Windows Vista is Microsoft's 32- and 64-bit operating system, the successor to Windows XP. The main novelties of the system were: a built-in anti-virus program Windows Defender based on the GIANT AntiSpyware Software license, a three-stage account limitation system (User Account Control), a new look of the system based on the Aero engine, multimedia programs, such as DVD Maker or Photo Galerry, as well as the built-in BitLocker for partition encryption. Windows Vista has not gained much popularity despite the introduction of numerous features, significant improvements and justifications compared to XP. As a proprietary system based on the XP kernel, it was supposed to be something sensational and ambitious, but due to the company's management problems, long time of work and many problems associated with Windows XP at the time, Microsoft repeatedly postponed its release date until it decided to abandon the project completely. As a result of the reset of work on Longhorn, the system was rebuilding, this time based on the kernel of Windows Server 2003. The new Longhorn was created under the pressure of time, so the developers created the system not entirely after their thoughts and initial concepts. This also affected the quality of the system itself. The system became poorly received due to a lot of criticism (a lot of bugs, incompatible drivers, poor system stability and too much system requirements - for those times). Some critics also believed that the system was over-secure and, in their opinion, the main reason why the system was used by a small group of users was, above all, Microsoft's poor marketing and management. After the release of Windows 7, Vista became a shadow of its "little brother," and today is little known to everyone.
Windows Vista was released in six editions:
Starter - a trimmed version for beginners and slower computers
Home Basic - basic version for home users.
Home Premium - extended version for home users (including visual additions and media programs).
Business- version directed to advanced and corporate users.
Ultimate- combines all the editions into one and is available for users and corporate clients. The highest version you could buy in the store.
Enterprise- a special edition of the system directed to enterprises (contains virtualization and data encryption functions).