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Windows Vista

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Windows Vista

Part of the Microsoft Windows family

Screenshot of Windows Vista Ultimate

Developer

Microsoft Corporation

Website

Official website

Releases

Release date

RTM: November 8, 2006;

Vol. Lic.: November 30, 2006;

Retail: January 30, 2007

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Current version

6.0 (Build 6002: Service Pack 2)[1]

(April 28, 2009; 2 years ago)[info]

2005. and media center PCs. Further reading          Development of Windows Vista Features new to Windows Vista Management features new to Windows Vista Security and safety features new to Windows Vista Technical features new to Windows Vista Windows Vista I/O technologies Windows Vista networking technologies Features removed from Windows Vista Windows Vista editions Windows Vista is an operating system released in several variations developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers. tablet PCs. Extended support until 11 April 2017.Source model Closed source / Shared source[2] License Proprietary commercial software Kernel type Hybrid Update method Windows Update. including home and business desktops. laptops. over the following three months it was released in stages . Windows Server Update Services. Windows Vista was known by itscodename "Longhorn.[3] Service Pack 1 unsupported as of 12 July 2011. 2006. SCCM Platform support IA-32 and x86-64 Preceded by Windows XP Succeeded by Windows 7 Support status Mainstream support until 10 April 2012. Prior to its announcement on July 22."[4] Development was completed on November 8.

It was succeeded by Windows 7.[13][14] Development of Vista Main article: Development of Windows Vista The unofficial Windows Longhorn logo Microsoft began work on Windows Vista. and display sub-systems. On January 30. Gradually. Windows Vista had seen initial adoption and satisfaction rates lower than Windows XP. Many of Microsoft's developers were also re-tasked to build updates to Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to strengthen security. As a result of these and other issues. Vista has also been the target of much criticism and negative press. based on the Windows XP source code. and redesigned networking. with an estimated 330 million Internet users as of January 2009. 2004.NET Framework. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced in early 2002 a company-wide "Trustworthy Computing initiative" which aimed to incorporate security into every aspect of software development at the company. virusesand buffer overflows. in May of Windows XP. Some previously announced features such as WinFS were dropped or postponed. which was planned to be the company's next major operating system release. it had been announced that Vista usage had surpassed Microsoft’s pre-launch two-year-out expectations of achieving 200 million users. known at the time by its codename Longhorn.[12] As of May 2010. 2007. building on the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 codebase. lack of compatibility with some pre-Vista hardware and software. multimedia tools including Windows DVD Maker. [8] Faced with ongoing delays and concerns about feature creep.[9] However. and retail channels. the most widely used being Windows XP with an approximately 63. was scrapped. print.[8] While these new features and security improvements have garnered positive reviews.[16][17] . Microsoft announced on August 27. and a new software development methodology called the Security Development Lifecycle was incorporated in an effort to address concerns with the security of the Windows codebase which is programmed in C. the inclusion of a number of new digital rights management technologies aimed at restricting the copying of protected digital media.[15] five months before the release Windows XP and Blackcomb. Windows Vista's market share estimates range from 15. It was originally expected to ship sometime late in 2003 as a minor step between 2001. Microsoft stated that it prioritized improving the security of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 above finishing Windows Vista.26% to 26.[10][11] At the release of Windows 7 (October 2009). Vista aims to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network. 2009. including an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Aero. which was released to manufacturing on July 22.[7] One commoncriticism of Windows XP and its predecessors was their commonly exploited security vulnerabilities and overall susceptibility to malware.[6] The release of Windows Vista came more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor. Windows Vista contains many changes and new features. business customers. 2009. allowing software developers to write applications without traditional Windows APIs.to computer hardware and software manufacturers. The original Longhorn. and the number of authorization prompts for User Account Control. Microsoft's primary stated objective with Windows Vista was to improve the state of security in the Windows operating system.6% market share. and re-incorporating only the features that would be intended for an actual operating system release.0 of the . thus delaying its completion. Windows XP. it was released worldwide. resulting in the release date being pushed back several times. using peer-to-peer technology to simplify sharing filesand media between computers and devices. Criticism of Windows Vista has targeted its high system requirements.[5]and was made available for purchase and download from Microsoft's website. its more restrictive licensing terms. In light of this. that it had revised its plans. and for the general public on October 22. and Longhorn's development started anew. Windows Vista (with approximately 400 million Internet users) was the second most widely used operating system on the Internet with an approximately 18.3% market share. the longest time span between successive releases of Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems. "Longhorn" assimilated many of the important new features and technologies slated for Blackcomb. C++ and Assembly. audio. a redesigned search function. Windows Vista includes version 3.04%.

