Windows Vista

Like Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF), Microsoft’s XML Paper Specification (XPS) allows for the creation of fixed-format documents. XPS documents can be easily viewed, shared, printed, and archived — regardless of what program was used to create them — on many different types of computers. You can view or print an XPS document even if […]

XPS DOCUMENTS: View an XPS Document

Microsoft’s XML Paper Specification (XPS) enables you to create fixed-format documents that can be easily viewed, shared, printed, and archived — regardless of what program was used to create them — on many different types of computers. Although you do not need the program used to create the original document, you do need a special […]

WORDPAD: Save a Document

WordPad is a basic word processor that allows you to format documents with installed fonts and print the files that you create. It also allows you to save those documents to your hard drive, where you can later retrieve them to read and edit. One advantage to using WordPad is that it is fully compatible […]

WINDOWS UPDATE: Remove a Potential Problem Update

If you notice any problems with your system immediately after an update, the update itself may be the culprit. For example, an update to a modem or video driver may leave you unable to connect to the Internet, or it may adversely affect your display. In these cases, you can solve the problem by removing […]

WINDOWS UPDATE: Configure Automatic Updates

Although you can manually obtain updates and patches, Windows Update also allows you to automate the update and patch process. For example, you can schedule Windows Update to automatically download and install updates on a regular basis, such as every day at 3:00 a.m. Updates are downloaded in the background while you are online. Turning […]

WINDOWS UPDATE: Check for Updates

Windows Vista is a complex operating system that requires updates or patches — that is, additions to software that can prevent or fix problems or enhance security or performance. Microsoft constantly develops and publishes updates for Windows to make the operating system work to its fullest potential, and to make it more secure and reliable. […]

WINDOWS MEETING SPACE: Start a Windows Meeting Space Session

Using Windows Meeting Space, you can share notes, documents, programs, and even your desktop with nine other computers on a network (all of which must be running Windows Vista) and vice versa. Computers in a Windows Meeting Space session connect using peer-to-peer technology; each computer in the session communicates with the others over the Internet […]

WINDOWS MEETING SPACE:Share Files, Programs, and Your Desktop

When you are a participant in a Windows Meeting Space session, your workspace includes an icon for each session participant and a Handouts link. The Handouts link enables you to share documents (handouts, in Windows Meeting Space parlance) with other session participants, and they with you. These handouts can be edited by any member of […]


If your PC has a TV tuner, you can use Windows Media Center to record TV programs either manually, as the program is playing, or automatically, using criteria you specify. Windows Media Center saves recorded programs as digital files, which you can view at your leisure. When watching recorded TV, you can pause, rewind, and […]


You can use Windows Media Center to watch television, provided you have a TV tuner installed on your PC. (Note that you will be able to receive only those channels that the other televisions in your home receive. For example, if your other TVs use a basic cable package, those are the channels that will […]