Vista Utilities

AccessChk – shows the type of access specific users or groups have to resources including files, directories, registry keys, and Windows services
Active Directory Topology Diagrammer – reads AD configurations using ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), and automatically generates a Visio diagram of your Active Directory and /or Exchange 200x Server topology
Administrative (Group Policy) Templates (.admx) – manages registry-based policy settings in the (gpedit.msc) user interface
AeroNotes – a full featured notepad alternative using the Aero Glass technology
Application Compatibility Toolkit – contains tools and documents to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows Vista, Windows Update, or a new version of Internet Explorer in your environment
AUReset – a tool containing scripts to fix most Automatic Updates & Windows Update problems
AutoRuns – displays what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and the order in which Windows processes them
Baseline Security Analyzer – graphical and command line interface performs local or remote scans for common security misconfigurations such as missing security updates, update rollups & service packs published to Microsoft Update (Support: MBSA Homepage and Visio Connector Tool for MBSA)
Battery Alarm – alerts you when the battery gets low
Battery Saver – saves up to 70% of your battery by disabling some power hungry features
BGInfo – displays relevant information on the desktop’s background such as computer name, IP address, service pack version, etc.
BITS Repair Tool for 32 bit & 64 bit – helps fix the corruption of Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) state files  (Support: KB940520)
Command Reference – for automating command-line tasks by using batch files or scripting tool
Cayra – mind mapping tool for flushing out design ideas
Desktops – organizes your applications on up to four virtual desktops
Edison – energy monitoring application to actively control PC’s energy consumption
FolderShare – share files & access computer(s) remotely
Group Policy Log View – utility exports Group Policy event data from the system and operational log into a text, HTML, or XML file
Hosts File Manager – makes configuration changes to the HOSTS file (add, delete, & edit)
IE7Pro add-on – for Internet Explorer … includes tweaks to make it friendlier, more useful, secure & customizable
IE Proxy Manager – (TrayIcon) is an easy to use proxy Manager for Internet Explorer and all depending applications.
IconEditor – creates icons in multiple formats: 16×16 – 16 color, 48×48-24bit color, up to 128×128-32bit color, along with marking the transparent colors (XOR Mask & AND Mask)
Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool – verify routers support new technologies
ISO Recorder with DVD support
IPsec Diagnostic Tool – assists you with troubleshooting network related IPsec failures
Keyboard Layout Creator – create or modify keyboard layouts
Language Interface Packs for English versions
Network Monitor – protocol analysis allows capturing, viewing & analyzing network (wired & WiFi) traffic  (Support: TechNet, Command Line Wizard)
OpenType Font File Properties Extension – adds property tabs to the fonts dialog box (i.e. font name, origination, copyright, & extended character set code pages)
PrivBar – this toolbar shows current privilege level (Administrators, Power Users, Users, or Guests)
Process Explorer – shows information in two sub-windows, about which handles & DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The top window shows currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, the information in the bottom window depends on the Process Explorer mode: in handle mode you’ll see the handles the process selected in the top window; in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs & memory-mapped files the process has loaded.
Process Monitor – shows real-time file system, Registry & process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon & Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich & non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs & user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, & more
PsExec – allows executing processes on other systems, complete with full interactivity for console applications, without having to manually install client software. PsExec’s most powerful uses include launching interactive command-prompts on remote systems & remote-enabling tools like IpConfig that otherwise do not have the ability to show information about remote systems
PsService – service viewer & controller displays the status, configuration, & dependencies of a service, and allows you to start, stop, pause, resume & restart them. PsService enables logging-on to a remote system using a different account, for cases when the account from which it doesn’t have required permissions on the remote system.
Release Notes – information on deploying & using Vista, including known issues.
Remote Server Administration Tools 32bit & 64bit – support remote management of computers running Windows Server 2008
SearchMelt – a Vista Search Folder changed to be generic & is able to be shared.  “It’s like Search + XML + Sharing — it’s a whole bunch of melty goodness!”
SharedView Beta – connects up to 15 people & get your point across by showing them your screen
ShellRunas – for heavy Explorer users who launch programs under different accounts (similar to RunAs)
Snip IT – emails selected text in Internet Explorer using your default email: Gmail, Hotmail & Outlook & Yahoo Mail
SpeechSaver – system tray utility to turn off Speed Recognition after a few minutes with no activity.
Speech Recognition Macros – creates powerful macros triggered by voice command to interact with applications
Speed Launch – gives you lightning quick access to documents, files, & websites
Start++ – Windows XP Desktop Search allows the creation of aliases between words or characters with commands & searches.  Start++ also launches programs, run scripts with parameters.
SteadyState – helps manage shared computers in a school, Internet cafe, library, or at home. (Support: FAQ)
System Update Readiness Tool x32 & x64 – checks for inconsistencies in the Windows servicing store which may prevent the successful installation of future updates, service packs, & software.
TCPView – shows detailed listings of all TCP & UDP endpoints, including the local & remote addresses and state of TCP connections. TCPView also reports the name of the process that owns the endpoint.
Terminals – multi-tab terminal services/remote desktop client. It uses Terminal Services ActiveX Client (mstscax.dll) allowing the control of multiple connection simultaneously
TweakUAC – quickly turns on & off (UAC) User Account Control (Support: MSDN)
User State Migration Tool – migrates user files and settings during deployments of Windows XP & Vista. USMT captures files & settings from the source computer and then migrates them to a new Windows installation.
  • Workstation Migration Assistant – visual wrapper for the User State Migration Tool, designed to simplify the capture / restore process for your end-users.
Virtual Desktop Manager – provides a powerful virtual desktop manager with a full screen thumbnail based preview
Virtual PC 2007 – create and run one or more virtual machines on a single computer
Vispa – tweaking for privacy, security, and system performance
VistaTweakersoftware, performance, usability and other tweaks to improve the overall experience
Visual Round Trip Analyzer – web page performance visualizer and analyzer tool
WinDirStat – disk usage statistics viewer & cleanup tool
WinHlp32 – help program included in Windows XP  (Support: KB917607)
Windows Automated Installation Kit – helps IT professionals customize & deploy Windows Vista. Perform unattended installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, & create Windows PE images.
Windows Installer CleanUp Utility – removes a program’s Windows Installer configuration information when experiencing installation problems (ie. problems when adding or removing a program’s component.)
Windows Mobile Device Center – enables data synchronization between Windows Mobile Devices & Windows Vista & Vista 64.
Windows Vista Hardware Assessment – finds computers on a network, performs a detailed inventory, reports whether a computer(s) can run Windows Vista

Windows Vista Ultimate Language Packs

  • Chinese (PRC)
  • Chinese (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English (US)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Portugese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor – identifies if a PC is ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista and which features will be able to run on their PCs
ZoomIt – screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations
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