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Vista Series Tips: Frequently Encountered System Failure Solutions

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Any system may fail. The current trial version of Windows Vista has many problems. Let’s take a look at Windows Vista and start it. The troubleshooting and recovery of faults is very simple. Even an inexperienced user can easily deal with common startup faults.

1. The boot sector of the system partition is damaged

The boot sector is damaged which will also cause the system to fail to start normally. In Windows 2000/XP you also need to enter the Recovery Console With the help of fixmbr (repair master boot record) or fixboot (repair boot sector) commands.

Under Windows Vista the same method is used to make the system automatically detect startup failures but Windows Vista does not disappoint and it can easily find the crux of the problem and automatically use the BCDMD command to repair it.

If there is clearly no system startup failure and just want to test the 'IQ' of Windows Vista then Windows Vista will politely and firmly state that startup repair cannot detect the problem.

From the performance of the boot recovery function Windows Vista is undoubtedly reassuring. It is commendable that the system does not require us to have the ability to start troubleshooting but to leave all the work to Windows Vista to complete by itself which should be affirmed.

Second Vista wallpaper interpolation solution

Although this may not be enough to locate the problem it is indeed a flaw and exists in Vista RC2. When using a picture as a desktop wallpaper Windows Vista will be responsible for maintaining the aspect ratio of the image but when compared to Windows XP when the image is stretched to fit the screen resolution Vista will not interpolate the image Resulting in sawtooth phenomenon. In the following two figures the left figure is an example of this problem which obviously lacks interpolation (also known as jagged edges); it appears smoother.

Vista wallpaper interpolation problem

The aliasing is caused by the lack of image interpolation. The so-called image interpolation is a process of image data regeneration-it regenerates image data with high resolution from the original image.

In Vista the JPEG interpolation via the desktop control panel is not executed correctly. One of the most direct results is that when a picture with a resolution different from the screen resolution is stretched as a wallpaper an undesirable visual effect will appear. This deficiency seems to only appear on JPEG images while BMP images can accept the correct interpolation from the control panel.

'Set as desktop background' function can solve this problem. The 'Set as Desktop Background' function utilizes the PIX engine used by the Windows Photo Gallery program. PIX supports image interpolation and when you set a picture as a wallpaper you can apply it to the picture well. As for why the Windows Photo Gallery program does not use image interpolation for photos when zooming in but this may be classified as Microsoft's alternative design.

Three Win Vista sidebar weather failure

The reason why the 'weather' widget in the Chinese version of Vista cannot be used has been confirmed not because of the system language but because of the regional settings Cause.

1. Open the control panel clock language and regional and language options in turn.

Set 'Current Format' to 'English (United States)'

Go to 'Location' and set 'Current Location' to 'United States'

Go to 'Administration' click 'Change system locale' set to 'English (United States)'

After restarting the computer the 'weather' widget can be used.

2. Click the settings button in the upper right corner of the weather widget and enter the name of the city you are looking for in the 'Current Location' text box using English or Chinese Pinyin. For example Beijing can enter 'beijing' or ' peking' Urumqi can enter 'wulumuqi' or 'urumqi' press enter to find the desired city.

3. Note: After the above setting the region to the United States the system numbers/currency/time/date will be displayed in English and non-Unicode programs (QQ etc.) will not be able to display Chinese characters.

You can click 'Customize this format' in the regional and language options and reset the number/currency/time/date according to Chinese habits.

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