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Windows Vista is the next generation of the Microsoft Windows operating system, which hosts both managed and native applications on a productive, secure, and reliable platform. Developers can create Windows applications using both native (Win32) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies that will help to leverage the platform; build high-quality user experiences; and ensure programs are consistent with common Windows interfaces as well as other Windows-based applications.<a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>
Windows Vista (pronounced /"v"st"/ ) is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, and media centers. Prior to its announcement on July 22, 2005, Windows Vista was known by its codename " Longhorn ".<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>
Computers capable of running Windows Vista are classified as Vista Capable and Vista Premium Ready.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>
Games which require the features of D3D9Ex, the updated implementation of DirectX 9 in Windows Vista are also incompatible with previous Windows versions.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>
Windows Ultimate Extras : The Ultimate edition of Windows Vista provides, via Windows Update, access to some additional features. These are a collection of additional MUI language packs, Texas Hold 'Em (a Poker game), BitLocker and EFS enhancements which allow users to backup their encryption key online in a Digital Locker, and Windows Dreamscene, which enables the use of videos in MPEG and WMV formats as the desktop background.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>
Windows Vista provides powerful tools to better manage your midsize business.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a>


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  • Vista will then activate on the reinstall, thus allowing a user to install an Upgrade of Windows Vista without owning a previous operating system.<a href="#hdng0">(More...)</a>

