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Vista is Microsoft's replacement for Windows XP. Its main
technology changes include Aero graphics with a completely new
look and feel, Indigo a messaging technology based on Web Services, Security upgrades, Anti-Spyware, IE7, and more.
There are a number of Home versions with different price points.
Home Basic N: This OEM only version is primarily for Europe and is the same as Home Basic, but removes Microsoft's Media Player (for anti-trust reasons). N versions have been quite unpopular in the past.
Home Basic is designed for basic functions such as email and web surfing. Lacks Aero graphics and extra multimedia applications that are available in the Premium version.
|News||25-Feb-2010 Vista RTM Support has ended as of April 13, 2010
18-Mar-2008 SP1 Officially released
29-Jan-2007 Now available.
9-Nov-2006 Released to production (for OEMs), consumer release date set at January 30, 2007.
12-Sep-2006 Vista Beta 2 RC1 ships
23-May-2006 Vista Beta 2 ships
21-Mar-2006 Microsoft postpones consumer versions of Vista until January 2007. Corporate versions are still planned for November 2006.
22-Jul-2005 Microsoft announces product name - Windows Vista
April-2003 - Microsoft at WINHEC announces Longhorn planned release in 2005.
This is a new desktop OS, planned for release in 2003 or 2004.
(InfoWeek Dec 10, 2001, pg 45).
|Product||Windows Vista Home Basic N|
|Processor|| Vista Capable: 800
Vista Premium: 1 GHz processor (for Aero 3D interface)
|RAM|| Vista Capable: 512
Vista Premium: 1 GB (for Aero 3D interface)
|Drive space||15 GB|
|Drives||DVD drive required|
|Video|| Vista Capable:SVGA
with DirectX capable graphics processor - 128 MB recommended
Vista Premium: SVGA with 32-bit color, Pixel Shader 2.0, DirectX capable graphics processor with WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) support. 128 MB recommended (for Aero 3D interface)
|File systems||NTFS, FAT32|
|Compatibility||Support for legacy WIn32 applications, but existing Windows apps may need to be modified to be native under Vista. Applications with drivers will need to be updated for Vista.|
|Interface||View Vista Desktop Screenshots and more|
|Installation||Requires installation into NTFS partition. For multi-boot situations, it will alter other Windows boot partitions and attempt to take control, so we recommend hiding all partitions from Vista during installation.|
Windows Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Basic N (No Media Player)
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Business N (No Media Player)
Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows Vista Enterprise
Windows release timeline
Windows Vista Support
Windows Vista Features
Windows Vista Developer Page
Sysinternals Advanced System Utilities
Microsoft Technet resources for IT
|Books||Vista Categories: All - Using - Solutions - Fixing - Development - MCSE
Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
|Support||Yes, by OEM vendor who sells this version, not Microsoft.|
|Alternatives||Other Vista versions, Windows XP, Linux|
Look for "Fiji" the interim SP1 release after Vista - likely for release in 2008.
Click here for Microsoft codenames.
|Pricing||OEM pricing is not known.|