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Microsoft Windows Vista

Microsoft Office 2007

Can I upgrade?

• Vista Home Basic Minimums:

• System Requirements
• Minimum Processor Speed 1 GHz
• Minimum Memory Required 512MB of
system memory
• Hard Disk Required 20GB hard drive with
at least 15GB of available space
• Display Support for DirectX 9 graphics and
32 MB of graphics memory
Vista Ultimate Minimums
• System Requirements
• Processor Speed1 GHz processor
• Memory Required1 GB of system memory
• HardDisk Required40GB hard drive with at least
15GB of available space
• DisplaySupport for DirectX 9 graphics with:
• • WDDM Driver
• • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
• • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
• • 32 bits per pixel
Vista Good Performance
• At least a 3.0 Ghz Pentium 4, or more
recent processor
• RAM Memory of 2 G or higher
• 200 Gb high speed (7200 rpm or above)
SATA, PATA, or SCSI hard drive
• DVD drive
• 256-512 mb Video Display card with Direct
X 9, WDDM driver, Pixel Shader 2.0
• 450 watt or higher power supply to run the
computer and graphics card
Versions of Vista
Upgrade Prices (retail)
• Vista Home Basic - $99.95
• Vista Home Premium - $159.00
• Vista Business - $199.00
• Vista Ultimate - $259.00
• All 64-bit versions require a clean install,
and cannot do an upgrade install.
• XP must have SP2, Win 2000 must have
SP4, older versions of Windows such as
95, 98, ME require a clean install.
Which Version - Home
• Basic is REALLY basic, no Aero, no bells
& whistles.
• Home Premium is more like the XP Media
Edition – it has the bells and whistles to
work with TV tuners, act as a “tivo”, do
multimedia work.
• Neither home edition can be put into a
Microsoft “domain” to work with a
Microsoft server.
Which Version - Business
• Business is most comparable to XP Professional
– has all the core features to work in a business
(or home) environment.
• Ultimate is something new – it has all the
business features, and also has the “Media
Edition” features, like Home Premium.
• You can upgrade for an additional charge at any
time. Upgrades can even be downloaded on-line
(better have broadband – big upgrade)
Now – lets look at Vista
• The following slides were screen images
captured from HP XW4100 workstation with
3.0G Pentium 4, 2G of RAM, 200G PATA IDE
7200 rpm hard drive, original video card
removed and replaced by an nVidia GeForce
6200 video card with 128mb of RAM. (this is
NOT an ultra-performance card, but is on the
low end for the Aero interface)
• The computer is running Vista Business with all
current patches, and Office 2007. Also, all of my
usual programs have been installed for
compatibility testing.
Software Compatibility
• MOST of my older applications run just fine on Vista. There are a
few that don’t.
• Acronis – the older version of Acronis does not support the new
security system of Vista. However, the current release is Vista
• Diskeeper (defragmentation utility) – The older version does not
support the new security system. Again, the current release is Vista
• Roxio CD-Creator Platinum 5.3.5 – The 5.1 purchased several
years ago had to be patched to work with XP. It does not work with
Vista. However, Easy Media Creator 8 (not the newest) does work
with Vista.
• There were several other older applications tested that had
problems. Most of them were auxiliary pieces that came with various
pieces of hardware. In some cases, the hardware did not have
Vista drivers, and the software could not be tested.
Hardware Compatibility
• Generally, hardware compatibility has been good. However, I have purchased items
new with the idea of buying things that are main-stream.
• I have not tried any of my scanners. They are all old, one HP quit working after three
years with XP and is now on a computer running 2000.
• Printers – even though my three HP LaserJet 5M printers are ancient – they are
supported in post-script mode. Many older printers, especially lower-priced ink jets,
are not supported, and are not likely to ever be supported. My Color LaserJet 3600 is
also supported fully.
• I have not attempted to install my Palm device on Vista. I have found that it will only
synchronize properly with ONE desktop or notebook computer in the past.
• Microsoft themselves does not write hardware drivers. They don’t usually have the
detail hardware info to write drivers. They specify how to write the driver – and it is up
to the device manufacturer to write. Most hardware companies that stay in business
are focused on selling new products; not on writing device drivers for decade old
• More drivers, and better drivers are being released. Some of the early nVidia video
drivers (as well as many others) were unstable and very feature-limted in comparison
to their drivers for XP.
Vista Business desktop
Vista Desktop Menu (default)
Vista Aero Interface
Aero “Bubbles”
Vista Basic (non-Aero) Interface
Appearance Settings
Display Settings
Windows “Classic” Theme
Personalize Appearance Menu
All Programs Menu (default)
Start Menu Properties
Start Menu (Classic)
Control Panel (default)
Control Panel (Classic)
Accessory Menu
Example “Gadget”
“Admin” account DISABLED
Vista Default Groups
Some of Desktop Backgrounds
“My Computer”
Performance Info
Network & Sharing Center
Printers Menu
Backup & System Restore points
System Event Log
“Services” Control
System Configuration Tool
Command Prompt – still lives
IP config – IP version 6 support
Windows Explorer
Windows Media Player
Older Application Running
Windows Mail (replaces OE)
Office 2007 - Word
Word 2007 Main Menu
Excel 2007
PowerPoint 2007
For older Office
Office 2007 Compatibility Pack
• Overview
• Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—
please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before
downloading the Compatibility Pack.
By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or
Office 2003, you will be able open, edit, and save files using the
file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can
also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer
2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For
more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.
Note: If you use Microsoft Word 2000 or Microsoft Word 2002 to read or write
documents containing complex scripts, please see for information to enable Word 2007
documents to be displayed correctly in your version of Word.
Administrators: The
administrative template for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint converters contained
within the Compatibility Pack is available for download.

• The Compatibility Pack can be downloaded free of charge from Microsoft.

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