(Vista) is the operating system of the Windows NT family, used on personal computers. Sales for ordinary users began on January 30, 2007.

This system was expected by many, Microsoft itself promised, almost a revolution in IT, but Vista, despite the powerful marketing support, and remained a system that users swore more than praised.


Having brought it to perfection in 2009, Microsoft switched to the development and implementation of a new OS – Windows 7, which, nevertheless, will include quite a few features of its predecessor.

Despite contradictory reviews, there are a lot of rumors about Vist that prevent her from realizing her real possibilities. We dispose of the main ones.

To work with Vista, you will have to buy a new PC or laptop.

The most common rumor is that the new OS requires large hardware resources. This statement is fueled by the same producers of “iron.” However, this is not quite true. To display the Aero Glass interface, for example, it’s enough for an old ATI X700 video card in a mid-priced computer. Old computers or inexpensive new items may well be equipped with Vista, but the beauty of the revolutionary, according to Microsoft, the interface will have to be forgotten. But this does not entail any changes in the functionality of the OS. But, installing Vista, the user will receive advanced security, improved search and many other functions. To use the same Aero Glass, no one bothers to buy a video card or RAM later.

Vista will solve all security problems.

While Microsoft extols Vista’s security capabilities, it, like any other system, can not be completely protected from intruders. So do not forget to configure your firewall and antivirus. In Vista, the program code was significantly rewritten, including the network technologies. Therefore, in place of old vulnerabilities, new ones may well arise. But this rule is true for any novelty in the software world, so Vista is no exception. In fact, security updates for the OS began to come out at the stage of its testing. Since the release of Vista, there have already been 2 service packs, which eliminate a large number of vulnerabilities. Their installation is the basis of protective measures to ensure the security of the system.

Vista for reliability is comparable to Windows XP SP2.

Many unjustly argue that Vista has no advantages in terms of reliability in comparison with its predecessor. Some Symantec representatives even stated that Microsoft deliberately hid some vulnerabilities, which in fact makes the new OS more vulnerable than its predecessor. No one denies the really stable performance of Windows XP with the latest updates. However, Vista has received several new security improvements, which before simply did not exist. User Account Control (UAC) has been introduced, which guarantees against attacks related to exceeding the rights. This technology is used by Internet Explorer 7, as a result of which web applications do not have access to system folders. This mode in IE7 in XP does not work. In Vista Enterprise and Vista Ultimate, Bitlocker drives are encrypted to prevent unauthorized users from accessing data on a lost laptop. In Vista, a number of protective measures have been implemented that strengthen the capabilities of the system. For example, the Network Access Protection client allows administrators to restrict connections to enterprise computer networks without antivirus or proper updates.

Vista is just an updated beautiful interface.

Innovations in protective functions were mentioned above. Most often, users are struck by the beautiful appearance of the system. Involved by Aero Glass, transparent window borders, three-dimensional animation and a lot of visual effects are really mesmerizing.However, in addition to this, new features also appeared that improved the functionality of the system:
• Improved search capabilities. From the “Start” menu you can now find programs, documents and other objects;
• New applications that improve the business capabilities of the user – Windows Calendar (compiling a calendar with a list of tasks), Windows Contact (noticeably updated address book). To replace Outlook Express came Windows Mail. The user received several useful utilities, for example, the Snipping Tool, to take a screenshot;
• Great changes are made in Windows Explorer. Now you can view the reduced content of not only graphic, but also other files in the preview window. The Explorer is now equipped with automatic horizontal scrolling, it became possible to select files using the checkbox buttons, rather than holding Ctrl.
Many pleasant and useful trifles appeared. Now when you rename a file by default, the extension remains the same. And all these functions are available and work regardless whether Aero Glass is enabled or not.

It is not possible to combine Vista and another OS on one computer.

