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Microsoft Windows Vista review

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Manufacturer: Microsoft

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 3 out of 10

Windows Vista finally launches on 30 January – and we've got a comprehensive review to help you decide whether to upgrade.

Bundled applications

Click here for PC Advisor's review of Vista's built-in applications, an area in which the OS far surpasses Windows XP.

That's not to say it's perfect – far from it. Some may view the new interface as little more than fluff or be turned off by the intrusive User Account Control feature. Expect a long-running discourse between Vista lovers and haters. Which camp will you fall into?

We'll help you decide by looking at the new features of Windows Vista in depth. We show you: how the Aero interface revolutionises your view of Windows; how the Security Center attempts to put protection at the heart of the OS for the first time; and how finding files and even connecting to networks has never been easier.

As well as looking at the Aero interface, Security Center and Vista's new networking and search functionality, we've reviewed the best new Microsoft applications that are bundled with Vista for free.

The highly anticipated Windows Sidebar puts customisable information in front of you every time you look at your screen, while the Windows Calendar and Windows Mail should make day-to-day tasks slightly easier than in XP. But not all of Vista's bundled apps are worthy inclusions – click here to find out more.

Windows Vista Expert Verdict »

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Scores 7.0 out of 10 based on 83 reviews
800MHz processor
512MB system memory
DirectX 9.0-compatible graphics processor
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 9 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The user experience and the revitalised appearance are significant advances, and most people will immediately take to the new OS. But is it good enough to justify an immediate upgrade? You can probably afford to wait until your current PC is on its last legs before buying a new PC. But if you want to keep up with the bleeding edge of technology, and make the most of the innovative applications that will make the most out of Vista's advances, the temptation to upgrade sooner rather than later will be hard to resist.

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