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Windows Vista. A Whistle-Stop Tour for ITSS Wednesday 8 th November 2006 Tony Brett Head of IT Support Staff Services Oxford University Computing Services. Disclaimer and Warning. Opinions are my own and not necessarily those of OUCS or the University of Oxford

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Windows Vista

A Whistle-Stop Tour for ITSS

Wednesday 8th November 2006

Tony Brett

Head of IT Support Staff Services

Oxford University Computing Services

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Disclaimer and Warning

  • Opinions are my own and not necessarily those of OUCS or the University of Oxford

  • I am in no way endorsing this or any other product in this presentation

    • You must interpret my comments yourself


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  • Product Lineup

  • System requirements

  • Installation

  • Networking

    • Wired, Wireless, File sharing, VPN

  • Printing

  • Software

    • IE7

    • Anti-virus

    • HFS

  • Major changes

  • Activation and licensing (Bridget Lewis)

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Product Lineup - Versions

  • Vista Business

  • Vista Enterprise

    • more security and hardware encryption

    • UNIX subsystem for UNIX apps (SUA)

  • Vista Home Basic

    • Doesn’t include Aero

    • Less searching

    • No DVD burning

    • No Tablet Support

  • Vista Home Premium

  • Vista Ultimate

    • Has everything in all the others

    • “Top of the range”

  • All available in 32- or 64-bit editions

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System Requirements

  • Basic

    • Modern 800MHz processor

    • 512MB RAM

    • DirectX 9 Graphics

  • “Premium ready”

    • 1 GHz x86 or x64 processor

    • 1GB RAM

    • DirectX 9, WDDM, 128 MB graphics RAM, Pixel Shader 2.0, 32 bits per pixel

    • DVD-ROM

    • Audio

    • Internet Access

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  • Using RC1

    • Register to download and receive licence key

    • Burn DVD from Microsoft ISO file

  • Dell Laptop

    • I used Celeron 2.2GHz, 768MB RAM

    • Display driver installed without intervention once encouraged

  • Also used new HP machine meeting “Premium Ready” spec.

    • 3.2GHz Pentium Core Duo. 1GB RAM

    • All installed automatically

  • Install used about 7GB on machines I used

  • Note Startup Repair Tool

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Windows Update

  • Updates available for RC1!

  • Now part of Control Panel

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User Account Control

  • Provides some security when making system changes

    • Eg installing/uninstalling software

  • Asks non-admins for Administrator Password

  • Beware – Administrator Password not set on initial install

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  • Networkand Sharing Center (sic)

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Wired networking

  • From network and sharing center

    • Choose “manage network connections”

    • Right-click items for properties

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Wireless Networking

  • Also from network and sharing center

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Wireless Networking

  • How to connect:

  • Vista has drivers for USB and PCMCIA Adapters from OUCS shop

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File Sharing

  • Similar to XP Pro

  • Changed “Use simple file sharing”

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  • Latest version is for XP and below (not 98).

    • But it does not work with Vista…


    • provided as-is and unsupported for testing on Vista RCs

    • recommended that this client only be used for testing purposes in a lab environment

    • Known Issues

      • unable to enable logging subsystem when firewall is enabled

      • VPN Client does not support Start Before Logon

      • unable to install client under uac in vista 5384. (Workaround: Run setup from vpnclient_setup.exe)

      • UN-Install warns that VPN Service still running

      • Logging windows does not display log until the log file is touched.

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  • Via “Connect to” or Control Panel

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  • But of course we treat TCP/IP printers using LPR as local printers, just like in XP

  • Vista has lots of drivers built-in

  • HP Universal Printing Driver appears not to work at the moment

    • Crashes Explorer

  • Standard HP drivers seem OK

    • Not HP Printing System though

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  • IE7 comes as standard

    • Note no support from Oracle yet

    • For OSS and Financials

  • Firefox 2.0 appears to be OK

  • No TSM backup client support yet

    • There is a beta client scheduled for November

    • OUCS will test it

    • Client is scheduled GA for end of January 2007.

  • Only some AV products currently available for Vista


  • Microsoft is offering Windows Live OneCare

  • There are others including F-Secure and AVG

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  • Will provide support for Vista with Sophos Anti-Virus v 6.5.

  • When released, Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, version 6.5, will be updated automatically from the current version 6.0.x. No action needed.

  • Plan is to release Sophos Anti-Virus, version 6.5 within a couple of weeks of the official release of Vista, which Microsoft plan for November 2006. The Vista release date may change, subject to code changes and extensions made by Microsoft.

  • Support for Vista planned in the next major versions of Enterprise Console, Sophos Control Center and Sophos Client Firewall.

  • No support for Vista in the current versions of Enterprise Console, Sophos Control Center and Sophos Client Firewall on Vista.

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Major Changes

  • Taskbar /Start Menu

    • No huge changes but look and feel a bit different

    • Similar customisations

    • Adds window previews

    • “Run…” has moved into “accessories”

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Parental Controls

  • Control of

    • Websites

    • Use times

    • Game ratings

    • Specific Programs

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Computer Management

  • Much richer tools

    • Especially disk management and event viewer

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Windows Aero

  • 3D effects

  • Transparent Windows

  • Easy Windows key + Tab app switching

  • Requires a reasonable spec machine

  • Spec measured by Windows Experience Index

  • Our PC Scores 3

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Programs and Features

  • Replaces “Add/Remove Programs”

  • Allows viewing of updates

  • Access to digital locker and Marketplace

  • Control Windows “features”

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Windows Mail

  • Direct descendant of Outlook Express 6

  • Reads NNTP news

  • Good junk mail features

  • Protects from Phishing

  • Windows Calendar

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“Default Programs”

  • Allows modifications to:

    • File associations, Autoplay, Default Programs

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Windows Sidebar

  • This is similar to Mac OS X Dashboard

  • Gadgets rather than Widgets

  • Good for watching RSS feeds

  • Many widgets available

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Windows Explorer

  • Looks more like OS X

  • File overwrite now offers to rename

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Snipping Tool

  • Alt-PrintScreen on Acid!

  • Allows Screen, Window, Rectangle or Freeform image-grabbing

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Sync Center

  • No time to play with this yet – anyone?

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Licensing and Activation

  • Over to Bridget…

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