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Windows Vista Repair | Vista and XP repair guides - Part 54

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Copying, moving and naming files is really slowin Windows Vista

When you copy files, move them or try and rename them in Windows Vista it takes a long time. At the time of this post the issue is unresolved.  Microsoft will have a fix soon so be sure and visit their site and see.  For the moment we can disable thumbnails and speed the process up.  This is easy to do.  Got to the Tools Tab and then select Folder Options, Click View and then Advanced Settings, Check the box that says Always show icons, never thumbnails.  This will speed the process up because when you are copying and moving the files Windows Vista creates thumbnails even if you do not have that view selected.
If a fix comes out and you see it first be sure and post bellow to let others know.

Opening folders in Windows Vista Start Menu Very Slow.

When trying to open folders in your startup menu with Windows Vista the startup Menu is very slow and takes a long time to load.  There is NO fix from Microsoft at the moment but you should check there because there might be one there at any moment.  To get around this issue for the time being you can disable the “Highlight newly installed programs” feature.  I did this anyways because I do not need to be told I just installed a program.  To do this right click on your Star Menu, Select Properties and then choose Customize. Uncheck the Highlight newly installed programs and you are good to go.

If this helped our if the update comes out then please post a comment below so others know.

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Vista error Stop 0x0000009F error message (DRIVER POWER STATE FAILURE)

If you are getting an error in Windows Vista that says Stop 0x0000009F when loading Windows after hibernation chances are you have an IEEE 1394-based device connected. You will need to go to the Microsoft site and download the latest update. The upgrade file you need is 929762. Click here to go to the site

Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers


After you have connected a Vista based computer to a network that supports dynamix Host Configuration Protocol or DHCP you are unable to contect to the network. The router or the other device may not support the DHCP Broadcast flag.

This issue will occur because with XP SP2 the Broadcast flag in DHCP is set to 0 (meaning disabled), with Windows Vista the Broadcast flag is not disabled and therefore some non Microsoft  DHCP servers cannot process the the DHCP discovery packets. This can happen on some routers as well.

FIX:  (WARNING!! windowvistarepair.com takes no responsibility for your actions)  We will be editing the registry.  Backup your data before proceeding in-case something goes wrong.

Click the Windows Start Button, in the start search box type regedit. In the programs list select Regedit.  You may be prompted for the admin password.

Now Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


In this registry path, click the (GUID) subkey that corresponds to the network adapter that is connected to the network. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
In the New Value #1 box, type DhcpConnDisableBcastFlagToggle, and then press ENTER.
Right-click DhcpConnDisableBcastFlagToggle, and then click Modify.

In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

Close Registry Editor.

Reboot your computer.  If you did it right then Vista will now not broadcast a DHCP Broadcast flag.

If the router or the non-Microsoft DHCP server does not support the DHCP BROADCAST flag, you can set the following registry entry as follows:


Value name: DhcpConnForceBroadcastFlag
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 0

Window Vista Startup and Repair

Startup Repair is a great Windows tool that can fix many issues like missing or damaged startup files they may be preventing Windows Vista from starting. The Startup Repair option scans your computer for problems and then tries to fix it. If you experience problems while trying to run Startup Repair, or if your computer does not include Startup Repair, your computer manufacturer might have customized or replaced the tool. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer’s website.

Using startup Repair

Startup Repair is on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows installation disc. Startup Repair might also be installed on your hard disk if your computer has preinstalled recovery options. Startup Repair might prompt you to make choices as it tries to fix the problem, and if necessary, it might restart your computer as it makes repairs.

If you have a Windows installation disc:

• Insert the installation disc.

• Restart your computer

• boot to the installation CD or DVD.

• Select your language the next

• Click Repair your computer .

• Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next ..

If your computer has preinstalled recovery options:

• Restart Computer

• Press and hold F8 as your computer boots up. You will need to reboot again if you see the Windows logo. That just means it did not work the first time.

• On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Repair your computer , and then press ENTER

• Select a keyboard layout, and then click Next .

• Select a user name and enter the password, and then click OK .

On the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair .

Startup Repair cannot fix hardware failures or certain types viruses. Startup repair does not repair lost files like documents or pictures. If you need that see our backup articles or view the forum.

Windows Vista Parental Controls

All I can say is it’s about time. So many parents out there have not been able to set up parental controls on their computer but with Windows Vista it is a breeze. Be sure and set it up so your kids are protected online.

Please note if your computer is connected to a domain, Parental Controls are not available. Your System Admin will be able to set this up.

Windows Vista parental controls allow you to manage how your children use the computer. For instance, you can set limits on your children’s access to the web, the time they can use the computer, and which games they can play and programs they can run.

Windows Vista Parental Controls blocks access to a web pages and games, a notification is displayed that the webpage or program has been blocked. Your child can click a link in the notification to request permission for access to that webpage or program. You can allow access by entering your account information.

Before you get started, make sure that each child that you want to set up Parental Controls for has a standard user account because Parental Controls can only be applied to standard user accounts. To set up Parental Controls for your child, you’ll need an Administrator user account. Parental Controls cannot be applied to an Administrator user account.

Turn on Windows Vista Parental Controls for a standard user account

• Click the windows start button on the bottom left of your screen. Click Control Panel , and select User Accounts , Click Set up Parental Controls . You may be asked for the admin password, if so just type in the password and press enter.

• Select the user account you want to set Parental controls on.

• Under Parental Controls , click ON .

• Now that you have turned Parental Controls on you have several choices you can make A. Web Restrictions: You can restrict the websites that children can visit, make sure children only visit age-appropriate websites, indicate whether you want to allow file downloads, and set up which content you want the content filters to block and allow. You can also block or allow specific websites. B. Time limits: You can set time limits to control when children are allowed to log on to the computer. Time limits prevent children from logging on during the specified hours and, if they are already logged on, they will be automatically logged off. You can set different logon hours for every day of the week. C. Games: You can control access to games, choose an age rating level, choose the types of content you want to block, and decide whether you want to allow or block unrated or specific games. D. Allow or block specific programs. You can prevent children from running programs that you don’t want them to run