in order to give the company–and the hardware and software companies which Microsoft depends on for providing device drivers–additional time to prepare. both of which were made available to a large number of users.[18] While Microsoft had originally hoped to have the consumer versions of the operating system available worldwide in time for Christmas 2006. Beta 2. and documentation. released in late May. 2006. The builds that followed incorporated most of the planned features for the final product. as well as a number of changes to the user interface. 2006. Microsoft started releasing regular Community Technology Previews (CTP) to beta testers. It was downloaded by over five million people. Two release candidates followed in September and October.[20] Visual styles . performance. application and driver compatibility. an unprecedented beta-test program was started. involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers and companies. In September of that year. and much of the remainder of work between that build and the final release of the product focused on stability. and was subsequently released to beta testers and Microsoft Developer Network subscribers. released on February 22. Windows Vista was deemed feature-complete with the release of the "February CTP". was the first build to be made available to the general public through Microsoft's Customer Preview Program. The first of these was distributed at the 2005 Microsoft Professional Developers Conference.After Longhorn was named Windows Vista in July 2005. Development of Windows Vista came to an end when Microsoft announced that it had been finalized on November 8. based largely on feedback from beta testers. it was announced in March 2006 that the release date would be pushed back to January 2007.[19] Windows Vista cost Microsoft six billion dollars to develop.

Windows Flip 3D or any of the functions provided by the DWM. accordingly. Windows Vista includes six color schemes: four high-contrast color schemes and the default color schemes from Windows 95/Windows 98 (titled "Windows Classic") and Windows 2000/Windows Me (titled "Windows Standard"). As such. the NVIDIA GeForce 6 series and later. and has similar video card requirements to Windows XP. customers needing a CDROM or customers who wish for a 64-bit install media are able to acquire this media through the Windows Vista Alternate Media program. and has generally the same video hardware requirements as Windows Aero. as such. Windows Vista Basic This style has aspects that are similar to Windows XP's "Luna" visual style with the addition of subtle animations such as those found on progress bars. most discussion around Vista's graphics requirements centers on those for the Windows Aero interface. Windows Vista Standard This style is a variation of Windows Aero without the glass effects. To enable these features. A Vista Premium Ready PC can take advantage of Vista's high-end features. The Basic mode does not require the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) for display drivers.[59] Windows Vista's Basic and Classic interfaces work with virtually any graphics hardware that supports Windows XP or 2000. is built on a new desktop composition engine called Desktop Window Manager. Although originally supported. As of Windows Vista Beta 2. and is intended for mainstream and high-end video cards. It does not employ the Desktop Window Manager. The minimum requirement is for 128 MB of graphics memory. and other advanced graphical effects such as Windows Flip 3D. window animations. which are collections of color settings. window animations. and a handful of VIA chipsets and S3 Graphics discrete chips are supported.[62] The Ultimate edition . and does not require a WDDM driver. the contents of every open window are stored in video memory to facilitate tearing-free movement of windows.[58] 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. Windows Aero. and other visual effects. it does not feature transparency or translucency. this is the default graphics mode. live thumbnails.[56] [edit]Hardware requirements Computers capable of running Windows Vista are classified as Vista Capable and Vista Premium Ready. For computers with video cards that are not powerful enough to support Windows Aero. depending on resolution used. Prior to Service Pack 1.[56] Like Windows Aero. Windows Aero has significantly higher hardware requirements than its predecessors. It does not use the Desktop Window Manager. Intel's GMA 950 and later integrated graphics. the GeForce FX 5 series has been dropped from newer drivers from NVIDIA. Windows Aero introduces support for 3D graphics (Windows Flip 3D). As with previous versions of Windows. This visual style is included with Home Basic edition only as a "cheap" replacement of Windows Aero style. window animation.[57] Windows Standard The Windows Standard (or Windows Classic) visual style is similar to that of Windows 2000 and Microsoft's Windows Server line of operating systems.A comparison of the four visual styles included in Windows Vista.[60][61] Microsoft offers a tool called the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor[59] to assist Windows XP and Vista users in determining what versions of Windows their machine is capable of running. it uses the Desktop Window Manager. this visual style supports color schemes.[53][54] Windows Aero Vista's premier visual style. a machine that failed Windows Genuine Advantage validation would also default to this visual style. The last driver from NVIDIA to support the GeForce FX series on Vista was 96. the ATI Radeon 9500 and later.85. Windows Vista has four distinct visual styles. Although the installation media included in retail packages is a 32-bit DVD.[55] Windows Aero (including Windows Flip 3D) is not included in the Starter and Home Basic editions. translucency effects (Glass).

