Hasta La Vista, Vista

Since I sold my XT at the end of last year, I was forced to get some bigger memory cards. My brother joked that his phone had more memory than my camera. Sad, I know.

And I started shooting in RAW this year, so hard drive space has become an issue. I’ve moved most of my old images off to an external hard drive, leaving only the most current files from this and last year on my computer. The good news is, I finally got rid of Windows Vista from a triple boot and reclaimed the space for my images.

The process was fairly easy.

  • Download and install EasyBCD to restore the XP bootloader
  • Use a partition editor (I used gparted in Ubuntu) to re-size the partitions
  • Check the flags column to make sure something other than Vista was set to boot
  • Unmounted and delete the Vista partition
  • Re-size the share drive and reclaim the unallocated disk space
  • Hit “apply” and wait…for what might seem like an eternity

Everything’s fine now with my dual boot setup: XP and Ubuntu. Except I might need another external drive at the rate I’m shooting.

Restore a Missing Personal User Folder in Vista

I double as the IT department at work because I’m geeky. My boss’ wife had some issues on vista because she had created multiple desktop and document folders. I’m posting this if I ever need this information again.

To restore a personal user folder if it has been deleted, in the wrong location, or is missing from your C:\Users\(user name) or Start menu location:

1. Open the Start menu.

2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type in the shell command for the missing Personal User folder and press Enter.

User Folder Shell Command
Contacts shell:Contacts
Desktop shell:desktop
Documents shell:Personal
Downloads shell:downloads
Favorites shell:Favorites
Links shell:Links
Music shell:My Music
Pictures shell:My Pictures
Saved Games shell:SavedGames
Searches shell:Searches
Videos shell:My Video