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How to Set Up a Printer for Your Laptop

To use a printer with your laptop, you must first set it up. A few laptops still feature a printer port, but most use a regular USB port. [more…]

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 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 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 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 ReadyBoost in Windows Vista to Speed Up Slower Computers

You can speed up the way your computer uses its RAM if you know how to use the drive accelerators that come with Windows Vista. Vista boasts three technologies that speed up your computer by judicious [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 Speech Recognition in Windows Vista

The speech recognition program that comes with Windows Vista is rated one of the best available. However, it can only work well if you know how to properly set up speech recognition in Windows Vista. The [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 Change the Driver for a Device that Isn't Working in Windows Vista

Windows comes preloaded with an arsenal of drivers— software that lets Windows communicate with the gadgets you plug into your PC. But if you install something that’s either too new for Windows Vista to [more…]

How to Add New Hardware Using Windows Vista

Thanks to Plug and Play technology, when you plug something into your PC’s USB port, like iPods, cameras, or scanners, Vista almost always recognizes it and leaves it ready for action. But if Vista [more…]

How to Set Up a Scanner in Windows Vista

To set up a new scanner in Windows Vista, just plug it in and turn it on. Windows Vista almost always recognizes and greets them by name. But if Vista doesn’t recognize your particular scanner model, you [more…]

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