Posts Tagged ‘Vista’


Have you ever wished to hide one or more hard disk partitions in your Windows Vista due to whatever reason for free?

As for myself, I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7000) and I don’t any ‘pro-active’ software (let say TuneUp Utilities, Defragmenter etc) or curious user who is curious enough to access this partition and modify it contents which may compromise Windows Seven file integrity and stability.


There is a method (playing with local group policy but it can’t hide my partition completely) so I need to use a bit more aggressive one J

Doesn’t matter what is your motive to hide your hard disk partition (privacy, security or simply because you hate to see that partition there :p), this trick would make your wish come true. Well, at least my wish comes true.


Steps :


Note :

  1. If you want to hide your C: drive, use this method instead. CLICK HERE
  2. This method only best to hide partition that doesn’t contain any Vista volume information, page files or your vista related installation software.
  3. This method work best to hide your other operating system partition (which you don’t want Vista to see it) such as Win7, Ubuntu or even WinXP
  4. This method also work best to hide your partition that contain your sensitive documents, picture, video etc)


From start menu, right click on Computer and left click on Manage


Click on Device Management (as circled). Your hard disk mapping may different, but that doesn’t matter.


Right click on partition that you want to hide and left click on Change Drive Letter and Paths (as for my case, I right click on Seven (H:) hard disk partition.


A new window as below wills popup. Click on Remove button.


Ignore this warning and click Yes button (Please note that you can’t hide any hard disk partition that contain Vista System Volume Information. If you want to hide your C: drive for example, you need to use other trick which you can watch here).


Note that in screenshot below, my Seven hard disk partition no longer has drive letter (previously H:) assigned to it.


A quick check from Windows Explorer clearly show that, partition Seven (H:) no longer exist. Nice.


What if I try to access it thru command line?

Sweet. So now, Seven(H:) completely hidden.


Now I need to make sure that even TuneUp Utilities can’t access Seven (H) partition.

What a relief J




Un-Hide SEVEN(H:) partition.


To un-hide your hidden partition, simply right click on that partition, and click on Change Drive Letter and Paths



A window like screenshot below will appear. Click on Add button.


Assign a letter for this partition (H for my case) and press OK button.


A quick check from Disk Management, note that that hidden partition is assigned H letter.


Double check at Windows Explorer exhibit, Seven (H) appears as normal.


Credit : Me

All current notebooks or desktop PC come with Vista pre-loaded and for some reasons, you need to use WinXP but still want to keep your Windows Vista. So, how to tackle this problem.

Credit :


Install Windows XP on Your Pre-Installed Windows Vista Computer

The question I am asked most often is “How do I install a dual-boot with Windows XP on my new Windows Vista computer?” The answer is that it’s not that difficult, it’s just very time consuming, and you need to own a copy of Windows XP.

Note that you should not attempt this if you aren’t ready to troubleshoot any problems that might occur.

The first issue we encounter is that computers with pre-installed operating systems take up the entire drive. Luckily Microsoft included the Shrink volume feature in Vista, so we can easily shrink the Vista partition down to make room for XP.

Open the Computer Management panel, which you can find under Administrative tools or by right-clicking the Computer item in the start menu and choosing Manage. Find the Disk Management item in the list and select that.

Now we’ll shrink our volume down by right-clicking on the main hard drive and choosing Shrink Volume.

Now you can choose the size that you want to shrink, which really means you are choosing the size that you want your XP partition to be. Whatever you do, don’t just use the default. I chose roughly 10gb by entering 10000 into the amount.

The next step might be confusing, because we need to change the cd-rom drive that’s invariably taking up D: at the moment, because we want to use D: for the Windows XP partition, but it’s already taken by the cd-rom drive. If you skip this step than XP will install onto the E: drive, which isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not quite as tidy.

Right-click on the cd-rom drive in the list and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu. 

Now we’ll change the CD drive to use E: by selecting that in the drop-down. 

Now we can create a new partition for XP to live on and make sure that the drive letter is set the way we want. If you do not create a partition now the XP install will do so automatically, but it’s easier and cleaner to do it this way.

Right-click on the Unallocated free space area and then select New Simple Volume from the menu.

Follow through the wizard and select whatever options you’d like, making sure to use D: as the drive letter.

