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XP


Vista


Comments / notes


UI


Find windows


Alt+tab


Flip and Flip 3D


Alt-Tab Replacement / taskswitch provides window image preview for XP. Flip / Flip 3D not available in Home Basic or without Aero.


Icons


Static icons, image preview tool (limited document support)


Live Icons and taskbar thumbnails


Live Icons (scalable, document preview, etc.) not available in Home Basic or without Aero.


Search


Search (unindexed)


Instant Search, Search Folders


Search Folders: virtual folders containing files matching search criteria


Shell / window environment


Luna (XP) and Royale (MCE 2005)


Aero ("Glass")


Full Aero glass not available in Home Basic; may require graphics card upgrade.


Software


Backup


System Restore


Backup and Restore Center, Previous Versions / ShadowCopy


Previous Versions / ShadowCopy only available in Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition.


Browser


Internet Explorer 7


Internet Explorer 7


IE7 must be downloaded separately for XP.


Calendar


Nope


Windows Calendar


To date, most calendaring in Windows is done in "full" Outlook.


Contacts


Outlook Express (no system contacts)


Windows Contacts


To date, most contact keeping in Windows is done in Outlook and/or on the domain.


Email


Outlook Express


Windows Mail


 


Explorer


The usual


Now with content organization


Not bad, but not incredibly useful, either.


Faxing and scanning


XP Scanner and Camera Wizard / fax services


Windows Fax and Scan


Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate only.


Speech recognition


Windows Speech Recognition


Windows Speech Recognition


 


Tablet and touchscreen


Only in Tablet PC edition


Yep


Not available in Home Basic.


Transfer


Files and Settings Transfer Wizard


Windows Easy Transfer


Basically the ame thing, but Windows Easy Transfer enables new methods of transfer, including Easy Transfer Cables (
i.e. USB to USB).


Widgets


Nope


Windows Sidebar and Gadgets


XP has two commonly used, free widgets environments available: Yahoo Widgets (aka Konfabulator), Google Desktop.


Networking and connectivity


Networking


Network Setup Wizard


Network
Center
(Network Explorer, Map, Setup, Awareness, Projector)


Hooray, lots of new superflous network utilities!


Network projector


Nope


Yep


 


Remote desktop (host)


Available in XP Pro, MCE 2005, Tablet


Available only in Business and Ultimate


The new targeted equivalent of MCE 2005, Home Premium, loses RDC! Bummer!


Wireless


WiFi with WPA 2 support


WiFi with WPA 2 support


Vista
now has improved WiFi ad-hoc / connection sharing.


Media


Media
Center
interface


Only in Windows Media Center Edition


Only in Home Premium or Ultimate Edition


 


Media
Center
Extender


Only in MCE


Only in Home Premium or Ultimate Edition


 


NTSC and ATSC tuners


Only in MCE


Only in Home Premium or Ultimate Edition


 


CableCARD / DCT


Nope


Only in Home Premium or Ultimate Edition


 


Media software


Windows Media Player 11


Windows Media Player 11


 


DVD authoring


Nope


DVD Maker


 


Imaging


Windows Picture and Fax Viewer


Windows Photo Gallery


 


Video


Windows Movie Maker


Windows Movie Maker (with HD support)


Now only in Home Premium and Ultimate. Minus points for taking it out of Home Basic.


Security


Antivirus


Nope


Nope


 


Email filtering


None in Outlook Express


Junk and phishing filters in Windows Mail


 


Family settings


Basic user accounts


Windows Family Safety Settings (with ESRB game support)


Not available in Business, Enterprise.


Malware


Windows Defender and Malicious Software Removal Tool


Windows Defender and Malicious Software Removal Tool


Defender must be downloaded separately for XP.



Network access prevention


Nope


Network Access Protection


 


Network(ed) security


Windows
Security Center


Windows
Security Center


Provides firewall, automatic updates, and reminds users to install 3rd party antivirus software.


Windows Services


Admin / remote authentication


Windows Service Hardening


 


Gaming


DirectX 10


Nope


Yep


 


Xbox Live Anywhere


Nope


Yep


 


Performance and hardware


Architecture


32 and 64-bit support


32 and 64-bit support


 


Auto-defrag


Nope


Yep


The new defrag util is dumbed down and doesn't show users what's what with their disk. Bad Microsoft, better defrag > auto defrag.


Auxiliary display


Nope


SideShow


Not available in Home Basic.


Drive encryption


Windows XP Encrypting File System


EFS and Vista BitLocker


BitLocker only available in Enterprise and Ultimate


USB cacheing


Nope


Windows ReadyBoost


Requires 512MB or greater USB drive.


Optimization


The usual multitasking


Windows SuperFetch and Windows ReadyDrive


Vista
claims to improve efficiency of cached data in memory, as well as startup and spin time of hard drives.


Sync


ActiveSync


Windows
Sync Center


 


Usage profiling


Basic battery / power profiles


Mobility
Center
(network profiles, sync, battery / power, etc.)


XP can handle some sync / profiling with Microsoft's SyncToy.


Business


Domain support


XP Pro, MCE 2005


Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate only


MCE 2005 only by way of hack.


Integrated IIS


XP Pro, MCE 2005


Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate


 


Offline files and folders


XP Pro, MCE 2005


Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate


 


Presentation mode


Nope


Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate


 


Other


Upgradeable


Not without reinstall


Windows Upgrade Anytime


Upgrade paths: Basic -> Home Premium or Ultimate; Home Premium and Business -> Ultimate



 



 



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XP


Vista


Comments / notes


UI


Find windows


Alt+tab


Flip and Flip 3D


Alt-Tab Replacement / taskswitch provides window image preview for XP. Flip / Flip 3D not available in Home Basic or without Aero.


