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Microsoft Windows Vista review

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

Once you've swotted up on Windows Vista, it's time to make your decision. Should you upgrade to Windows Vista? And if so, how? If you’ve got a Windows XP system, it's likely that your PC will be able to handle Windows Vista to some degree. Whether that’s in its most basic form, or with the full benefits of the new Aero 3D interface, depends on your current specification. In the March 07 issue of PC Advisor we look at the upgrade process in depth. We outline the various requirements, and show you how to prepare your PC if you decide to make the leap.

But forking out for a new operating system, or even a new PC with it installed, might not be for everyone. In the March issus we also show you how to revitalise Windows XP to make sure it continues to fulfil your needs. With a few tweaks, there's no reason why your current system shouldn't continue to serve you for another couple of years. Either way, it's decision time.

All in all, Windows Vista is a great leap forward for the operating system, with a much-improved, far more intuitive interface that's a pleasure to use. It offers faster, better search, beefed-up security that's a big improvement over Windows XP with SP2 and far, far better networking. There are some clunkers in there, though, such as the annoying UAC feature (read about that here). It's fair to say that Vista is better than XP, and there are many advances that show that Microsoft has thought long and hard about the way people use Windows.

Read our comprehensive guide to Windows Vista in the March 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents. Click here to visit our dedicated Windows Vista forum.

Windows Vista Expert Verdict »


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium reviews verified by Reevoo

Microsoft Windows Vista Home PremiumScores 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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