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Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows Vista. Windows Vista 6 Editions. Windows Vista Starter Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Enterprise Windows Vista Ultimate. Windows Vista Starter.

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Windows Vista 6 Editions

  • Windows Vista Starter

  • Windows Vista Home Basic

  • Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Windows Vista Business

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

  • Windows Vista Ultimate

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Windows Vista Starter

  • Available only to emerging markets where software piracy runs rampant. Not available in developed technology markets, such as the US, European Union, Japan, and Australia

  • Only 3 Applications can be launched simultaneously

  • No incoming network connections

  • Memory limited to 2GB

  • Single 32 bit processors only

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Windows Vista Home Basic

  • Windows Aero not available

  • Single Processor

  • Memory Limited to 8GB

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Windows Vista Home Premium

  • All the features of Windows Vista Home Basic

  • Windows Aero

  • Integrated Operating System Search functionality

  • Windows Media Center capabilities: Can watch and record HDTV and connect to an Xbox360

  • Windows Tablet cabilities: digital pen and touch screen interfaces.

  • Integrated DVD authoring

  • Extra Games

  • File System Encryption

  • Photo management applications

  • Limited to a single physical processor

  • Memory Limited to 16GB

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Windows Vista Business

  • Similar to Windows XP Professional

  • Does not include Media Center

  • Windows Aero

  • Integrated operating system search functionality

  • Windows tablet capabilities

  • IIs Web Server

  • Fax Support

  • Remote Desktop

  • Previous version support

  • Dual physical processor support

  • Memory Limited to 128GB

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Windows Vista Enterprise

  • All the features in Vista Business

  • Virtual PC Express

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption

  • Subsystem for Unix-based applications

  • Only Available via Microsoft Software Assurance or a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

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Windows Vista Ultimate

  • All the features in Vista Home Premium

  • All the features in Vista Enterprise

  • DVD Ripping Support

  • Podcast creation support

  • WinSAT, which is used to improve gaming performance

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Hardware Requirements

  • To install Windows Vista successfully, your system must meet certain hardware requirements.

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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

  • 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

    • Pixel Shader 2.0

    • 32 bits per pixel

    • memory dependent on resolution

      • 128MB to use AERO

  • 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

  • Vista Upgrade Advisor

  • BIOS Compatibility

  • Driver Requirements

  • 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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Upgrade Considerations

  • Application Compatibility Issues

    • Not all applications written for earlier versions of Windows will work with Vista

      • If compatible, you may have to reinstall.

      • If not, then either purchase upgraded version that is, or run in compatibility mode which we will cover later.

  • Hardware Compatibility Issues

    • Not all peripherals have drivers that are Vista compliant.

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Migrating Files and Settings

  • Windows Easy Transfer

    • Can be used to transfer files and settings from Windows XP SP2 computer to your new Vista computer.

      • User Accounts

      • Folders and files

      • Program Settings

      • Internet Settings

      • Favorites

      • Email messages, contacts, settings

    • Migrates only files from Windows 2000 SP4

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Migrating Files and Settings

  • User State Migration Tool

    • Used to migrate large numbers of users over automated deployments

    • Similar to Windows Easy Transfer with the following differences

      • USMT is more configurable and can specify which files and settings are transferred.

      • USMT is scriptable and uses command line utilities.

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Other Installation Options

  • Disk Space Partitioning

    • Partition Sizes

      • System partition: Boot Files and MBR

      • Boot partition: Vista files C:\windows

  • Windows Update and Security Settings

  • Language and Locale

    • Language to be used will determine things such as currency, numbers, date/time

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Installation Process

  • Three main steps:

    • Collecting Information

    • Installing/Upgrading Windows

    • Set Up Windows

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Installation Process

  • Collecting Information:

    • Language

    • Local Settings

    • Product Key

    • License Terms

    • Type of Installation

    • Install Location

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Installation Process

  • Installing/Upgrading Windows:

    • All files are copied from Setup program to the hard drive

    • There are reboots involved

    • Files are expanded

    • Features are installed

    • Updates are installed

    • Installation completed

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Installation Process

  • Set Up Windows:

    • Configure user accounts

      • Picture, password, password hint

    • Specify computer name

      • Must be unique

    • Select update and feature settings

      • Windows update, Explorer Phishing

    • Configure time and date

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Troubleshooting Installation

  • Four key troubleshooting areas:

    • Identifying Common Installation Problems

    • Installing Non Supported Hard Drives

    • Dealing with Incompatible Software Applications

      • Start-All Programs-Accessories-Program Compatibility Wizard

    • Troubleshooting with Installation Log Files

      • Action Log \Windows\setupact.log

      • Error Log \Windows\setuperr.log

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Dual-Boot and Multi-Boot Considerations

  • Install older operating systems before installing newer operating systems

    • Older operating systems will ruin the Vista operating system

  • Install each operating system on a separate partition

  • Basic vs. Dynamic Disks

    • Only Windows 2000, XP Pro, Server 2003, and Vista can see Dynamic Disks

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Dual-Boot and Multi-Boot Considerations

  • NTFS / FAT32 / FAT16

    • All Windows operating systems can see FAT partitions, but only NT4 with SP4, Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003 can recognize NTFS

  • Disk Compression

    • Vista can not read Windows 9x compressed disks. Only NTFS compression.

  • Encryption

    • Vista encrypted files can not be read by earlier versions.

  • Boot.ini no longer available in Vista

    • Replaced with BCDEdit

      • To edit boot options

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Post-Installation Procedures

  • Windows Activation

    • To reduce software piracy

    • Unless you have a corporate license, you have to activate

    • 30-day grace period

    • Command line: slmgr - rearm

  • Windows Update

    • Critical Updates

    • Service Packs

    • Drivers

  • Windows Ultimate Extras

    • Backgrounds

    • Texas Hold’em and other games

    • Sounds