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Impressivness of Vista Utils

by on May.25, 2007, under Vista

The time came to reinstall Vista this afternoon, and not for the usual reasons. It was reinstalled to update the license to a legal version of Vista Business :)

Have to admit I was quite impressed with it, I decided to play around with the backup / Easy Transfer utilities that Vista now offers. Here is what happened:
The Easy Transfer utility worked like a charm. Installed Vista, inserted the disk created during the Easy Transfer setup on the old install where I told it to copy all my email settings etc and when I ran it in the new install it just copied them over.
Started up the mail client and hey presto all my accounts are there (had to enter all the passwords again), all my emails and all the rules which I had previously spent hours setting up. Nice job Microsoft 😉

Thought I would also have a look at the backup feature but that doesn’t seem to like backups created under other installations for some reason. Keeps claiming that I need to create a backup before I can restore a backup … “I have created one” … oh well never mind might create one and see if I can then use the older backup.

Just found out that the Easy Transfer utility even copied over putty and a couple of other utils (with their configs).
Will do a guide on how I did this at some point (after revision for final year exams are over lol).

Decided to stick with Winamp for my music player and went to look for a new skin for it. I actually found an awesome skin which fits in perfectly with my desktop setup. It evens has a feature which folds it away in to the right hand side of the desktop. This mixed with the transparency -> opaque on hover settings (found under alpha blending skin options) means I can still do everything I want, without having to have Winamp on top of all my windows.

The skin can be found in the main winamp skins collection and below are a couple of screenshots showing the skin visible on the desktop, 10% transparency and folded up 😉
Visible Winamp Skin

Winamp Skin with 10% transparency

Minimised view of the winamp skin

Click the thumbnails for a larger view :)

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