As you’ve probably figured out, the Windows Vista default setting is set to show the Welcome Center screen every time you start up your computer. While the Welcome Center is mildly interesting the first time you see it, you’ll more than likely get tired of it rather quickly. You can easily change the setting though by unchecking the Run option under the Startup button, located at the bottom of the Welcome Center screen.

1.) To do that, go to Start, Control Panel.

2.) Select Welcome Center.

That takes care of that!

Now, similarly, the Vista Sidebar is also shown by default. While some users will find the Sidebar and its widgets very useful, you may want to use that space on your desktop for something else. If that’s the case, you can turn the Sidebar off. Here’s how:

1.) Go to Start, Control Panel.

2.) Right click on the Windows Sidebar icon in the system tray.

3.) Choose Properties.

4.) Uncheck the “Start Sidebar When Windows Starts” checkbox.

5.) Click OK.

That’s it I hope many of you can get some good use out of this one!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami