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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 1
CHAPTER 1
Getting Started with Windows Vista1
I’ll give you the bad news right up front: Windows Vista isn’t what you think it is.
While Windows Vista is the latest release of the Windows operating system for per-
sonal computers, it isn’t what it seems. Windows Vista does look a lot like its pre-
decessors, albeit with a cleaner, more inviting interface. If you have a powerful
computer, you might also be enjoying Windows Vista’s new Aero glass interface—
or not. Regardless, you’d be hard-pressed not to notice all the eye candy Windows
Vista presents, and this may lead you to believe the operating system is little more
than new veneer for the same old software. Nothing could be further from the
truth—and in this chapter, I’ll show you why. I’ll start by helping you get to know
Windows Vista and its various editions. After discussing how to start and use Win-
dows Vista, I will introduce some of the new ways you can work with this powerful
operating system.
For the sake of this book, I’ll assume you are fairly familiar with the Windows oper-
ating system and have worked previously with Windows 98, Windows Me, Win-
dows 2000, or Windows XP. If that description fits you, read this chapter to learn
about the key changes in Windows Vista that will affect you the most. If you already
have some experience with Windows Vista, some of the material here may be famil-
iar to you, but I recommend that you read the chapter anyway because some of the
subtler changes in the operating system have the biggest impact on your computer.
Also, keep in mind that because I’m assuming you have prior experience with a Win-
dows operating system, I won’t discuss computing basics, such as what a keyboard is
or what a mouse is.
Getting to Know Windows Vista
From top to bottom, Windows Vista is dramatically different from earlier versions of
Windows. Windows Vista is the first version of Windows in which the user experi-
ence changes based on your computer hardware. The experience a computer can
deliver depends on whether it is Windows Vista Capable or Windows Vista Pre-
mium Ready:

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