Keeping Windows 7 and Windows Vista running under normal parameters takes much more work than is done in Redmond alone. Fact is that the ecosystems of software and hardware products designed to integrate with the Windows clients have to do this seamlessly, especially when dealing with solutions that hook into the core of the operating system. Driver update failures for example, can easily cripple Windows 7 and Windows Vista, causing the two platforms to no longer start.

“This problem may occur if any one of the following conditions is true: The new device or the driver causes conflicts with other drivers that are installed on the computer. A hardware-specific issue occurs. The driver that is installed is damaged,” Microsoft explained.

In case you performed a driver update for a device component of your computer and Windows 7 and Vista are acting up, then your best choice to resolve the matter is to roll back the changes. Reverting the driver update will cause the issues introduced by the refresh to go away. First you will need to boot into Windows.
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It’s time once again for another episode of our Windows XP optimization series. In the past few months, you’ve seen tweaks that helped you change the Start Menu, Desktop, Display Properties, Control Panel, Folder Options, and so on. Most optimizations could not be made the old-fashioned way (from the Control Panel or any other native Windows configuration utility). As you might have guessed already from the title, this article isn’t any different: today, you’ll find out how you can easily customize the way your Internet Options window looks. So, if, for one reason or another, you need to remove a few tabs from Internet Options and have no idea how to go about in order to accomplish this, you’ve come to the right place.

If this is your first encounter with the Microsoft Windows XP registry tweaks saga, here’s a quick tour on all the highlights: we provide an absolutely free, easy tutorial on how to activate hidden tweaks inside your XP operating system, just by using good-old Notepad. You can start by reading the first article that not only provides a full insight into the highlights, but clearly specifies the few steps that must be taken before heading on. More »

The Microsoft Windows XP system optimization saga continues today with a few tweaks that will enable you, as the title states, to customize your Start Menu. Why would you do that? Well, if you’re a long-time user of a Windows operating system, you’ve surely noticed that some of the items in your Start Menu are totally redundant: you’ve rarely or never used them. For example, I’ve never used Help & Support, so one could wonder: why not remove all unused items? If you’re interested in doing this, keep reading and you’ll soon find out it only takes a few seconds of your time.

Surely there’s no surprise in the fact that you won’t be able to perform these Start Menu customizations not even from an obscure, well-hidden window in your XP. So, before we get started, I’ll have to kindly ask you to read the first article, if you haven’t done so already, to perfectly understand what should be done with the bolded lines that will follow.

Good, now that the article is read and you’ve created your tweaks.reg file starting with Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00, let’s get down to business. Here’s an absolutely free tutorial on how to make your Start Menu fit your needs in just a few seconds and using only Notepad. More »

You will use the following tools when you prepare images and deploy Windows Vista throughout your organization:

Sysprep This is the updated version, modified for Windows Vista.

Setup A new installation tool for Windows Vista that replaces WINNT and WINNT32.

ImageX The new command-line tool for creating WIM images.

Windows SIM A tool for creating and modifying Unattend.xml files.

PEimg The tool for customizing Windows PE 2.0 images.

Windows DS The new version of RIS, which adds the ability to deploy Windows Vista images as well as Windows PE 2.0 boot images. More »