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Microsoft Windows Vista. Your next Operating System? by Stuart Pierce. What is Vista?. New O/S for PC workstations and home users Released January 30, 2007 First major release in 5+ years 32/64-bit support. Microsoft Windows Timeline. Aero User Interface*. Desktop supports 3d graphics

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microsoft windows vista

Microsoft Windows Vista

Your next Operating System?

by Stuart Pierce

what is vista
What is Vista?
  • New O/S for PC workstations and home users
  • Released January 30, 2007
  • First major release in 5+ years
  • 32/64-bit support
aero user interface
Aero User Interface*
  • Desktop supports 3d graphics
  • Translucency effects
  • Flip through Windows
  • Live thumbnails

*Not every feature is available with every version of Vista or for every hardware configuration.

core technologies
Core Technologies
  • ReadyBoost/ReadyDrive flash/hybrid drive support
  • Superfetch machine learning caching
  • Improved networking – IP6, TCP window scaling, more comprehensive wireless networking
  • DirectX 10
  • Completely rewritten audio stack

per application volume control

end user features
End-user Features
  • Faster and more thorough search
  • Backup and Restore Center
  • Windows Mail
  • Windows Sidebar for Desktop Gadgets
  • Fully-integrated speech recognition
  • Windows DVD Maker
vista security
Vista Security
  • User Account Control improved
  • Bitlocker Drive Encryption
  • Windows Defender
  • Internet 7 with anti-phishing
  • Windows Firewall upgraded
what is a windows vista capable pc
What is a Windows Vista Capable PC?

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:

  • A modern processor (at least 800MHz).
  • 512 MB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.
windows vista premium ready pc
Windows Vista Premium Ready PC

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor).
  • 1 GB of system memory.
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum), Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
  • DVD-ROM Drive.
  • Audio output capability.
  • Internet access capability.
windows vista upgrade advisor
Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Helps you determine if your Windows XP-based computer will run Vista

windows vista enterprise
Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Has all of the features of Vista Business, as well as high-end data protection capabilities
  • Can only be purchased under Microsoft Software Assurance Enterprise License
is your software vista compatible
Is your software Vista compatible?


microsoft application compatibility toolkit 5 0
Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
  • “The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) enables … IT professionals who work in a corporate environment to determine, before rolling out within the organization, whether their applications are compatible with a new version of the Microsoft® Windows® operating system.”
  • “ACT also enables such individuals to determine how an update to the new version will impact their applications.”

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PC Mark ’05 Performance

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MS Word 2007 Performance

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MS Excel 2007 Performance

vista demonstration
Vista Demonstration

Video: Bringing Vista to life

Watch the Windows demo