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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.

Screenshots

Vista made a significant improvement over XP in taking screenshots by adding a Snipping Tool that can capture a single window, a rectangle, or a free-form shape. But it still can't show what the mouse pointer is doing, and it lacks a timer. Without a timer, it's pretty hard to capture a drop-down menu.

I take my screenshots (and I take a lot of them) with NTWind Software's $25 WinSnap. Yes, it can capture the mouse pointer, and you can set a delay (in milliseconds, if you want to be precise). One particularly cool feature: It can capture the multiple windows in an application while ignoring everything else on the screen (although this doesn't always work). It even has tools for handling the colour and look of the shot. And it's portable, so you don't have to install it.

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  2. The one-way firewall
  3. System restore
  4. Data backup
  5. Programs and Features Uninstaller
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  9. Dragging folders, files, and programs to the Start Menu
  10. Folders in the Start Menu's Right Pane


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