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Windows Vista Tips

Disabling Automatic Startup Programs

If you don't want certain programs or applications to run automatically on startup, there's an easy way to disable them.

Click Start
Type msconfig in the search box
Click Continue in the User Account Control to continue
Click on the Startup Tab
Uncheck any boxes in the "Startup Items" that you wish to disable or click the Disable All button (not recommended)
Click OK
If you need to re-enable any of the programs, go through the same process and check the boxes of programs you wish to run automatically on startup.

Showing Super Hidden Files In Windows Vista

To show Windows Vista "super hidden" files, that is, those files that are normally hidden from the user, you'll need to accesss the registry editor. To turn on (or off) super hidden files: (make sure you backup the registry before making changes)

Click the Start Button, type "regedit" (Registry Editor) in the search box, and press Enter
Click Continue to get past the User Account Control hurdle
On the left panel, double-click to navigate to the key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
On the right panel, double-click on Superhidden
In the Value Data box, change the value to "1"
Click OK
Exit the Registry Editor
Restart your machine for the changes to take effect

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