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Windows Vista

Definition - What does Windows Vista mean?

Windows Vista is an operating system developed by Microsoft as a successor for Windows XP. Vista is designed to be used on personal computers, including business and home desktops, tablet PCs, laptops and media center PCs. Vista features an updated graphical user interface, multimedia tools including Windows DVD maker, redesigned networking, and audio, print and display subsystems.

Windows Vista provides four different visual styles for users:

  • Windows Aero
  • Windows Vista Standard
  • Windows Vista Basic
  • Windows Standard

Techopedia explains Windows Vista

Windows Vista increase the level of communication between machines on home networks by employing peer-to-peer technology. This simplifies file and media sharing between computer and devices. The Vista operating system was also designed to increase overall system security.

In general, Windows Vista was not received well. While of course this is subjective, the widespread belief was that Vista wasn't a major upgrade. Many uses stuck with Windows XP and went right to Vista's successor, Windows 7.

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