DesktopX on Vista SP1 RTM

By on February 19, 2008 6:19:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Vad_M

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Today I have installed Vista SP1 RTM and then tried to test DesktopX 3.49 rc. The results have surpassed all of my expectations - IT ALREADY WORKS!!! (The minor bugs are not corrected but the standalone and Sidebar gadgets, DX widgets as well as DX Builder are really works)

But there is one thing you need to do for this - adjust the UAC through Stardock Tweak Vista:

1. Press "Security" button. Then select the "Medium-low security" item into the "Overview" tab.

2. Go to "Advanced" tab and select "Silently succeed" if you are an administrator and "Silently ignore" in the other case.

The item "Programs requesting elevation must be signed and verified" must to be unchecked!

You will never see the UAC message box after these simple tweaks. However all of DX options will work correctly.

Best Regards.

P.S. Let me know if you want to have the 24-bit Vista Boot Screen and I'll talk you how I made it with TuneUp 2008 Utilities.

 

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February 19, 2008 7:41:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Great post!
Thanks!

You should email this to support@stardock.com to be sure they are aware!
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February 19, 2008 8:32:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Awesome... if i used Vista.. LOL Love it.. need to install it.
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February 19, 2008 8:59:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
But this requires UAC to be turned on for DesktopX to work, correct?
This still presents a problem for me because UAC has to be turned off or it won't allow IE7 to print to PDF.  
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February 20, 2008 5:30:52 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
CarGuy1,

please look how I made this step by step (my OS is Vista Ultimate x 86):

1. I turned off the UAC before installing SP1

2. Then you need create the text file like "vistasp.txt" and copy and paste this code (I found it in the internet):

@echo off

reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSp1 /f > NUL 2>&1
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSP1 /f > NUL 2>&1

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSp1 /v Beta1 /t REG_SZ /d dcf99ef8-d784-414e-b411-81a910d2761d /f
IF NOT %errorlevel% == 0 ( goto ERROR)

:SUCCESS
@echo.
echo ===========================================================
echo Windows Vista SP1 registry key has been set successfully.
echo Please check for updates in Windows Update.
echo ===========================================================
@echo.
goto END

:ERROR
@echo.
echo ===========================================================
echo FAILED to set Windows Vista SP1 registry keys.
echo Please run this script by right clicking and selecting
echo "Run as Administrator".
echo ===========================================================
@echo.
goto END

:END
pause


Then rename it to "vistasp.cmd" and run. After that restart your PC.

3. Run Windows Update that will offer you to install Vista SP1 RC refresh 2 (build 6001.1800) that is RTM.

4. Install it. Then run msconfig and enable the UAC in the "Tools" tab and restart your PC,

5. Run Tweak Vista and make the necessary adjustments (look above). This is all...

Best Regards.

P.S. Windows Firewall, Windows Defender and Remote Security (IPsec) are disabled on my PC. I use ESET Smart Security for this.

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February 20, 2008 5:41:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Zubaz,

I think we need to test this on a several other computers to be sure that this works not only for me... Then we will send information to Stardock Support.   

One more thing i found right now - the Vista SP1 automatically moves any DX files here:

C:\Users\"CURRENT USER"\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\DesktopX\Objects

It independently creates this data folder...
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March 19, 2008 8:09:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Hi folks; Installed the released SP1 today and had the UAC OFF all along then All of the themes that I had created crashed DesktopX! It's not totally ready. You can make a new theme with the system boots with SP1 but if a theme is already created like mine are, it crashes Desktoop X....Any Ideas from anyone eles that has just installed the real realease or just the RC Groups? Automan
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March 19, 2008 9:36:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Today I have installed Vista SP1 RTM and then tried to test DesktopX 3.49 rc. The results have surpassed all of my expectations - IT ALREADY WORKS!!! (The minor bugs are not corrected but the standalone and Sidebar gadgets, DX widgets as well as DX Builder are really works)
But there is one thing you need to do for this - adjust the UAC through Stardock Tweak Vista:
1. Press "Security" button. Then select the "Medium-low security" item into the "Overview" tab.
2. Go to "Advanced" tab and select "Silently succeed" if you are an administrator and "Silently ignore" in the other case.
The item "Programs requesting elevation must be signed and verified" must to be unchecked!
You will never see the UAC message box after these simple tweaks. However all of DX options will work correctly.
Best Regards.
P.S. Let me know if you want to have the 24-bit Vista Boot Screen and I'll talk you how I made it with TuneUp 2008 Utilities.
 


Use this suggestion from Vad_M. It worked for me.
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May 6, 2008 7:25:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
The Easy Way

For those of you like me that do not have 'Stardock Tweak Vista' (STV), when you download it you'll find that you can't use this tweak without purchasing the program.

You'll have to spend $19.95 to work around a bug in Stardock programs by buying another Stardock program...

Good News!

No you don't! All 'STV' is doing is modifying Vista Administrator settings. You can do this with Vista's built in Administrative Tools in 4 very easy steps.


1) Open the 'Local Security Policy' Administrative Tool.
You can do this 2 ways:
a) REALLY EASY: Open a run box and enter "%SystemRoot%\system32\secpol.msc /s"
Then click 'OK'
PRETTY EASY: Open the Control Panel and choose 'Administrative Tools'
In the new window, double click on 'Local Security Policy'

2) Select 'Security Options' by double clicking on 'Local Policies' and then single
clicking on 'Security Options'

3) Open the following policy by double clicking on it:

'User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode'

(Basically, you need to scroll down and know how to read...not too tough.)

4) Change the setting to: "Elevate without prompting" and click 'OK'. (No reboot needed!)
(This will make Vista act as if UAC is off even when it is not. This is the exact same tweak that Stardock uses and costs you $19.95 to enable.)


For your peace of mind, there is an "Explain" tab on this last step. Feel free to read through it so you can see that it is in fact doing what I say it does.

It's pretty easy to do, so if you are lost and having trouble... you may be trying to type on your toaster.
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May 6, 2008 8:38:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
TweakVista does much more than what you describe. 
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