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<a name="hdng0"></a>Vista will then activate on the reinstall, thus allowing a user to install an Upgrade of Windows Vista without owning a previous operating system. As with Windows XP, separate rules still apply to OEM versions of Vista installed on new PCs: Microsoft asserts that these versions are not legally transferrable (although whether this conflicts with the right of first sale has yet to be decided clearly legally). <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Criticism of upgrade licenses pertaining to Windows Vista Starter through Home Premium was expressed by Ars Technica's Ken Fisher, who noted that the new requirement of having a prior operating system already installed was going to cause irritation for users who reinstall Windows on a regular basis. It has been revealed that an Upgrade copy of Windows Vista can be installed clean without first installing a previous version of Windows.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Microsoft began work on Windows Vista, known at the time by its codename "Longhorn" in May 2001, five months prior to the release of Windows XP. It was originally expected to ship sometime late in 2003 as a minor step between Windows XP and "Blackcomb", which was planned to be the company's next major operating system release.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista (pronounced /"v"st"/ ) is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, and media centers. Prior to its announcement on July 22, 2005, Windows Vista was known by its codename " Longhorn ".<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> InfoWorld is also conducting a "Save Windows XP" petition to prompt Microsoft to further extend XP's support and sales to prevent people using legacy hardware or who dislike Vista from being forced to use Microsoft's latest OS. Slashdot has compiled a list of organizations who have boycotted Windows Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Then I'll be more open to give you a blunt answer." Hardware requirements While Microsoft claimed "nearly all PCs on the market today will run Windows Vista", the higher requirements of some of the 'premium' features, such as the Aero interface, have impacted many upgraders.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> A Vista Capable or equivalent PC is capable of running all editions of Windows Vista although some of the special features and high end graphics options may require additional or more advanced hardware.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Users can also create "shadow copies" by setting a System Protection Point using the System Protection tab in the System control panel. The user can be presented multiple versions of a file throughout a limited history and be allowed to restore, delete, or copy those versions. This feature is available only in the Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista and is inherited from Windows Server 2003.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Ultimate Extras : The Ultimate edition of Windows Vista provides, via Windows Update, access to some additional features. These are a collection of additional MUI language packs, Texas Hold 'Em (a Poker game), BitLocker and EFS enhancements which allow users to backup their encryption key online in a Digital Locker, and Windows Dreamscene, which enables the use of videos in MPEG and WMV formats as the desktop background.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Some notable Windows XP features and components have been replaced or removed in Windows Vista, including Windows Messenger, the network Messenger Service, HyperTerminal, MSN Explorer, Active Desktop, and the replacement of NetMeeting with Windows Meeting Space.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Instant Search (also known as search as you type ): Windows Vista features a new way of searching called Instant Search, which is significantly faster and more in-depth (content-based) than the search features found in any of the previous versions of Windows.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista includes a large number of new application programming interfaces. Chief among them is the inclusion of version 3.0 of the.NET Framework, which consists of a class library and Common Language Runtime.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista includes version 3.0 of the.NET Framework, which aims to make it significantly easier for software developers to write applications than with the traditional Windows API.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> IE7 in Windows Vista runs in isolation from other applications in the operating system (protected mode); exploits and malicious software are restricted from writing to any location beyond Temporary Internet Files without explicit user consent.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In October 2007, The Dutch Consumers' Association called for a boycott of Windows Vista after the software giant refused to offer free copies of Windows XP to users who had problems with Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Media Center, which was previously exclusively bundled as a separate version of Windows XP, known as Windows XP Media Center Edition, has been incorporated into the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Multilingual User Interface " Unlike previous version of Windows which required language packs to be loaded to provide local language support, Windows Vista Ultimate and Enterprise editions support the ability to dynamically change languages based on the logged on user's preference.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista Ultimate contains the complete feature-set and is aimed at enthusiasts. All editions except Windows Vista Starter support both 32-bit ( x86 ) and 64-bit ( x64 ) processor architectures.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Windows Vista Business is specifically designed for small businesses, while Windows Vista Enterprise, the premium business edition is only available to customers participating in Microsoft's Software Assurance program.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista ships in six editions. These are roughly divided into two target markets, consumer and business, with editions varying to cater for specific sub-markets.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Service Pack 1 became available to current Windows Vista users on Windows Update and the Download Center on March 18, 2008.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista Home Basic is intended for budget users with low needs. Windows Vista Home Premium covers the majority of the consumer market.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Microsoft released the Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED that exclusively will come together with Dell (PRODUCT) RED Computers.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Microsoft Office 2007 " the current release of Microsoft Office that was released simultaneously with Windows Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista " Microsoft support explaining the Reduced functionality mode.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Unlike the Office 2003 version, which works only in Office and WordPad, Speech Recognition in Windows Vista works for any accessible application. It currently supports several languages: British and American English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) and Japanese.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Games which require the features of D3D9Ex, the updated implementation of DirectX 9 in Windows Vista are also incompatible with previous Windows versions.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista also does not include the Windows XP " Luna " visual theme, or most of the classic color schemes which have been part of Windows since the Windows 3.x era.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> WIM files, which contain a HAL -independent image of Windows Vista, can be maintained and patched without having to rebuild new images.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista was deemed feature-complete with the release of the "February CTP", released on February 22, 2006, and much of the remainder of work between that build and the final release of the product focused on stability, performance, application and driver compatibility, and documentation.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> " Windows Vista releases to manufacturing ", Windows Vista team blog, 2006 - 11-08.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Through much of 2006, analysts and bloggers had speculated that Windows Vista would be delayed further, owing to anti-trust concerns raised by the European Commission and South Korea, and due to a perceived lack of progress with the beta releases.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Computers capable of running Windows Vista are classified as Vista Capable and Vista Premium Ready.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Complete PC Restore can be initiated from within Windows Vista or from the Windows Vista installation CD in the event the PC is so corrupt that it cannot start up normally from the hard disk.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Disk Management : The Logical Disk Manager in Windows Vista supports shrinking and expanding volumes on-the-fly.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> With the November 8, 2006 announcement of the completion of Windows Vista, Microsoft's lengthiest operating system development project came to an end.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released on February 4, 2008 alongside Windows Server 2008 to OEM partners after a five-month beta test period.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> As of Windows Vista Beta 2, the NVIDIA GeForce 6 series and later, the ATI Radeon 9500 and later, Intel's GMA 950 and later integrated graphics, and a handful of VIA chipsets and S3 Graphics discrete chips are supported.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Vista includes six classic color schemes, comprised of four high-contrast color schemes and the default color schemes from Windows 98 and Windows 2000.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> After "Longhorn" was named Windows Vista in July 2005, an unprecedented beta-test program was started, involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers and companies.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Do you need to upgrade, and if so, to which version? Should you get a new desktop or laptop with Vista preinstalled? CNET has your complete guide to Windows Vista: software and system reviews, videos, the latest news, downloads, tips, and a test to check whether your system's ready for the upgrade.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The Windows Vista DVD disc includes an ISO image of the entire code, so whether you buy the Basic edition or the Ultimate edition, the code remains the same; only the product key unlocks your specific set of features. This means users who opt for the lesser editions can always upgrade (assuming they have the proper hardware) by securing a new product key online.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> To see which edition(s) of Windows Vista your current computer can handle, visit the CNET Vista Upgrade Advisor <a href="http://www.cnet.com/4520-33_1-6671810-1.html">CNET Vista Upgrade Advisor</a> to find specific hardware recommendations so that you don't buy the wrong edition. Most people will find either Windows Vista Basic and Windows Vista Home Premium to be their best choice.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Microsoft has released Windows Vista to consumers, but your decision about whether to upgrade is not a simple yes or no; you have four flavors of Vista to choose among: Windows Vista Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Ultimate.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> If you prefer a do-it-yourself OS upgrade, you have four versions of Vista to choose among: Windows Vista Ultimate ($399), Windows Vista Home Basic ($199), Windows Vista Home Premium ($239), and Windows Vista Business ($299).<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

