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    Windows Vista FAQ

    If you have encountered problems with Windows Vista and need help or have useful information about problems you have solved post here.

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    Windows Vista automatic restore points and lost hard drive space

    Unlike Windows XP, Windows Vista creates auto restore points every day at 30MB a pop until 15 percent of your hard drive is filled up and then it starts overwriting older restore points. depending on the size of your HD you could be losing considerable HD space.

    If you want to get your space back, go to control panel, back up and restore points and choose to do restore points manually. Once that is done go to accessories, system tools and use disk cleanup to get your HD space back.

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    yeah guys if you have any issues with Vista, Shock is definitely the one to ask as hes had every possible problem there is to have rofl
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    Hey shocker, whats your in game name?

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    shocker;
    Thanks for the info on Vista, I followed your advice and freed-up 1.5 GB
    of hard-Drive space...AWESOME!!!!!

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    Im glad I could help GTX!

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    Memory Leak?

    When I play TF2, my ram gets used up until the computer crashes after a couple of hours of play. Shutting the game off and restarting it frees up some memory, but not all of it and it crashes even faster the second time. Any recommendations?

    Amd 64 x2 5600+
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    Thanks for your help

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    twoslo: do you get any particular error or does your game just crash after a while?

    I have had crashing problems on high ram consuming games such as stalker and bf2142 but not tf2. However when stalker and bf2142 would crash i googled it and found that i needed to download microsoft visual c++ 2005 express and use it to input a command allowing large bin edit or something like that and that fixed the problem.

    First of all what resolution are you attempting to run tf 2 in ? then we can go from there and ill research it.
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    A friend bought a laptop with Vista, but she isn't quite happy about it. For a week I've been trying to uninstall the thing and install XP with no success.
    Any ideas how to get rid of Vista?
    A guy mentioned that the laptop was "designed specially for Vista and will not run anything else".
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    I'm running the game at 1280 x 720. I run stalker with no problems. As far as messages, no messages, it just freezes at a frame and the sound starts stuttering until I close it with task manager.

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    usheff - there is a long process or trial and error with putting XP on a laptop that probably doesn't support XP. It took me like 2 days to figure out wtf was wrong with XP. The first problem I had to fix though to even get XP to install was that I had to slipstream eSATA drivers into the XP installation by remaking my windows CD. Even after I did all this, XP didn't run half as good. Vista ended up being a lot better than I thought. Just give it some time

    Also if you're still set on XP just google the model number of your laptop and like "putting XP on modelnumberhere" Thats how I eventually got mine working through reading.
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    I'm seconding Shocker's recommendations to turn off restore points in vista, and then run disk cleanup to get rid of the old restore points.

    One of my biggest problems with Vista 64 is that *all day* there would be disk activity for no apparent reason. I'd look in the system monitor, but couldn't find what the culprit was. Everything ran slower than I thought it should run. After I turned off automatic system restore, it has made a HUGE UNBELIEVABLE DIFFERENCE. Even surfing the web seems faster. Plus, I gained back about 40 GIGABYTES of hard drive space. There's nobody on this this earth that needs 40GB of restore points.

    I think that Vista's overhead in running system restore is HUGE, much more than XP. Ditch the automatic creation and make one manually if you need it.

    Thanks Shocker!

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    I tried to turn off restore points, but i wasnt even given the option. I think they were already turned off.

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    Ok, found out how to turn it off finally. It freed up 40 gigs of harddrive space! Thanks a lot Shocker.

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    Ive been getting dxmgr.sys paged something in non paged something (or some crap like that) when playing TF2. I know its directx but nothing ive found fixes it. Ultimate x64. 2.66 E6750, 4g a-data 800mhz dual channel, foxconn P35a-s mobo, (3) 500g hitachi deathstar in raid-5, 8800gt 512mb ddr3 (forgot maker too lazy to open case), auzen x-fi prelude 7.1 audio, some ultra xconnect psu @550W. display @1650x1050 on 22" asus.
    Everything works fine on XP pro has been for 6 months, never had a crash.
    It happens about 5-10 min into playing on vista, my ram usage is less than 2.5g and only one core is maxed on the cpu. Did every memory test i could find.
    Any ideas I googled for 2 hours and nothing came back relevant. All updates are installed running SP1 (found people saying intall this hotfix or that one but all are contained in SP1.
    Just frustrating.

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