I've never heard of this applet thingy-ma-bob. However, in reading your post, you need a calibration tool (or is that what the microsoft applet program is?). Calibration itself is somewhat simple. Most programs will walk you through what to do, step by step. It's finding a program that works well that's an issue.
You can also try making adjustments when you print. You'll have to search around some, and find out where the adjustments are, probably under a "Properties" button or "Advanced" tab etc. You should be able to adjust brightness, contrast, and the basic colors of the printer (either RGB or CMYK depending on the set up). You also might be able to assign a profile to your color picture before printing, or select a pre-made profile (sRGB, Photo 1, Photo 2 etc. etc. although you might have different options). Play around with it a bit, and see what your color looks like. Also, be sure to check what ever program you use to print from (Paint, Photoshop, Gimp etc.) for more printing options.
Getting your color dead on is near impossible. The goal (IMHO) should be to get it as close as possible (from what you see on your monitor to what comes out of your printer).
Hope this helps and Good luck!
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