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Windows Vista

Windows Vista logoReleased to the public on January 30, 2007, Windows Vista (box shown right) is the successor to Windows XP in Microsoft's Windows line of operating systems. With the Vista iteration, Windows saw significant changes both aesthetic design and available features; with a focus on creating a more diverse and user-friendly experience. The image below shows the Vista desktop and Start menu followed by new core features.

Image of Microsoft Windows Vista

Windows Vista key features

  • Windows Aero, a completely new GUI and unlike any previous version of Windows.
  • Basic file backup and restore.
  • Improved DVD support with the ability to create custom DVD movies.
  • A feature that allows users to import files from an older computer to a new one called Easy Transfer.
  • File encryption.
  • Instant search available through all Explorer windows.
  • Support for DirectX 10.
  • The ability to automatically detect and correct problems that may be encountered on the computer.
  • Shadow Copy - a feature that allows you to recover deleted files.
  • Improved photo gallery and control of photographs.
  • Windows Sidebar allows users to add an almost endless list of different gadgets.
  • Improved parental controls.
  • Improved Windows Calendar, with the ability to set tasks and appointments.

System Requirements

Windows Vista - Windows Vista Premium

Windows Vista Requirements
Processor: 800 MHz Intel-compatible
Memory: 512MB RAM
Graphics Card: DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
Sound Card: Standard sound card for sound capability
Hard Drive Space: 20GB disk space
CD/DVD Drive: DVD drive
Controls: 100% compatible Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse.
Operating System: Windows 2000 or Windows XP to upgrade.

What Windows came before Windows Vista?

For the end user, Windows XP came before Windows Vista.

What version of Windows came after Windows Vista?

For the end user, Microsoft Windows 7 came after Windows Vista.

Also see: Computer, Longhorn, Microsoft, Operating system terms, ReadyBoost, SuperFetch, Windows Aero, Windows Sidebar