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Which version of Vista for game-playing in Boot Camp?

I'm a late adaptor. After much happy gaming in Windows XP (via Boot Camp on my Mac), I am finally getting around to Vista-only games like Assassin's Creed III. So it's time to take the plunge and buy a copy of Vista on eBay. But which version? 64-bit or 32-bit? Service pack 1, 2, or 3? Starter, basic, or ultimate? Home or business? As somebody who isn't well-versed in Windows to begin with, I'm finding the choice a little overwhelming. I will be using Windows exclusively for gaming and don't care about any other features. Also, note that Windows Vista is the latest Windows my 2006 Mac Pro will support, so unfortunately "Skip straight to Windows 7 or 8" isn't an option. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Permissions on files, so many files

I have an old hard drive that was password locked. I can't boot from it, but I can get to the files. I have to change permissions for every single file before I can copy it over, is there a way to do that for everything at once? [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Aug 21, 2012 - 3 answers

We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life. -- friend based tech support

Repairing friend's laptop(s). Will be nuking from space. Which Windows OS version to install? Also, failing wifi on second laptop. *sigh* [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on May 24, 2012 - 13 answers

What's the best way to attach an open Word document to an open Outlook email?

Using Windows Vista at work: Once I finish making changes to a file in Microsoft Word 2007, I want to attach the file to an email in Outlook 2007. Currently, I am opening subfolder after subfolder getting to it either on the desktop or in the attach file dialog in Outlook, but that's annoying. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Windows directories: this is a land of confusion... let's try to make this a place worth installing in

I have questions about how to use the new directory structures we now have under Windows 7 and Vista. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Dear Vista: Please be *Less* Secure.

I've got a windows vista installation that, as of a few months ago, has stopped letting me write to a bunch of directories or change a bunch of files, and it won't let me make them writeable again. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Nov 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Input Not Supported?

Getting an error after upgrading Ubuntu on dual-boot system (Vista x64). [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Sep 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Why does Windows Live think I'm still running Vista?

I recently upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7. I'm trying to find and download gadgets for my desktop. When I go to the Windows Live page, I only see gadgets compatible with Vista. Why does Windows Live think I'm still running Vista?
posted by allison00 on May 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Windows Explorer Is Like Totally Borked

When I boot up my Dell Vista tower, a window opens on the desktop saying "Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working" and asks me to restart the program. When I do restart, it goes on and on for a loop that lasts a thousand years. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl on Mar 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Legally reinstalling Windows 7 without the disc

How can I replace the hard drive on my laptop and then get the operating system which I legally have installed right now back onto it? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jan 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Video editor for Windows Vista or Windows 7

My sister needs to make YouTube videos for her business. The camera outputs MP4 files. Needs the ability to edit and add beginning and ending slides. Output should be uploadable to YouTube. Currently using VideoPad (on Vista) which keeps outputting video with out-of-sync audio. Suggested software should work on Vista or Windows 7. Any ideas? (besides Movie Maker)
posted by ao4047 on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

"It's becoming critical, Captain. We can't handle it."

Picasa does everything thing I want in a light photo editor (cropping, highlight and shadow correction, roation (90 degree and free)) and browser except it does not support multiple computers using the same meta data. My fricken database has been corrupted again (apparently it doesn't handle 200K+ photos very well either) so I'm looking for an alternative that does support syncing between multiple computers and network storage. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Nov 28, 2010 - 10 answers

iTunes album art must die.

iTunes 10.0.1 and Windows Vista. Help me kill the album art, kill it dead, for good. Permanently. For, like, EVER. [more inside]
posted by chez shoes on Oct 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Copy Windows Install Discs for Back-up

Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Oct 22, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I extract movies from a homemade DVD?

My Dad burned me a DVD of home movies. Is there an easy, free way to extract clips in a common format? [more inside]
posted by sidereal on Aug 30, 2010 - 7 answers

If you wrap the Internet around every person on the planet and spin the planet, software flows in the network.

BitTorrent Client recommendation [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Aug 17, 2010 - 17 answers

How to swap key functions?

