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How to Configure the Laptop Mouse

You can control the laptop's mouse hardware through the Mouse Properties dialog box. Here, you find the controls for configuring and setting up your laptop's pointing device. [more…]

How to Use the Device Manager on Your Laptop

You can use the Windows Device Manager to view the status of a device or diagnose a problem caused by one of your laptop’s systems. [more…]

How to Access the Remote Desktop from Your Laptop

Once your computer is configured to accept a remote desktop connection, you can use another computer on the network — say, your laptop — to access that computer and use it remotely. [more…]

How to Get System Information about Your Laptop Hardware

Your laptop’s System icon opens a window or dialog box that serves as a central location for gathering information about your laptop's hardware, controlling that hardware, and performing minor troubleshooting [more…]

Buy the Right Kind of Blank CDs and DVDs for Burning

Buy the right kind of blank CDs and DVDs when burning content to them. You can buy blank CDs and DVDs in recordable and rewritable formats.

Stores sell two types of CDs: CD-R [more…]

Determine Whether Your Computer Can Burn CDs and DVDs

Before writing to a CD or DVD, you must determine whether your computer can burn CDs and DVDs. To determine whether your computer can burn CDs and DVDs, look for the letters [more…]

How to List Your Laptop’s Hardware in the Device Manager

The Device Manager is a window listing all the hardware in your laptop, and it's extremely useful for troubleshooting. In fact, a quick glance at the Device Manager window is all it takes to determine [more…]

How to Install a Printer with Windows Vista

Thanks to the Add Printer Wizard, installing a printer with Windows Vista has never been easier. Any printer made in the last five years will be a Plug and Play device, which means that Vista either already [more…]

How to Configure a USB Device with Windows Vista

USB devices (peripherals) include flash drives, printers, routers, scanners, and drafting pens. Most computer peripherals use USB (Universal Serial Bus) technology to connect to the computer. Configuring [more…]

How to Set Up a Dial-Up Modem in Windows Vista

Although dial-up Internet connections aren't as common as they once were, many people still rely on the phone lines to get on the Web. Windows Vista uses a modem to connect with the Internet over the phone [more…]

How to Install a New Monitor with Windows Vista

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your system is to purchase a new monitor for your computer. Installing a new monitor with Windows Vista is easy. You just need to take the proper steps to prepare the [more…]

How to Set Up Speakers in Windows Vista

Setting up external speakers in Windows Vista is pretty simple. Thanks to today's plug-and-play technology, speakers require very little fine-tuning to get them up and running. That being said, Windows [more…]

How to Adjust Sound Volume in Windows Vista

If you plan to view or listen to any media on your Windows Vista computer, it's a good idea to learn how to adjust the volume. In fact, in some situations [more…]

How to Check Your Hard Drive for Errors in Windows Vista

Part of the preventative maintenance that computers need is looking for problems. Hard drives store data in different sectors or segments on the drive itself. Windows Vista's Error Checking program scans [more…]

How to Perform Modem Diagnostics in Windows Vista

It seems like so much of our computing time these days is conducted online. Consequently, knowing how to run a diagnostic check on your modem in Windows Vista can save you from valuable down time. The [more…]

How to Use the Hardware Troubleshooter in Windows Vista

Sometimes when you run into technical trouble, the solution isn't obvious. That's when it helps to use the Hardware Troubleshooter in Windows Vista. The Hardware Troubleshooter is a handy tool that will [more…]

How to Update a Driver in Windows Vista

Knowing how to update a driver in Windows Vista is crucial to keeping your system performing at its best. Hardware manufacturers update the drivers (the little programs that enable Windows Vista to control [more…]

How to Reformat a Drive in Windows Vista

Reformatting a drive in Windows Vista is usually a pretty simple process, which might lull you into the misconception that reformatting a drive in Windows Vista is no big deal. Wrong. Reformatting a drive [more…]

Exploring Windows Vista's Help and Support Options

Sometimes the easiest way to get the information you need is to do a quick search, but other times, the questions or search terms you need to use aren't readily apparent. In these situations, your best [more…]

How to Set Up a New Monitor for Windows Vista

Setting up a new monitor for Windows Vista is easy. In fact, changing out monitors on your Windows Vista system is simple as long as you ensure that you're working with the most recent device drivers. [more…]

How to Use Disk Management to Extend a Partition in Windows Vista

You can use Disk Management to extend a partition in Windows Vista. Extending a partition adds to your drive space by borrowing from an adjoining partition on your hard drive and makes your system utilize [more…]

How to Install a PCI Network Adapter in Windows Vista

Installing a PCI network adapter in your Windows Vista computer will let you access the Internet at home, at work, or at the nearest available Wi-Fi hotspot. The PCI adapter will create a built-in wireless [more…]

How to Connect a PC to a Wired Ethernet Network in Windows Vista

An Ethernet network is a faster way to connect to the Internet. You can connect to a wired Ethernet network in Windows Vista as long as you have a hub or switch and access to a cable, satellite, or other [more…]

How to Configure a Network with the Network Setup Wizard in Windows Vista

Using a wireless network, you can share files and peripherals, such as printers, amongst several computers spread throughout a house or office. It's easy to configure a wireless network using the Network [more…]

How to Change a Computer's Network Name in Windows Vista

Two computers on the same network cannot have the same name, so it's important to know how to change a computer's network name in Windows Vista. Windows Vista gives each computer the same default name, [more…]

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