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Windows Vista SP1 – First impressions

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Windows Vista UltimateSo, I finally bought a new computer. It’s a pretty smooth bit of kit if I might say so. It’s a HTPC, with a 3GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. It also runs Windows Vista Ultimate, and is my first real day-to-day encounter with said OS.
 
The computer arrived at my place a little more than a week ago. Setup was quick (quicker than the setup of a preinstalled Windows XP machine) and simple (simpler than the setup of a preinstalled Windows XP machine). It boots quickly (well, it’d better with the amount of CPU and RAM I got for it), and seems stable.
 
I went for Vista Ultimate, because I wanted all the bells an whistles of Vista, and so it seems I have got. First off, is visually very appealing. Windows Vista is pure eyecandy, no doubt about it. When that’s said, most of the tips, tricks and hotkeys I know for Windows XP Professional, seems to work in Vista as well.
 
Vista has a handfull of new features, compared to Windows XP. Though I haven’t tried them all out, I have found the following particularly useful:
 

  • Windows Flip 3D
  • Search pane in the start menu
  • Windows Media Center
  • User Account Control
  • Breadcrumb view in the Explorer Address bar

 
At first glance, Windows Vista could easily be mistaken Windows XP with a facelift and some eyecandy. Having used the computer for a week seems to indicate there is more to this than meets the eye though. What, exactly, this more is, remains to be seen. I can say that I like what I have seen so far.

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