Fixing Windows Vista Networking Issues

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Networking issues are very much common in the Windows Vista operating system and this article discusses the Windows Vista help tips to get rid of the networking issues in the Windows Vista OS without encountering any errors.

Diagnose and Repair tool in Vista

The Windows Vista operating system comes with a built-in tool that helps the users to troubleshoot issues in the OS without getting into the details of the issue. The Diagnose and Repair tool in theoperating system is a much easy way for the administrators or the home users to get rid of the issues in the OS.

To use this tool, you will need to open Networking and Sharing Centre and then click on the Diagnose And Repair option located in the sidebar. You will be taken through the steps. You can then check your network connections to find and fix the issues with the connection.

IP Address

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If you have performed the basic steps to find the issues, but it has not been resolved, you will need to do some more advanced steps to resolve the issue. Here, at this step, you will need to check the IP address of the computer to make sure that the address is correct and matches the network and the default gateway address of the computer. Also, you will need to check and ensure that you have the DNS server and the default gateway IP address defined.

For this, go to Network and Sharing Centre and then select View status. Click on Details to see IP address, default gateway, subnet mask and DNS servers. If you find out that any of these values are missing, you will obviously experience network issues. You can also perform IPCONFIG /ALL command in the command prompt window to check the IP settings of the computer. After doing the steps, you will need to ping the DNS server and the default gateway to make sure that you are capable of communicating with them.

Windows Vista operating system also has a built-in firewall program that filter the data packets and thus allows the authorized ones to pass and block the suspicious and unauthorized ones. The firewall program of Windows Vista is enabled by default. This program blocks only some of the inbound and outbound connections for some of the applications. If you would like to know more on the firewall program in Windows Vista operating system, you may contact the Windows Vista help team.

Error With Windows Vista Hibernation Crashing The Notebook Or Laptop

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There have been many cases, in which a notebook or laptop running on Windows Vista crashes when they go into hibernation. Consider one of the instances, where a laptop that originally had 256MB RAM, later was updated to 1GB RAM. Previously the laptop had Windows XP loaded, but later the user did a clean installation and installed Windows Vista in the laptop. After this, whenever the laptop goes into hibernation, it would only crash and refuse to function properly.

Most of the hibernation issues arise due to failure to reboot the computer after hibernation or incomplete hibernation. According to Windows Vista help, this might be a result of a device driver issue in the computer. Some of the device drivers in Windows Vista might have some issues in it. There might be some corruption or bug in them that prevents the hibernation from functioning properly.

Visit the Microsoft Update website to find a solution for this device driver issue. You need to check if the drivers need to be updated with the help of this website. On the website, choose the Custom option and look in the Hardware category. Not all users are technically sound, hence not all would have an idea about the driver to be updated. To help such people, the service will look into the drivers that need to be updated and would do all that is necessary.

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If you look into what happens to the computer memory when it is in hibernation, it is known that it copies all the information from the RAM into the hibernation file. This is a hidden file named as Hiberfil.sys. Hence the hibernation file would need memory capacity of more than the actual capacity of RAM. It is not possible to add more memory when extra memory space is allocated for the hibernation file.

Here are some of the steps to rectify issues with the hibernation file

  • Click on the Start button, from the lower left corner of the desktop.
  • From the menu, choose Control Panel.
  • Click on Power options, highlight the Hibernation tab. In case the option Enable Hibernation is checked, clear the selection. And then click Apply. This will delete the hibernation file.
  • After this click on Start button, All Programs, System Tools and then Disk Defragmentation, to organize the files.

With this Windows Vista help procedure, you will be able rectify the issues with hibernation in a Windows Vista laptop.

Windows 8 In Comparison To Windows Vista

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According to latest statistics, Windows 8.x operating system has touched a new low falling behind Windows Vista operating system in terms of usage statistics. The usage statistics takes data taken about Windows 8.x operating system now and compares it to usage statistics of Windows Vista after the post-release time duration.

The web-metrics from Net Applications stipulate that usage share of both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems combined during the month of July lies at 12.5 percent of the world’s PC market. In comparison to the same data for the month of June, the percent has fallen by six-hundredth of a percentage points. Moreover, the usage statistics of June was one-tenth-point fall from the usage statistics a month before, which was incidentally the first time Windows 8.x OS saw loss of usage share. Contact the Windows Vista help department to know more about the usage statistics and its impact.

While the 12.5 percent market share accounts for the total PC share, Windows 8.x runs on 13.6 percent of Windows powered computers. This difference in numbers can be accounted to the fact that Windows OS runs on a majority 91.7 percent of all PCs alone. Rest of the computers run on Linux or iOS.

Another observation drawn from the usage statistics is that the old operating system Windows Vista has out-performed Windows 8 OS. Although Windows OS had managed to rise up for the month of June, the statistics for July witnessed a sudden drop in popularity of the new operating system.

