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Vista BitLocker – installed right

Posted by onlydarksets on August 6, 2008

Last night my laptop crashed for good, and I had to reload Vista.  The culprit was BitLocker, which I had previously enabled after installing the OS.  At the time, I couldn’t access the BitLocker Drive Preparation tool through our enterprise account, so I did it manually with Partition Magic.  However, at least once a day after that I would have to reboot and perform some magic to get the laptop to boot.  After 9 months, my laptop gave up.

This time, I did it right, and it seems to be working.

If BitLocker is foreign to you – here are a few good links and a couple of gotchas.

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Firefox Tip: Copying history to a new tab

Posted by onlydarksets on July 9, 2008

I’m trying to limit the non-original content, but this was too good to pass up.

When you want to backtrack a few paces in your web surfing clicktrail but not lose the page you’re on, in Firefox 3, click on your current tab, hold down the Ctrl key and drag it. This will duplicate the tab and keep its history in the copy—that way you can back out and stay where you are in another tab. Sadly this trick only works in Firefox for Windows, not on the Mac.

Source: LifeHacker

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Fix skipping in WMP 11 on Vista

Posted by onlydarksets on April 4, 2008

In the last 10 seconds of every track, WMP would freeze and then skip.  It didn’t happen in any other player, but I prefer WMP (I listen to a lot of DRM music via Zune Marketplace).  Well, turns out it’s a problem with the SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC.  If you disable the “enhancements”, the problem goes away.

  1. Right click on the volume icon in the system tray and select Playback Devices.image
  2. Select the SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC and click Properties.image
  3. Check the Disable all enhancements box.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any enhancements enabled – you still need to check the box.image

That should do it!

Source: Nataliya33

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Vista Enterprise troubles

Posted by onlydarksets on March 30, 2008

Edit: You can run “chkdsk /f” instead of “chkdsk /r” – it’s much faster.  Post updated.

Twice now my laptop has refused to boot into Vista.  I just get a blinking cursor right after the BIOS prompt.  I’ve managed to fix it by booting up the install disc into recovery mode, launching the command-line, and running the following commands:

  1. chkdsk /f
  2. bootrec /fixboot
  3. bootrec /fixmbr

You don’t need to enter the BitLocker keys, since these commands run on the unencrypted boot drive.

This fixed it both times, but the problem, obviously, returned.

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Automatically log into Vista

Posted by onlydarksets on March 27, 2008

I keep meaning to do this for my VHD, but finally remembered!  This way I don’t have to enter passwords to access shared volumes on my main install.

Over the past few years, many technology vendors have put their focus more on security. Microsoft is no exception as is evident with the security enhancements in Vista. However, in some cases, all the security options may be overkill, especially if you are the only one who uses the computer.

If you do not share your computer with any other users and no one else has access to it, you can configure Vista to log you on automatically.

To do so, click Start and type netplwiz in the Search field and then press Enter. Click Continue when the User Account Control window appears. From the User Accounts window that appears, verify that your own user account is selected. Clear the Users must enter a username and password to use this computer option and click OK. Provide the password for your user account when prompted and restart your computer. Vista will automatically log on with your user account.

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Cleanup after Vista SP1 install

Posted by onlydarksets on March 21, 2008

Not that I’ve been able to successfully install SP1 yet, but when I do…

If you upgraded to Vista Service Pack 1 when it went live earlier this week, Windows left behind several files system files from your pre-SP1 install that aren’t being used any longer. The files are left taking up space on your drive so that you can roll back SP1 if you wanted to, but since you’re unlikely to grow sick of all those improvements, weblog Digital Inspiration details how to remove the unneeded junk files and free up space on your hard drive.

There are no manual steps involved. Just open your Windows command prompt and type vsp1cln.exe (short for Vista SP1 Cleaner). It takes less than a minute to execute.

Just remember, once you execute the SP1 cleaner, you won’t be able to roll back, so make sure you’re happy with SP1 before you start freeing up space.

Finished Installing Windows Vista SP1 ? Now Remove All The Junk Files [Digital Inspiration]

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ScanPST.exe location

Posted by onlydarksets on March 20, 2008

I just upgraded to Vista Enterprise SP1, and I found that my backup PST was corrupted.  Outlook told me to run ScanPST.exe, but didn’t bother telling me where it was.  According to the KB article, it’s located in the Common Files directory.  However, with Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise, I found it here:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12

Obviously this isn’t an insurmountable obstacle, but hopefully this will help.

UPDATE: One commentor found it in yet another location. C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033

UPDATE #2: For x64, substitute “Program Files (x86)” for “Program Files” in the above paths.  Thanks, Travis!

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