Using Natural Language Search to find files in Vista

Saw this on http://on10.net/Blogs/jesse/natural-language-search-in-vista/ and found it very cool.  Hard to find details though, but found some information on http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/help/73106209-6df0-432a-8cb7-df5d8ce02ec61033.mspx See below for an excerpt from that page, it allows you to search your computer using natural terms… If you turn on natural language search, you can perform searches in a simpler way, without using colons…


How to change the network binding order in Vista

You would think that its just the same, and in a sense it is.  In Vista though they hide the menu by default, so when you go to Control Panel\Network Connections you wont see the familiar menu where you can click advanced.  By pressing the ALT key the file menu will appear, then you can…

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Book of Vista (The definitive guide to Vista)

I’ve lately been sending people to Wikipedia for information on what’s new in Windows Vista, but with the release of the Product Guide on microsoft.com I’ll be sending them to this download location now. A comprehensive feature-by-feature guide to Windows Vista. With contributions from people who actually worked on the product, this is the definitive resource…


How to filter the eventlog in Vista manually (XML)

So I ran into a situation last week where I wanted to filter the event log in Vista to only show events in the Application log that contained the string msnmsgr.exe.  Alas, this was not as easy as alt-clicking and adding to the keywords.  I thought it would have been, in any case this is how…

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Why is Vista such a memory hog?

It’s not. So I have been hearing this a lot lately and wanted to get a link out to a good article which explains superfetch and what it is doing.  I will have to admit the first time that I opened task manager in Vista and saw my system running at ~1.6GBs I thought I…

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Cool Vista Demos from thirteen23.com

Just saw this on on10.net http://www.thirteen23.com/work.html  It demonstrates what you can do with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).  I’m using the netflix demo from that site right now and it is pretty slick looking.  I can’t wait for more products to start using this platform.  I saw the BBC demo a while back but it’s nice…

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How do I create an elevated cmd shortcut in Vista/LH?

Are you tired of alt-clicking the cmd icon and choosing “Run as administrator” 70 times a day?  Well I am. Create a copy of cmd.exe in C:\Windows; rename it Elevatecmd.exe (or whatever) and set the Run As Administrator checkbox in Properties – Compatibility tab. The icon should show a shield icon after that, now you can…


Hey where did /3GB go in Longhorn and Vista?

If you did not already know there is no boot.ini in Vista/LH.  So how do you set usermode space to 3GBs? If you recall on x86 platforms there is 4GBs of addressable VM space.  So by default that is split up equally.  2GBs for kernel mode and 2GBs for use mode.  Now this is usually…

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Cool Windows Vista Feature

Using the Windows key (WinKey) + a number will bring up items on your taskbar.  For instance I have IE, Product Studio, Outlook, and Wmplayer on my taskbar.  If I hit WinKey+1 it will bring up IE, if I hit Winkey+4 it will bring up Windows media player.  I thought this was really cool as…

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