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Features more focus on bundled functionality, more streamlined networking, and improved security.

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Much fewer security vulnerabilities than XP

15 agree

Improved auto-complete on "Run" menu

11 agree

Better core foundation for developers

10 agree

Much better compatibility with 64-bit hardware

10 agree

Simple instalation from scratch (GUI really helps installation)

10 agree

Works on almost any recent hardware from any manufaturer

9 agree

More streamlined program installation and management

9 agree

Uses better computer specifications more efficently then previous versions

7 agree

desktop widgets such as calendar, clock etc

5 agree

Very nice, and easy to use interface

5 agree

Most popular OS for user as well as developers alike

5 agree

Does not cause the computer to cost 1400 bucks....

3 agree

tightly integrated Windows Indexing search - find programs, documents, media and emails extremely fast from the start menu

1 agrees
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Performance can be much better

24 agree

Default installation comes with many bloated eye-candy settings enabled that slow your computer down

22 agree

Still has hardware compatibility issues

19 agree

User Access Control is a huge pain

18 agree

Restrictive digital media functions

15 agree

Hardware requirements are still too steep

14 agree


14 agree

Drivers for older hardware hard to find

13 agree

Poor backward compatibility

12 agree

Confusing versioning system

11 agree

Security functions are invasive and require constant user interaction.

6 agree

Does not support many standard media formats

5 agree

Crawls on many "Vista Ready" computers

4 agree

Gaudy user interface

3 agree

File System is extremely slow

3 agree

Heavily software laden machines cause Vista Home to become very slow.

2 agree

Power management (sleep, etc) poorly implemented

1 agrees

no native TRIM support (ATA protocol enhancement for SSDs to prevent performance degradation)

1 agrees
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Vista is Microsoft's sixth generation Operating System and features more focus on bundled functionality, more streamlined networking, and improved security. Compared to the previous standard - Windows XP - Vista contains a more integrated and consistent technology base which Microsoft hopes will reduce the number of software and hardware compatibility issues. On the security side, every module has been made secure to reduce and prevent malicious software from ruining the computer, however the downside is the Vista "User Access Control" panel which has been made the butt of many jokes for being too annoying.


Vista comes in 6 flavors, that differ in bundled features and are targeted towards different markets.

Windows Vista Starter -  much like Windows XP Starter Edition, this edition sells only in "emerging markets" such as Mexico, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Thailand, China, Indonesia and the Philippines — mainly to offer a legal alternative to using unauthorized copies. Microsoft does not make it available in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Australia or New Zealand (although users can install a three day trial-version from the 32-bit DVD).

Windows Vista Home Basic - Similar to Windows XP Home Edition, Home Basic targets budget-conscious users not requiring advanced media support for home use.

Windows Vista Home Premium - Containing all features from Home Basic, this edition also supports additional features aimed for the home market-segment, such as support for HDTV and slot games

Windows Vista Business - Comparable to Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista Business Edition targets the business-market. It includes all the features of Home Basic with the exception of Parental Controls and the Windows Vista Standard theme.

Windows Vista Enterprise - This edition targets the enterprise segment of the market: it comprises a superset of the Vista Business edition. Additional features include support for Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packages, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application-support.

Windows Vista Ultimate - combines all the features of the Home Premium and Enterprise editions, plus the "Ultimate Extras" and stronger encryption. "Mainstream Support" for Ultimate ends on April 10, 2012, while Microsoft flags "Extended Support" as "Not Applicable".

Common Vista Features

Aero - this is the new fancy graphical style that uses the 3D processing power of the computer for additional effects and animations.

Shell - replaces Windows Explorer to be more streamlined and easier to navigate.

Instant Search - improved search examines information inside of files, and returns results as soon as typing starts.

Sidebar - an area for Desktop Gadgets which are mini-applications that usually focus on performing one specific task.

Mail - built-in mail program that replaces Outlook

Games Explorer - a dedicated and unified area where all your games can be accessed and launched.

Post Review
12/30/2008 05:40

No where near as good as OS X

12/30/2008 05:40

Gaudy user interface

12/30/2008 05:40

More customizable than OSX

12/10/2008 05:29

PURE TRASH! XP 4 LIFE! My 756 MB ram XP runs better than most brand-new 4 GB ram VISTAs! It's absurd!

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