Most of the touted security enhancements in Windows Vista don't appear in the Home Premium and Basic versions, and what's there could have fit into a free Windows XP Service Pack instead.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium from Windows XP Home or Windows XP Media Center edition.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The bottom line: Windows Vista Home Premium is essentially warmed-over Windows XP Home Edition.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

The bottom line: Windows Vista Business is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The bottom line: Windows Vista Home Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> While Windows Vista does make a backup of your previous operating system before installing, it is always recommended that you backup your current Windows XP system yourself, just in case.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Microsoft has released to hardware manufacturers its new operating system, Windows Vista, marking the end of the development phase and the beginning of the distribution phase.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates speaks with CNET News.com's Ina Fried in New York about the long-awaited launch of his company's new operating system, Windows Vista.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> New year, new software: Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows Vista, has finally hit consumer desks.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> If you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista Home Premium is stable enough for everyday use.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The new Windows Firewall in Windows Vista allows outbound connections by default.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Make changes to hundreds of system features within Windows Vista and optimize to improve speed. Composed of 25 different tools, this utility suite lets you manage startup items and security settings.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The good: Attractive, compact design; better basic Windows Vista performance than we anticipated; more features than the previous model.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The bottom line: Shuttle's updated supersmall home theater PC introduces a few new features to bring it inline with similar diminutive living room PCs. It also came to us with Windows Vista Home Premium.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The bad: Disappointing performance and battery life; ridiculously expensive. The bottom line: If money is no object for you, the Toshiba Portege R400 is an eye-catching, Windows Vista conversation piece, but the rest of us will want more performance from a system this expensive.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> After five long years, Windows Vista is finally here, but where is the software for it? Get tweaking utilities--and resources for installing and running Vista--in our special collection.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Neha Tiwari of CNET News.com visits CompUSA for the midnight release of Windows Vista.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Here's a CNET Quick Tutorial on how to manage the Welcome Center when booting up Windows Vista.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The shutdown button in Windows Vista doesn't actually shut down your computer.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Brian Cooley shows you how to use Windows Vista to keep your kid's online travels safe and secure.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> We'll show you how to change screen resolution, position, and colors in Windows Vista.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Part alternate-reality game and part traditional sweepstakes, the game is actually a marketing vehicle for Microsoft's Windows Vista.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Create new 256x256 icons with the first icon editor certified for Windows Vista by Microsoft.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> You can scan your system for Windows Vista compatibility using CNET's Vista Upgrade Advisor. This free service looks at your computer's hardware and system software to determine whether your current system is adequately configured to run Microsoft Windows Vista. "I hope this is all worked out by February<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

Some product features Some product features "are only available in certain editions of Windows Vista and may require advanced or additional hardware.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> The Windows Vista Product Guide is a comprehensive overview of the innovative features, functions, and benefits that the new operating system offers.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a>

