January 5, 2010

How to Do Some Useful Tasks with your Vista Computer

Microsoft has designed the Vista operating system to make it easy for the user to personalize a lot of different settings and perform various tasks easily and quickly. Here are some notes on how you can do some tasks with your Vista computer.

Make Mouse Pointer more Visible

Open your Vista computer's control panel and click on Ease of Access. On the right hand side of the control panel window, click on Change how your mouse works. On the table shown, click on the radio button beside Regular Black. Click on the Save button below and close the control panel window.

Brighten Display of your Vista Laptop

Open your Vista computer's control panel and click on Mobile PC. Click on Adjust screen brightness under the Windows Mobility Center. On the Display brightness slide, drag the upward pointing arrow all the way to the right using your mouse. close all opened windows.

Turn Off your Wireless Adapter

Open your Vista computer's control panel and click on Mobile PC. On the right hand side of the control panel window, click on Windows Mobility Center. On the Wireless Network slide, click on the Turn wireless off button. Close all opened windows.

Conserve Power on your Vista Laptop's Battery

Open your Vista computer's control panel and click on Change battery settings under Mobile PC. Select the Power Saver radio button on the Plans shown on the battery meter. Close the control panel window.

Know What Version of Vista your Computer is Using

Open your Vista computer's control panel and click on System and Maintenance. Click on Find which version of Windows you are using under the Welcome Center. Note the Vista version displayed then close the control panel window.

Check What Hardware Components are Included in your Computer

Open your Vista computer's control panel and click on Hardware and Sound. Click on View hardware and devices under Device Manager and click on the plus sign opposite the hardware category you're interested in. Note the specific hardware shown then close the Device Manager and the control panel windows.

Remove Unnecessary Files from your Vista Computer

As you use your Vista computer, some files are automatically created and not removed by the programs you're using. To remove these files and increase free space on your hard disk, click on your Vista computer's Start button, then click on All Programs then click on Accessories. Click on System Tools then click on Disk Cleanup. Select my files only on the small window that opens then click on OK to start the cleanup process.

Take a Snapshot of a Portion of your Desktop

Open the window you would like to take a snapshot of. Click on your Vista computer's start button then click on All Programs then click on Accessories. Click on Snipping Tool then drag your mouse around the area you would like to take snapshot of. Save the picture file on your Pictures folder by giving it a descriptive name.

Create a Restore Point for your Vista Computer's Settings

When you install software that you are unsure of performing correctly on your Vista computer, it's a good practice to create a restore point to which you can go back in case you're unable to uninstall the software completely. Open your Vista computer's control panel and click on System and Maintenance. Click on Backup and Restore Center and on the left hand portion, click on Create a restore point or change settings. Follow the instructions then close all opened windows when you're finished.

Undo Erroneous Changes on your Vista Computer's Settings

When you make a mistake on the settings of your Vista computer and you're at a loss on how to bring the settings back to where it was before, you can use System Restore to revert back the settings to what they were previously provided you have created a restore point beforehand. Open your Vista computer's control panel and click on System and Maintenance. Click on Backup and Restore Center and click on Use System Restore to fix problems and undo changes to windows. Follow the instructions then close all opened windows when you're finished.

You should note that these are not the only ways to do the tasks that need to be done. Microsoft has designed the Vista operating system in such a way that you could find the tools that you need from different locations. You can do some explorations on the control panel to know what the different settings are and how they work. But before doing that be sure that you have created a restore point just in case something unexpected happens and you want to revert back to the original settings.

Read an article on working quickly while taking care of your Vista computer at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2011/12/working-quickly-while-taking-care-of.html.

Read an article on what to do if your Vista password stops working at: http://sites.google.com/site/ournewapproach/what-to-do-if-your-vista-password-stops-working-and-you-only-have-one-log-on-account.

Read an article on how to use the Google DNS to speed up Internet in your Vista laptop at: http://sites.google.com/site/ournewapproach/use-the-google-dns-service-to-speed-up-internet-on-your-vista-laptop.

Read my article on how to use the mobility and power features of your Vista laptop at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-use-mobility-and-power-features.html.

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