Windows Vista introduced a new security mechanism called User Account Control (UAC). This is the new mechanism that prevents just about everything from running without first asking for your permission (aptly parodied in this Mac commercial.)
UAC also breaks a lot of stuff that it's not entirely obvious will be broken. Multi-Edit keystroke recording is one of them.
Solution #1: Turn off UAC
Many people hate Vista--until they turn off UAC. This solves a whole LOT of problems, and makes Vista a useable operating system again. Programs start working again like they're supposed to, and that annoying message, "Windows needs your permission to continue," no longer shows up. (and I no longer have the urge to heave my Vista laptop out the window as far as I can in disgust, and that huge desire to downgrade my Vista computer to Windows XP is no more.)
To turn off UAC:
- Go to Control Panel
- Open User Accounts
- select "Turn User Account Control on or off"
- Remove the checkmark from the "turn user account control on/off" section
- UAC is now disabled.
You can use a free program called DoOver which is a keystroke and mouse recorder. Download it at:
http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/#DoOver. There's DoOver.exe & DoOver.ahk . You only need to download the DoOver.exe . This is not an install file; this is the actual program.
an icon appears in the system tray.
Left CTRL+F12 - Start & stop recording
Left CTRL+F5 - playback recorded
DoOver is written using the free AutoHotKey Scripting language. AutoHotKey is not required to run DoOver. But you can look at AutoHotKey as a free program with a scripting language. AutoHotKey Macros are plain text files with .AHK file extension.
AutoHotKey comes with an AutoScriptWriter (recorder), but there's apparently no documentation on how to use it.
There's also a new Beta replacement for AutoScriptWriter at
We're working on rewriting the code so it will work on Vista.
More with Vista:
How to set the start menu back to Windows XP style:
CONTROL PANEL -> TASKBAR AND START MENU -> START MENU(tab) -> Classic Start menu
Associating File Extensions with Programs in Windows Vista
If you have Windows Vista, you're SOL. No, seriously, Vista does not come with a utility to modify file associations the way you can in Windows XP. The only way to do this is to edit the registry directly, or purchase a 3rd party program, such as Creative Element Power Tools (see File Type Doctor, $18), or some similar 3rd party Windows Explorer replacement program such as Directory Opus 9 ($75).
Or you can try the limited functionality Vista does offer:
Don't like the new look or color of Vista's Aero?
Try Stardock WindowBlinds.
Some fun links:
Mac vs. PC security parody:
Mac vs. PC South Park parody