I think the first question that springs to mind, is Vista going to be full of security holes as XP was when it was launched, we shall see as the year goes by.
The general feel of the OS is more responsive and applications also launch quickly. Yes, there are some driver and hardware issues, but we should start seeing more stable and updated drivers appear soon. Like its predecessor Windows XP, Vista has improved deployment options and device driver detection; these improvements have proven to be very user friendly and reduced the time it takes to get Windows up and running.
You are going to need a minimum RAM (memory) of 1Gb that is what Microsoft tell us, the system that I was using had 2Gb and I think this is where I would start, the processor needs to be 800Mhz or above, I think the memory requirements would exclude any PC older than about 2 years.
So how does it look? The desktop in Windows Vista remains’ consistent but other parts of the OS have been extremely updated to feature a much cleaner, sleeker/professional look and feel that presents a more mature color palette called Windows Aero. Some elements of this new theme include semi-translucent window frames, window animations, transitions and high-resolution icons that are more life like and easier to understand. The Start menu panel has also been radically overhauled to provide a productive, logical layout when accessed.
The big question for many persons is, whether the move to Vista will be worth it, Windows Vista has brought the term operating system out of an antiquated era in computing of just being known as a traffic cop for your hardware and applications. Security is supposed to be one of Microsoft's main issues when developing the new OS, as I said earlier we will see as the year goes by.
I had about 2 hours with the OS so this is not going into any great depth, is it better? yes, is £150.00 - £330 better? No.
If you buy a new computer with Vista already installed, fine.
Upgrade? no definitely not worth it.
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