No matter how you use your PC"from home entertainment to business productivity"there's an edition of Windows Vista that's right for you. Use this comparison table Use this comparison table to help you choose your edition.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> Windows Vista Business is the first edition of Windows designed specifically to meet the needs of small businesses.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> Windows Vista Home Premium is the preferred edition for home desktop and mobile PCs. It provides a breakthrough design that brings your world into sharper focus while delivering the productivity, entertainment, and security you need from your PC at home or on the go.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> Easily shift between the worlds of productivity and play with the most complete edition of Windows Vista.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> Windows Vista Business is the definitive choice for your business today and tomorrow.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> Windows Vista Home Basic is ideal for homes with basic computing needs like e-mail, browsing the Internet, and viewing photos.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a> Designed to significantly lower IT costs and risks, Windows Vista Enterprise meets the needs of large, global organizations with complex IT infrastructures.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank" [5]</a>

Windows Vista Business edition is the definitive choice for your small business.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Vista provides powerful tools to better manage your midsize business.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Windows Vista Enterprise offers powerful tools for your desktop infrastructure.<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a>

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is now updated to support automated imaging and deployment of Windows Vista SP1-integrated operating systems.<a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> Learn about how Windows Vista is easier to deploy and less expensive to maintain than earlier versions of Windows. Use this tool to temporarily prevent people in your organization from installing Windows Service Pack updates through Windows Update.<a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> Discover what's new in Windows Vista with these product overviews and introductory topics.<a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> Get detailed guidance on how to migrate or upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista.<a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> Discover how to modify boot configuration parameters. This lifecycle management tool can help you reduce the cost and time it takes to deploy Windows Vista.<a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> Access recommended materials, resources and experiences for Windows Vista adoption.<a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [6]</a> Windows Deployment Services replaces Remote Installation Services for deploying Vista and prior versions of Windows.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> For graphics, Vista introduces a new Windows Display Driver Model and a major revision to Direct3D.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Aero Vista's premier visual style, Windows Aero, is built on a new desktop composition engine called Desktop Window Manager.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Games and Games Explorer : Games included with Windows have been modified to showcase Vista's graphics capabilities.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

It has been almost a month since we released Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Update in 5 languages. To date: millions of people have successfully installed Windows Vista SP1 on their PCs.<a href="http://windowsvistablog.com/" TARGET="_blank" [7]</a> The following languages are available for download for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008: Arabic (Only for Windows Vista/Windows.<a href="http://windowsvistablog.com/" TARGET="_blank" [7]</a> By taking advantage of features new to Windows Vista and features only available in Windows Vista, your application will stand out as clear, connected, and confident.<a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> For you, as a developer, Windows Vista carries the technological payload to help your applications burst onto the scene.<a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> The Lack of Wildcard Support for the CorrectFilePaths Shim in Windows Vista A while back, I write about the Correct File Paths shim. The UAC Arms Race Has Begun I figured this day would come, and to be honest, I'm a little bit surprised it took as long as it did for me to run into this in the wild.<a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Get full access to the Open Protocol Specifications <a href="http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc216514.aspx">Open Protocol Specifications</a> in the MSDN Library. The press and critics have lauded Windows Vista for its beautiful graphics and increased usability.<a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a> Windows Vista is the next generation of the Microsoft Windows operating system, which hosts both managed and native applications on a productive, secure, and reliable platform. Developers can create Windows applications using both native (Win32) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies that will help to leverage the platform; build high-quality user experiences; and ensure programs are consistent with common Windows interfaces as well as other Windows-based applications.<a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>

It's frustrating to discover that your old printer or scanner won't work with Windows Vista.<a href="http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1738,1786052,00.asp" TARGET="_blank" [8]</a> Here's what to buy and install today to be ready for Windows Vista tomorrow.<a href="http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1738,1786052,00.asp" TARGET="_blank" [8]</a> Looking for information about the first major update to Windows Vista? Then check out the new Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) FAQ Windows Vista Service Pack 1 opnbrktSP1clsbrkt FAQ, which dispenses with the rumors and presents only the information we know to be true.<a href="http://www.winsupersite.com/vista/" TARGET="_blank" [9]</a> Co-written with best-selling author Brian Livingston, Windows Vista Secrets is packed with hundreds of tips, secrets, and explanations of new features in Microsoft latest operating system. Best of all, it's not a 2,000 page tome full of useless information that will kill you if you fall asleep while reading it.<a href="http://www.winsupersite.com/vista/" TARGET="_blank" [9]</a> You'll find links to the Vista screenshots I've taken, my Vista podcasts, and some Windows Vista movies.<a href="http://www.winsupersite.com/vista/" TARGET="_blank" [9]</a>