K6/K6-2/K6-III and AMD K5 with or without SSE instructions. Pentium Pro and Pentium MMX) because it requires a i686 (Intel) or RISC86 (AMD) Compliant Processors.[63] The digitally downloaded version of Ultimate includes only one version. either 32-bit or 64-bit.includes both 32-bit and 64-bit media.0 capable DirectX 9.0 driver support Graphics memory 32 MB 128 MB HDD capacity 20 GB 40 GB HDD free space 15 GB Optical drives DVD-ROM drive[65] (Only to install from DVD-ROM media) ^1 Even though this is Microsoft's stated minimum processor speed for Windows Vista.[66] The following table specifies the maximum physical memory limits supported: Physical memory limits for Windows Vista versions Version Limit in 32bit Windows Limit in 64-bit Windows [66] Windows Vista Ultimate Windows Vista Enterprise 128 GB Windows Vista Business 4 GB Windows Vista Home Premium 16GB Windows Vista Home Basic 8GB .0 capable and WDDM 1. Windows Vista is not compatible with processors older than Pentium II (such as Original Pentium. Windows Vista system requirements Vista Capable Vista Premium Ready Processor 800 MHz 1 GHz Memory 512 MB 1 GB Graphics card DirectX 9. it is possible to install and run the operating system on early IA-32 processors such as a Intel Pentium II/III and older Celeron and AMD Athlon (K7 and Thunderbird). from Windows Marketplace. [edit]Physical memory limits Maximum limits on physical memory (RAM) that Windows Vista can address vary depending on the both the Windows version and between 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

[77] and Windows Disk Defragmenter.[74] Windows Explorer ZIP file handling. and support for newer hardware and standards. and desktop search programs will be able to seamlessly tie in their services into the operating system. the service pack only supported 5 languages . 64[69] for 64-bit. it was a five-month beta test period.English.11n wireless networking. notably the exFAT file system. users will be able to change the default desktop search program to one provided by a third party instead of the Microsoft desktop search program that comes with Windows Vista. One of these is desktop search. One area of particular note is performance. 2008. Google claimed that the changes being introduced for SP1 "are a step in the right direction. The synchronized release date of the two operating systems reflected the merging of the workstation and server kernels back into a single code base for the first time sinceWindows 2000. Spanish.[75] These changes come in part due to complaints from Google.[74] 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. Home Basic. The initial deployment of the service pack caused a number of machines to continually reboot. French.[79] IPv6 over VPN connections. but they should be improved further to give consumers greater access to alternate desktop search providers". and Ultimate. Support for the remaining 31 languages was released on April 14. Areas of improvement include file copy operations.[80] The other area of note is a set of new security APIs being introduced for the benefit of antivirus software that currently relies on the unsupported practice of patching the kernel (seeKernel Patch Protection). JavaScript parsing in Internet Explorer. logging off on domain-joined machines. hibernation. MSDN subscribers were able to download SP1 on February 15.[78] The ability to choose individual drives to defragment is being reintroduced as well.[72] This caused Microsoft to temporarily suspend automatic deployment of the service pack until the problem was resolved. whose Google Desktop Search application was hindered by the presence of Vista's built-in desktop search. [edit]Service Pack 1 Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released on February 4. network file share browsing.[79] and the Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol. 2008. 1 for Starter. 2008. identifying three major areas of improvement: reliability and performance. SP1 became available to current Windows Vista users on Windows Update and the Download Center on March 18.Windows Vista Starter 1 GB N/A [edit]Processor limits The total maximum number of logical processors[67] of a PC that Windows Vista supports is: 32[68] for 32-bit.[71] [edit]Service packs Microsoft occasionally releases service packs for its Windows operating systems to fix bugs and add new features. Booting a system using Extensible Firmware Interface on x64 systems was also introduced. Enterprise.[74] 802.[76] A whitepaper published by Microsoft near the end of August 2007 outlined the scope and intent of the service pack. alongside Windows Server 2008 to OEM partners. 2008. Two areas have seen changes in SP1 that have come as the result of concerns from software vendors. and Home Premium. [73][74][75] Initially. rendering the machines unusable.[81][82] . In June 2007. German and Japanese. administration experience.[74] Service Pack 1 introduced support for some new hardware and software standards.[70] The maximum number of physical processors in a PC that Windows Vista supports is: 2 for Business.

