eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
1 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2

We kicked off our latest Vista test build tour by expanding our screen resolution.

2 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - User admin search

We let Vistas search function lead us to the user creation tool when we wanted to create a standard rights user.

3 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Standard rights user

We created a standard rights user and could consult Vista help for reasons why standard rights accounts make sense.

4 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Strong password advice

Vistas built-in help offered assistance in assigning a strong password.

5 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Aero Glass animation

This spectral-looking screen shot captures Aero Glass mid-animation.

6 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - New Control Panel

A visit to Vistas friendly new Control Panel shows little change since RC1.

7 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Classic Control Panel

The classic Windows Control Panel configuration boasts some new icons.

8 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - IE Protected Mode

Internet Explorer's Protected Mode better insulates browsers from Internet evil-doers.

9 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Indexing

Vista advised us to add unindexed locations to our index to boost search performance.

10 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - File Manager

Advances in Vistas Explorer File Manager should come in handy for knowledge workers.

11 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Windows Experience Index

The Windows Experience Index will make more sense once software makers begin tagging their wares with a suggested WEI score.

12 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Windows Mail

Windows Mail offered us the option of choosing HTTP as a mail server option-and then told us the HTTP option no longer exists.

13 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Windows Mail export bug

As in previous builds of Vista, Windows Mail wouldnt export messages for use with Exchange.

14 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Standard User

For kicks, we led our standard user, Stan, to delete an arbitrary system file. Vista asked for admin permission to carry out the operation.

15 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Vista admin confusion

While its probably a good idea to protect system files even from administrators, Vista seemed confused about which deletions it would agree to allow.

16 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - System information

We browsed through the system information for our test machine.

17 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - All the news that's fit to read

The New York Times reader, which we tried out in a beta version, is a slick-looking example of whats possible with the new Windows Presentation Format. The tool also supports Windows XP.

18 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Fight for Firewall

We fetched and installed the Trend Micro anti-virus suite that Vista recommended to us. In past tests of Vista, the suite overwrote the Windows Firewall, but, in RC2, the firewall didnt budge.

19 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Task Manager

Were fans of Vistas more informative Task Manager.

20 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Vista Explorer

We used Vistas Explorer to shuffle our screen grabs. We learned to beware of the PNG format, however, as Vista doesnt support it very well.

21 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Genuine Advantage

It wouldnt be Windows without a Genuine Advantage inquisition ... or six.

22 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Registry edit

Why not restrict registry browsing by standard users by default? We could use Group Policy to close off regedit, however.

23 of 23

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Vista RC2 - Bitlocker

For companies running the right hardware, bitlocker can save money that would otherwise be spent on a third-party tool. Our test rig, however, didn't have the right stuff.

Top White Papers and Webcasts