What is Windows Vista?

By: Imran Rashid

Windows Vista is a type of software known as an operating system (abbreviated
OS). One thing thatís unique about an operating system is that itís the only software that a computer is required to have. If you try to start a computer that has no operating system installed on it, you get nothing. If the computer has only an operating system and nothing else, thatís fine. But it has to have an operating system to do anything at all, even start.

The operating system is also your computerís platform, the foundation upon
which all other programs run. To illustrate what I mean by that, you canít go to
the store, buy any old graphics program off the shelf, and expect it to work on
your computer. It has to be a graphics program for Windows Vista. A graphics
program for some other operating system, like the Mac OS, Linux, or UNIX, just
wonít work on a Windows computer. The reverse is also true. For example, to
get a graphics program for a Macintosh computer, you have to get one that
runs on the Mac OS.

Besides all that technical stuff, the operating system also determines how you operate the computer. When you first start your computer, everything you see on your screen is Windows Vista. To use your computer, you really need to learn how to use Windows Vista.

It doesnít matter if your long-term goal is to e-mail pictures to friends, make your own music CDs, browse the Internet, or write the great American novel. In order to do anything at all with your PC, you first need to learn to use Windows Vista (assuming, of course, that your computerís operating system is Windows Vista).

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