Windows Vista despite being only a year old has already seen two service pack releases. Even before Windows Vista was released there was much criticism and complaints with many of the features that were included in the operating system.[84] Hardware requirements While Microsoft claimed "nearly all PCs on the market today will run Windows Vista".[116] Windows Vista is Microsoft's newest operating system that was released worldwide on On January 30.1. When Service Pack 1 was initially released it caused many machines to continually reboot.18000) that matches the version shipped with Windows Server 2008.[113] the higher requirements of some of the "premium" features. this prediction was made several months before Vista was released. Mike Nash (Corporate Vice President. Service Pack 1 was release on February 4.An update to DirectX 10. Windows Product Management) commented "I now have a $2. According to the UK newspaper The Times in May 2006. and support for newer hardware and standards. 2007. however. Hotpatch-enabled update packages are installed via the same methods as traditional update packages. such as the Aero interface. a reboot-reduction servicing technology designed to maximize uptime.1. For example. which essentially made them to be unusable. Their "Vista Capable" designations on many computer systems led to a class action lawsuit because many of the operating systems features needed more memory and resources to function effectively. Although Windows Vista has only been around about two years it has drawn much criticism. and will not trigger a system reboot. It is a big and bloated operating that needs to many resources to work effectively.100 e-mail machine" because his laptop's lack of an appropriate graphics chip so hobbled Vista. has already had two service packs released and is getting ready to be replaced by a new version. the full set of features "would be available to less than 5 percent of Britain’s PC market".[83]SP1 includes a kernel (6001. There have also been a number of organizations who have denounced Vista due to its problems. Windows Vista is an operating system that is not going to be around very long. Currently. It works by allowing Windows components to be updated (or "patched") while they are still in use by a running process. have had an impact on many upgraders. SP1 enables support for hotpatching. These include the incompatibility with previous Windows XP programs and hardware and digital rights management technologies among others. Windows Vista works well but in terms of ease of use by the consumer it turned out to be a dud in popularity. administration experience.[114] 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.[74] marked mandatory several features which were previously optional in Direct3D 10 hardware. As a . These service packs are designed to improve security as well as reliability and performance. named DirectX 10. some computer manufacturers have chosen to include a Windows XP restore disk with new computers that have Vista Business and Ultimate versions already installed. Graphics cards will be required to support DirectX 10. The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) was replaced by the Group Policy Object Editor.[115] The court case has made public internal Microsoft communications that indicate that senior executives have also had difficulty with this issue. Vista's image has been tarnished because it was perceived as being a bloated operating system. 2008 and Service Pack 2 is scheduled to be released sometime during 2009. As a result Microsoft temporarily suspended the automatic updating of the service pack until the problem was fixed. An updated downloadable version of the Group Policy Management Console was released soon after the service pack.

