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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 22
CHAPTER 22
Installing and Running Windows Vista22
Windows Vista is the latest version of the Windows operating system for personal com-
puters. Unlike earlier releases of Windows, Windows Vista is hardware-independent
and ships on media as a modular disk image.
Thanks to Windows Vista’s new hardware-independent architecture, all editions of
Windows Vista except the Starter Edition support both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware.
This means that you can use every product edition except the Starter Edition with
computers that have 32-bit x86, 64-bit (IA-64), and 64-bit extension architectures.
During installation, the setup program detects your computer’s architecture and
installs the components appropriately.
Thanks to Windows Vista’s modular disk image, all editions of Windows Vista ship
on the same media. This means that you can use any Windows Vista media disk to
install any Windows Vista edition. The product key you provide during installation
is what determines the edition and the features of Windows Vista that are installed.
Comparing Windows Vista Features and Versions
Windows Vista is available in six main editions:
Windows Vista Starter
A budget edition of Windows Vista for emerging markets
Windows Vista Home Basic
A budget edition of Windows Vista for home users with basic entertainment
features
Windows Vista Home Premium
An enhanced edition of Windows Vista with premium entertainment features
Windows Vista Business
A basic edition of Windows Vista for use in Windows domains
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Chapter 22: Installing and Running Windows Vista
Windows Vista Enterprise
An enhanced edition of Windows Vista for use in Windows domains with
extended management features
Windows Vista Ultimate
An enhanced edition of Windows Vista with all the available home user and
business user features
Only Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate have the components needed to join a Win-
dows domain. Table 22-1 provides an overview of the differences among these edi-
tions. Supported features are listed with a “Yes” entry. Standard features that all
Windows Vista editions support are not listed.
Table 22-1. Differences among Windows Vista editions
Windows Vista feature Windows Vista edition
Home
Basic
Home
Premium
Business Enterprise Ultimate
All worldwide user interface languages Yes Yes
Backup of user files to network device Yes Yes Yes Yes
BitLocker Drive Encryption Yes Yes
Centralized power management through Group
Policy
Yes Yes Yes
Client-side caching Yes Yes Yes
Control over installation of device drivers Yes Yes Yes
Desktop deployment tools for managed networks Yes Yes Yes
Encrypting File System (EFS) Yes Yes Yes
Folder redirection Yes Yes Yes
Group Policy support Yes Yes Yes
Integrated smart card management Yes Yes Yes
Internet Information Server Yes Yes Yes
Join a Windows domain Yes Yes Yes
Maximum RAM on 32-bit systems 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Maximum RAM on 64-bit systems 8 GB 16 GB 128+ GB 128+ GB 128+ GB
Multiple user interface languages Yes Yes
Network Access Protection Client Agent Yes Yes Yes
Network projection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Offline file and folder support Yes Yes Yes
PC-to-PC sync Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pluggable logon authentication architecture Yes Yes Yes
Policy-based quality of service for networking Yes Yes Yes
Presentation settings Yes Yes Yes Yes

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