Vista options tricks tips features this is very helpful for vista users

Jose Michael

Microsoft is increasing the ways that users can purchase Windows Vista, and upgrade to premium versions.

Upgrade Pricing, Discount Promotions

Tomorrow, the company is expected to announce pricing for a previously revealed consumer upgrade system for Vista called Windows Anytime Upgrade. Microsoft has said it will put all of the versions of Vista on one DVD in packaged form, or on a PC if the OS comes pre-installed. Users will get a product activation key that can activate whatever edition of Vista they purchase, and then can use that to install the OS.

However, if a user decides he or she wants to upgrade to a more feature-rich version of Vista than the one originally purchased--such as from Home Basic to Home Premium--Microsoft will allow a customer to pay $79 for a product activation key for that upgrade rather than requiring that customer to go out and purchase the edition at full price, which for Home Premium would be $159.

Thursday will also see Microsoft unveil a promotion through June 30 intended to inspire computer enthusiasts with more than one PC in the home to upgrade more than one computer to Vista.

Dubbed the Windows Vista Family Discount, it will allow a customer who buys the retail boxed version of Ultimate to purchase digital licenses for Home Premium for $49 each that can be installed on up to two other PCs in the home. As I've explained in the past, the suggested retail price for Windows Home Premium is $159.

Vista, Office to be Available as Downloads

Microsoft will also announce tomorrow that, for the first time, users will be able to purchase its Windows OS by downloading it over the Internet.

On Jan 30, various consumer versions of Windows Vista--such as Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate--will be available at the company's Windows Marketplace. Microsoft Office 2007 will also be available on the site, marking the first time customers can purchase the productivity suite by downloading it.

The company revamped the site in August, adding a new feature called Digital Locker, which keeps track of a customer's license key online so that software can be downloaded and securely purchased over the Internet. This feature is one of the reasons Microsoft now feels it is safe enough to distribute Windows Vista and Office over the Web.

Development

Main article: Development of Windows Vista

The Windows Vista Codename (Longhorn) logo

Microsoft began work on Windows Vista, known at the time by its codename Longhorn in May 2001,[11] five months before the release of Windows XP. It was originally expected to ship sometime late in 2003 as a minor step between Windows XP and Blackcomb, which was planned to be the company's next major operating system release. Gradually, "Longhorn" assimilated many of the important new features and technologies slated for Blackcomb, resulting in the release date being pushed back several times. Many of Microsoft's developers were also re-tasked to build updates to Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to strengthen security.[9] Faced with ongoing delays and concerns about feature creep, Microsoft announced on August 27, 2004 that it had revised its plans. The original Longhorn, based on the Windows XP source code, was scrapped, and Longhorn's development started anew, building on the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 codebase, and re-incorporating only the features that would be intended for an actual operating system release. Some previously announced features such as WinFS were dropped or postponed, and a new software development methodology called the Security Development Lifecycle was incorporated in an effort to address concerns with the security of the Windows codebase.[12]

After Longhorn was named Windows Vista in July 2005, an unprecedented beta-test program was started, involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers and companies. In September of that year, Microsoft started releasing regular Community Technology Previews (CTP) to beta testers. The first of these was distributed at the 2005 Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, and was subsequently released to beta testers and Microsoft Developer Network subscribers. The builds that followed incorporated most of the planned features for the final product, as well as a number of changes to the user interface, based largely on feedback from beta testers. Windows Vista was deemed feature-complete with the release of the "February CTP", released on February 22, 2006, and much of the remainder of work between that build and the final release of the product focused on stability, performance, application and driver compatibility, and documentation. Beta 2, released in late May, was the first build to be made available to the general public through Microsoft's Customer Preview Program. It was downloaded by over five million people. Two release candidates followed in September and October, both of which were made available to a large number of users.[13]

While Microsoft had originally hoped to have the consumer versions of the operating system available worldwide in time for Christmas 2006, it was announced in March 2006 that the release date would be pushed back to January 2007, in order to give the company–and the hardware and software companies which Microsoft depends on for providing device drivers–additional time to prepare. Through much of 2006, analysts and bloggers had speculated that Windows Vista would be delayed further, owing to anti-trust concerns raised by the European Commission and South Korea, and due to a perceived lack of progress with the beta releases. However, with the November 8, 2006 announcement of the completion of Windows Vista, Microsoft's lengthiest operating system development project came to an end.[14]

Windows Vista cost 6 billion dollars to develop, according to Microsoft.


Windows Explorer features

Windows Explorer helps you manage your stuff (documents, settings, programs etc) and this is why it's important to learn the basics and some of the Explorer tricks.

In the image bellow you can see the basic features that Windows Explorer was equipped with:
Windows Explorer

Navigation Pane: this pane contains two sections: Favorite links - that provides access to some of your favourite links like Documents and Pictures - and Folders, which displays the location you are currently browsing.

Details Pane: detailed information (Date Modified, Authis, Size) about a certain file of folder is displayed in the Details Pane. You can also add you own tags and you own categories, which can help you when searching for that specific file/folder.

Preview Pane is located on the right hand side and it allows you to view to content of a file without opening it

Command Bar gives you the option to Organize your files and folders, change the View and even Print or Burn a file/folder on a cD/DVD Address Bar displays the location you are currently in and you can also type a URL and have the explorer display a webpage

Search Box allows you to search files and folders on you computer

The Navigation, Details and Preview panes are optional and can be turned ON/OFF by clicking on Organize – Layout


How to uninstall a program in windows vista

To remove a software, just click on the Start orb, go to Control Panel and choose Uninstall a program. Here there’s a list with programs that you can uninstall, each containing information about the Publisher (who made the software), when was the software installed and the size of it. Click on the application you want to remove and select Uninstall.

Uninstall a program

What you should know when uninstalling a program

There are some things you should now before or after uninstalling a software:

  • For safety reasons, you should log off every user (except the administrator) on the computer before uninstalling a software
  • Some of the programs are not completely uninstalled and they can leave some traces behind. My suggestion is to find out where the remaining file are and erase them (usually in Program Files or Documents)
  • You can only uninstall a program from Control Panel if it was originally installed with a Windows compatible setup program. Otherwise, you would have to manually delete the files, folders and the shortcuts
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