Now you will need to close out of disk management and reboot your computer. This is because we can’t do the next step until we reboot. (you can try, but it won’t work)

So we’ve come back from rebooting… open up Computer from the start menu and then right-click on the D: drive and select properties. Give your partition a meaningful name like “XP”. It would be wise to name the C: drive to “Vista” at this point as well. 


Now you’ll want to pop your XP cd into the drive and boot off it. You may have to configure your BIOS to enable booting off the CD drive, or if your computer says something like “Hit Esc for boot menu” you might want to use that.

Once you come to the screen where you can choose the partition to install on, then choose either the unpartitioned space or the new partition you created. Whatever you do, don’t try and install onto your Vista partition! See how much cleaner it is now that we’ve labeled each partition distinctly?


We’ll assume XP is completely installed at this point, and you will have lost your ability to boot into Windows Vista, so we’ll need to use the VistaBootPro utility to restore the Vista boot loader.


Download and install VistaBootPro from

During the install you’ll be forced to install the .NET 2.0 framework. Open up VistaBootPRO and then click on the System Bootloader tab. Check the “Windows Vista Bootloader” and then “All Drives” radio buttons, and then click on the Install Bootloader button.

At this point, the Windows Vista bootloader is installed and you’ll only be able to boot into Vista, but we’ll fix that. Instead of manually doing the work, we’ll just click the Diagnostics menu item and then choose Run Diagnostics from the menu.

This will scan your computer and then automatically fill in the XP version.. click on the “Manage OS Entries” tab and then click in the textbox for Rename OS Entry, and name it something useful like “Windows XP”  or “The Windows That Works” 

Click the Apply Updates button and then reboot your computer… you should see your shiny new boot manager with both operating systems in the list! 

If you get an error saying “unable to find ntldr” when trying to boot XP, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Find the hidden files ntldr and in the root of your Vista drive and copy them to the root of your XP drive.
  • If you can’t find the files there, you can find them in the \i386\ folder on your XP install cd

There’s more information on this forum thread, thanks to nrv1013

This is a critical piece of information: Windows XP will be installed on the D: drive, even in Windows XP… so you’ll need to keep that in mind when tweaking your system.

You can share information between the drives, but I wouldn’t recommend messing with the other operating system’s partition too much… it might get angry and bite you. Or screw up your files. What I do recommend is that you store most of your files on a third drive shared between the operating systems… you could call that partition “Data”.

I’m going to write a number of followup articles dealing with all of the issues with dual-boot systems, so subscribe to the feed for updates.

Scenario One:

You accidently delete hibernate file at ‘Disk Cleanup’ windows, which render your Vista hibernate function suddenly disappear from control panel. To make things worst, your hybrid sleep can’t work properly and obviously you are no longer can hibernate your PC or laptop.


Scenario Two:

You are using Vista x64 with 4 GB of Ram, and you found out that your OS control panel can’t turn it on or off this feature. No matter how many times you click on “Turn Hibernate Function ON or OFF”, it will always send you to “Power Edit Plan Setting”. How frustrating right.



  1. From start menu search bar, type cmd
  2. Right Click on cmd.exe and choose Run As Administrator

  1. From command prompt console/shell, type powercfg -h on



  2. Press ENTER
  3. Done


Extra :

Now you can turn on Hybrid Sleep (Sleep + Hibernate function)

  1. Start Control Panel from start menu
  2. Choose Hardware and Sound
  3. Select Power Option
  4. Click on change on plan setting
  5. Click on Change Advance Power Setting
  6. Set hybrid sleep to ON and configure Hibernate After as you desire.


Game and Vista

Posted: November 27, 2008 in Software
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Read…. Read!
My take on gaming on Vista. Gaming on Vista. Gaming. Vista. Game. Vista. 

Reasons To Game On Vista [ Fully benefit gaming on Vista with ‘Games For Windows’ titles]

1. DirectX 10 
Got yourself a shiny new GeForce8/9 GPU ? Then its most likely to be ‘Vista Certified’ meaning true compatibility
and solid performance on Windows Vista. Suggestions for DirectX 10 games – Crysis, BioShock, Company of Heroes. Beware, you will need a high-end rig (nothing less) to play DirectX 10 games in their full glory. 

