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10 tips to solve Windows Vista's 10 biggest flaws

Make your OS better the easy way

Some people complain that Windows Vista is so loaded with features it hogs their PC's resources. Even worse not all such features work as they should. Here's how to banish the Windows Vista's biggest blunders, because good ideas seldom survive bad execution.

Windows Explorer's address bar drop-down menu

Microsoft did a lot of things right in Vista's version of Windows Explorer, but the address bar's drop-down menu of recently visited folders isn't one of them.

First problem: It lists only folders you went to via the address bar. Worst problem: it also lists web pages. If you're like most users, it will list more websites than folders. Personally, if I want to revisit a web page, I'll use my browser, not my file manager.

Luckily, you have alternatives.

1. Use the other recent folders list: Click the down arrow to left of the address bar for a list of recent folders - but only very recent folders. Close and reopen Explorer, and the list will be a blank slate.

2. Use favourite folders, instead: You can easily place a shortcut to any folder into Explorer's top-left pane (something Vista does right). All you need do is drag and drop. Use this function wisely, and the lack of a convenient recent-folders option won't hurt so much.

3. Improve Windows Explorer: I recommend FileBox eXtender, a free add-on by Hyperionics Technology. It adds drop-down Recent and Favorites menus to Windows Explorer. Hint: FileBox eXtender works best if you check its Keys & Menus tab's Add folders from Windows... option.

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  1. User Account Control
  2. The one-way firewall
  3. System restore
  4. Data backup
  5. Programs and Features Uninstaller
  6. Windows Explorer's address bar drop-down menu
  7. Recent items list
  8. Screenshots
  9. Dragging folders, files, and programs to the Start Menu
  10. Folders in the Start Menu's Right Pane

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