Is it possible to switch the colon and semicolon key functions in Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Apr 23, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I salvage my data from a Vista laptop that won't boot?

My laptop's Vista install is borked and now it won't start up. How can I salvage my data? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Why is lsass.exe accessing hard drive continually?

Why is the lsass.exe process in Vista 64 constantly accessing my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Feb 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Boot Migration to a smaller SSD?

How do I migrate my boot drive from a traditional hard drive to a *smaller* SSD drive? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jan 5, 2010 - 6 answers

This disc was made for bootin'

I would like to make a custom boot disc that is very simple to the user. All it would do is restore an image from 6 DVDs to a hard drive. The only options I would like the user to see is: 1) format drive 2) restore drive 3) exit I would like to create this menu and all sub menus that I see fit. I have seen UBCD but it is too complicated for the people I know. I would like to use Driveimage XML and have it read the discs one at a time to restore the drive. Any suggestions?
posted by CodeMonkey on Nov 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Error installing Vista SP2

I've a computer running Windows Vista 64-bit SP1. Attempting to install SP2 yields an error of "ERROR_NO_PROC_SLOTS(0x80070059)". Googling for the error code has found some people having the same issue, but no working solution at all. Any help? I can provide hardware specs / info if necessary.
posted by sailoreagle on Oct 15, 2009 - 2 answers

SSH, transparency, tabs, windows, and !putty.

Windows SSH Client for linux sysadmins that's not PuTTY? Transparency and Tabs needed! [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Oct 2, 2009 - 9 answers

How to merge multiple text files keeping original filename and date

Hi AskMeFi. Can someone tell me how to combine 350 text files into one large text file so that the original filenames and dates are included above (or below) each entry? I'm using Vista Home Premium and they are all generic .txt files. I'm moving all of my notes into Evernote but want to save the names and dates of the individual txt files.
posted by chimrichalds on Sep 12, 2009 - 15 answers

What's up with my music files on my PC?

What is up with my music files' titles turning into nonsensical four-letter titles? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Sep 8, 2009 - 8 answers

I just want to play UNIRACERS!

Argh. I've installed the drivers, I've searched high and low online, nothing is helping, so I'm coming to ya'll: how can I get my Xbox 360 wireless controller (connected to my PC via the charge and play kit via a USB port) to work on my computer? Specifically, I want to play ROMs with it. [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Sep 3, 2009 - 12 answers

Computer display flipped 90 degrees. Help!

How do I fix my computer display? All of a sudden, everything on screen is rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Mouse controls are similarly changed: left is now up, etc. Resulted from a mistaken key combination, but I can't figure out which keys I hit. Running Windows Vista on a Toshiba Satellite laptop.
posted by goatdog on Aug 30, 2009 - 7 answers

My god, it's full of permissions.

Registy editing permissions, group policies and Windows Defender, I think... [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Aug 24, 2009 - 1 answer

install Windows XP on Vista laptop

Trouble installing windows xp on a vista laptop (Acer 6530) [more inside]
posted by gigimakka on Aug 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Ultimate OS?

I am currently running Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit on my laptop and am looking forward to stepping up to Windows 7. This is a great deal that would allow me to upgrade from Home Premium to Vista Ultimate which would then qualify me for Windows 7 Ultimate, right? [more inside]
posted by geekyguy on Jul 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Can you save remote desktop connections to log in to different user accounts?

Is it possible (in Windows Vista Ultimate) to save remote desktop connections to the same computer but for different users? i.e. have icons in my quick launch menu which log me in with a click to user1 or user2? [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Jun 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Vista or Windows 7?

