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7 simple ways to get the best out of Windows Vista

Tips & tricks that make WIndows Vista easier to use

Since June 30 has been and gone, unless you're one of the few that can get their hands on XP, you're pretty much stuck with Vista. Here's a round-up of the best tips and tricks that will make Vista a winner.

Be prepared for trouble Back up your old XP installation to a second hard drive or to a different partition on your main drive so you can revert to XP if something goes wrong with Vista. As an alternative to doing a complete backup on a separate hard drive, use a drive-image program such as Acronis True Image 10 to burn an image of your XP installation on to recordable DVDs. Or set up your PC to dual-boot.

Once you've installed Windows Vista, open Device Manager to check for problems.

Right-click the Computer icon and choose Manage, Device Manager. Nonfunctioning devices are flagged with an exclamation point in a yellow triangle. If Windows can't find a driver, it may list the device as 'Unknown Device' under 'Other devices'. HunterSoft's free Unknown Device Identifier utility helps you find the name of the mystery hardware.

  1. Tips and tricks that make Vista easier to use
  2. Adding Vista Ultimate features to Vista Home Premium
  3. Solving Vista's defrag problems
  4. More ways to minimise your Vista hardware hassles


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