2. Games Explorer
Choose ‘Games For Windows’ titles – these titles assure you full compatibility with Windows Vista. Besides, it will fully support Games Explorer – your one stop for running games on your computer, with WEI score and links to the game website. Some games even have the menu options that take you straight to the configuration options window.

3. Xbox 360 Controller
The Xbox 360 Controller for Windows is the best gamepad you can ever have for a PC. It has the best feel and quality – its really really good. And its fully compatible with Windows Vista. No need for drivers. Most ‘Games For Windows’ titles support this controller. 

4. Widescreen Gaming
‘Games For Windows’ titles should (and is a criteria) to support widescreen display resolutions. So if you have a widescreen display (which you certainly will want as Vista gadgets are placed on the right hand side of the screen), rest assured that these games support widescreen resolutions. Crank tat’ resolution ! 

5. The future of gaming… 
Halo 2 for Vista remains the one and only game that supports Tray & Play. Pop the disc into the drive, and you can have the option to ‘stream the game and install’ – – it installs the game while you play it ! Just like gaming consoles. Also, cross platform gaming (Shadowrun & Halo 2) is possible – – you can play in multiplayer modes from Windows opponents and Xbox 360 opponents. 

6. Parental Controls
If you are a parent, feel free to feel relieved. You can lock/unlock certain games with certain ratings. So, if you’re a good dad, you would lock GTA San Andreas from your kids. If you’re bad, just say the blood in the game is just ketchup and let them play games with senseless violence. You can almost have a time limit to using the computer.. you can try setting a time limit on your ownself – that way, gaming will no longer be addictive. 

Err… hail all parents ! 

Reasons You May Not Want To Game On Vista 

1. Old games, compatibility might be in question
Old games (like Rise of the Triad) that use Dos mode may not even install ! You can always try to use compatibility mode but it may not always work. Most old games work though, but some still don’t and won’t. You will have to use DosBox or similar software to play your old games. Some games (circa 2000) that ran on Windows 98 / XP may not work in Vista. Usually its always the case of using compatibility mode, but that may not always work. 

2. DirectX 10 / Performance ? 
I question the use of DirectX 10 in games… Vista does it job, but there is just a handful of games that support DirectX 10. BioShock with/without DirectX 10 – almost no difference at all. Crysis, there is a ‘tweak’ that allows DirectX 10-like visuals although still using DirectX 9 mode (game creator Cevat Yerli says ‘this isn’t the real DirectX 10 graphics…. ???? ).

Also, not to mention the demanding resources when using DirectX 10 unless you have a high-end gaming rig. Expect games to be ‘a little slower’ in Vista compared to XP. 

3. Games For Windows ? 
Not all game titles are under the banner of Games For Windows. This raises the question – – why not ? Why won’t game developers just get to this standard. Well, game developers Valve claim they have their own system even though it fully complies with all Games For Windows standards (widescreen resolution, Xbox 360 controller support). The Need For Speed franchise (and other EA titles too) has doged GFW altogether…. for reasons unknown. 

As for me….
When Crysis was released, I wanted to shoot my computer. There goes my near 5-digit priced gaming system. It could barely make Crysis run at High. Forget Very High. And (for me), forget DirectX 10. I abandoned PC gaming. Windows Vista was part of the reason too – – DirectX 10 was all the reasons for me to keep gaming on PC, but this was the one thing that just didn’t make me a happy gamer anymore. Its the future of graphics technology, right, but let’s just say I’d prefer gaming consoles. So yes, I am a uber happy Xbox 360 gamer and I use Windows Vista on 4 machines at homes to play MSN games.

That’s right. MSN games. Geometry Wars is my favorite. 

Game on!

Choose your destiny of gaming… 

MSN Games

Games For Windows

Xbox 360


Credit to : defaultname365

How To CleanUP Vista SP1 Junks

Posted: November 27, 2008 in Software

Either your Vista is preloaded with SP1 or not, you still can clean up several gigabytes of space which is reserve for SP1 uninstallation backup data. 

To do this, open the run dialog (Win-R) and type “vsp1cln.exe” (without quotes) and press enter.

This will remove the ability to uninstall the service pack (so make sure to test everything before running the cleanup), and it will cleanup 1GB worth of data off of your hard drive.