How to Use Vista Carefully

Windows Vista offers a redesigned interface of the previous Microsoft Windows, along with new security features that are intended to make using a computer easier and more enjoyable. These new features were not well received by all however as some find them intrusive and annoying, while others find them to be helpful; some users praise Microsoft for bringing Vista to the market as the operating system now asks them questions and guides them step by step in their endeavors and it has a huge database of drivers for various hardware so users can plug in their devices and immediately start using their hardware usually without having to install any other software from a CD, DVD or from a downloaded driver file. If you are not familiar with Windows Vista, here’s a brief overview of how to navigate it.



  • PC or laptop
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of system memory
  • 40 GB Hard drive
  • DVD Rom drive



  1. The start menu in Windows Vista has been redesigned versus the older operating systems and now does not have the word “œstart” in the bottom left corner anymore and is replaced by a round windows logo; once you click the new start menu you may access all installed programs as you did with previous versions of Windows by clicking on “œall programs” and navigating to the application you desire to launch.
  2. Windows Vista brings a new feature to the start menu which allows you to find any program that is installed on your computer or laptop by simply typing the name of the program after clicking on the start menu; if you wanted to start Microsoft Word for example, you simply need to click on the start menu or press the windows key on the keyboard and type “œword” into the search box and Microsoft Word will appear in the list of found programs if it is installed.
  3. The taskbar has also been redesigned to allow all instances of like-programs to be grouped and show a small preview window of what is actually minimized in the taskbar; so if you had opened multiple instances of Windows Explorer and needed to find a specific one, you’d simply place the mouse over any Explorer instance in the taskbar and wait for the preview windows to appear then select the appropriate one from those displayed.
  4. Overall the operating system provides a new interface with a friendly experience; Windows Vista also brings better compatibility to new hardware even though it may omit some older devices but the introduction of new make it a good choice for persons that want an operating system that is easy to use and guides them through each process.
  5. If there are any questions about the general use of the operating system simply click the start menu and then “œHelp and Support” then type in the search area whatever it is you may require assistance with for your day to day use of Vista.


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