Items tagged with Windows Vista

Microsoft can't seem to catch a break when it comes to operating system security. The classic complaint has been that their operating systems are bloated with legacy code that have been passed down from one version of Windows to another, all in the name of backwards compatibility. Microsoft is finally doing something about it by completely rewriting key parts of Windows Vista from the ground up, including the network stack. They hope the new code will make Vista more secure and harder to exploit than previous Windows operating systems, at the cost of binary compatibility with legacy code. Despite their efforts, Microsoft is now under fire from Symantec who published a report... Read more...
For the second time is as many weeks, [H]Consumer has something to say about Windows Vista. This time around, Kyle and crew take a look at a handful of "Windows Vista Capable" branded PCs to see if they're performance powerhouses, or ill-equipped weaklings. "We test three different retail computer systems sporting the "Windows Vista Capable" badges and tell you if it's a gimmick to move systems or if you can really expect an acceptable user experience. We even throw in a bit of a preview of Vista's features as well."  ... Read more...
Kyle from [H] just sent over a link to a new editorial with his thoughts regarding Windows Vista. He uses feedback from readers and one of his editors to convey some different viewpoints, some positive and some not so positive. I think the delays and features ripped from Vista over its extended development cycle, coupled with the fact that Windows XP SP2 is Microsoft's best OS to date, has dulled some of Vista's initial luster. But having used a couple of recent builds of the OS myself, I can honestly say I'm looking forward to its release.  Unlike some people, I like the fact that the Aero interface uses the GPU to accelerate its effects, instead of leaving the most complex... Read more...
If you want to see how the latest build of Vista performs with some of today's popular benchmarks, Techage has the scoop for you this evening. We urge you all to approach the results and writer's opinion with caution, however. We don't question the validity of the results, but Vista's performance has changed quite a bit from build to build, and driver support and optimizations will likely be worlds ahead of where they are now. "Windows Vista is system intensive, as we knew it would be. We set out to find out just -how- system intensive it is. We run a slew of benchmarks and gaming runs on both the 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions to see how they compare to XP."  ... Read more...
Microsoft has been tight lipped about the minimum and recommended specifications for their upcoming Windows Vista OS to this point, but the company has just spilled the beans.  If you want to know what it's going to take just to run Vista, or to run Vista with the Aero interface in all its glory, see here... To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware. A... Read more...
It seems Sander from Hardware Analysis just finished installing the latest build of Windows Vista, and now he's wondering where Microsoft went wrong?  Perhaps this editorial is a bit premature considering the OS is still in the beta phase and is months from release, but interesting reading nonetheless. I myself have experimented with the last two releases and am actually looking forward to Vista. Will it be perfect on launch day?  Probably Not.  But neither was XP, yet its matured into the best version of Windows to date. "When the first reports of Vista came in I remember thinking that it resembled much of Windows XP's introduction; basically a host of new features, better... Read more...
Microsoft's next major operating system release isn't quite ready for prime-time just yet, but we're sure many of you are wondering whether or not your rigs will be able to handle Vista when it arrives. The crew at PC Mechanic aims to answer some questions about Vista's hardware requirements in this article. Some of their findings don't quite jibe with my own (specifically about memory usage), but there's some good info in their article nonetheless.  I wrote an article for the CPU Magazine recently regarding the hardware we recommend for Vista, be sure to pick up the May issue to check it out. "The computing... Read more...
REDMOND, Wash., March 21 -- Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista(TM), the next generation of the Windows(R) client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to complete the product this year, with business availability in November 2006 and broad consumer availability in January 2007. Windows Vista will deliver great value to businesses by seamlessly connecting people to information, enabling increased mobile and remote productivity, significantly reducing deployment and support costs, and providing a more secure and compliant desktop platform. For consumers, Windows Vista will... Read more...
Vista is coming, which means your current monitor might be going. Whether your for or against DRM, you'll have to put up with it if you're looking for the best quality video. Today FiringSquad has rounded up 12 different monitors, capable of HDCP support, and ready for Windows Vista."HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and it's an Intel-initiated program that was developed with Silicon Image. Manufacturers participating in the program must pay an annual fee of $15,000 and a device fee of $0.005. This is a content protection system as opposed to a copy protection system. Essentially, this protocol ensures that high-definition content such as HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, and copy protected... Read more...
Beware the bug that bricks your DS. That didn't take long. Thinking back to the days of the original GameBoy, I never thought I would see worms crawling into hand held game systems. Actually, back then, the only "worm" I knew about where the ones you go fishing with. Anyway, enjoy the news! Windows Vista Build 5219 Review @ CoolTechZone.com "At the recent PDC, Microsoft started a new way of launching software, and we aren't complaining. The deal is that it'll showcase a monthly update to Vista, which would show progress from the last month in terms of added functionality, features, and graphics in addition to additional functionality. This is an excellent method as it allows Microsoft... Read more...
Hey folks, the news has been pretty slow this weekend, but there's enough for a post. I can hardly keep my eyes open... struggling to move these fingers. Goodnight all, enjoy the news! Windows Keyboard Shortcuts @ Big Bruin "Windows keyboard shortcuts are all intended to provide some sort of convenient alternative to common tasks, and whether specific combinations do so is up to the individual to decide. Some are simple time-saving motions, while others are complex maneuvers in finger gymnastics. There are dozens of other common Windows shortcuts (and even more related to specific software titles), and memorizing just a few of the more basic ones may be worth the time-savings they can afford... Read more...
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