Icons


Static icons, image preview tool (limited document support)


Live Icons and taskbar thumbnails


Live Icons (scalable, document preview, etc.) not available in Home Basic or without Aero.


Search


Search (unindexed)


Instant Search, Search Folders


Search Folders: virtual folders containing files matching search criteria


Shell / window environment


Luna (XP) and Royale (MCE 2005)


Aero ("Glass")


Full Aero glass not available in Home Basic; may require graphics card upgrade.


Software


Backup


System Restore


Backup and Restore Center, Previous Versions / ShadowCopy


Previous Versions / ShadowCopy only available in Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate Edition.


Browser


Internet Explorer 7


Internet Explorer 7


IE7 must be downloaded separately for XP.


Calendar


Nope


Windows Calendar


To date, most calendaring in Windows is done in "full" Outlook.


Contacts


Outlook Express (no system contacts)


Windows Contacts


To date, most contact keeping in Windows is done in Outlook and/or on the domain.


Email


Outlook Express


Windows Mail


 


Explorer


The usual


Now with content organization


Not bad, but not incredibly useful, either.


Faxing and scanning


XP Scanner and Camera Wizard / fax services


Windows Fax and Scan


Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate only.


Speech recognition


Windows Speech Recognition


Windows Speech Recognition


 


Tablet and touchscreen


Only in Tablet PC edition


Yep


Not available in Home Basic.


Transfer


Files and Settings Transfer Wizard


Windows Easy Transfer


Basically the ame thing, but Windows Easy Transfer enables new methods of transfer, including Easy Transfer Cables (
i.e. USB to USB).


Widgets


Nope


Windows Sidebar and Gadgets


XP has two commonly used, free widgets environments available: Yahoo Widgets (aka Konfabulator), Google Desktop.


Networking and connectivity


Networking


Network Setup Wizard


Network
Center
(Network Explorer, Map, Setup, Awareness, Projector)


Hooray, lots of new superflous network utilities!


Network projector


Nope


Yep


 


Remote desktop (host)


Available in XP Pro, MCE 2005, Tablet


Available only in Business and Ultimate


The new targeted equivalent of MCE 2005, Home Premium, loses RDC! Bummer!


Wireless


WiFi with WPA 2 support


WiFi with WPA 2 support


Vista
now has improved WiFi ad-hoc / connection sharing.


Media


Media
Center
interface


Only in Windows Media Center Edition


Only in Home Premium or Ultimate Edition


 


Media
Center
Extender


Only in MCE


Only in Home Premium or Ultimate Edition


 


NTSC and ATSC tuners


Only in MCE


Only in Home Premium or Ultimate Edition


 


CableCARD / DCT


Nope


Only in Home Premium or Ultimate Edition


 


Media software


Windows Media Player 11


Windows Media Player 11


 


DVD authoring


Nope


DVD Maker


 


Imaging


Windows Picture and Fax Viewer


Windows Photo Gallery


 


Video


Windows Movie Maker


Windows Movie Maker (with HD support)


Now only in Home Premium and Ultimate. Minus points for taking it out of Home Basic.


Security


Antivirus


Nope


Nope


 


Email filtering


None in Outlook Express


Junk and phishing filters in Windows Mail


 


Family settings


Basic user accounts


Windows Family Safety Settings (with ESRB game support)


Not available in Business, Enterprise.


Malware


Windows Defender and Malicious Software Removal Tool


Windows Defender and Malicious Software Removal Tool


Defender must be downloaded separately for XP.



Network access prevention


Nope


Network Access Protection


 


Network(ed) security


Windows
Security Center


Windows
Security Center


Provides firewall, automatic updates, and reminds users to install 3rd party antivirus software.


Windows Services


Admin / remote authentication


Windows Service Hardening


 


Gaming


DirectX 10


Nope


Yep


 


Xbox Live Anywhere


Nope


Yep


 


Performance and hardware


Architecture


32 and 64-bit support


32 and 64-bit support


 


Auto-defrag


Nope


Yep


The new defrag util is dumbed down and doesn't show users what's what with their disk. Bad Microsoft, better defrag > auto defrag.


Auxiliary display


Nope


SideShow


Not available in Home Basic.


Drive encryption


Windows XP Encrypting File System


EFS and Vista BitLocker


BitLocker only available in Enterprise and Ultimate


USB cacheing


Nope


Windows ReadyBoost


Requires 512MB or greater USB drive.


Optimization


The usual multitasking


Windows SuperFetch and Windows ReadyDrive


Vista
claims to improve efficiency of cached data in memory, as well as startup and spin time of hard drives.


Sync


ActiveSync


Windows
Sync Center


 


Usage profiling


Basic battery / power profiles


Mobility
Center
(network profiles, sync, battery / power, etc.)


XP can handle some sync / profiling with Microsoft's SyncToy.


Business


Domain support


XP Pro, MCE 2005


Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate only


MCE 2005 only by way of hack.


Integrated IIS


XP Pro, MCE 2005


Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate


 


Offline files and folders


XP Pro, MCE 2005


Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate


 


Presentation mode


Nope


Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate


 


Other


Upgradeable


Not without reinstall


Windows Upgrade Anytime


Upgrade paths: Basic -> Home Premium or Ultimate; Home Premium and Business -> Ultimate



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