Microsoft Monday

Last week we covered some of the unfamiliar features and terms that were introduced with Windows Vista like the UAC (User Account Control), ReadyBoost, and SuperFetch. That was just the start of the new terms, so this week we’ll be covering three more.

What is Fast Sleep and Resume?

You may have also seen this labeled “Fast Boot and Resume.” It’s Vista’s new way of powering down and starting up so that you’ll be using your computer sooner. In other words, the initial “wait” is shorter.

The reason for this is that when you turn off your computer, it will save your current session to memory and enter into a low power state. Then when you turn your computer on, it’ll only take a few seconds before you see your desktop just as you left it.

What’s great is that there are no settings that you have to change because this is the default “off” state. When you press the bower button, it will automatically go in to “sleep” mode (very low power) and then quickly resume when you press the power button again to turn it back on.

What is Sync center?

The Sync Center is perfect for those of you who need to keep multiple devices synchronized. The Sync center in Windows Vista will be your centralized location where you can monitor the progress of the devices that you have synchronizing.

Here’s what you can do in Sync Center:

  • Initiate a manual sync
  • Stop an in-progress sync
  • View status of current sync activities
  • Receive notifications

You can get to the Sync Center by clicking start > control panel > Sync Center.


What is Shadow Copy?

Shadow Copy is for those of you who copy over files accidentally. It’s available in Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows Vista, and is described as a feature that “automatically creates point-in-time copies of files as you work, so you can quickly and easily retrieve versions of a document you may have accidentally deleted.”

To use this feature, all you have to do is right click on a file or a folder and click “restore previous versions.”


Keep in mind, this will work with single files, even whole folders! After clicking to restore previous versions, you’ll see a pop-up window that looks like this:


It will display the different previous versions that are available for a file or folder, and then you can select which one you’d like to restore.

Wrapping it up:

While the three features mentioned today, Fast Sleep and Resume, Sync Center, and Shadow Copy aren’t all going to be something that everybody will use, at least one of them should come in handy for you at some point.