24 Hours with Windows Vista
I bought a new laptop the other day, an HP Pavilion tx1250 Entertainment PC, which came pre-loaded with the new Windows Vista operating system.
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This is a fantastic piece of equipment, 12" touchscreen display which can be flipped over to so it can be used as a Tablet PC, 160GB Hard Drive, multi-format CD/DVD burner, AMD Turion 64 x2 1.8 Ghz, Wireless, Bluetooth and loads of other features.. But enough of the laptop, this is about Vista - the new operating system from Microsoft.
First impressions are that it is very nice looking, the Aero version has a pretty transparent "glass" window effect which looks very nice, 3D task switcher (alt-tab) which shows previews of the window. There is a lot of user interface improvements, and lots of changes which at first are either difficult to find, or have been renamed to something else, but once you do find them you think to yourself "oh yeah, that makes sense now!". Other changes are so simple and so effective, they become natural.
Going back to work on an XP machine, and it feels somehow... old and outdated.
I really wanted to hate Vista, with all the talk of driver incompatibility, spyware, privacy (or lack of), digital rights management issues in the press... but all I can say is that my first impressions are (unfortunately) quite good. I like it.
Last updated on: Saturday 17th June 2017