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With Windows Vista Home Basic there's no support of Aero desktop and no scheduled backup, Vista Home Premium has no support for Remote Desktop, EFS (Encrypting File System), no advanced networking (Windows Domains, Group Policies, etc) and no scheduled backup for data files. Vista Business has Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore, Fax and Scan and Remote Desktop Connection. Vista Ultimate has BitLocker (full disk encryption)

UAC User Account Control

Computer Studies UACTasks that require administrator privileges will trigger a UAC prompt (if UAC is enabled); they are typically marked by a security shield icon with the 4 colors of the Windows logo (in Vista) or with two panels yellow and two blue (Windows 7). In the case of executable files, the icon will have a security shield overlay. The following tasks require administrator privileges:

  • Running an Application as an Administrator
  • Changes to system-wide settings or to files in %SystemRoot% or %ProgramFiles%
  • Installing and uninstalling applications
  • Installing device drivers
  • Installing ActiveX controls
  • Changing settings for Windows Firewall
  • Changing UAC settings
  • Configuring Windows Update
  • Adding or removing user accounts
  • Changing a user's account type
  • Configuring Parental Controls
  • Running Task Scheduler
  • Restoring backed-up system files
  • Viewing or changing another user's folders and files
  • Running Disk Defragmenter


Windows Vista Minimum Requirements Windows Vista Home Basic Recommended Requirements Windows Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate Recommended Requirements
Processor 800MHz 1 GHz 1 GHz
Memory 512 MB RAM 512 MB RAM 1 GB RAM
Free Disk Space 20 GB 20 GB 40 GB
Disk Requirements CD-ROM Drive DVD-ROM Drive DVD-ROM Drive
Video VGA Graphics 32 MB of Graphics RAM 128 MB of Graphics RAM

Windows XP

Windows XP Home edition had entry level capabilities, with Windows XP Media Center Edition you could record television and internet media, pictures etc, Windows XP Professional you had Remote Desktop, access to offline files and folders, Multi-processor support and file encryption with NTFS.

  Windows XP Home/Professional Minimum Requirements Windows XP Home/Professional Recommended Requirements
Processor233MHz300 MHz or higher
Memory64 MB RAM128 MB RAM
Free Disk Space1.5 GB1.5 GB
Disk RequirementsCD-ROM or DVD-ROM DriveCD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive
VideoSVGA Graphics (800x600) SVGA Graphics (800x600)
Input DevicesMouse and KeyboardMouse and Keyboard

Media Center

  Windows XP Media Center Minimum Requirements Windows XP Media Center Recommended Requirements
Processor1.6 GHzTwo physical CPUs
Memory256 MB RAM4 GB RAM
Free Disk Space60 GB256 TB
Disk RequirementsDVD-ROM DriveDVD-ROM Drive
Video1024x768High resolution
Input DevicesMouse and KeyboardRemote control, 4 tuners

Windows 2000 Professional

There are different versions of Windows 2000 Professional used for desktops, with Windows 2000 Server used for entry level servers, Windows 2000 Advanced Server used for enterprise services and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server used for large integrations.

  Windows 2000 Professional Minimum Requirements Windows 2000 Professional Recommended Requirements
ProcessorPentium 133Pentium II or higher
Memory64 MB RAM128 MB RAM
Free Disk Space650 MB2 GB
Disk RequirementsFloppy driveCD-ROM Drive
VideoVGA (640x480)SVGA (800x600)
Input DevicesKeyboardBut you'll want a mouse

Useful web sites
support.microsoft.com
technet.microsoft.com

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