpart.exe ! Diskpart utility can do everything that the Disk Management console can do, and more! It’s invaluable for script writers or anyone who simply prefers working at a command prompt. For more information on it click

Enter diskpart in start menu’s search bar and hit enter. A ‘command prompt’ like window will open. Type list disk and hit enter. This will show you a list of all your hard disks. Now type: select disk to select the disk you want to work with.

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If you want to create a partition. Type ‘create’ and a set of options will appear. Choose one, and type create

There are 2 types of partitions you can create : Primary and Extended. Only a Primary partition can be made bootable, so if you are planning to install an OS, you will have to select this option. For backup purposes you may opt for Extended partitions.

Next, to see which number is associated with the volume you are planning to work with, type: list volume

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You will get a list. To select one type: select volume (or select partition as the case may be)

Now depending on what you want to do to the partition you can select any of the following commands. Typing help and hitting enter enumerates the options :

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Example :
To extend size by 5GB : Type – Extend size=5000
To shrink the volume by minimum 1GB, upto a maximum of 5 GB : Type – Shrink desired=5000 minimum=1000
You can even delete a partition by typing – Delete Partition and hitting enter.

Windows also includes a additional command-line tool for file, system and disk management, called Fsutil. This utility helps you to change the short name of a file, find files by SID’s (Security Identifier) and perform other complex tasks.

FSUtil and Diskpart are powerful, but not for the inexperienced Windows user. So do be careful, please.

If you get the message : There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.

Most new computers with OEM Vista pre-installs come with 4 partitions. Hard disks configured as basic disks are limited to 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition and multiple logical drives. And as such, if you try to shrink the OS partition, you may find that you cannot create a 5th partition due to this limit.

There could be two possible solutions for this issue:
1) As the disk pre-configured by OEM may have conflicts with disk management tool in Windows Vista, you should try some 3rd party tools like Auslogics Freeware Defrag, to repartition the disk.
2) You may try to delete a less important partition created already and merge the space together to create a new partition with proper drive letter.
Deleting the partitions created by the OEM is often not possible due to the way the OEMs configure the partitions. Therefore the option then is to extend the operating system partition back to the original size to regain use of the unallocated space. If additional storage is needed, consider adding an external USB hard disk.

Vista SP1 is expected to address this issue !

Resize Partition in Windows Vista

To resize a partition with Windows Vista, follow these steps:

Be sure to back up any valuable information, because there is a chance that data can be lost when dealing with partitions.

1) Click on the Start menu

2) Right click on Computer and click on Manage

manage

3) You may get a User Account Control dialog here; just click Continue

4) In the left pane, open up the Storage category and click on Disk Management

storagetodisk

5) Here, you will find your partitions for your disks. Right click on the partition you’d like to modify.

partitioning

6) Click on Extend Volume or Shrink Volume to extend or shrink the selected partition.

If this doesn’t work for you, try this page.

Source & Credit

Resize Partition in Windows Vista

To resize a partition with Windows Vista, follow these steps:

Be sure to back up any valuable information, because there is a chance that data can be lost when dealing with partitions.

1) Click on the Start menu

2) Right click on Computer and click on Manage

manage

3) You may get a User Account Control dialog here; just click Continue

4) In the left pane, open up the Storage category and click on Disk Management

storagetodisk

5) Here, you will find your partitions for your disks. Right click on the partition you’d like to modify.

partitioning

6) Click on Extend Volume or Shrink Volume to extend or shrink the selected partition.

If this doesn’t work for you, try this page.

Source & Credit

Install Vista without Wiping Windows XP

So you have got your new Windows Vista CD/DVD (Original or Pirated) and are eagerly waiting to try it out. But your old Windows XP with huge data comes in your way… You dont want to loose your data/XP but still want Vista??? Well you should take a look at Chris step by step procedure  for the same. 

It is explained in an easy language with Screenshots. Take a look at it..