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Help Page for Windows Vista Users!
updated: 1 April 2007
Windows Vista has already been out for a while in the hands of Beta Testers. Therefore, there are already several help forums and message boards created by the Beta Community that can be very helpful for the avergae Vista User today. Mermy finds by Googling her question or problem, she often finds her resolve (answer).

Vista Help File Page Contents:
  1. Microsoft Comic Chat and Windows Vista
  2. Microsoft Comic Chat Character Editor and Windows Vista
  3. The annoying User Account Control
  4. Replacing system files in Windows Vista
  5. Java Aplets and Vista

 

Vista Help File 1: Microsoft Comic Chat and Windows Vista
  1. RE: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=run+as+administrator+vista
  2. The Microsoft Comic Chat program is a 32 bit program and therefore operates quite well in Windows Vista.
    In order to install it, (like any other program install in Vista), one must be signed on in an administrator account.
    Then after downloading the installation program, right click the installation file and select 'run as administrator'.
    Then click on it to install the program. After the installation is completed, right click on the shortcut to the 'Comic Chat' program and once again select 'run as administrator'.
    Then you can open and use the 'Comic Chat' program normally.
    One only has to do the 'right click & run as administrator' thingy once, then Vista remembers.
  3. The Server/Room shortcuts on Mermy's Server/Rooms Page do not work as HTML protocol shortcuts in Windows Vista, therefore one has to copy and paste the server name into the server connection pop-up when opening the 'Comic Chat' program.

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Vista Help File 2: Microsoft Comic Chat Character Editor and Windows Vista
  1. RE: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=75783&SiteID=1
  2. The Microsoft Comic Chat Character Editor is a 16 bit program and therefore will not operate in Windows Vista.
  3. The only reason the Character Editor ran in 'Windows XP' was becasue 'WinXP' came with a 16 bit subsystem which, when using the Application Compatibilty program, enabled the use of 16 bit programs within the WinXP environment.
  4. Windows Vista does not contain a 16 bit subsystem therefore even using the APPCOMPAT program will not help to get any 16 bit program to function properly within the Vista environment.
  5. With all that said, ..it may be yet possible to operate the Character Editor on a Vista machine only by installing Microsoft's 'Virtual PC' program and running the Character Editor within the 'Virtual PC' environment.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/virtualpc/default.mspx

    Mermy hasn't tried the 'Virtual PC 2007' program yet, but hopes that this will be the answer to the 16 bit problem in Vista.

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Vista Help File 3: That annoying UAC 'User Account Control'      ...Google: turn off uac
Result: (http://www.petri.co.il/disable_uac_in_windows_vista.htm)

First off: that annoying UAC is probably what makes Vista the new "Operating System". Without it, then one just has a poorly modified WindowsXP. If you're an infantile idiot that insists on visiting places like myspace.com, then you must never turn this off!!!

But if you consider yourself a Power User and smart enough to stay away from places like myspace.com, then you can get away with turning this feature off.

Here's how:

Make sure you are signed in an administrator account, then:

  1. Click Start and then open Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click User Accounts and Family Safety.
  3. Click User Accounts.
  4. Click Turn User Account Control on or off.

  5. Clear the check mark on the box beside the 'Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer option'.

  6. Click OK.
  7. When prompted, restart the computer. Note that the changes will affect all users on the computer.
  8. To enable the UAC, simply 'check' (or select) the checkbox again.

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Vista Help File 4:      ...Google: replace system files vista
Result: (http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/2204/vista_how_to_take_ownership_system_file) and (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833)

First you will need to access an elevated command prompt, to do this:
  1. Make sure you are signed on the computer as an administrator
  2. Click the Start button.
  3. Click All Programs.
  4. Go into Accessories.
  5. Right-click on Command Prompt.
  6. Select Run as administrator.
  7. When the UAC Prompt appears, click Continue.

NEXT:

  1. At the elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    takeown /f Path_And_File_Name

    For example, type: takeown /f C:\windows\system32\jscript.dll
  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER to grant administrators full access to the file:

    icacls Path_And_File_Name /GRANT ADMINISTRATORS:F

    For example, type: icacls E:\windows\system32\jscript.dll /grant administrators:F
  3. Type the following command to replace the file with a known good copy of the file:

    Copy Path_And_File_Name_Of_Source_File Path_And_File_Name_Of_Destination

    For example, type: copy C:\temp\jscript.dll C:\windows\system32\jscript.dll

Mermy notes:
Mermy didn't use the "/grant administrators:F" command on her vista machine to replace the notepad.exe files with the Notepad+ program. She used her machine name and sign-on name. EXAMPLE: For her, she used "/grant Merme_PC/Mermy:F" So one doesn't need to use the name 'adminstrators' but one does need to be signed onto an administrator account.

 

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Vista Help File 5: Java Aplets and Vista      ...Google: java vista
  1. RE: http://java.sun.com/javase/6/webnotes/install/system-configurations.html
  2. The Vista User will never know that they are 'Java challenged' until he or she tries to visit a web page that has a Java Aplet in it. Mermy discovered this delimma when she tried to visit her own 'Fun Pages' and the Aplets wouldn't load.
  3. It turns out that Microsoft and Sun Microsystems are still feuding when Vista was written, so Microsoft just left Java support out of it. All one needs to do is to go to Sun Microsystems website and download and install their Version 6 or newer runtime environment and the issue is resolved.
  4. If you are using Windows Vista and cannot see Mermy's Fireworks Show or Fish Tank
    then you need to go here: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp and download and install the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6u1

  5. It goes without saying, one will, of course, have to be in an Administrator account to install the Java Runtime Environment

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