" Ok, First of all, I'd like everyone to know that I am an IT professional and I do technical support for a manufacturer. "Wait for the next version and hope it's better" What's wrong with Vista? Behind the translucent windows, sharp graphics and desktop "gadgets" lies Vista security to prevent.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> "Much ado about nothing" Having been a windows user for most of my profesional life, i was really looking to Vista - a much needed upgrade to XP. To be.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Fear change? Tom Merritt shows you how to make the Vista interface look and act like good old, familiar Windows XP.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

The good: Takes advantage of Windows Vista's touch screen capability with useful, easy-to-use software; combines with HP printers to become an at-home photo kiosk; contains all of the features you've come to expect from a modern digital media-oriented home PC. The bad: Pokey performance for systems in its price range; fixed configuration; no HD optical drive option.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

The BadVista campaign is an advocate for the freedom of computer users, opposing adoption of Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free (as in freedom) software alternatives.<a href="http://badvista.fsf.org/" TARGET="_blank" [10]</a> BadVista.org: Stopping Microsoft Windows Vista adoption by promoting free software -- BadVista Skip to content.<a href="http://badvista.fsf.org/" TARGET="_blank" [10]</a>

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<a name="hdng1"></a>With productivity features built into Window Vista, you can strike a better balance between work and play. <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank" [3]</a> Vista offers a lot of improvements over Windows XP, but most of them are conveniences rather than essentials.<a href="http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1738,1786052,00.asp" TARGET="_blank" [8]</a> It's finally here: my latest book, "Windows Vista Secrets," is now available for purchase from Amazon.com.<a href="http://www.winsupersite.com/vista/" TARGET="_blank" [9]</a>

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<a name="hdng2"></a>Gradually, "Longhorn" assimilated many of the important new features and technologies slated for "Blackcomb", resulting in the release date being pushed back several times. Many of Microsoft's developers were also re-tasked with improving the security of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, both of which had been the target of a number of high-profile security lapses. Faced with ongoing delays and concerns about feature creep, Microsoft announced on August 27, 2004 that it had revised its plans. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Microsoft occasionally releases service packs for its Windows operating systems to fix problems and add features.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> When asked by Gizmodo at CES what Microsoft product could have used more polish before release, Microsoft founder Bill Gates replied, "Ask me after we ship the next version of Windows.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> In the European Union, Home Basic N and Business N versions are also available. These come without Windows Media Player, due to EU sanctions brought against Microsoft for violating anti-trust laws. Similar sanctions exist in South Korea.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Classic Windows Classic resembles Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, does not use the Desktop Window Manager, and does not require a WDDM driver. As with prior versions of Windows, this visual style supports "color schemes," which are a collection of color settings.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Windows Internet Explorer 7 : New user interface, tabbed browsing, RSS, a search box, improved printing, Page Zoom, Quick Tabs (thumbnails of all open tabs), Anti-Phishing filter, a number of new security protection features, Internationalized Domain Name support (IDN), and improved web standards support.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Mail : A replacement for Outlook Express that includes a new mail store that improves stability, and features integrated Instant Search. It has the Phishing Filter like IE7 and Junk mail filtering that is enhanced through regular updates via Windows Update.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Mail's spam filter and Windows Defender's definitions are updated automatically via Windows Update. Users who choose the recommended setting for Automatic Updates will have the latest drivers installed and available when they add a new device.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Shell : The new Windows shell is significantly different from Windows XP, offering a new range of organization, navigation, and search capabilities.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Proponents have claimed that Microsoft had no choice but to follow the demands of the movie studios, and that the technology will not actually be enabled until after 2010; Microsoft also noted that content protection mechanisms have existed in Windows as far back as Windows Me, and that the new protections will not apply to any existing content (only future content).<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Update : Software and security updates have been simplified, now operating solely via a control panel instead of as a web application.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Presentation Foundation is a user interface subsystem and framework based vector graphics, which makes use of 3D computer graphics hardware and Direct3D technologies. It provides the foundation for building applications and blending together application UI, documents, and media content. It is the successor to Windows Forms.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Aero : The new hardware-based graphical user interface is named Windows Aero, which Jim Allchin has said is an acronym for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective, and Open. The new interface is intended to be cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing than those of previous Windows, including new transparencies, live thumbnails, live icons, and animations, thus providing a new level of eye candy.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> A legacy ICD disables the Desktop Window Manager, a Vista-compatible ICD takes advantage of a new API, and is fully compatible with the Desktop Window Manager. At least two primary vendors, ATI and NVIDIA provided full Vista-compatible ICDs.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Sidebar : A transparent panel anchored to the side of the screen where a user can place Desktop Gadgets, which are small applets designed for a specialized purpose (such as displaying the weather or sports scores).<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Images can be delivered via Systems Management Server or Business Desktop Deployment technologies.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The synchronized release date of the two operating systems reflects the merging of the workstation and server kernels back into a single code base for the first time since Windows 2000.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Code Integrity verifies that system binaries haven"t been tampered with by malicious code. As part of the redesign of the network stack, Windows Firewall has been upgraded, with new support for filtering both incoming and outgoing traffic.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> The Windows Imaging Format (WIM) is the cornerstone of Microsoft's new deployment and packaging system.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Games or programs which are built solely on the Windows Vista-exclusive version of DirectX, version 10, cannot work on prior versions of Windows, as DirectX 10 is not available for previous Windows versions.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Service Pack 1 includes a kernel (6001) that matches the version shipped with Windows Server 2008.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

