Windows Vista is an operating system released in several variations developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs, and media center PCs. Prior to its announcement on July 22, 2005, Windows Vista was known by its codename "Longhorn."Development was completed on November 8, 2006; over the following three months it was released in stages to computer hardware and software manufacturers, business customers, and retail channels. On January 30, 2007, it was released worldwide, and was made available for purchase and download from Microsoft's website. The release of Windows Vista came more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor, Windows XP, the longest time span between successive releases of Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems. It was succeeded by Windows 7, which was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and for the general public on October 22, 2009. Windows Vista contains many changes and new features, including an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Aero, a redesigned search function, multimedia tools including Windows DVD Maker, and redesigned networking, audio, print, and display sub-systems. Vista aims to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network, using peer-to-peer technology to simplify sharing files and media between computers and devices. Windows Vista includes version 3.0 of the .NET Framework, allowing software developers to write applications without traditional Windows APIs.
And the company as a whole will benefit from less downtime. such as the Aero interface.
Improvements to reliability and performance in Windows Vista offer something for everyone. The IT department will face fewer support issues. the full set of features "would be available to less than 5 percent of Britain s PC market".100 email machine" because his laptop's lack of an appropriate graphics chip so hobbled Vista. This continuing lack of clarity eventually led to a class action against Microsoft as people found themselves with new computers that were unable to use the new software to its full potential despite the assurance of "Vista Capable" designations. Windows Product Management) commented "I now have a $2. According to the UK newspaper The Times in May 2006.
While Microsoft claimed "nearly all PCs on the market today will run Windows Vista". have had an impact on many upgrades. Mike Nash (Corporate Vice President. and greater productivity. Users will love the fast start-up time and even faster return from Sleep state. The court case has made public internal Microsoft communications that indicate that senior executives have also had difficulty with this issue. the higher requirements of some of the "premium" features. and will experience easier diagnosis and repair when problems do occur. however. this prediction was made several months before Vista was released. fewer IT hassles. For example.
For example. so startup from Sleep state requires just seconds. New technology in Windows Vista can detect deteriorating performance and tune the performance automatically. Fewer Hangs and Crashes: Windows Vista is more reliable than Windows XP.
Automatic Recovery: For occasional unpreventable failures. and new technology that will prevent many common causes of hangs and crashes. Windows Vista provides fast. easy solutions. Windows Vista detects potential disk failures and guides users through backup to minimize downtime and data loss. diagnostics-based troubleshooter
that provides users with a guided recovery experience for no-boot situations. Windows Vista automatically diagnoses and recovers an unbootable system to a usable state with the help of the Startup Repair Tool (SRT)
a step-by-step. one of the most challenging troubleshooting problems is corrupted system files that prevent the operating system from starting. startup applications. The new Sleep state in Windows Vista combines the speed of Standby mode with the data protection and low power consumption of Hibernate. Windows Vista is more responsive than Windows XP on the same hardware. Detailed performance counters help administrators isolate and fix complex performance problems more quickly and easily.Improvements to reliability and performance in Windows Vista include the following:
Fast Boot and Resume: Users can become productive faster with Windows Vista. For example. saving money and helping users stay productive. Improved Responsiveness: In many cases. and services in the background. Because Windows Vista processes login scripts. Built-in Diagnostics: Hardware diagnostics can detect error conditions and either repair the problem automatically or guide the user through a recovery process. reducing both the frequency and impact of user disruptions. users are able to get to work more quickly. Windows Vista includes fixes for known crashes and hangs.
which programs they can use.Security Features
The parental controls built into Windows Vista help parents determine which games their children can play. This feature works with Windows Defender. and games each person can use and install. you can create a separate account for each member of the family and control which websites. even when they're away from home. and which websites they can visit and when.
User Account Control
User Account Control in Windows Vista helps prevent potentially harmful software from making changes to your computer without your explicit consent. Windows Defender works with Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 and comes with preconfigured settings and guidance to help you get and stay secure. spyware.
Windows Defender is antispyware software that can help protect your computer against spyware and other potentially unwanted software. With User Account Control and the Parental Controls in Windows Vista.
