Advantage Windows Vista
Got to know, what are the advantages for windows vista?
After a long wait, new service pack has finally arrived,
as a new year’s gift to Microsoft’s windows
customers cum lovers. Windows Vista is perhaps the major
update to the Windows family of operating systems, after
a long gap of around five years. The operating system
comes up with rich set of features. There are some distinct advantages and disadvantages of vista over XP. The operating system
also has some advantages and some sort of disadvantages.
Let us see all of them one by one, now.
Windows Vista Advantages:
1. Improved Graphical User Interface, the Aero:
There is an entire new GUI for Windows Vista. The appearance
of window, desktop, start button, start menu, taskbar,
everything got a new look. Now, the window in Windows
Vista looks similar to that of in Mac OSX. Minimize,
maximize and the close buttons wore an entire new strange
look. The windows can be made to appear in translucent,
3D modes, if the new Aero is applied. The start button
has been modified to give a new look. The word “start”
has been removed. Only the new Windows logo gets appear
in start button. Start menu also got a new look. The
desktop wallpapers got a new look too. The desktop contains
a side bar, which shows a clock, and some of the widgets.
Widgets are small programs, which is equivalent to standard
2. Surf the net, without much worry about security
Browsing the net, without any security measures invites
a major danger. Windows Vista enable one provide high
level of security measures. Windows Vista has come with
a latest version of Internet Explorer which is version
7.0. This provides a higher degree of security to the
system, as well as, the operating system environment.
It also warns strictly against visiting some fake sites.
It includes phishing filter to provide higher security
while surfing the net. Protection against spamming is
also provided. The other security measures include tools
such as Windows defender, advanced firewall, Encryption/Decryption
of data, support for NTFS partitions, auto backup. The
Windows Defender is a program which blocks suspicious
programs which tries to do some illegal activity in
the computer system. Advanced firewall provides security
to both incoming and outgoing data.
3. Manage your knotty kids, using parental controls:
One can control kids by using parental controls in
Windows Vista. Parents can now deny access to certain
programs especially, the games. Through separate child
account, parents can now keep track of what all activities
done by the child. It also enables parents to control
the activities by blocking certain activities such as
running a game program, blocking some sites that, the
child might have visited etc. For this to work, parent
must setup separate account for the child with different
4. Play multimedia contents using latest media player:
The latest version of Windows Media Player bundled
with Windows Vista. The Windows Media Player 11 enhances
video, audio quality when playing sound, music, videos.
It has got new look and has got a series of rich features.
These features include URGE services from MTV digital
music services, Simplified Library, Library layouts.
The newest URGE services provide access to the huge
collection of online music, song collections. The simplified
library improves customization options. Whenever, one
plugs some of the latest media player compatible devices,
the media player detects the device and installs the
drivers associated with the device automatically.
5. Improved search, Windows Explorer:
In Windows Vista, you will get the search result as
and when you type some letters of a particular word.
The explorer shows a list of all files in the folder
by default. When one types in, the few letters of words
in the search box, the files will get filtered out according
to the letters. Suppose, if one searches for filenames
of “govt. services”, the search will filter
out and displays only files with filenames with the
name “gov”, if you type “gov”
in the search text box. It will further filter the filenames,
when you type full form. Also, the look of Windows Explorer
got changed rapidly. More sorting options are also provided.
Different kinds of listing is also got introduced.
6. Date and time, know the difference in time across
In earlier Windows operating systems, it was indeed
difficult to know the time difference across the two
countries. It proved difficult for online chat users.
In Windows Vista, one can add additional clocks, to
show the time of some other country. For example, if
you want to know the time of London, then you can add
clock of London to the additional clocks tray. The tray
comes up for display, when one moves mouse over the
time shown in the task bar.
7. Manage your photos using photo gallery:
Windows Vista has got an inbuilt tool called as Photo
Gallery to manage digital photos. Using it, one can
modify the photos. It has got ability to show previews
of movie files, a feature, which was not there with
Windows XP. Using this tool, one can transfer or share
the photos from computer to devices such as mobile phones,
PDA’s, etc. The photo gallery also has the ability
to work high precision, high quality images, which are
produced by latest high quality cameras.
8. Total different world, new experience:
Windows Vista brings you the new world of new experience.
It starts from amazingly changed desktop, which goes
beyond imagination. All icons look better this time
around. The 256x256 resolution icons made Vista world
to feel like you have got a computer from heaven. Networking
aspect has improved further in Windows Vista, with the
introduction of further security enhancements. Performance
wise, vista makes life better, when compared with its
1. Requirements high, too hot deal:
Windows Vista, the next generation operating system
requires superb computer to install. It consumes a lot
more resources than its predecessor windows XP. For
vista Aero to work, you need to invest something more
than what you would have expected to invest before.
The graphics card requirement is quite high. The graphics
card must be of DirectX 10 supported. The required minimum
graphics memory on the graphics card is 128 MB. For
better performance, graphics memory must be of 256 MB.
The minimum hard disk space required is 20 GB for installation
of Windows Vista. Processor speed is also expected to
be high for Aero to work smoothly without causing any
hiccups. The memory requirement for Windows Vista system
is high. The system will work smoothly when one has
got RAM of about 2 GB installed. Totally, I would like
to say that, Windows vista eats up lot of resources,
than its predecessor, the Windows XP.
2. Regarding price, sucking your hard earned money:
The price of Windows Vista Ultimate edition seems to
be too high. Ordinary user cannot thus, have a look
into all the features of Vista, which is only available
in the Ultimate Edition. Microsoft seems to be not so
interested in country wise markets. The prices are set
according to the US market. However these prices are
on higher side for developing asian countries. Microsoft
should set the price of Vista as per the market. It
is the time for Microsoft to think over this aspect,
having introduced stricter validation process.
3. Replace the oldies, another way of extracting:
This is a usual problem, which always exists whenever
new operating system gets released, and you have an
old system or have some old components in the system.
If one decides to install windows vista in the old system,
then they should check the compatibility of system components,
checking whether Vista supports them or not. Some manufacturers
will still provide Vista support for the oldies by providing
the latest drivers for the same. If manufacturers are
not providing the latest drivers, you need to purchase
a new device as a replacement for the existing device.
Before, you purchase a new device you need to check
out for Vista compatible or Vista ready logo, which
is put up on the device.
4.Window appearance. Did you like the different look?
In Windows Vista, the window appearance underwent lot
of unwanted changes. The windows in Windows Vista, the
window appears similar to that of MAC OSX. The Minimize,
Maximize, and Close buttons, wore a different look.
The three buttons got reduced in their sizes, making
them unclear to aged people, people with eye sight problems.
The minimize, maximize, and close buttons have reduced
in sizes. The icon in the other end has disappeared,
which makes the window slightly dull in appearance.
In overall, the new operating system, Windows Vista
is said to be an ideal replacement to its predecessor,
the Windows XP.
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