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When comparing the usage statistics of Windows Vista operating system based on time-gap after the release of the operating system, it has been revealed that the OS ran on 13.6 percent of all PC systems and 14.3 percent of Windows powered computers. The Windows Vista version was deemed as one of the biggest failures for Microsoft and even lower usage statistics of Windows 8 means that the new operating system will not fare any better. Contact the Windows Vista help department to know more on why Windows Vista never succeeded.

The Windows Vista operating system achieved notoriety because of the unstable operating system performance as well as impractical security system, which increased the frustration of users without any boost in the security of the OS. In contrast, although Windows 8 OS fairs well in terms of stability and security, the latest operating system failed due to its radically different user interface.

As the usage statistics of Windows 8 declines, Windows 7 OS is still climbing up, recently gaining 0.7 percent in the past month. The increase puts the operating system at 51.2 percent of the total OS share. Moreover, the usage statistics of the three-year-old OS has been increasing for five consecutive months. The sudden hike in popularity can be owed to the hurried abandonment of the Windows XP OS after the end-of-support deadline.

Procedure To Restore A System To Factory Settings Using Windows Vista

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Microsoft, the Redmond based software giant, is popular for the Windows series of operating systems. With the launch of Windows, the software maker has been enjoying huge popularity for various software products. Windows Vista is an OS developed by Microsoft and it came as a successor to the beloved Windows XP. Windows Vista has many advanced features in the OS and many useful ones. In this Windows Vista help guide, we will see how to restore a Windows Vista powered system to factory settings.

Microsoft Windows Vista is an operating system developed with inbuilt system recovery and restore options. These options can be extremely helpful for restoring the original factory settings on your system or for the purpose of restoring the computer back to a specific date and time. Windows Vista system restore is known as Windows Complete PC Restore and it has everything stored on an image hard drive, which makes restoration easy and instantaneous without requiring a special compact disc for that purpose. The following Windows Vista help Instructions will help you out:

 

  • First, you need to close all the open programs and applications. Then, you need to reboot your system by clicking on the Start button and then the arrow button. Then, here you will be able to see a small menu displayed and then, click on the Restart button.

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  • You need to click on the F8 key repeatedly while the system is getting rebooted. You must remember that this needs to be done before the Windows logo appears. Then if the logo appears, restart the computer and then retry. You will now be able to see the Advanced Boot Options menu appear.
  • Then, you need to use the arrow keys for selecting Repair your computer and then press the Enter key. Thereafter, you will be prompted for selecting a keyboard layout. You need to then click on the Next button.
  • You need to select a username and then enter the corresponding password. Then, you need to click on the OK button. After that, user can select Windows Complete PC Restore from the list of available System Recovery options.
  • You need to follow the onscreen prompts correctly. When you are done, the OS will automatically restart your computer.  You need to allow the system to boot in Windows Vista OS.

This way, you will be able to see the original factory settings restored.

Windows Mail In Windows Vista Takes Long To Load

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Windows Vista is one of the popular operating systems from Microsoft. Windows Vista was released after Windows XP and before Windows 7. There are plenty of features included in Windows Vista to help people work more efficiently. Some of the best included in the operating system are Windows Mail, Windows Calendar, Family Safety Settings, Windows Security, Windows Updates and such. Microsoft introduced Family Safety Settings in Windows Vista for the first time, emphasizing the importance of parental control over children’s computer usage.

One among the features included were Windows Mail in Windows Vista. Windows Mail has been designed in order to enhance the experience of sending emails. Though these applications are helpful, they run into issues at some point of time. One of the issues with Windows Mail in Windows Vista is that it turns irresponsive at times. You might find that even after the Windows system is up to date with all the required updates, even then it may not respond. Read on to get some Windows Vista help tips to bring the application back to working.

In order to solve these issues, it is important to clean Windows Mail. Follow these simple instructions,

  • Open Windows Mail either from the Start menu or from the desktop shortcut.
  • From the Tools menu, click on Options.
  • Now highlight the Advanced tab, from which you will find Maintenance button, click on the same.
  • Make changes to the settings in the Compact The Database On Every section.

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This will make sure to automatically compact the database every time the system shuts down. There is another option to compact the database manually. In order to keep your email client working in a good condition, you need to see that unwanted mails in the inbox, emails in the trash bin and other messages are deleted. When you have more messages in the inbox, there are chances that it might block the inbox. In case you did not see any changes after following the steps stated, there is another option as well. It is to clear the inbox, follow these instructions to do the same.

Create a new folder, move all the emails from the inbox to the new folder created. You can also export emails to a storage medium such as a CD or pen drive. After which you can delete all the contents in the mail and then try compacting the database.