Vista or Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on May 21, 2009 - 21 answers

Defragging problems

I have a Toshiba laptop running Vista (alas) and a recent spate of problems (extremely slow operations, mostly) seemed to have possibly been caused by fragmentation. I tried defragging, with mixed success. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Apr 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Windows Vista has found a creative new way to kick me in the Jimmy

Windows Vista has taken me to a new, interesting level of hell. For some reason, starting about a week ago, anything I select with the mouse -- text, even files -- automatically gets copied to the clipboard. If I select any word in this paragraph, for instance, that word will go to the clipboard and overwrite whatever I had there before. It's becoming a real headache. I can't find anything in Control Panel that deals with this feature, and I'm not finding anything on Google. How on earth do I turn this off? Thanks in advance. :)
posted by Televangelist on Apr 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Forget-Me-Not

Firefox Forget-Me-Not: My browser no longer seems to remember me. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy on Apr 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Is now the right time to buy a new PC?

My trusty 3-year old home office PC is starting to drag a bit, so I'm thinking about replacing it. Should I bite the bullet and buy something with Vista? Go with XP, even if it means not getting the latest Intel processor? Or, should I wait until Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Apr 21, 2009 - 25 answers

What are the best resources for computer novices?

What are the best resources for computer novices? I often find myself in the position of helping friends and family figure out how to operate their computers (typically Windows XP or Vista, but OS X tips are welcome too.) While I realize there's no substitute for face-to-face instruction, my time is not infinite and I'd like to be able to set them up with some bookmarks or documents that will give them guidance when I'm not around. [more inside]
posted by contraption on Apr 12, 2009 - 2 answers

64-bit Vista on Mac Pro?

I'm thinking of getting one of the new desktop Mac Pros recently announced. I'd like to both run Apple's OS X and also use Boot Camp to run 64-bit Windows Vista on it. The question is: will I be able to use the Mac Pro's keyboard and mouse with Vista? Will I be able to use an Apple Cinema Display with Vista? [more inside]
posted by richg on Mar 30, 2009 - 13 answers

How to keep Google Desktop gadgets without the search?

Is there a way to keep Google Desktop without it hijacking Vista's search? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Mar 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Minimal set of Vista Updates?

Just reinstalled Vista in my laptop, and now the next step is to install MS updates, right? The thing is, I don't think now installing every available update from MS Windows Update is a good idea. What are the absolutely necessary updates to install, if any? [more inside]
posted by papafrita on Mar 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Convert FAT32 to NTFS without data loss

Is it possible to convert an external drive that is FAT32 to NTFS on Windows Vista without any data loss on the drive?
posted by NoMich on Mar 22, 2009 - 5 answers

Laptop and projector need to play together nicely.

Managing a projector with a laptop at a different resolution. The short: classroom training sessions with a Dell laptop hooked up to a projector is giving me some issues, looking for advice on how to rectify the situation. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Mar 4, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I make Vista share with xp with no problems?

My new (XP) Netbook is refusing to open shared folders on my Vista main PC, yet if i reboot main pc it will suddenly work again! Can anyone help stop me tearing my hair out? [more inside]
posted by mrbenn on Mar 2, 2009 - 3 answers

The font which was not there

On Windows (XP/Vista), how does Microsoft Office look up the list of fonts which are available to the user? [more inside]
posted by splice on Feb 26, 2009 - 17 answers

Vista 64bit stopped recognizing and connecting to external drives...

Vista 64bit has recently stopped recognizing my iPhone and WD MyBook external HD...please help! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Feb 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Partition troubles

Partition trouble: I'm trying to shrink my C drive so that I can install the Win7 beta on another partition--problem is, it won't shrink right. [more inside]
posted by pandemic on Jan 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Windows Vista obliviated my audio device. How can I get it back?

In Windows Vista, under playback devices, I selected "Don't use this device" for the default audio device. Now that device has entirely vanished, and I can't get it back. [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jan 2, 2009 - 2 answers

Which USB Mass Storage Device is which?

How can I change the generic name "USB Mass Storage Device" in my Vista system tray "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Forgive me, Steve Jobs!

What do I need to do to prep my MacBook Pro for running Vista as a virtual machine? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 on Nov 25, 2008 - 10 answers

How can I make windows play nice with itself?

How can I dual boot XP and Vista on my Vaio when all I have is the factory recovery Vista disc and a "XP downgrade" disc? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Nov 25, 2008 - 6 answers

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