Default User wrote:
> How, do you tell the printer driver to use a local port even though it isn't
> connected to a local port? This would then get the driver installed. But,
> when you add the shared printer how do you stop it from pulling its driver
> across and using it instead?
As I already said, install the printer drivers on Vista *first* before
you try to add the printer. Then if the installation routine doesn't
find the printer on the network (and it might) you can use the Add
Printer routine from Control Panel. If this is a network printer (not
locally connected to some other computer on the LAN), then you tell it
to use Local Port during the Add Printer routine and then New Port>TCP/IP.
> Actually in XP I would always right click the user and choose rename. This
> would rename the user and a "net user" command would show the updated name.
Yes, but that didn't change the actual name of the user account. So you
were doing it wrong or you only cared about cosmetic changes. You did
not change any of the files/folders under the user account with your
method. So you should do it the correct way in Vista now - create a new
user with the desired name.
> I have one new question - the video driver will NOT let me go to the
> troubleshooting or advanced button that normally lets you drop the
> performance slightly for more compatibility. I am used to using this in XP
> and 2000, but it is grayed out even if I am logged on as the administrator
> in Vista. The issue is resuming from sleep results in no mouse cursor on
> the second display and sometimes no mosue cursor on both displays. In the
> past I was able to reduce the performance so it didn't cache the mouse
> cursor and that fixed issues like this. Any ideas?
Drivers are written by the hardware mftrs. If the driver you have isn't
doing what you want, see if there is an updated driver. This has nothing
to do with XP or Win2k or Vista and everything to do with the functions
provided by the video driver - which was written by the hardware mftr.
Never get drivers from Windows Update. Get them from:
1. The device mftr.'s website; OR
2. The motherboard mftr.'s website if hardware is onboard; OR
3. The OEM's website for your specific machine if you have an OEM
computer (HP, Dell, Sony, etc.).
Read the installation instructions on the website where you get the drivers.
To find out what hardware is in your computer:
1. Read any documentation you got when you bought the computer.
2. If the computer is OEM, go to the OEM's website for your specific
model machine and look at the specs (you'll be there to get the drivers
3. Download, install and run a free system inventory program like Belarc
Advisor. I haven't tried Belarc on Vista so YMMV.
Elephant Boy Computers
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User