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How to Get Rid of Speech Recognition in Windows Vista

One of the most frustrating “features” in Windows Vista is speech recognition. Knowing how to get rid of speech recognition in Windows Vista is, unfortunately, a pain in the neck. The Microsoft Help files [more…]

How to Remove Unwanted Toolbars from Mozilla Firefox

Removing unwanted toolbars in Firefox is much simpler than removing them from Internet Explorer. Perhaps scummy programmers aren’t as interested in subverting Firefox, or perhaps the Firefox design doesn’t [more…]

How to Remove Unwanted Toolbars from Internet Explorer

So you find a great little program to install on your computer and somehow, by the time the install finished, you found yourself with a strange new toolbar in Internet Explorer. It happens to everyone. [more…]

How to Remove Unwanted Add-ons from Internet Explorer

Many Internet Explorer problems are caused by add-ons. Unfortunately, removing unwanted add-ons from Internet Explorer can take some work. This is particularly true of the add-ons that you didn't invite [more…]

How to View and Use Your Computer's Windows Experience Index

Windows Vista uses a sophisticated, multitalented program called WinSAT, or the Windows System Assessment Tool, to determine its benchmark settings, which it calls the Windows Experience Index [more…]

How to Set Up Windows Media Player

The first time you run Windows Media Player, you need to take a couple of minutes to get things started on the right foot. By following these steps, you can ensure that you set up Windows Media Player [more…]

Tips and Tweaks for Getting the Most Out of Windows Explorer

Underneath Windows Explorer’s docile exterior beats the heart of a powerful, adroit assistant. You need to do a bit of tweaking, but if you spend a few minutes to apply these suggestions, you can emerge [more…]

How to Protect Your Privacy in Windows Media Player

It’s important that you take a minute to protect your privacy in Windows Media Player. The best option is to block as many of the privacy settings as possible when you set up Windows Media Player, but [more…]

How to Improve the Performance of Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player (WMP) 11 is a great media management tool, but you can make a handful of key changes that will improve its performance. These changes will save you no end of frustration and headache [more…]

How to Collaborate with Windows Meeting Space

So you've heard that you can collaborate with others using Windows Meeting Space. But what does that really mean? It means that can set up an online meeting with friends and coworkers over a local area [more…]

How to Use Windows Vista's Snipping Tool

Although you can use the Print Screen button on your keyboard to capture what's on your screen, if you know how to customize the defaults for Windows Vista's new Snipping Tool, you can really customize [more…]

How to Request Remote Assistance for Windows Vista by IM

One of the easiest ways to request and receive Remote Assistance for Windows Vista is by instant messaging (IM). If you use one of Microsoft's instant messaging services [more…]

How to Create an Exception for the Windows Vista Firewall

Frequently, when a program on your computer can't receive necessary updates from the Internet, the cause can be as simple as the Windows Vista Firewall denying it access. To get your program running efficiently [more…]

How to Set Up Meeting Space for Windows Vista

Collaborating with others is easier than ever thanks to Vista's Meeting Space tool. To get the most out of this tool, you need to take a few minutes to set up Meeting Space to work with your needs. But [more…]

How to Collaborate with Windows Meeting Space on an Ad Hoc Network

Meeting Space is Windows Vista's collaboration tool. It can be used to set up a meeting with others who happen to be nearby or over a larger LAN network. It's easy to hold an ad hoc meeting in Meeting [more…]

How to Get Windows Vista to Recognize a Digital Camera

Windows Vista usually greets digital cameras as soon as they’re plugged into the computer. If it doesn't, you need to know how to get Windows Vista to recognize your camera so that you can transfer your [more…]

How to Work with Tabs in Internet Explorer

A tab is a sort of window within a window that you can use to view any number of sites. When you work with tabs in Internet Explorer, having the ability to keep a few tabs open at a time means you can [more…]

How to Set Up Windows Media Center for the First Time

Getting your Windows Vista computer set up to run Windows Media Center for the first time is simple but time-consuming. In fact, don’t start Media Center for the first time unless you have a good 15 or [more…]

Getting Around Vista's Windows Media Center

Vista's Windows Media Center offers a lot of options and is a big improvement over Media Center XP. Take a few minutes to Explore Vista's Windows Media Center to ensure that you know all of its bells and [more…]

Getting the Most Out of Windows Media Center

Vista's Windows Media Center has come a long way. But you'll find that there are some features that duplicate the features of Windows Media Player and Photo Gallery. To get the most out of the Windows [more…]

How to Set Up Windows Mail to Work with an AOL Account

If you have an AOL e-mail account, you can use the Windows Mail tool to send and receive your messages. However, setting up Windows Mail in Windows Vista to work with an AOL account requires a few extra [more…]

When Not to Use Remote Assistance to Fix a Windows Vista Problem

Remote Assistance can be a great way to get help fixing computer problems, but it's important to know when not to use Remote Assistance to fix your Windows Vista problems. Remote Assistance is great at [more…]

How to Add and View RSS Feeds in Internet Explorer

Many Web sites are frequently updated, such as news headlines and blog entries. These kinds of sites offer a feature called RSS feeds, which they use to send you the updates automatically. RSS feeds are [more…]

How to Move the Windows Vista Search Index to a Faster Drive

Because the heart of the Windows Vista search engine is the index, it really pays off to keep the index on the fastest drive you have. So, if you get a newer, faster drive, you should move your search [more…]

How to Tweak Windows Vista Search Options for Better Results

Sometimes the easiest way to improve your search results is to change the way Vista search looks at your files. When you perform a simple search, you'll see an item on the toolbar called Search Tools. [more…]


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