What Should I Do About Windows Vista?
The "I Really Don't Want to Upgrade"
Computer User's Guide to Windows Vista Decisions

Why Upgrade? Windows Vista Features
copyright 2006 by Tracy Marks

Windows Vista Decisionmaking: Introduction
Why Should I Upgrade?
Why Should I NOT Upgrade?
What are Vista's Hardware Requirements?
What Version of Vista and at What Price?
What are my Installation Choices?

Why should I Upgrade?
Windows Vista Features

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I am not trying to convince you that new Windows features in Windows Vista are essential to your personal or business survival. Perhaps they are; perhaps they are not. Security, however, is a critical issue for many of us. Consider the new features of Windows Vista below and decide for yourself how much you need them in the near future.

Most essential features

None of the new features of Windows Vista are essential for Windows XP users whose machines are functioning securely, but the most important reason for most Windows users to upgrade to Windows Vista is SECURITY. Vista comes with Microsoft defender antispyware to protect you from harmful software, Microsoft Firewall to prevent unwanted intrusions, and high-end cryptography. It also fully supports Internet Explorer 7, which has an anti-pfishing filter and antispoofing technology.

Setup, Maintenance and Reliability
Vista will provide a higher level of stability and reliability than any previous Windows operating system, which will save time previously lost to computer crashes and troubleshooting. Some of the features which will aid you in your computer use include: improved backup technology, ability to store images of your windows configurations to replicate to new pcs and aid in upgrading software and hardware, improved self-diagnostics troubleshooting, and user account control which enables users who do not have administrative privileges to do such basic tasks as software installation.

Useful features

File Management and Web Site Control
Although not necessary to those functioning happily with Windows XP file management and searching capabilities, Vista will have improved searching and file organization features, as well as parental controls (in the home editions, not the business editions).

 Improved Visual Interface
Windows AERO, a new graphics interface (which functions best if you buy the home premium version) provides a sophisticated interface which is easier to read and navigate than in previous versions of Windows, and allows for viewing of high end graphics and video. An added plus is improvements in the quantity, quality and readability of fonts.

Business and Media Features

Additional features may not be as important to you, but may have substantial benefits to business users and high-end media buffs:

More Business Features (Business and Ultimate editions)
A new home network peer-to-peer technology will make it easier to transfer and share files between computers. Windows Meeting Space adds new features for online conferencing and sharing both one’s desktop and specific files with colleagues.

More Photo and Media Features
If you are a digital camera user, you will enjoy the photo gallery software which will enable you to edit and display photos. If you are a media buff, you will pleased to have an integrated Windows DVD Maker and Video Maker. Plus Vista (with adequate hardware) will excel in its ability to display small-screen and full-screen video, and will easily be able to display and update RS feeds.

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