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How to Delete System Restore Points in Windows Vista

If you need extra space on your computer, you can delete the system restore points in Windows Vista. After all, Vista can use up to 12 percent of the total available space [more…]

How to Create a System Restore Point for Windows Vista

Whenever you're going to install a new piece of software (or even update an existing application), it's a good idea to create a system restore point for Windows Vista. With a current system restore point [more…]

How to Use System Restore on Multiple Drives in Windows Vista

When you perform a file backup, Vista backs up your data files before it creates a restore point — and the restore point contains backups of your shadow copies. But if you have more than one drive, the [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 Manually Add a Port Exception to the Windows Vista Firewall

Sometimes, adding a firewall exception isn't enough to allow an application to receive information, such as software updates, from the Internet. In these cases, the only way to get the program operating [more…]

How to Close the Inbound Windows Vista Firewall Fast

Although you can expect the Windows Vista Firewall to do a pretty good job of keeping out intruders, every Windows user should be able to close the inbound Windows Vista Firewall fast. There are times [more…]

How to Work with the Outbound Windows Vista Firewall

So you know that there’s both an inbound and outbound firewall, but you can’t figure out how to get the outbound firewall in Windows Vista to work. You are not alone. Working with the outbound Windows [more…]

How to Use Windows Live OneCare to Get Rid of a Virus in Windows Vista

If you think you have a virus on your Windows Vista computer that your antivirus program can't find (or if it stops running altogether), you can use the Windows Live OneCare Safety Scan to get rid of a [more…]

How to Install a Previously Declined Update for Windows Vista

Microsoft wants you to use Automatic Updates, but some of the automatic patches have caused more problems than they've fixed. To avoid these problems, you can turn off Vista's automatic updating feature [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 Share a Folder in Windows Vista without Moving It to the Public Folder

Part of the joy of having a network is sharing your drives, data, printers, and folders. Vista tells you that if you want to share something over your private network, move it to the Public Folder. But [more…]

How to Determine Which Folders You Are Sharing in Windows Vista

If you enabled your Windows Vista computer to share files and folders, you already know that you're sharing the things in your Public folders. But if you've gone beyond that and established sharing privileges [more…]

How to Create a Small Wireless Network in Windows Vista

If you have two or more computers in your office or in your home, they should be networked. As long as one of your computers uses Vista and the others run Windows 98 or later, creating a wireless network [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows Vista

Troubleshooting problems in Windows Vista is a breeze when you use the troubleshooting feature in the Windows Help and Support Center. The Help and Support Center contains a wealth of information about [more…]

How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows Vista

Every once in a while, it’s good computer practice to create a system restore point in Windows Vista, particularly when you install some software or tweak some settings in Windows and things seem to be [more…]

How to Configure a TCP/IP Connection in Windows Vista

Whether your IP address is assigned when you log on to the Internet or you have a static IP address, as with a cable modem or DSL, it's useful to know how to configure the TCP/IP connection in Windows [more…]

How to Designate Your Default Internet Connection in Windows Vista

It makes good sense to designate your default Internet connection in Windows Vista. Your computer uses the default connection any time you click a link to an online location or open your browser. This [more…]

How to Set Up an Always-On Internet Connection in Windows Vista

If your computer has broadband (DSL or cable) access to the Internet, it can save you some time and trouble to have an always-on connection. Vista assumes that you'll always want easy access to the Internet [more…]

How to Set Up a Sound Card for Windows Vista

In order for that fancy new sound card to let you hear all the special effects in your favorite game or movie, you need to properly set it up for Windows Vista. Setting up a sound card involves installing [more…]

How to Back Up Files to a Writable CD or DVD in Windows Vista

You need to regularly back up your Windows Vista files to a writeable CD or DVD or risk losing everything. Backing up files is a good computing practice, guaranteeing that you have a copy of all your work [more…]

How to Back Up Your Digital Photos to DVD or CD in Windows Vista

With Windows Vista, creating a CD or DVD backup of your digital photos is a snap. Thanks to digital cameras, people have more photographs than ever. And for most of us, 95% of those pictures are only on [more…]

How to Connect Two Windows Vista Computers with a Crossover Cable

Buying that second PC brings you yet another computing problem: How can two PCs share the same Internet connection and printer? And how do you move your old files to your new PC? The easiest solution is [more…]

How to Connect a Windows Vista Computer and a Windows XP Computer on a Network

Many homes have multiple computers. Anytime you have multiple computers, it's a good idea to connect them to a network so that you can share resources. However, problems can appear when you try to connect [more…]

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