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Richard Rost


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I am happy to answer any questions about how to use Microsoft Windows Vista. Also, please be sure to check the Windows Tips & Tricks and Windows Vista Tutorials sections of my web site.

Experience in the area

I have been using Windows Vista since it first came out. I have been teaching Windows (all versions) in the classroom since 1994, and online through computer tutorials since 2002.


I have been volunteering on AllExperts in the categories of Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, and Weight Loss for many months now.


I have created a line of Windows (including Vista) computer tutorials online at and


Personally, I am self taught. I've learned everything I know from books and trial & error. If I don't know the answer, I know how to find it.

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I have over 20,000 happy clients worldwide.

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Recent Answers from Richard Rost

2012-12-23 At least 2 problems on MS Vista:

The first problem is that you're using VISTA. It's junk. My recommendation would be to back up your data, reformat the hard drive, and put a fresh copy of Windows 7 or 8 on it.    These are both problems

2012-09-22 My HP:

There are programs that CLAIM to speed up your computer, but the BEST thing you can do is to just backup your data and wipe the hard drive. Install a fresh copy of Windows. Your computer likely came with

2011-08-05 upgrade to IE 9 or stay with IE 7:

I've always been an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" kind of guy. If you're visiting web sites that tell you that you can't see the content without IE9, then upgrade. If your current browser is fine,

2011-08-02 extracting from an archive:

Windows Vista and 7 can work directly with ZIP files. There's really nothing you have to do. Just open the file (it should look like a folder) by double-clicking on it, and then run the SETUP program for

2011-05-13 Vista operational problems:

There can be MANY factors that lead to a computer slowing down including just software issues. YES, Vista was a pretty poor OS, but too many techs blame EVERY problem on it. I would try first just reformatting


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