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Windows Vista Repair | Vista and XP repair guides - Part 53

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Is Windows Vista Worth Upgrading?

To answer this question you first need to know some of the differences in Vista.

Windows Vista provides a much better parental control feature.  Not only can you limit the time your child spends on the computer but you can also specify what sites he or she can view and between what hours they can be on the computer.  This is a great feature for any parent.
The way Windows Vista presents itself is absolutely stunning compared to older versions. Two things I really like are the Windows sidebar and the screen switching button (Areo Feature).

The screen switching button is great, as when you have a number of screens open you can press it and Vista shows all the screens in a 3D cascade in the middle of the screen. It looks great and is really useful.

The sidebar is a collection of small info gadgets that are fixed to the side of the screen. On mine I have an analogue clock, a calender, a local weather panel. Other gadgets can be added. This is an excellent utility.

Another good addition is the ability to review what programs are in your start menu. As I’ve had my pc for over a year there were programs in there which I very rarely use and it is really easy to turn them off using this utility.

The start menu is much slicker than it used to be on XP. On clicking the start button, you are presented with similar information to that of XP but it is organised much better. All the programs in the All Programs menu are now listed sequentially in a scrolling box as opposed to expanding right across your screen as in XP. The usual shortcuts are also there, like control panel, recent files, etc…

Windows Mail is much improved. Essentially Microsoft has taken Outlook and integrated it right into Windows Vista. Mail can be checked at a click of a button. The features of Windows Mail have not been scimped upon, with 99% of Outlooks features available, i.e. calender, tasks, etc…

Windows Explorer has changed quite substantially and it is so easy to find the files you are looking for. As you drill down through the directories, a link to each directory/subdirectory is displayed above the main window so going back on yourself is very much simplified. Also the used/free space on each drive is shown in a bar above the drive letters, much like a progress bar when downloading something off the web. My Documents, My Pictures, My Music are now given a specific short cut link at the top of the Explorer Window, which makes finding your media files really easy. Also Microsoft have dropped the ‘My’ part of the directory name. Something which always used to bug me!

Security is much improved. When you try to install anything, Windows pops up a question confirming you requested this action. Should help to stop some of those Trojans I guess.

Having used Internet Explorer 7.0 on XP and now on Vista, I can see why I had so many problems with XP. The 7.0 update was designed to integrate into Vista and this is plainly obvious when you use it for the first time. Pages load faster and IE is much more stable in Vista. I used to get 2 or 3 crashes a day in XP.

Other updates include, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker, Windows Meeting Space, Sync Center, Ease of Access Center, and some great new games. I haven’t had chance to play with these new additions yet, except a few games of Mahjong, but on the surface they look really good.

The Control Panel is one area where Microsoft have really improved things, everything is now organised more sensibly into various categories, i.e. security, system & maintenance, user accounts, appearance & personalisation, network and internet, etc…

Perhaps the biggest addition is the Media Center. This allows you to view all your pictures and videos either on your desktop or onto a linked TV. You can also watch, pause and record live TV if you have a TV tuner in your machine.

So Is Windows Vista Worth Upgrading? the simple answer is yes.  If your computer is over 3 years old you should consider just pruchasing a new one with Windows Vista pre-installed and then purchase Laplink PCmover to transfer over your old files and programs.

Online Remote Windows Vista repair

support.com offers very reasonable prices when it comes to cheap Vista repair.  They offer great customer services. support.com is a leader in developing remote technology to diagnose, repair, and optimize your computer. Our patented software has been proven and deployed to millions (yes, millions!) of machines worldwide by companies such as ADP, Bank of America, BellSouth, Time Warner, Kimberly-Clark, Sony, Symantec, and other global corporations. In fact, we already help solve over 10,000 technology problems a day!

The price range is between $29 and $99 dollars.  Being a computer repair technician myself I can say our average bill is $169 so this is way worth it.  The program is easy to use.  They remote desktop into your Vista PC and repair it.

RADMIN remote Desktop for Vista

Radmin is the leading remote access software for Vista and XP. They offer fast and secure Remote Access Software, which includes multi-user Text and Voice chat, File transfer, Telnet access, multiple monitors support, various connection modes, strong 256-bit AES encryption for all data streams.

With this software you can:

Remotely Operate your Home or Office computer

Provide Help Desk functions for Remote Users

Easily Manage your Home or Office Network

Work from Home

One of the best things about Radmin remote desktop for vista is that you can try it for free. Here is the link

Control Remote PC with RADMIN. Try it Free!

Office 2007 Home and Student Edition

Ofice home and student 2007When you purchase your new PC  over 90% of the time it does not have office on it.  Or if it does it is a trial version.  No a days every seems to need word, excel or power point at some time or another.  If you are a student then this is a must have product.  You can save money buy purchasing the Student Teacher edition instead of the regular retail version.  The student edition normally runs around $149.00 and anything less then that you are getting a deal.  If you plan on using outlook make sure you consider this when purchasing.  The Home and student edition of Office 2007 does not come with Outlook.  If you already have an email client you go through and do not care then the Home and Student edition should be the route you go down.

Product Features

  • Essential software suite for home computer users makes it a pleasure to complete schoolwork and other tasks
  • Includes 2007 versions of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and OneNote
  • Intuitive user interface that exposes commonly used commands; updated graphics and formatting galleries help you to easily produce high-quality documents
  • Work with confidence and security thanks to the improved automatic Document Recovery tool and the Document Inspector tool, which removes personally identifiable information from your document
  • Enhanced Help system includes online tutorials with step-by-step instructions; includes OneNote, a digital notebook that helps you gather, organize, and search many types of information in one place

Windows Vista system Requirements

Here is a short list of the requirements to run Windows Vista.

Processor: 800Mhz (1Gb for Vista Premium and above)

Ram: 256MB for Vista Home and the rest need 512MB
Graphics card: Needs to support DirectX 9 for Windows Home Basic, The rest need a video card that also supports Shader 2.0 and has 32BP and WDDM. (WDDM is for Aero to work) Ram of 128MB for Home and 256MB for premium and ultimate

Hard drive: 20GB for Vista Home and the rest 40GB.

These are the minimal requirements. I would personally go no less then the following for Vista to run optomally

Processor: 2.8Ghz and above for Vista Home and the rest try to get in the 3GHZ range.

Ram: No less then 1GB for Home and at least 2GB for premium and ultimate. 2GB for business as well.

Graphics card:  If you plan on doing gaming get more but no less then 256MB and make sure it supports WDDM.

Hard drive:  With how cheap these are now a days you should have a good 160GB.  You may not think you need it but look back 5 years when 20GB seemed like a lot.  New programs are taking up more and more space and this trend will only continue.

If you already have a Vista System post yours results below and tell others how well it is working for you.

Vista Boot Pro

edit boot.ini VistaVista Boot Pro is a tool used to edit the Windows Vista boot loader. Anyone who has worked on past Microsoft OS’s know about the windows Boot.ini file. Back in XP and ME this was a simple text file that you could just open and edit. With Windows Vista things have changed a little. You now require access via bvdedit.exe. This was done more for security reasons then anything else.In order to use bcdedit you need to know how to move around using basic commands lines and must access it through the run command and be logged in as the administrator.

This is were Vista Boot Pro comes into play. It has a very user friendly GUI (Graphic User interface). It is easy to view the boot.ini file. This can be very helpful for people who boot using dual operating systems that run on different windows platforms.
The best part is Vista Boot Pro is free to use and is included in our must have Vista tools. The link to download is HERE