Download Windows Vista SP2 Pre-Beta Via Windows Update

Here’s something all Vista fans are going to like. The next security update, Service Pack 2, that is still in pre-beta can now be downloaded from Windows Update with just a small registry hack.

A couple of weeks ago, few Microsoft beta testers were given Windows VIsta SP2 to download and try. You can now also download Vista SP2 directly from Windows update using the trick given below. This registry trick makes a small change in your registry so that Windows Update thinks you are one of the beta testers.

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Vista-Like Welcome Center in Windows XP

When we log on Windows Vista for the first time after a fresh install, a Welcome Screen welcomes us on our desktop and pulls all the tasks you’ll most likely want to complete when you set up your computer into a single location.

Now you can also add this Welcome Screen in windows XP, thanks to fediaFedia and Dantaylor17 of DeviantArt.

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Top 5 Vista Sidebar Gadgets

With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a new feature called WIndow Sidebar. It lets you access information quickly. It contains a few gadgets in it by default, like a big clock, RSS headlines, Picture album slideshows etc.

You can also add your own gadgets which are available for free download from the Windows Live Gallery. I have compiled a list of 5 Vista gadgets that I can’t live without when I’m using Vista.

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Windows Live Theme for XP and Vista

Here’s something I have that all Windows Live fans are going to love. I was in search of a theme that looked exactly like Windows Live website.

BlogsDNA did some Googling and found a theme that can be used on Windows Vista as well as XP. It is very attractive and comes with 4 cool wallpapers. This theme pack also contains a separate skin for Windows Sidebar.

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Resize Desktop Icons with Mouse Scroll Wheel in Vista

by on August 14, 2008
in Tips and Tricks, Windows

Windows Vista gives you the option to resize your desktop shortcut icons quickly by right clicking on your desktop and choosing the size you want.

The usual icon size options that Vista allow users to have are Medium, Large and the Classic (default) size. Here’s a small trick by which you can resize the icons using your mouse wheels in any size you want and won’t be limited to use the default ones.

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Tweak and Optimize Windows Vista with TweakVI

There are many applications available to tweak, optimize and customize your Windows Vista. But the problem is that you have to download separate utilities for each of them. A customization tool won’t tweak performance settings for you.

TweakVI is one such tweaking utility that lets you tweak hundreds of hidden Vista settings by bundling different plugins in to one. It was developed to combine both tuning and optimizing features to increase the speed of your Windows Vista system. It’s the worlds first software for Windows Vista to combine both customization, tweaking and optimization features.

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Windows Vista Performance and Tuning Guide Released

Microsoft is trying its best to pull users towards Windows Vista. Even they have understood the fact that XP is way better and has more market share than Vista. Unofficially many tricks have been discovered for Windows Vista, but there was no official guide for customers by Microsoft.

Finally, Microsoft have released an official guide for tuning and tweaking performance on Vista. It focuses on common tweaks and performance improvements for single computer, as well as on tools used in enterprise environments.

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How To Modify Windows Vista To Use Custom Styles

by on July 28, 2008
in Freewares, Tips and Tricks, Windows


Unlike WIndows XP, Vista has some limitations when it comes to themes and styles. Any custom styles that you want to use in Windows Vista needs to be signed by Mcirosoft first.

VistaGlazz is an freeware that can easily modify your Windows Vista installation to use custom styles and modify your Aero style to use the Glass effect on maximized windows.

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5 Windows 7 (Seven) Transformation Packs

Since the first fake Windows Seven screenshots got on the Internet, people have been eagerly waiting for transformation packs to transform their current Windows XP or Vista to look like Windows 7, as shown in those screenshots.

Here’s a list of five Windows Seven transformation packs that you can use. 4 packs are for Windows XP users, and 1 is for Vista.

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