for speech in vista... click start, type "speech" in the search thingy... and open up windows speech recognition. The first time i went through it, it had me do a pretty long tutorial, that was very informative but a little off... Its best to be withen typing distnance while talking, but naturally the closer the better. The max for me while talking normally is probobly 2 feet away. But if your loader it can be accross the room. Its pretty fun when somebody is talking, to open up word and see what it writes... My dad was accross the room talking about cars or something, and it was typing something about islamic terrorists... no joke! i wished i had saved it because it was almost properly formed speech.