Love Vista? Hate missing TV? Then we've got a treat for you. Windows Media Center's PVR features will help you catch every last movie, superhero drama and sporting disaster – and archive the lot for safekeeping.

1. If you have Vista Premium, Business or Ultimate, Windows Media Center comes pre-installed. Click on Vista’s Start button and the main menu will show Media Center as an option. Media Center is an overlay; you can switch between it and the Windows desktop at any time.

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2. Windows Media Center in Vista looks slightly different to Windows XP Media Center Edition. The major functions in Vista run in a column down the screen. The options within each function are listed horizontally. Move down to Tasks in the vertical column and across to settings in the horizontal row.

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3. If you haven’t used Media Center before, you’ll need to set up the TV signal. This involves scanning the broadcast frequencies for available channels. Select settings, TV, Set Up TV Signal and follow the onscreen instructions. Analogue TV tuners should find five channels; digital tuners should find around 70.

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