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Know about Windows Vista _Part 6_

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These are the documents which tells you about Windows operating systems. These will tell you about Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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									Removed features
Main article: Features removed from Windows Vista

Some notable Windows XP features and components have been replaced or
removed in Windows Vista, including several shell and Windows Explorer
features, multimedia features, networking related functionality, Windows
Messenger, NTBackup, the network Windows Messenger service,
HyperTerminal, MSN Explorer, Active Desktop, and the replacement of
NetMeeting with Windows Meeting Space. Windows Vista also does not
include the Windows XP "Luna" visual theme, or most of the classic color
schemes that have been part of Windows since the Windows 3.x era. The
"Hardware profiles" startup feature has also been removed, along with
support for older motherboard technologies like the EISA bus, APM and
Game port support (though on the 32-bit version game port support can be
enabled by applying an older driver).[51] IP over FireWire (TCP/IP over
IEEE 1394) has been removed as well.[52] The IPX/SPX Protocol has also
been removed, although it can be enabled by a third-party plug-in.[53]
Editions
Main article: Windows Vista editions

Windows Vista ships in six different editions.[54] These are roughly
divided into two target markets, consumer and business, with editions
varying to cater for specific sub-markets. For consumers, there are four
editions, with three available for economically more developed countries.
Windows Vista Starter edition is for Netbooks and small Pc's. Windows
Vista Home Basic is intended for budget users and is available only in
emerging markets. Windows Vista Home Premium covers the majority of the
consumer market, and contains applications for creating and using
multimedia. The home editions cannot join a Windows Server domain. For
businesses, there are three editions. Windows Vista Business is
specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses,[55] while
Windows Vista Enterprise[56] is only available to customers participating
in Microsoft's Software Assurance program. Windows Vista Ultimate
contains the complete feature-set of both the Home and Business
(combination of both Home Premium and Enterprise) editions, as well as a
set of Windows Ultimate Extras, and is aimed at enthusiasts.

All editions except Windows Vista Starter support both 32-bit (x86) and
64-bit (x64) processor architectures.

In the European Union, Home Basic N and Business N versions are also
available. These come without Windows Media Player, due to EU sanctions
brought against Microsoft for violating anti-trust laws. Similar
sanctions exist in South Korea.
Visual styles
A comparison of the four visual styles included in Windows Vista.

Windows Vista has four distinct visual styles.[57][58]

Windows Aero
    Vista's premier visual style, Windows Aero, is built on a new desktop
composition engine called Desktop Window Manager. Windows Aero introduces
support for translucency effects (Glass), live thumbnails, window
animations, and other visual effects (for example Windows Flip 3D), and
is intended for mainstream and high-end video cards. To enable these
features, the contents of every open window are stored in video memory to
facilitate tearing-free movement of windows. As such, Windows Aero has
significantly higher hardware requirements than its predecessors. The
minimum requirement is for 128 MB of graphics memory, depending on
resolution used.[59] Windows Aero (including Windows Flip 3D) is not
included in the Starter and Home Basic editions.

Windows Vista Standard
    This style is a variation of Windows Aero without the glass effects,
window animations, and other advanced graphical effects such as Windows
Flip 3D.[60] Like Windows Aero, it uses the Desktop Window Manager, and
has generally the same video hardware requirements as Windows Aero. This
visual style is included with Home Basic edition only as a "cheap"
replacement of Windows Aero style.

Windows Vista Basic
    This style has aspects that are similar to Windows XP's "Luna" visual
style with the addition of subtle animations such as those found on
progress bars. It does not employ the Desktop Window Manager, as such, it
does not feature transparency or translucency, window animation, Windows
Flip 3D or any of the functions provided by the DWM. The Basic mode does
not require the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) for display
drivers, and has similar video card requirements to Windows XP. For
computers with video cards that are not powerful enough to support
Windows Aero, this is the default graphics mode. Prior to Service Pack 1,
a machine that failed Windows Genuine Advantage validation would also
default to this visual style.[61]

Windows Standard
    The Windows Standard (or Windows Classic) visual style is similar to
that of Windows 2000 and Microsoft's Windows Server line of operating
systems. It does not use the Desktop Window Manager, and does not require
a WDDM driver. As with previous versions of Windows, this visual style
supports color schemes, which are collections of color settings. Windows
Vista includes six color schemes: four high-contrast color schemes and
the default color schemes from Windows 95/Windows 98 (titled "Windows
Classic") and Windows 2000/Windows Me (titled "Windows Standard").[60]

								
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