User Account Control asks for credentials in a Secure Desktop mode, where the entire screen is blacked out, temporarily disabled, and only the authorization window is active and highlighted.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Mobility Center is a control panel that centralizes the most relevant information related to mobile computing (brightness, sound, battery level / power scheme selection, wireless network, screen orientation, presentation settings, etc.).<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Communication Foundation is a service-oriented messaging subsystem which enables applications and systems to interoperate locally or remotely using Web services.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows Photo Gallery, a photo and movie library management application. It can import from digital cameras, tag and rate individual items, adjust colors and exposure, create and display slideshows (with pan and fade effects) and burn slideshows to DVD.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

The intent is to stop a malicious program misleading the user by interfering with the authorization window, and to hint to the user the importance of the prompt.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows System Assessment Tool is a tool used to benchmark system performance. Software such as games can retrieve this rating and modify its own behavior at runtime to improve performance.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Windows SideShow : Enables the auxiliary displays on newer laptops or on supported Windows Mobile devices. It is meant to be used to display device gadgets while the computer is on or off.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Microsoft's anti-spyware product, Windows Defender, has been incorporated into Windows, providing protection against malware and other threats.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

According to The Times in May 2006, the full set of features "would be available to less than 5 percent of Britain"s PC market". This continuing lack of clarity eventually led to a class action against Microsoft as people found themselves with new computers that were unable to run the new software despite the assurance of "Vista Capable" designations. The court case has made public internal Microsoft communications that indicate that senior executives have also had difficulty with this issue.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Service Pack 1 introduces support for some new hardware and software standards, notably the exFAT file system, 802.11n wireless networking,, IPv6 over VPN connections, and the Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol. Booting a system using Extensible Firmware Interface on x64 systems is also being introduced; this feature had originally been slated for the initial release of Vista but was delayed due to a lack of compatible hardware at the time.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Changes to various system configuration settings (such as new auto-starting applications) are blocked unless the user gives consent. Another significant new feature is BitLocker Drive Encryption, a data protection technology included in the Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Vista that provides full disk encryption for the entire operating system volume.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Parental controls : Allows administrators to control which websites, programs and games each standard user can use and install. This feature is not included in the Business or Enterprise editions of Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Hardware overlay is not supported, because it is considered as an obsolete feature in Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Speech recognition is integrated into Vista. It features a redesigned user interface and configurable command-and-control commands.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Vista also aims to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network, using peer-to-peer technology to simplify sharing files and digital media between computers and devices.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> There are some issues for software developers using some of the graphics APIs in Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> According to a Microsoft blog, there are three choices for OpenGL implementation on Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Services for UNIX has been renamed "Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications," and is included with the Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Vista.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> Some concerns have been raised about many PCs meeting "Vista Premium Ready" hardware requirements and Vista's pricing.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a> While much of the focus of Vista's new capabilities has been on the new user interface, security technologies, and improvements to the core operating system, Microsoft is also adding new deployment and maintenance features.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

