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Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows Vista


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Windows Vista Editions

  • Windows Vista Starter

    • Not available in developed technology markets, such as the US, European Union, Japan, and Australia.

  • Windows Vista Home Basic

  • Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Windows Vista Business

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

    • Only available with Software Assurance or a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

  • Windows Vista Ultimate


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Hardware RequirementsWindows Vista Capable PC

  • 800 MHz processor

  • 512 MB memory

  • 20 GB hard drive; 15 GB free

  • DirectX 9 video card

    • capable of 800 x 600 resolution

    • WDDM driver support recommended

  • CD or DVD drive


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Hardware RequirementsWindows Vista Premium Ready PC

  • 1 GHz processor

  • 1 GB memory

  • 40 GB hard drive; 15 GB free

  • DirectX 9 video card

    • WDDM driver

    • Pixel Shader 2.0

    • 32 bits per pixel

    • memory dependent on resolution

  • CD or DVD drive


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Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)

  • List of computers and peripheral hardware that have been tested with Windows Vista

  • Located at http://winqual.microsoft.com/HCL/

  • Hardware not on the HCL may work with Windows Vista, but Microsoft Support might not help you support your system.


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Clean Install or Upgrade?

  • Can purchase upgrade copy for Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP

    • Can perform in-place upgrade for Windows XP only!

    • Must perform clean install with Windows 2000 Professional

  • Must purchase full version for all other operating systems


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In-Place Upgrade Options


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Migrating Files and Settings

  • Windows Easy Transfer

    • Migrates files and settings from Windows XP SP2

    • Migrates only files from Windows 2000 SP4

  • User State Migration Tool

    • Used to migrate large numbers of users over automated deployments


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Other Installation Options

  • Disk Space Partitioning

  • Windows Update and Security Settings

  • Language and Locale


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Installation Process

  • Three main steps:

    • Collecting Information

    • Installing/Upgrading Windows

    • Set Up Windows


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Troubleshooting Installation

  • Four key troubleshooting areas:

    • Identifying Common Installation Problems

    • Installing Nonsupported Hard Drives

    • Dealing with Incompatible Software Applications

    • Troubleshooting with Installation Log Files


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Dual-Boot and Multi-Boot Considerations

  • Install older operating systems before installing newer operating systems

  • Install each operating system on a separate partition

  • Basic vs. Dynamic Disks

  • NTFS / FAT32 / FAT16

  • Disk Compression

  • Encryption

  • Boot.ini no longer available in Vista

    • Replaced with BCDEdit


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Post-Installation Procedures

  • Windows Activation

    • 30-day grace period

  • Windows Update

    • Critical Updates

    • Service Packs

    • Drivers

  • Windows Ultimate Extras


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