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Good OS but you better have the right requirements

  • Mar 26, 2008
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Windows Vista has gotten a lot of flack and negativity and I will be one of the minority? to disagree. Microsoft spend many years developing this operating system and I feel that they succeeded with improving the flagship OS of PCs overall. The biggest difference with Vista vs XP and earlier OSs is the overall look and feel. Mac OS X had beautified the OS experience for many years and Microsoft had to change things up to compete in the market. With their new 'Aero' look letting you tile windows in 3D and integrating a sidebar with the OS, this is the prettiest Windows you have ever used. A new black system bar replaces the XP blue look and I think it's much easier on the eyes.

With all the improvements spoken of here, my favorites are without a doubt the new Instant Search that lets you easily search for files from any Explorer window (very hard to go back to XP without this) and the way pictures are managed in Vista. I have XP and Vista systems at home but whenever I want to scan through photos I always go to the Vista machine for speed and performance benefits.

Along with these improvements you also get Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Center, Enhanced Backup and Restore. For computer newbies it's a pleasant experience, for veterans it might take some time to get used to the newest flavor of Windows but it shouldn't take that long.

Negatives that jump out to me are the massive system requirements that are needed. If you install this on a system with anything less than 2 GIG of RAM you are asking for trouble but with the reqs of systems purchased today that shouldn't be much of an issue. The same issues go for graphics cards. If you don't have a decent one you can't use many of the Aero effects that are part of Vista.

Ultimate Edition has all the goodies of the other versions of Vista along with Business Networking, Remote Desktop, and Bitlocker to better protect data. This edition is recommended for power users that want the FULL version of Vista with nothing missing.

All in all a great effort by Microsoft that will only improve over time with the myriad of service packs which are released.

**** RECOMMENDED

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