The Korean Fair Trade Commission requires that Microsoft Windows Vista K include links to these Web sites. Aero.Windows Media Center. Accessibility. It was too restrictive and cumbersome for the normal user. Windows Easy Transfer. Productivity Performance Network Diagnostics and Troubleshooting.. Photo Gallery. or any changes or updates to the third-party software or sites. Flip 3D.. and neither MS or Microsoft is responsible for the software and contents of any third-party sites. Windows Vista features Explore the features in any category to find out what you can do with Windows Vista. customize. DirectX 11. Especially if they bought a low cost PC that did not come with enough memory installed to run some of the features that Microsoft used as a selling point of the operating system. MS and Microsoft provide no warranty whatsoever with respect to the third-party software.. Wireless Networking. Network and Sharing Center. Entertainment Communication Internet Explorer.Windows Movie Maker. Windows DVD Maker. and deploy the following Windows operating systems.. XPS Documents. Windows Vista Operating Systems The Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) help you to preinstall. any links contained in third-party sites. or its contents. The third-party sites are not under the control of MS or Microsoft. OEMs may not remove the links to the Media Player Center Web site or Messenger Center Web site. • • • • • Windows Vista® Business Windows Vista® Home Basic Windows Vista® Home Premium Windows Vista® Starter Windows Vista® Ultimate Windows Vista K The following operating systems are available only in Korea: • Windows Vista® Home Basic K • Windows Vista® Business K Microsoft Windows Vista K operating systems are 32-bit versions of the Windows Vista operating system that also include links to a Media Player Center Web site and a Messenger Center Web site. Tablet PC. the site.. Remote Desktop Connection. The history of Windows Vista will most likely show that is turned out to be a dud of an operating system. Windows Vista Versions include both Release-To-Manufacturing (RTM) and Service Pack 1 (SP1). Hopefully Microsoft will learn from the slow adoption of Windows Vista to substantially improve the next version. The inclusion of any link on the Media Player Center Web site or Messenger Center Web site does not imply an endorsement by Microsoft of the third-party software.result Microsoft is in the process of developing a successor to Windows Vista currently called Windows 7.. Sync Center. . Windows Media Player. Windows Mobility Center. which contain links to third-party sites that enable consumers to download and to install third-party media players and instant messaging software.

Security and Safety BitLocker.. Sleep and Resume. Minimum requirements: • • • • 800 megahertz (MHz) processor and 512 MB of system memory 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space Support for Super VGA graphics CD-ROM drive Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration.. Windows ReadyBoost. While all editions of Windows Vista can support multiple core CPUs. Backup and Restore. User Account Control. Ultimate.. Windows Firewall. Encryption.. only Windows VistaBusiness. here's what it takes: • • • • • • • 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 1 gigabyte (GB) of system memory (512 megabytes (MB) for Home Basic) 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space (20 GB for Home Basic) Support for DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM and 128 MB of graphics memory (32 MB for Home Basic) DVD-ROM drive Audio Output Internet access (fees may apply) Additional requirements: Actual requirements and product functionality may vary based on your system configuration. Search. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware. .Windows Security Center. Windows Vista system requirements If you want to run Windows Vista on your PC.Performance Information and Tools. Windows Defender. and Enterprise can support dual processors.

