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Decrapping Windows Vista
If you thought default XP was dumb, you're in for a world of hurt in Vista. Let's see what we can do.
All steps in this guide are optional and make Vista act like 2k/XP as much as possible. Pick and choose the changes that suit you.
In case you were wondering, Tiny Personal Firewall 2 does not work on Vista.
OH MY GOD WELCOME TO VISTA HERE ARE 500 USELESS BUTTONS NOBODY WANTS
- Uncheck "Run at startup" at the bottom
- Right click sidebar, close
- Right click the sidebar icon in system tray (which should have a "help" bubble now), Exit
- In dialog, uncheck "Start sidebar when Windows starts"; "Exit sidebar"
Explorer & Control panel
- Start | Control panel
- "Classic view" on left
- Press Alt to bring up the ever-elusive menu bar
- View | Details
- View | Status bar
- Tools | Folder options
- "Use Windows classic folders"
- View tab
- "Always show menus" → On (THANK GOD)
- "Display simple folder view in Navigation pane" → Off
- "Display the full path in the title bar" → On
- "Show hidden files and folers" → On
- "Hide extensions of known file types" → Off
- "Hide protected operating system files" → Off; Yes to dumb dialog box
- "Remember each folder's view settings" → Off
This, like all steps in this document, is optional; you can leave UAC on if you like the added security.
- Start | Control panel | User Accounts
- "Turn User Account Control on or off"
- Uncheck, OK, Reboot
Disable security complaints
- Start | Control panel | Security Center (or click one of the complaints)
- "Change the way Security Center alerts me" on the left
- "Don't notify me and don't display the icon"
Taskbar & start menu
- Right click taskbar, properties
- "Taskbar" tab
- "Group similar taskbar buttons" → Off
- "Start Menu" tab
- "Classic Start menu" → On, "Customize"
- At bottom of "Advanced Start menu options", "Use personalized menus" → Off
- "Notification Area" tab
- "Hide inactive icons" → Off
- Press Win+Pause or right click "My Computer" and choose "Properties"
- Giant "fake" system properties appears. Click "System protection" on the left to bring up real system properties.
- "Advanced" tab
- Performance "Settings"
- "Adjust for best performance", then enable what you want
- Disabling "Use visual styles on windows and buttons" gives classic Windows 2000 look
- Move swap file via "Advanced" dialog if desired
- Startup and Recovery "Settings"
- "Automatically restart" → Off
- Environment variables if needed
- Right click the desktop, "Personalize"
- "Window Color and Appearance"
- "Effects" button
- Set font smoothing: "ClearType" for LCDs, "Standard" for CRTs
- "Show window contents while dragging" → On
- "Desktop background"; whatever
- Find "Start Navigation" and set it to "(None)" to turn off that clicking sound
- "Mouse", "Pointers" tab, → "3D-Bronze" (or whatever)
- "Display Settings"; whatever
- "Easy of Access" (in the lower-left corner)
- "Make the keyboard easier to use"
- Scroll down, "Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys" → On
- Right click the recycle bin, "Properties"
- "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin" → On
- Tools button| Menu Bar
- Tools | Internet Options
- Homepage → Anything but MSN (google?)
- Start | Run | "control userpasswords2".
- "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer" → Off.
- Enter the user name and password you wish to automatically log on with, and then click OK.
- Click OK again and you're all done.
- Control Panel (classic) | Administrative Tools | Services
- Stop and change startup type to "Disabled" or "Stopped" for the following services:
- "Themes" - turns off any remaining pretty nonsense.
- Control Panel (classic) | Problem Reports and Solutions
- "Change Settings" on left
- "Advanced settings"
- Click the "Change setting" button undeer "For all users and programs, problem reporting is set to"
- "Off", OK, OK, OK
- Control Panel (classic) | AutoPlay
- "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" → Off
- Tools | Options, "Always ask me where to save files" → On