If you have trouble downloading files using Firefox on Vista, try this solution:
A1. Type into the browser: ABOUT:CONFIG
A2. On a blank part of the display panel, right click and select: NEW - BOOLEAN
A3. Type in: browser.download.manager.skipWinSecurityPolicyChecks
A4. Select: TRUE
A5. Click: OK
A6. If you make a spelling mistake, it is easy to remove the wrong key. Highlight the wrong key; right-click and select RESET. Re-start Firefox, enter ABOUT:CONFIG and you will happily see the wrong key has disappeared.
If, when trying to run (execute) a downloaded file, you get this message: Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item. then try this . . . . . .
B1. Highlight the file name. Right-click. Select: PROPERTIES
B2. At the top of the opened panel, select the tab labelled: GENERAL
B3. At the bottom right corner click on: UNBLOCK
B4. Click: OK
To get rid of all the Windoze crap that gives ratings and other rubbish you really don't want:
C1. Run RegEdit
C2. Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ Local Settings \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell
C3. Delete Bags and BagMRU
C4. Right-click on SHELL and click on NEW KEY and type bags
C5. Right-click on bags and click on NEW KEY and type allfolders
C6. Right-click on allfolders and click on NEW KEY and type shell
C7. In LEFT panel click on shell and in the RIGHT panel right-click and select NEW STRING VALUE and type FolderType
C8. Double-click on FolderType and enter NotSpecified
C9. Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell
C10. Delete Bags and BagMRU
C11. Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ ShellNoRoam
C12. Delete Bags and BagMRU
C13. Close RegEdit and re-boot the computer.
Details obtained from www.brighthub.com/computing/windows-platform/articles/9629.aspx
When Vista connects to WiFi, Vista calls-up Microsoft and transfers unknown information about your Vista activity.
This secret disclosure of your computer usage is not widely known and Microsoft does not advertise its actions.
Vista connects to Microsoft on IP 220.127.116.11 and appears to use DNS server dns.msftncsi.com and web site www.msftncsi.com. Also mentioned is Known Proxyless Gateway 00-1f-9f-42-48-e8 followed by numbers like 149393 or 149417.
Advice from Microsoft is to turn-off Vista's 'Active Probing' (sounds sinister) by setting the following registry key to 0 (zero).
With Microsoft bugs galore, Microsoft gravely serious security holes and Microsoft spying on its users, Windoze is no longer fun to use, so try Centos Linux, a free desktop and free heavy duty server derivative of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. www.centos.org