Configuring Faxes, Media Applications, and the Windows Sidebar

6 Aug

Windows Media Center is included in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows
Vista. With the appropriate hardware, Media Center can allow a personal computer to replace
your DVD player, video recorder, and audio CD players. All of your videos, DVDs, movies, TV,
recorded television, photos, and music can be played through a single device that connects to
your high definition television. Although it cannot be used to record television, Windows
Media Player is available in all editions of Windows Vista and can be used to consolidate your
music collection, adding it to a single library that all other compatible devices on the local area
network can access.
Just as Windows Media Center eliminates the need for DVD players and videocassette recorders,
Windows Fax and Scan removes the need for the fax machine. Fax and Scan is available
with the Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista. Fax and Scan allows
documents to be faxed directly from Windows applications or scanned using an optical scanning
device from hard copy to the computer and sent as a traditional fax. Synchronized with
a mobile phone that supports modem functionality, the mobile worker can receive and send
faxes anywhere that cell phone reception is available.
Exam objectives in this chapter:
■ Configure and troubleshoot media applications.
■ Configure Windows Fax and Scan.
■ Configure Windows Sidebar.
Lessons in this chapter:
■ Lesson 1: Configuring and Troubleshooting Media Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 483
■ Lesson 2: Configuring Windows Fax and Scan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 503
■ Lesson 3: Configuring Windows Sidebar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 513
482 Chapter 10 Configuring Faxes, Media Applications, and the Windows Sidebar
Before You Begin
To complete the lessons in this chapter, you must have done the following:
Completed the installation and upgrading practices in Chapter 1, “Installing Windows Vista
Client,” and Chapter 2, “Windows Vista Upgrades and Migrations.” As a result, you will have
installed Windows Vista Ultimate on a personal computer or within a virtual machine. This
computer should also have a working connection to the Internet. It is not possible to complete
all of the practices in this chapter unless you have Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate
because practices involve Windows Media Center. Practices 1 and 2 in Lesson 1 require access
to a TV tuner card or universal serial bus (USB) device.
No additional configuration is required for this chapter.
Real World
Orin Thomas
My father has a box in his cupboard containing all of the silent Super-8 film he took of
my siblings and me as kids. Although it doesn’t come out much and requires that he set
up a special projector when he wants to play it, that box in the cupboard represents one
type of important media archive to my family. Because of the hassle in setup, we get to
see those old home movies only on special occasions, which suits me because my own
son doesn’t need to see his dad at the same age pretending to be Superman and jumping
into a toddler pool.
Windows Media Center and the Media Center Extender allow me to take a different and
more convenient approach. Since the birth of my son, all of the pictures and video that
I have taken are digital. In the past, the primary drawback to this was that every time I
wanted to show someone the video I’d taken, I’d either have to get that person to watch
a computer screen or muck around with a set of cords to get the video camera to output
directly to the television. The inclusion of Windows Media Center with Windows Vista
Ultimate and my purchase of an Xbox 360 has completely changed how I display my
family’s memories. My digital media files are stored in my study on the Windows Vista
computer that I am writing this book on. The Xbox 360 is configured as a Media Center
Extender and is located in the family room, connected to the television. I can retrieve
thousands of photographs and hours of footage all by remote control. Unlike my father,
who must spend time setting up the projector and locating the delicate 30-year-old film,
I can retrieve and replay my family’s memories on the living room television in a matter
of seconds.

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