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Windows Vista Willis Kim 13 January 2007 Release dates Released on November 8 , 2006 to manufacturing. Released on November 17 , 2006 to MSDN subscribers. Released on November 30 , 2006 for volume license customers. Released on January 3 , 2007 to MSDN Academic Alliance .

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Windows Vista

Willis Kim

13 January 2007


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Release dates

  • Released on November 8, 2006 to manufacturing.

  • Released on November 17, 2006 to MSDN subscribers.

  • Released on November 30, 2006 for volume license customers.

  • Released on January 3, 2007 to MSDN Academic Alliance.

  • Planned release on January 30, 2007 for worldwide retail availability.


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Hardware Requirements

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista




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Vista Features

  • Windows Aero: a new hardware-based graphical user interface, named Windows Aero – an acronym (possibly a backronym) for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective, and Open. The new interface is intended to be cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing than previous Windows, including new transparencies, animations and eye candy.

  • Windows Shell: The new Windows shell is significantly different from Windows XP, offering a new range of organization, navigation, and search capabilities. Windows Explorer's task pane has been removed, integrating the relevant task options into the toolbar. A "Favorite links" pane has been added, enabling one-click access to common directories. The address bar has been replaced with a breadcrumb navigation system. The Start menu has changed as well; it no longer uses ever-expanding boxes when navigating through Programs. Even the word "Start" itself has been removed in favor of a blue Windows Orb.

  • Windows Search (also known as Instant Search or search as you type): significantly faster and more thorough search capabilities. Search boxes have been added to the Start menu, Windows Explorer, and several of the applications included with Vista. By default, Instant Search indexes only a small number of folders such as the start menu, the names of files opened, the Documents folder, and the user's e-mail. Advanced options allow to choose for a specific file type how it should be indexed, the properties only or the properties and the file contents or exclude it.

  • Windows Sidebar: A transparent panel anchored to the side of the screen where a user can place Desktop Gadgets, which are small applets designed for a specialized purpose (such as displaying the weather or sports scores). Gadgets can also be placed on other parts of the Desktop, if desired.


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Vista Features (con’t)

  • Windows Internet Explorer 7: new user interface, tabbed browsing, RSS, a search box, improved printing, Page Zoom, Quick Tabs (thumbnails of all open tabs), a number of new security protection features, and improved web standards support. IE7 in Windows Vista runs in isolation from other applications in the operating system (protected mode); exploits and malicious software are restricted from writing to any location beyond Temporary Internet Files without explicit user consent.

  • Windows Media Player 11

  • Windows Media Player 11, a major revamp of Microsoft's program for playing and organizing music and video. New features in this version include word wheeling (or "search as you type"), a completely new and highly graphical interface for the media library, photo display and organization, and the ability to share music libraries over a network with other Vista machines, Xbox 360 integration, and support for other Media Center Extenders.

  • Backup and Restore Center: Includes a backup and restore application that gives users the ability to schedule periodic backups of files on their computer, as well as recovery from previous backups. Backups are incremental, storing only the changes each time, minimizing the disk usage. It also features CompletePC Backup which backs up an entire computer as an image onto a hard disk or DVD. CompletePC Backup can automatically recreate a machine setup onto new hardware or hard disk in case of any hardware failures.


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Vista Features (con’t)

  • Windows Mail: A replacement for Outlook Express that includes a completely replaced mail store that improves stability, and enables real-time search. It has the Phishing Filter like IE7 and a Junk mail filtering which is enhanced through regular updates via Windows Update.[9]

  • Windows Update with Windows Ultimate Extras

  • Windows Calendar is a new calendar and task application.

  • Windows Photo Gallery, a photo and movie library management application. WPG can import from digital cameras, tag and rate individual items, adjust colors and exposure, create and display slideshows (with pan and fade effects), and burn slideshows to DVD.

  • Windows DVD Maker, a companion program to Windows Movie Maker, which provides the ability to create video DVDs based on a user's content.

  • Windows Meeting Space is the replacement for NetMeeting. Users can share applications (or their entire Desktop) with other users on the local network, or over the Internet using peer-to-peer technology.

  • Windows Media Center, which was previously exclusively bundled as a separate version of Windows XP, known as Windows XP Media Center Edition, will be incorporated into the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista.

  • Games: Every game included with Windows has been rewritten to take advantage of Vista's new graphics capabilities. New games include Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans and Purble Place. The Games section will also hold links and information to all games on the user's computer. One piece of information that will be shown is the game's ESRB rating.


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Reasons to use Vista

  • New Networking Stack – Networking stack has been rewritten and includes IPv6 support

  • New Audio Stack – Rewritten and includes per-application audio control

  • Desktop search feature that is built

  • New fonts and readability

  • New features for international users


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Reasons to use Vista (con’t)

  • New Print Stack

  • New Installer

  • New sidebar and gadgets

  • New Auxiliary Displays

  • New encryption

  • New RSS

  • New sound


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Reasons not to use Vista

  • Microsoft has a tendenacy to push out their operating systems to quick

    • Wait until the first service pack has been released

    • Vista drivers may not be available

      • WinTV card


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If you decide to upgrade

Approach / Risk

Cook your meat

Well done

Cook your meat

Medium well

Kill the game

Eat the meat raw

Cook your meat

Medium rare

Clean install on

Secondary computer

or hard drive

Upgrade on

Secondary computer

or hard drive

Clean install on

Primary computer

or hard drive

Upgrade your

Primary computer

In all case, BACKUP your computer otherwise you have no parachute


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Upgrading path

Other software

Productivity Suite

Operating System


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Two hard drive system

  • Primary drive with data

  • Secondary drive with backup data

  • When rebuilding swap drives


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