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[ Music ] ^M00:00:01 >> I'm Robert Vamosi, senior editor CNET and this is a first look at Windows Vista Basic. Window Vista is Microsoft's first operating system in more than five years. It features an improved graphics system, built in search, performance and diagnostic monitors and improved security. Let's take a look. >> Windows Vista Home Basic does not include aero glass graphics system. Perhaps the first feature you'll notice is a new side bar with gadgets. Microsoft's version of widgets. The default gadgets display the current time, photos from your photo library, and any Internet Explorer 7 RSS subscription feeds, with an option to add more gadgets to suit your specific needs. Included within all version of Windows Vista is built in search and tagging. This allows you to create blue virtual folders of searched content. Say you're doing a report on mountains, any file that is key word enable to include mountains will be grouped into a virtual folder without any physical dragging between your location. The down side is that older files say you upgraded from Windows XP will have to retroactively Meta tagged in order to be searched. Windows Vista Ultimate also includes Windows Media Player 11 with online connection to MTVs urge.com. Windows Vista also includes Internet Explorer 7. With stronger certification, authentication, and new protected mode for running Active X agents. There's also built in parental controls allowing you to monitor minors on your system. By limiting their online usage or filtering with web sites they may visit. [ Music ] >> Parental controls also extend in the gaming where now each game features a recommended gaming rating. >> Windows Vista Basic is low end of the Windows Vista offerings. It's designed primarily for older hardware configurations. While it does not include the new graphics engine, it does include other features such as search and all the coding improvements that have been made since Windows XP. This has been a look at Windows Vista Basic. I'm Robert Vamosi. ^M00:02:06 [ Music ]

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