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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

Your next Operating System?

by Stuart Pierce

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Vista Security

  • User Account Control improved

  • Bitlocker Drive Encryption

  • Windows Defender

  • Internet 7 with anti-phishing

  • Windows Firewall upgraded

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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.

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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.

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Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

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

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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

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Is your software Vista compatible?


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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

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Vista Demonstration

Video: Bringing Vista to life

Watch the Windows demo