manufacturers of computer software and accessories. and has been made available for purchase and downloading from the website of Microsoft. was to improve the security of the Windows operating system. November 8. Microsoft has released its new operating system. January 30. including a host of new digital technologies Office of Human aimed at restricting copying of secure digital information. the program was presented to the general public worldwide. on 30th January 2007 for consumers and on 8th November 2006 for businesses. . which has greatly facilitated the work on writing high-quality applications than the traditional Windows API. improved search capabilities. On the System Requirements page there is a description for the system requirements for each version.0. This tool analyzes your computer and gives an advice for each hardware component in your computer and advices you what to do if you want to install this version. Vista also seeks to increase the level of communication between devices in the home network using technology nodes equal LAN connection. and the possibility of new types of properties User Account Control. the new type of multimedia tools write Windows DVD Maker. Windows XP. which was intended to make extra security in every aspect of software development at the company. For developers. the development of Windows Vista version was completed and went on the market. and that was the cause of the delay of its release.Windows Vista . During the development period was Windows Longhorn the codename for it. some of the most significant include an updated graphical user interface. audio. Here you can find the minimum requirements and the recommended requirements which is also important. its predecessor. and customers licensing programs. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced at the beginning of 2002 'Trustworthy Computing initiative'. which was the largest interval of time between the two versions of Windows. Microsoft argues that Windows Vista contains hundreds of new features. It has been more than five years since the release of Windows XP. To check if your computer is compatible do the Upgrade Advisor. and visual style resembles Windows Aero. 2007. in a series of graphical operating systems for personal computers. Actually it was planned to be introduced in 2006 but this deadline could not be gained.is the latest version of Microsoft Windows. In light of this. NET Framework. The most frequently encountered criticism Windows XP and its predecessors caused by the vulnerability of the security system and susceptibility to the virus. This operating system will replace the previous version of Windows. is used both for the home and for work. 2006. The primary objective in creating Microsoft Vista. withdrew the latest version for MSDN. and too small buffer. direct buyers. print. During the development of Vista. TechNet Plus and TechNet. 2005. Over the next two months. Vista is version 3. Therefore your computer must be equipped with the latest hardware components to make your computer compatible with this operating system. more stringent licensing conditions. Prior to the announcement of the development of its July 22. Windows new operating system is divided in 5 different Windows Vista versions. I advice you to check this page first before you buy a new computer. facilitating the distribution of digital information and files between computers and devices. and completely re organizing the network. Microsoft argued that chose its priority to the security of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to complete work on Windows Vista. and display subsystems. there were many negative views among various groups. Vista was known as Longhorn. Windows Vista criticized for too long development time. namely: • • • • • Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Ultimate Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Enterprise What are the system requirements? This new operating system is an operating system which is much more graphical then previous versions of Windows.

This version offers not as much possibilities as Windows Vista Home Premium but it is a version to let you work with Vista quite easily and safe. As I said is Windows Vista Home Premium also a good version for laptops. Another function is that parents can configure the computer to let their children use the computer safely and well. Windows SlideShow and more advanced functions. pictures or music you need. parents can configure the computer to let their children use the computer safely and well. This version of the Windows Vista versions has a better security and a higher reliability. movies and your recorded TV-programs. By using the integrated Windows Media Center it is much more easy to order and enjoy your pictures. This also means that you and your family can use the computer with all confident. So as I said. Advice: If you have a larger budget and you want to get the maximum of your computer then Windows Vista Ultimate is the version out of all Windows Vista versions you need. computer and your family are better protected than they were in previous versions of Windows.Microsoft has developed several Windows Vista versions to please all users. superb animations. Windows Movie Maker with HD (highdefinition) support and Windows DVD Maker. Also you can make automatically a backup of your files like your pictures. So if your budget isn't so much I recommend this version. Besides that offers this version all functionalities of Windows Vista Business like the business network functions. Windows Vista Home Basic Ideal for standard use in your home situation This version of the Windows Vista versions is one which is meant for basic use in home situations. About the entertainment. movies. Windows Vista Business The version meant for small business . Advice: If you want a more graphical display and use the Windows Aero technology this version is the right version. improved wireless network options and a tool to synchronize easily with other devices like mobile phones or PDA's. typing documents and watching your holiday pictures. like Windows Media Center. If you want to make advanced backups of your entire computer like the system settings etcetera and you want to use your computer for business purposes and either entertainment purposes I recommend this version of Windows Vista versions. Windows Vista Ultimate offers all functionalities of Windows Vista Home Premium. Another feature in this version is that your documents. music. music. or viewing pictures then Windows Vista Home Basic is the right version for you. This version is a bit more expensive then the Home Basic version but also not the most expensive one. then this version of Windows Vista is the version you need. Windows Vista Ultimate The most complete version with a lot of extra's. Windows Vista Ultimate is the most complete version of the Windows Vista versions. e-mailing. management tools and advanced functions for making backups. there is plenty of it in this version. like the Windows Tablet technology and the touch technology. This version providesmore productivity and entertainment on your computer either you are at home or on the way. For example there is an improved power options tool. security and entertainment for your computer This version of the Windows Vista versions is a bit more extended then the Windows Vista Home Basic version. And if you want something more then just surfing the internet. In this version is Windows Media Center integrated so you can enjoy even more easily from your digital pictures. etc. movies and music. transparent and glassy menu bars and lets you switch from one opened screen to another in a three-dimensional lay-out. While there are also user who do need all features of the most extended version. DVD's. This version offers the business functionalities but also the entertainment functions. This version has all the power options functions. documents. Furthermore offers Windows Vista Ultimate support for all new mobile functions in Windows Vista. Also it is much easier to burn movies on a DVD. For example there are users who don't need all features so they don't need a version like Vista Ultimate. Also is this version provided with the Windows Aero technology which shows you dynamic reflections. Advice: if you just want a simple version of Windows Vista which isn't too expensivebecause you don't need much more then surfing the internet. So if you want to use your computer just for surfing the internet. Windows Vista Home Basic protects your computer automatically against harmful software and against websites that can harm your computer. Excel. working with Word. this is the most complete version with all functionalities in it. Also there is a search function and new ways to order your documents so you can easily find your e-mails. using the Windows Media Center features and making backups easily. security functions and mobile functions. tv. documents etcetera. for example burning DVD's. Furthermore. typing documents and watching your holiday pictures. I recommend this version. Windows Vista Home Premium More user-friendly. You can do this from your computer or even from your TV in the living room.