With the above Windows Vista help instructions, you will be able to load Windows Mail faster.  Contact our tech support desk for any further assistance.

Windows Vista And Windows 7 Worse Off Than Windows XP In Terms Of Malware Infections

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It is generally assumed that newer and more updated versions of Windows are bound to be safer than previous versions. Microsoft regularly advises its users to upgrade to the latest operating system because of the enhanced security features. However, it has come to light that Windows XP is relatively more secure in comparison to later Windows versions like Windows Vista and Windows 7. Moreover, statistics have revealed that the last quarter of 2013 has seen a major rise in malware infections in all Windows operating systems.

The last quarter of 2013 saw the release of Rotbrow series of Malware infections that mostly consist of Trojans. These Trojans are in the form of browser add-ons according to the statements released by the official Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR). In the last three months of 2013, Windows Vista operating system has consistently topped the infection charts, beating the usual trend of higher infections in Windows Vista.

Even more surprising is that Windows 7 ranks higher than its 13 year-old predecessor, Windows XP. Windows XP is the only operating system in the statistics whose technical support has been discontinued by Microsoft.

According to the Security Intelligence Report by Microsoft, Windows XP SP3 version computers have an infection rate of merely 2.42 percent according to the statistics for 2013, in high contrast to the higher 3.24 percent for Windows Vista OS. Even Windows 7 OS did not perform any better, with the SP1 version faring at 2.59 percent.

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However, the latest Windows operating system, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has been proven to be a lot more secure, since Windows 8 has an infection rate of just 1.73 percent and Windows 8.1 an even lower 0.08 percent! The figures released above have been normalized to factor in different number of computers that run each version. To know how to secure Windows Vista OS, contact our Windows Vista help desk.

An independent security consultant mentioned that the statistics do not essentially prove that older Windows versions are relatively better. Windows 7 has a much better security feature because users can avail all the features of Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), a Windows 7 security feature that can block malware programs from successfully infiltrating the computer by taking advantage of zero-day vulnerabilities.

In the release of this info, most security experts have recommended users to have a basic understanding of security threats and understand how to secure their computers. As secure as the Windows OS may get, the operating system is only truly secure as the operating system guards it. Contact our Windows Vista help desk for more details.

Some Tips For Creating A Strong OS Password In Vista

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According to recent reports, hackers are finding it easier to hack into those user accounts, which are protected by a very weak password. It seems that most users have a problem remembering complicated passwords. Well, who doesn’t! But, for this reason, most of us have the tendency to use simple passwords that will not take long for a hacker to figure out.

Use strong passwords for all your user accounts

Windows Vista help and support desk advises all users to assign strong passwords for their user accounts. A weak password is something that a stranger or a hacker can guess easily. For example, Windows user accounts come with a ‘Forgot Your Password’ option that provides some kind of a clue to help the user remember the password. Sometimes, all it takes is just one clue to guess a weak password.

Also, a sophisticated hacker will use password cracking applications, which make use of standard dictionary words to guess the correct password. If you are using a weak password, then such a hacker can break into your user account without much effort.

Surprisingly, many users use easy-to-guess passwords like ‘123456’, their own name, their birthday, their pet’s name and so on for their user accounts. All a hacker has to do is go through your Facebook account, find the name of your pet and that’s it.

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Windows Vista help and support desk offers many useful tips and suggestions on how to create a strong password. You need to avoid using passwords like your name, your spouse’s name and so on. In fact, you need to consciously avoid using standard dictionary words and mix alphabets with numbers and symbols like @, #, $, &,* and so on. This will make it very difficult for any hacker to crack the password.

In fact, one way to create a strong password is to not use a word and instead use a acronym made from the first letters of all the words from a favourite sentence you will never forget. For this, you can use something your father or spouse said to you in the past or your favourite couplet from a poem and so on. Now, replace the words ‘to’ in that sentence with ‘2’, ‘at’ with @, ‘for’ with 4 and so on. Now, create the acronym with these symbols and the first letters of the remaining words.

If you use such clever techniques to create passwords, you can protect your accounts with strong passwords without worrying about forgetting them.

Is Windows Vista Worse Than Windows 8 – A Comparison

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Windows 8 is usually compared with both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. The Windows 7 Vs Windows 8 comparisons are made when talked about Windows 8 features. In such comparisons, the comparer tries to see in what way Windows 8 is better than Windows 7 or in what way it is inferior to the same. Some say that Windows 8 can’t be compared with Windows 7 because of the latter’s excellent features. Moreover, the market share of Windows 8 is just one fourth of Windows 7. Likewise, there are Windows 8 Vs Windows 7 comparisons and I am sure that you are intrigued now to know under which circumstances such comparisons are made.

