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Vista Features

Friday, February 2nd, 2007 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help
 
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Q:
You promised in yesterday’s newsletter that you would go over some more of the new features in Vista and I wanted to make sure you were going to hold true to that. I’m very interested in learning as much as I can about the new operating system, so any information you can provide would be great.

A:
You are absolutely correct! I did promise that and even though you don’t know me very well, I can tell you that I never break promises. As you read above in today’s quick tip, Windows Vista has been released and it is on the shelves ready for sale. I’m guessing that several people are going to run right out and get the new operating system, but I’m also willing to bet that some of you are still a little apprehensive about the whole thing. Am I right? Yeah, I thought I might be.

So, I’m here today to try and ease your mind a little. Yesterday, I told you all about the new Aero interface that is being used with Vista. That’s a pretty cool thing, but it’s not the only thing Vista is offering. There are so many more new features and options, it’s incredible. I’m going to go over a few more of these with you, so sit back, relax and come on a Vista journey with me!

The first thing I thought I would tell you about is Vista’s Performance. Microsoft has added a new technology to Vista that will help your computer to be more responsive while you are going through your daily tasks. It also has an advanced startup performance, which will help all the Vista PCs to get up and going much faster. There is also a better balance between memory devices, etc. that will help all of your programs to run more smoothly and efficiently. Microsoft has even thought about how your computer will be as it ages. As your computer gets older, the features in Vista are designed to work together to make your PC work just as good as it did the day you brought it home.

The next category I would like to tell you about is under the name of Search and Organization. The features for this in Vista will help all computer users quickly and easily locate files, e-mails and any other documents, etc. stored on their computer. With the new file searcher , if you remember any kind of detail about it whatsoever (when it was created, what type of file it is, what it contains, etc.), you will easily be able to find it in a matter of seconds. There are brand new ways to keep all of that data organized as well.

Another great feature is called the Self-healing System. Built in to Vista are ways to keep your computer from failing on you as easily as it may have in the past. Vista is reliable in detecting and resolving many known problems that may have caused you previous trouble. The best thing about this is that it requires hardly any effort on your part! And if by some chance Vista cannot figure out the problem on its own, it will provide you with a list of troubleshooting techniques that you can try out yourself. How cool is that?!

The next feature I’d like to tell you about is called SuperFetch. This wonderful option helps all of your programs to load up much faster than they normally would. SuperFetch will also run automatic backups and antivirus scans for you when you’re not actively using your computer. It does that so it will not disturb you too much. This feature will also monitor which programs you use the most and it will preload them into your system memory so they will be readily available when you need them.

Another perk of Windows Vista falls under the name of User Account Control. This feature happens to enhance the security of your computer accounts. The Controls will prevent any dangerous software from making unknown changes to your system. That is, unless you give it consent to do so. This option works with the Windows Defender program and the Internet Explorer 7 Web browser to heighten your safety even more. It will help keep viruses, spyware and other types of malware off your computer as well. This is just the beginning of what the User Account Control feature will do for you and you can’t complain about that!

Okay, this is going to be the last one I’m going to tell you about, because I’m starting to run out of room. This one is more on the fun side of Vista and it’s called the Windows Calendar. With this calendar, you will be able to manage all of your activities in an easy to understand format. The Windows Calendar is a great tool for planning all of your activities, as well as, keeping track of other people’s schedules along the way. Everything you need for your daily events can be found on your PC each morning and you will never be unorganized again!

Now, of course, those are just a few of the new features that come along with Vista. I mean, Microsoft really has thought of everything with this one. There’s new parental controls, a photo gallery option, remote access, a Sync Center, a Welcome Center and even a complete PC backup and restore utility.

Also, keep in mind that some of these features only work in certain versions of Vista. You will have to read through a description of the version you get to see what all is offered. But, either way you look at it, all the new features are great and your Vista experience will be so much better because of them. Yes!

~ Erin

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