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Thursday, May 28, 2006
Thanks to Dena Centenero for proofreading this guide for me, and making sure all my grammar is correct.
It has been a long time coming, but Windows Vista Beta 2 is finally here. This build brings much needed stability to Vista in my experience. Now, some people you talk to will sit and cry about there not being some "promised" features such as vector glass etc... While these features are not in Beta 2 it is quite possible that they could be introduced in a future build, the only way to find out will be to wait and see. For now let's just enjoy what we have and tweak it as needed!
Along with Windows Vista Beta 2 Microsoft have FINALLY made official system requirements for Vista public. Here they are:
A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:
A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:
Click Start, right click on Computer, and click Properties.
Close the Performance Options & System Properties dialogs.
Disabling services is not necessary in this build. The windows search issue from 5365 has been fixed and the overall performance of the OS is good with everything turned on so for this build I will not be disabling any services.
The Windows Security Center has been one of the biggest annoyances since the inception of the idea with Windows XP Service Pack 2. Now with Windows Vista™ it is new, improved, and even more annoying than ever before! Untill now, you could not get rid of the icon from your tray.
Here's how to nuke Security Center off your system. This has been tested and there are no adverse effects from doing this.
UAC, otherwise known as UAP (User Account Control/User Account Protection) in previous builds is another one of those features that just seems to get in the way of doing your work. This feature is designed with the average user in mind who needs this kind of protection to keep themselves out of trouble. If you are reading this then chances are you know how to manage your own system. Here is how to disable UAP:
DEP, otherwise known as NoExecute, is a piece of technology in Windows that prevents processes from being altered in live memory. This lowers the frequency of certain attacks, but it can also have some adverse effects and cause certain things not to run.
Due to the way Windows Vista™’s boot editor has been created, it is now harder to disable DEP / No Execute Protection. After a little looking around, I figured it out. Here's how to do it:
Fixes for Various 5384 Issues
Some Direct3D games have a problem with flickering textures in game, namely CS: Source and Call of Duty 2. To fix this you need to turn off DWM before you go into the game. After exiting the game you can turn DWM back on. Click the link below to get two batch files that will turn dwm off and on when you want to make this process a little easier.
Adding Directories to the Search Index
In Vista Beta 2, if you click "Add to Index" at the top of an explorer window, it does not actually add the directory to the search index. Instead it puts the directory in a weird mode so that it cannot be indexed. To work around this issue add all directories you want to index through Indexing Options in the control panel.
After the aurora shows up on first boot after setup, hit Shift-F10 and a command prompt will show up. If not hit ALT+TAB to select it from the pop up. Type "taskmgr" and hit Enter. In the task manager, close "msoobe.exe" (End Process). Windows will either log off or reboot. You will then login as Administrator.
Re-Enable Administrator Account
If you are like me and use the "None" user trick or the method mentioned above to skip the creation of a user account, then you have seen that the Administrator account is disabled by default in 5381 and it would appear that there is no way to get into the OS. Here's how to re-enable the account:
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