I'm also trying to do the same thing and i'm running on windows xp. i kind of understand the links you gave RFBourquin except i'm pretty new to C++, only using it in a class for the past 6 weeks. I'm having trouble understanding how to use the commands from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd183413.aspx. i was hoping someone could give an example of using the commands from that page and change the resolution to 800 x 600 as an example please. thank you.