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Checking many of the Windows 8 Vs Windows Vista comparisons, I see that in most of them, the attempt is still made at highlighting the downsides of Windows 8. Prior to the release of Windows 8, Vista was considered as the worst Windows operating system because of reasons like poor Windows Vista help support, frequent Vista problems etc. Those who make the Windows 8 Vs Windows Vista comparisons say that Vista is no more the worst operating system as it has been replaced by Windows 8. They have a number of reasons to prove their stand.

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The first reason they point out is that the market share that Windows 8 has managed to maintain since its release. A recent report published by NetMarketShare shows that Windows 8/8.1 duo had a market share of 13.6 percent in September, almost two years after its release. The average market share that the duo maintained during this period is quite less than this. Interestingly, Windows Vista’s average market share through the first two years after its release was 14.3 percent, one percent higher than that of Windows 8.

According to the Windows 8 haters, the operating system never outperformed Windows Vista in any manner except in the number of problems. Obviously, Windows 8 falling behind Vista is very discouraging. What is even more unfortunate is that even Windows 8.1, the operating system that was released as an update to Windows 8, failed to change the fate.

Owing to frequent problems on Windows 8, Microsoft has directed all Windows 8 users to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8.1. It is reported that Microsoft is planning to lift Windows 8 support, even before the extended Windows Vista help is taken out.

Stopping Windows Vista Pop Up Messages

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Even if people prefer to be reminded about important things, it might be annoying if they are repeatedly reminded beyond a certain limit. Windows Vista is vulnerable to launching pop-up messages automatically, which is to remind people to launch some of the programs in the computer. In case you are planning to stop pop-up messages from popping up more often, here are some Windows Vista Help tips to do the same.

Instructions

  • Click on the Start button to the lower left of the desktop, and from the menu, click on the Control Panel. This will open another window with plenty of options in it.
  • Now Double Click on the icon labeled User Accounts, this would open another window. In the Make changes to the user account window, click on the option Turn User Account Control On Or Off, which would open another window.
  • From the new window, click on the Ok button, this will be followed by a prompt to Restart the computer. To restart the computer, click on Ok. With this, the system would completely stop the pop-ups from appearing when you work on the computer.
  • Now Open the web browser that you use to instruct it to stop the pop-up ads. From the browser, click on the Tools menu and then select the option that says Pop-Up Blocker.
  • In order to turn on the pop up blocker in the web browser, you need to select the Turn On Pop-Up Blocker option.
  • You have to click on the Tools menu once again and choose the Pop-Up Blocker option. Select the Pop-Up Blocker settings. Choose the option that says Medium. This will see that most of the harmful pop-ups are blocked, and would see to it that the websites are loaded without any issue.

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  • In case you want to hear a sound whenever a pop-up is blocked, you can make changes in the settings. This will intimate you when a pop-up is blocked.
  • To save the settings and the changes made, click on Ok. Henceforth, the browser will block every pop-up that is launched in the browser.

In case you want the pop-ups enabled on the computer again, you can always go to the settings panel and make necessary changes. For further Windows Vista help on changing the settings of the pop-up blockers and such, you can get online support for the same. You can also know about the various functions in Windows Vista system by visiting our online support guides.

Support Cycles Of Windows Operating Systems

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If you are using any of the Microsoft software products, then it is advisable to understand the lifecycle of the product. This will help you to make upgrades to the newer versions of the product as an when the support phase for the current version ends. In this post, we will take you through the lifecycle of some of the popular Microsoft products.

Windows XP

The support cycle of Windows XP operating system has already ended. This operating system had been under the extended support cycle, which ended on April 14, this year. If you are still running this operating system on your computer, it is high time that you installed any of the newer operating systems from Microsoft.

Windows Vista

According to Windows Vista help center, the mainstream support for the operating system had already ended by April 10, 2012. The end of extended support of the operating system is April 11, 2017, as per Windows Vista help blogs.

Windows 7

Windows 7, which has been one of the favorite operating systems of all times, is nearing to the end of mainstream support. This operating system would be under mainstream support until January 15, 2015, which is hardly two months away. Now, if you are running this operating system, you need not worry even after the end of mainstream support. This is because Microsoft would still be providing support for the operating system under its extended support phase. The software giant would be releasing security patches and updates for the operating system. The last date for the end of extended support is January 14, 2020.

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Windows 8

Windows 8 is the latest operating system from Microsoft and the company has released an update for it called Windows 8.1. Mainstream support for the operating system ends only on January 9, 2018. The last date for the extended support is January 10, 2023.

Now, with the end of support dates in mind, you can upgrade your operating system before it enters the unsupported period. Keep in mind that it is too dangerous to run an operating system that is not supported by its developer. This is because the operating system will no longer be receiving software updates or security updates. With the lack of security updates, chances are high that the operating system comes under numerous threats and attacks. For further assistance or queries on this issue, you may contact our technical support team.