Reviewers have also noted some similarities between Vista's Aero interface and that of Apple's Aqua interface for the Mac OS X operating system.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista" TARGET="_blank" [1]</a>

CNET Labs tested two laptops with XP and Vista to see how performance differs between the two operating systems.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> "So. what's the point?" Let's be honest, all that Vista turned out to be is a flashy looking version of XP. In some ways, that's great, but honestly,.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The good: Fast dual-core AMD CPU lends bang for the buck; Vista runs with no hitches; roomy 320GB hard drive will please digital media archivists. The bad: Weak graphics card is fast enough for Vista, but that's about it, and there's no faster option available with this model.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> The bottom line: Dell's Dimension E521 doesn't have many bells and whistles, but a powerful dual-core AMD processor lends it unexpected performance and strong bang for the buck. Its speed, Vista Home Premium's Media Center functions, and multiple storage options make this a strong PC for archiving and showing off your digital media.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Check out our video how-tos, tips, online classes, forums, and more. If you are looking to put Vista in your living room, we've reviewed three home theater PCs that might fit the bill, and we anticipate seeing many more introductions in this category as the year progresses.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

Daily Show appearances, big parties, cool underground bands, Demetri Martin--wow, Microsoft is trying everything to make Vista seem cool.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> HP served up a Pavilion tablet and a totally unique all-in-one desktop, while Toshiba's first Vista laptop is a beautifully crafted convertible tablet.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Get some of the programs and that Aero glass look without spending a dime or even installing Vista.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Need a road map for Vista? We've rounded up some simple tips and tutorials on the OS's most useful new features.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Woot Sellout has the Pinnacle Remote Kit for Vista Media Center on sale for $14.99. It normally costs twice as much.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

Company is trying to boost interest in noncommercial software development around Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 and Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition. By way of the User Account Control feature, company set out to force independent software vendors to make their code more secure, says manager.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> Find out what's new in the latest version of Windows, and what you should be aware of before you buy.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a> If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade.<a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank" [4]</a>

We're announcing quite a few new languages available of the Windows Search 4.0 Preview today.<a href="http://windowsvistablog.com/" TARGET="_blank" [7]</a> Brandon Paddock, who works on the Windows Shell Team here at Microsoft, wrote a Windows Sidebar Gadget that displays the status of the Windows Search Indexer.<a href="http://windowsvistablog.com/" TARGET="_blank" [7]</a> As you may have read, the Beta release of Windows Live OneCare 2.5 is now available on Microsoft Connect for folks to start testing.<a href="http://windowsvistablog.com/" TARGET="_blank" [7]</a>

Windows doesn't close windows when a user logs off; that's your call Commenter Peter Kankowski asks why Windows doesn't send WM_CLOSE and WM_DESTROY messages when the user logs off. That's what WM_ENDSESSION is for.<a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/" TARGET="_blank" [2]</a>
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2. <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/" TARGET="_blank">Windows Vista Developer Center</a>
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3. <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank">Windows Vista</a>
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4. <a href="http://www.cnet.com/windows-vista.html" TARGET="_blank">Microsoft Windows Vista: Windows Vista Download, Windows Vista Upgrade and Windows Vista Review - CNET.com</a>
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5. <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx" TARGET="_blank">Windows Vista: Choose an Edition</a>
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6. <a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank">Windows Vista TechCenter: Documentation, downloads, and additional resources</a>
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7. <a href="http://windowsvistablog.com/" TARGET="_blank">Windows Vista Team Blog</a>
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8. <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1738,1786052,00.asp" TARGET="_blank">Windows Vista - Reviews and Price Comparisons ' from PC Magazine</a>
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9. <a href="http://www.winsupersite.com/vista/" TARGET="_blank">Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Windows Vista Activity Center</a>
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10. <a href="http://badvista.fsf.org/" TARGET="_blank">BadVista.org: Stopping Microsoft Windows Vista adoption by promoting free software -- BadVista</a>
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