Windows Vista FAQ
The long road to Windows Vista is nearing its end. Microsoft has finally released its latest OS to manufacturers, which are busily tuning drivers, updating software, and readying their first hardware and PCs to ship with Vista preinstalled.
Whether you plan to upgrade right away or prefer to hold off while the early adopters work out the kinks, our Windows Vista FAQ can help you finalize your Vista plans. We've collected answers to every important Vista question we could think of, and we'll continue to update this FAQ with more details as Vista rolls out. In the meantime, check in at the forum thread below with your own Vista questions, and we'll see if we can dig up the answers.
And here are links to more informative PC World Windows Vista stories and video.
- Windows Vista: 15 Reasons to Switch
- Wait! Don't Buy Windows Vista
- Exclusive: First Vista PC Lab Tests
- Everything You Need to Know About Windows Vista
- The Look and Feel of Windows Vista, a video tour with Senior Editor Yardena Arar
In addition, for more Vista information, tips, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, subscribe to PC World's Windows Vista newsletter.
Vista VersionsQ. What's with all these different versions of Vista?
Q. If I get one version, can I upgrade to a different one later?
Windows Vista and Windows XPQ. Can I make Vista look like an old version of Windows?
Q. Does the release of Vista mean that Microsoft will cut off support for Windows XP, as it did for Windows 98 and other old OSs?
User InterfaceQ. Will Aero make me more productive, or is it just fluff?
Q. How do I enable or disable Aero effects?
Windows ExplorerQ. So it's all about search now?
Q. What makes navigation easier in Vista? What is a breadcrumb trail?
SecurityQ. How do I customize the Windows Firewall to allow certain apps to bypass it?
Q. I hear that User Account Controls (UACs) are pretty annoying. Is that true?
Internet ExplorerQ. Is IE safe to use again?
Q. I like Firefox just fine. Is there any reason to switch back?
Vista HardwareQ. What is the Windows Experience Index?
Q. What specs must a USB flash drive possess in order to work with ReadyBoost?
NetworkingQ. Has setting up a network gotten any easier?
Q. How good is wireless network security under Vista?
MultimediaQ. What's new in Windows Media Center?
Q. Will Vista play HD-DVDs and Blu-ray discs?
Apps and UtilitiesQ. What does the Sync Center do?
Q. Has Windows come up with apps to match those in Apple's iLife suite?