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File Types in Folder Options of Vista

By Healer ·
Where is the counterpart of File Types in Folder Options of Vista like that in XP?

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Couple of thoughts

by Jacky Howe In reply to The reason

I'm not a fan of dual booting unless I'm using seperate hard drives. I also like to have the Operating Systems installed on Primary Partitions. I have considerd using swappable drive bays but I never got around to it. In my humble opinion W7 is a far better Operating System and if I have a choice I will be running W7 on it's own drive. I will only be keeping Vista as a reference System. At the moment I have Vista installed in a Virtual environment under W7.

If you are going to go ahead and install W7 along with Vista on the same drive I would prepare the hard drive first. I would also run DBAN on the drive if you are just going to install W7 on its own.

Run DBAN to clean the drive.

Use Diskpart to create two Primary Partitions to hold the Operating Systems.

You can then decide if you want to create another two Primary or an Extended Partition to house Logical Partitions for the rest of the drive.

Which ever way you go you are better off starting with a fresh drive with a fresh install.

If you do go ahead and install without preparing the drive the other factor is the way that your drive has already been setup. It may only have one Primary Partition and an Extended Partition with Logical drives. If that is the case you would do better to delete the Extended Partition and create another Primary Partition to hold W7. Then create your Extended Partition or two other Primary Partitions.

Now you have something to think about.

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My thought!

by Healer In reply to Couple of thoughts

The reasons I have multi-booting on my computers because I would like to have most of the operating systems on hand so that I can access whenever I need. I can't afford to have one operating system on one hard disk. Using swappable drive bays might be a waste of disk space. These days the hard disks are so huge and having just one operating system installed on one hard disk for the sake of support and testing seems to be a big waste.

Could you please tell me why you need primary partition for every operating system installed? Also why would you need to run DBAN before installing every operating system especially Windows 7? I would have thought you only need DBAN if you suspect rootkit virus.

I also understand running anything in a virtual environment comes with some limitation even though I have not got around to set one up. I have thought about having the latest operating system as the main one and the rest installed as the virtual ones. However I am not too sure of the pros and cons. I can't just believe what those people like vmware say, can I? I would like to hear of the experience from some people like you who have been there.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to My thought!

I have four Systems that I use for testing. Admittedly they arn't the latest and greatest but they do the job. One is AMD and the rest Intel. The only reason that I have so many as they have been given to me after my clients have upgraded. I can do things with these Systems that are hard to dulpicate in a Virtual environment. Like deliberately infecting a System to track down the changes that have taken place without fear of infecting another System or Partition. The other side is being able to host a LAN game when my boys or some of my friends come around. When you have been around for awhile you get to collect a lot of bits and pieces that could be used to build a System or two.

I still have a working 486 and a couple of Pentium I's and PII's. The drives that I use are mainly 40GB - 80GB IDE's. My two newer Systems have Sata drives and one has Hyper V support. This is the one that I have several versions of Vista installed along with the free XP System. It doesn't take long to install a Virtual Drive on a decent System. There is a trick that can be used to prolong the length of the trial and avoid so many reinstalls.

To extend the activation period, open the start menu and enter in cmd and press enter. In the command prompt, type the following in (without quotes) "slmgr -rearm". It will take about 20 seconds and will then bring up a message telling you to reboot. Reboot your computer and check the time left by going to your system properties.

You will notice that it now says 30 days again. You may do this three times, every time resetting the period to 30 days. To get all 120 days, only run the command when there is one day left to activate.

It is a lot quicker and easier to **** away/re-create a Primary Partition and reinstall the OS when something goes wrong, which given time it will. Otherwise you are chasing and trying to delete Logical Partitions which are housed in an Extended Partition. Having access to another drive will allow you to have an Active Partition on that drive to boot to. You can use Diskpart to make the second drive Active, reboot and you are in a different OS.

If finances are tight and aren't they always you would probably get by with a System that supports Hyper V and Windows 7. This day and age you would only need XP Home, XP Pro (Free), Vista and your flavor of Linux if you support it. I still have VM's with DOS 6, 3.11, Win95 and Win98 that I haven't used for quite some time.

Another feature of a Virtual drive is that you can set it so that it doesn't save changes when you exit. You are fresh to go again later. You will be able use the VM's for testing or for reference. I'm only talking of my experience with Virtual PC 04-07 and the latest Virtual PC that is for W7. I'm not familiar with VMWare at all.

Using DBAN on a used drive will give it a new lease on life. It will remove all of the crap that has built up over time. Formatting will not clean up a drive. You can't run DBAN between builds as you would keep wiping the drive. I normally run it on client Systems that require a reinstall of the OS. I'm sometimes amazed at the performance of the System afterwards, especially if the drive has been used for a few years.

DBAN is the last thing that I would use on an infected System and it would have to be pretty bad before I came to a conclusion to use it. With the latest Rootkit revealers and the ability to rewrite the MBR these days I haven't had to use DBAN as yet. I would be cleaning it so that I could save the Data first. That is the most important aspect for me "Client Data" and even though you have told them to regularly Backup most of them don't. It's always handy to have a spare System so that you can add a drive as a Slave to disinfect it. Anyway some food for thought.

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CCleaner

by seanferd In reply to The reason

will remove unused file extensions. Or regedit will allow you to keep the extension, but delete any actual association, if for some reason you want the extension entry left.

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Duplicate entries in OpenWith window

by Healer In reply to CCleaner

Thanks! CCleaner is great. However it does not fix my problem.

On my Vista system, when I right-click on a jpg file and hover on Open With, there are two identical entries of "Windows Photo Gallery" in the pop-up window. I would like to remove one of them. I can't find anything in the registry to remove.

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