Archive for the ‘Vista’ Category

Network Map in Vista not displaying XP computers

April 1, 2010

When you run Network Map on a Windows Vista-based computer, computers that are running Windows XP do not appear on the network diagram. This problem occurs if the Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder component is not installed on the Windows XP-based computer.

Network Map in Windows Vista makes network diagrams of the connections between network devices that can be used to troubleshoot connectivity problems. Network Map uses a discovery protocol called Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) that queries other devices on the network to determine how the network is organized.

Windows Vista includes the software components that implement the LLTD protocol. For other devices on the network to be displayed on the map, they must enable a discovery protocol that can respond to the mapping requests from the Windows Vista-based computer.



Latest SP2 for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

May 27, 2009

Download, Five Language Standalone (KB948465) package now.

Download, Five Language Standalone for x64-based Systems (KB948465) package now.

Information about SP2 for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

Windows Vista Application Compatibility Downloadable List for IT Professionals

November 11, 2008

Brief Description
The Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals is a Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet containing software applications which have earned the status of “Certified for Windows Vista” or “Works with Windows Vista.”

Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 test drive using web browser

September 14, 2008

The Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (SP1) test-drive allows you to try (or “test drive”) this latest operating system from Microsoft without having to install it on your PC. By simply logging onto our test drive environment using your web browser, you will be able to experience Windows Vista first hand. You can explore the product on your own, or follow along with guided excercises and videos.


BitLocker Repair Tool

July 3, 2008

The BitLocker Repair Tool can assist administrators in recovering data from a corrupted or damaged disk volume that was encrypted with BitLocker.

This tool helps access data encrypted with BitLocker if the hard disk has been physically damaged. This tool attempts to reconstruct critical data from the drive and salvage any recoverable data.
To decrypt the data, a recovery password or recovery key is required. In some cases, a backup of the key package is also required.
Use this command-line tool if the following conditions are true:
• A volume has been encrypted by using BitLocker Drive Encryption.
• Windows does not start, or you cannot start the BitLocker recovery console.
• You do not have a copy of the data that is contained on the encrypted volume.
How to use the BitLocker Repair Tool to help recover data from an encrypted volume in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008

Vistalizator – Change Vista display language in less than 5 minutes!

May 14, 2008

Did you buy a Vista laptop from abroad and want it to talk to you in your mother language?

Vistalizator – this tool allows you to change display language in Vista editions other than (officially supported) Ultimate:Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium and Business.

Change Vista display language in less than 5 minutes!
Uses official Microsoft language packs
You can install all 35 languages and switch between them easily
Works in 32-bit Vista
Works in 64-bit Vista (new)
Compatible with Vista Service Pack 1
User Account Control (UAC) compliant – prompts for administrative privileges

No file is overwritten/changed during language installation – except for language upgrade after Vista SP1 installation

Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download

May 2, 2008

Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpose. It contains the contents of the Windows Vista DVD’s “recovery center,” as we’ve come to refer to it. It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows Vista, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC. Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it’s damn-decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows’ users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own.


Disable the UAC feature for Administrators

April 8, 2008



Name: ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin
Value: 0 Enable, 1 Disable

Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT)

March 31, 2008

Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools enables IT administrators to remotely manage roles and features in Windows Server 2008 from a computer running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Starter Group Policy Objects (GPOs)

Starter Group Policy objects (GPOs), introduced in Group Policy for Windows Server 2008, are collections of configured Administrative template (.admx) policy settings that you can use to create a live GPO. Each of the two packages in this download contains four starter GPOs.

Free Microsoft support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 issues

March 27, 2008

Unlimited installation and compatibility support is available at no charge until March 18, 2009.