What’s New in Windows Vista

In a word: plenty.

Several security features, such as User Access Control and Parental Controls, are completely new to Windows Vista; they’re unavailable in any earlier version of Microsoft Windows. Even some of the features with familiar names, such as Windows Firewall and Windows Update, have been completely overhauled in Windows Vista. Among the key improvements are these:

  • User Account Control (UAC). UAC reduces the inherent danger of using an administrator account for everyday tasks by requesting your consent when an application needs to do something with systemwide effect—which includes virtually all administrative tasks. Furthermore, architectural changes wrought by UAC make it practical for most people to use a ...

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