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You Can't Go Back

You Can't Go Back
by Gary Woods

Okay, for whatever reason you've got Vista. Don't feel bad, it's not nearly as bad as people say it is despite what those Mac commercials tell you. But you'd really rather have the look and feel of XP. To make Vista look more like XP and improve performance the first thing you should do is disable Aero Glass by right clicking any empty area of the Desktop and then clicking Personalize in the context menu. Next, click Window Color and Appearance. Clear the Enable Transparency check box and click OK. Your desktop won't look quite as cool but the performance will be a lot better and I'd trade performance for looks any day.

Now that you're zipping along open the Control Panel and type "start menu" in the search box. Click Change Start menu to Classic View and then choose Classic Start Menu. Click Apply, and you're starting to feel more at home.

To get the XP familiar hourglass pointer back right click on any empty area of the Desktop and choose Personalize then Mouse Pointers. In the Scheme drop-down menu select either, Windows Standard option and click OK.

Finally, what you've really been waiting for, disabling the User Account Control. To do this, open Vista's control panel and type UAC in the search box. Click the Turn User Account Control on or off link. On the next screen clear the Use User Account Control to help protect your computer check box and click OK. After you re-boot it's almost like you never said good bye to XP. Have FUN!!!

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc