Windows Vista

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Windows Vista (frequently referred to as just "Vista") is a version of Microsoft Windows; it supercedes Windows XP and was followed by Windows 7.

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Vista is widely regarded as being relatively buggy, slow, and problematic.


version comparisons

  • Microsoft
  • The Tech Report: succinct table showing which versions have which features, with discussion and prices following
  • AnandTech: similar to The Tech Report
  • Tom's Hardware: shorter summary of differences (still a good page or two)

Related Pages


  • One report says that it is not possible to configure Windows Explorer to show file extensions in Vista. This is a security issue, because it makes it easier for spammers to disguise virally-infected files as innocuous filetypes which cannot be infected.
  • Vista apparently does not play nicely on networks which include other versions of Windows (or at least XP). In one case, after a great deal of twiddling with settings, the user could get one computer to access another, but only in one direction. The computers would even sometimes switch roles, but they could never simultaneously see each other.