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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Understanding Windows Vista Personalization
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User Experience Levels
The user experience level is the foundation on which your personalization settings
are based. Table 3-2 provides an overview of each user experience level.
Each user experience level builds on and includes the features of the preceding
level(s). If your computer has a low subscore for processor, physical memory, gen-
eral graphics, gaming graphics, or any combination thereof, you may want to use the
Windows Classic or Windows Standard experience level to improve your com-
puter’s performance. Figure 3-7 shows the look and feel of Windows Standard. Win-
dows Classic and Windows Standard offer similar user experiences. Generally
speaking, if you reduce the overhead associated with drawing gradients and shading,
you can use the Windows Classic experience and you won’t notice much difference.
If your computer has an average to high score for processor, physical memory, gen-
eral graphics, gaming graphics, or any combination thereof, you may want to use the
Windows Vista Basic or Windows Aero experience level to improve your computer’s
appearance. Windows Vista Basic and Windows Aero offer very similar user experi-
ences. Figure 3-8 shows the look and feel of Windows Vista Basic.
Because of the previously listed feature differences among the various experience lev-
els, you’ll see related differences in the interface. Two rather subtle changes you’ll need
to watch out for have to do with the Quick Launch Toolbar and the Window Color
and Appearance page. For the Quick Launch Toolbar, keep the following in mind:
Table 3-2. Understanding the user experience levels
User experience level Can be used with... Provides...
Windows Classic Any Windows Vista edition; any
Windows Vista Capable computer
The look and feel of Windows 2000 while retaining the
functionality improvements inWindowsVista. You’ll find
a refined Start menu and streamlined Explorer windows,
both with integrated search.
Windows Standard Any Windows Vista edition; any
Windows Vista Capable computer
Adds slightly improved performance, gradients, and
shading to the Windows Classic experience.
Windows Vista Basic Any Windows Vista edition; any
Windows Vista Capable computer
Adds improved performance and enhanced reliability to
the Windows Standard experience. Supports the new
Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) to enable
smooth window handling, increase stability, and reduce
glitches, such as relics and slow screen refreshes while
moving user interface elements. Supports Windows Flip.
Supports transparent glass for Windows Sidebar only.
Windows Aero Windows Vista Home Premium edi-
tion or higher; any Windows Vista
Premium Ready computer
Builds onthe Windows Vista Basic experience.Adds Aero
glass, transparency for all windows, live taskbar thumb-
nails, and Windows Flip 3D.
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Chapter 3: Fine-Tuning Windows Vista’s Appearance and Performance
When you are using Windows Classic or Windows Standard, the “Switch
between windows” button is displayed but disabled.
When you are using Windows Vista Basic, the “Switch between windows” but-
ton displays Windows Flip view.
When you are using Windows Aero, the “Switch between windows” button dis-
plays Windows Flip 3D view.
For Windows Color and Appearance settings, keep the following in mind:
When you are using Windows Classic, Windows Standard, or Windows Vista
Basic, you can set the user experience level and color scheme, but you cannot
mix colors or configure transparency settings. This is why clicking Windows
Color and Appearance opens the Appearance Settings dialog box rather than the
Windows Color and Appearance page in the Control Panel.
When you are using Windows Aero, you can use the Windows Color and
Appearance page in the Control Panel to change the color of windows, set color
intensity, mix colors, and enable or disable transparency. To display the Appear-
ance Settings dialog box so that you can set the user experience level and color
scheme you must click the “Open classic appearance properties for more color
options” link.
Figure 3-7. Viewing the standard experience level

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