This version of Windows Vista is only available for customers with computers which have a Microsoft Software Assurance contract or a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and it isn't available in the stores. The entire hard disk will be encoded to make sure that the important data is only available for your company. Windows Vista Enterpise The version meant for large international companies Windows Vista Enterprise is designed for large international companies and organizations which have complex IT-infrastructures. Using this version companies can work more efficient thanks to a better.and UNIX-operating systems. Advice: If you have a small business and you want to have all the business features in the operating system like easy backing up. Or if you want to integrate your UNIX applications into one system this is the right version for you because Windows Vista Enterprise is compatible with UNIX applications. user-friendly interface where you can easily find information on the computer or on the internet. Windows Vista Enterprise provides a even higher security level then Windows Vista Business by protecting data on a hardware based coding technology. Advice: If you are in a business situation and your company has an agreement as mentioned above you can order a Windows Vista Enterprise edition. system files and programs. it is easy to restore it by placing back the previous version. This new technology prevents that important data of your company falls in wrong hands if a computer is stolen or lost. So if you save changes in a document accidentally or if a document gets damaged. Compare your needs with the descriptions at each version above and choose that version which fits most with your needs.There is also a feature which automatically archives previous versions of your files. Also look for a version which fits in your budget. transparent and glassy menu bars and lets you switch from one opened screen to another in a three-dimensional lay-out. Or if you want a lot of extra functions as mentioned above but you don't need Windows Media Centerthis version of Windows Vista is the right version because Windows Media Center is not integrated in Windows Vista Business. files.This isn't a version for a home situation. Furthermore I recommend to run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor utility from Microsoft to be sure your computer is compatible with the right version of these Windows Vista versions. . restore files easily and the right protection for your company I recommend this version. A difference between Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise is the security. If you need a complete operating system for your large company which needs to be protected very well against data loss you should choose this version because this version really is focused on security in a large business situation.Windows BitLocker uses the hardware based coding technology.Windows Vista Business is the version out of all Windows Vista versions which is specially developed for small businesses. General advice: If you are looking for the right version out of all Windows Vista versions. Using this version it is easy to create or restore backups of important documents. This version is also provided with integrated applications which take care for a better compatibility with applications from previous versions of Microsoft. Also this version has a better security to protect the company information. People who don't have this Microsoft Software Assurance contract or Microsoft Enterprise Agreement have to choose one of the other Windows Vista versions. you should ask yourself for which purposes you are going to need it for. Also this version is provided with the Windows Aero technology which shows you dynamic reflections. This version is the one of the Windows Vista versions which is very much focused on data security. That's why there is a extra security functionality integrated called Windows BitLocker-Drive Encryption. superb animations.