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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Starting and Using Windows Vista
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Unlike earlier releases of Windows, your choices for which edition of Windows Vista
your computer runs don’t end with the installation process. You can upgrade from
the basic editions to the enhanced editions. To do this, you use a Windows Anytime
Upgrade, as discussed in the “Upgrading Your Windows Vista Edition” section of
Chapter 22. Once you’ve completed the edition upgrade, your computer will have all
the features and capabilities of the new edition.
Starting and Using Windows Vista
Whether you are running a Home, Business, or Ultimate edition of Windows Vista,
the core features of the operating system are the same. This means that on a home
computer, an office workstation, or a mobile computer, you’ll have the same stan-
dard set of features and you’ll work with Windows Vista in the same way.
When you first start using Windows Vista, you should do the following:
1. Log on and finalize the installation.
2. Perform essential configuration tasks.
3. Review your computer’s configuration and activate the operating system.
I discuss these tasks in the sections that follow.
Logging On and Finalizing the Installation
When you start Windows Vista, you know it’s a different kind of operating system
from earlier versions of Windows. During installation, you are prompted to create a
local machine account. This account is created as a computer administrator account.
When the operating system starts, you can log on using this account and you’ll see
the Welcome Center, shown previously in Figure 1-1.
Windows XP
Professional
Clean install Clean install In-place upgrade In-place upgrade In-place upgrade
Windows XP
Professional x64
Clean install Clean install Clean install Clean install Clean install
Windows XP
Media Center
Clean install In-place upgrade Clean install Clean install In-place upgrade
Windows XP
Tablet PC
Clean install In-place upgrade In-place upgrade In-place upgrade In-place upgrade
Table 1-1. Using upgrade copies of Windows Vista (continued)
Operating
systems
Windows Vista editions
Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate

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