. and other threats. Internet Explorer 7. Parents can restrict computer use to specific times and trust that Windows Vista will enforce those restrictions. programs. and Internet Explorer 8 to help reduce the impact of viruses.
your Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8 security settings. Properly configured.
Windows Security Center
Windows Security Center helps make your PC secure by alerting you when your security software is out of date or when your security settings should be strengthened. you should set up your system to install updates automatically. The Windows Firewall Control Panel is designed to be easy to use. In addition. Windows Vista will start to boot up and you will get the following progress bar.
Step 1 . Windows Update determines which updates are applicable to your computer and can download and install them automatically to keep your computer up to date and more secure. which comes with Windows Vista. with several configuration options and a simple interface. This helps ensure that both Important and Recommended updates are downloaded and installed in Windows Vista. is turned on by default and begins protecting your computer as soon as Windows starts.
Windows Update helps keep your computer current and secure by automatically downloading and installing the latest security and feature updates from Microsoft. and User Account Control. To make sure your computer stays up to date. it can stop many kinds of malware before they can infect your computer or other computers on your network. Windows Security Center also shows the status of software designed to protect against spyware.Place Windows Vista DVD in your dvd-rom drive and start your PC.Windows Firewall helps you protect your computer against many types of malicious software by restricting other operating system resources if they behave in unexpected ways a common indicator of the presence of malware. The Security Center displays your firewall settings and tells you whether your PC is set up to receive automatic software updates from Microsoft. Windows Security Center can monitor security products from multiple companies and show you which are enabled and up to date. Windows Firewall.
Windows Vista can detect which version you have purchased once you enter your product key. although you can select any version of Windows and proceed to next stage.The next screen allows you to setup your language. open your control panel from your Start menu. Select the version you have purchased and click next. Please note.
Step 2 . Choose your required settings and click next to continue.Tick "I accept the license terms" and press next. Step 6 .You can now type the product key that came with your Windows vista.
Windows 7 To begin.The next screen allows you to install or repair Windows Vista. Since we are doing a fresh install we will click on "install now". Ultimate. Windows Vista Home Basic. Business etc.
Step 3 .If you do not enter the product key you can still proceed with the installation in which case Windows will ask you which version of Vista you have purchased. Step 5 .
. Home Premium.
Step 4 . time and currency format. keyboard or input method.
It is not good idea to select a different version to the one you have purchased because you will not be able to activate Windows at a later stage.
Click on Hardware and Sound On the left side of the screen.
. select Create Power Plan Select the High Performance radial In the name field. by clicking on the + next to Hard Disk Change the time listed under Turn Off Hard Disk After to 0 Under the Sleep options you should change Sleep and Hibernation both to 0 as well Click on OK and close the window. call your plan whatever you would like Change the Put Computer to Sleep field to Never Click on the Create button to create your custom plan. select Change Plan Settings Next click the blue Change Advanced Power Settings link Open the hard disk power options. Once back on the main Power Options screen.
2gig file would take almost 2. Windows Defender Windows Firewall Windows ecurity Center BitLocker Drive Encryption Parental controls User Account Control Data Execution Prevention
Yes No No Available as a free download Yes Yes (starting w/ SP2) No Some (Internet Explorer allows parental control of web browsing) No Yes (starting w/ SP2)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Enterprise and Ultimate only) Yes Yes Yes
. Help keep your data private and secure. Create and share movies and slide shows in minutes. Get the most realistic game graphics and vivid multimedia. Browse the web easily and more safely. Defend yourself against spyware and other malware.Comparative Analysis
Feature Compatibility Performance Multitask more easily. Run Windows XP business programs. Windows XP There are many available games. Personalize your desktop with themes and photos. Connect to company networks more securely.5 minutes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Manage and monitor your children s PC use. Get the most out of your 64 -bit PC. software and hardware software Copying a 1. some software and hardware and not Vista compatible Copying a 1. Find files and programs faster.
Watch and record V on your PC.2gig file would take almost 3 minutes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Windows Vista Minimal games are available. e -mail. and IM programs. Chat and share with free photo.