In Windows Vista, users can effortlessly manage the programs that the operating system uses by default. Not happy with what Vista’s built-in components have to offer? Then you can simply change the platform’s default applications to the third-party programs you prefer. Vista features the Default Programs feature tucked away under Control Panel in the Start Menu. Opening it will bring up a window designed to permit you to “Set your default programs,” “Associate a file type or protocol with a program,” “Change AutoPlay settings” and “Set default programs for this computer.” More »


Windows Media Player 11 is another new feature included in Windows Vista. Windows Media Player 11 has a deeply integrated music library for both online and offline content, with an interface that looks more like a Web site than computer application. And with a new integrated feel, Windows Media Player 11 makes online, network, and offline content indistinguishable. Windows Media Player 11 also connects to additional hardware easily and offers easy-to-use tools for following the process of any task (downloading music, burning CDs, synching music, or streaming video, just to name a few). You can learn more about Windows Media Player 11 at this Windows Vista Community Web page.

One of my favorite additions to Windows Media Player 11 is the Global and Sync Status tools. In older versions of Windows Media Player, you never really knew what was going on during a task. Isn’t buffering finished yet? How’s that sync going? Will all of this fit on a CD? And which songs can I put on there, based on the song’s license? And, of course, why won’t this song sync to my MP3 player? Windows Media Player 11 has ended these aggravations with Global Status and Sync Status.
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