This is a strange statement, according to which it is Vista that does not allow you to install another OS and choose the right option when downloading. Despite the fact that you can enable XP in the boot menu, on the “Download” shortcut in the system configuration utility msconfig Whist is shown only by itself. Now in Vista there is no boot.ini file, which contained information about the boot configuration. They can be found in the Boot Configuration Data (BCD). The system is also launched using the Windows Boot Manager. You can change the information about the download using the bcedit.exe system utility.

Vista comes with Office 2007 or requires it for its work.

Many users complain about Vista’s shortcomings, while mentioning the functional elements of MS Office 2007. But these are different packages! It is widely believed that Vista will not run the old, tested Office 2003. And this is not true. It is generally believed that the cost of implementing Vista is high, however, it often includes updating the office suite to a new version, which is not necessary. Moreover, contrary to rumors, nothing prevents to establish a free analogue, in fact a competitor of Microsoft products – Openoffice.

Old applications and devices will not work on the new OS.

Indeed, there are a number of programs that worked in XP, but they can not work under Vista, among them – system utilities, antivirus programs. However, such a small number. The vast majority of products will be fully functional under Vista. Sometimes you will need to install or run programs in compatibility mode (you can select this mode in application properties), or run them as administrator. In Vista there is even a Compatibility Assistant (Program Compatibility Assistant), through which you can configure programs, eliminating conflicts with UAC. There is also a Program Compatibility Wizard, which you must manually manage from the control panel. As for the hardware devices, the manufacturers did not hurry to offer drivers for their products only during the testing period of Vista. All the major producers of “iron” are now supported by Vista. For example, the development of drivers for almost all popular scanner models for Linux is carried out by user communities, since manufacturers do not do this support at all with this OS.

For a dual-core processor, you will need to purchase Vista Premium.

This myth is caused by confusion in the specifications of various versions of Vista. Vista Home Edition does support only one processor. But this does not mean that it will not work on dual-core computers. In this case, two processors are located physically on a single chip, which is called multiprocessing at the level of a microprocessor.For Microsoft, the definition of the processor does not refer to the number of cores, but to the number of physical processors, as set forth in the corresponding licensing policy. So one dual-core processor will work with full load in any version of Vista. But versions of Home Basic and Home Premium in the case of several physical cores will be able to recognize only one of them.

In Vista, you will not be able to listen to music copied from CDs.

Among the many innovations of many users, the mysterious digital rights management (DRM) service is frightening. People think that it will not allow to reproduce media content, if it was not legally acquired. It is rumored that the discs in general can be blocked in case of detection of piracy. In practice, there are no obstacles to playing audio and video files using Windows Media Player or Vista Media Center. Vista can not learn about the legitimacy of owning disks. The entries imported from XP Media Center are also perfectly reproduced.

Vista is much more expensive than XP.

First, the price policy of Microsoft in relation to the new OS has been expanded. Unlike XP, which had 2 versions, the user can choose from 4 options. If for XP the version of Home cost 199 dollars, and Professional – 299, then for Vista the following options were offered.
• Home Basic: $ 199;
• Home Premium: $ 239;
• Business: $ 299;
• Ultimate: $ 399.
If you pay attention to publications comparable to both versions of XP, then it turns out that the price has not changed at all. The cheapest Vista version already includes both the new Aero Glass interface, and several additional multimedia applications, as well as the functionality of the Tablet PC. The functional version of Ultimate is supplemented by several business applications, network functions, redundancy and security functions, which determines the cost of this option.

Vista is unpopular with users.

Many scold this product, considering it stillborn. In 2009, Microsoft released a second service pack, which corrected many shortcomings in the system. Now the work of Vista has become much less censure. Statistics show that in the operating system market, despite the dominance of Windows XP, the presence of Vista is about 23%. For comparison, popular Apple products and Linux families are less than 10% each. And Vista’s share is gradually growing, including at the expense of other operating systems of the Windows family. This suggests that users are increasingly trusting the new operating system, and its shortcomings are just myths invented by unqualified users and competitors.

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