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What Is the Difference Between the Basic User Interface and the Windows Aero User Interface in the Microsoft Windows Vista Operating System?

Basic User Interface vs. Microsoft Windows Aero User Interface in Windows Vista

As of April 11, 2017, Windows Vista customers are no longer receiving new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft. This article will no longer be updated and remains for information only. Please visit the Microsoft site for the full end of support statement.

Microsoft Windows Vista is offered in two interfaces, Basic and Aero.

New Dell PCs that are configured with a minimum of 512 MB present Windows Vista in a Basic User Interface (UI). The Basic UI resembles Windows XP. All Windows Vista PCs can run the core functions provided in Windows Vista.

NOTE NOTE: Regardless of system configurations, the Windows Vista Home Basic only provides the basic user features.

Windows Aero offers an exciting new way to view and manipulate the elements one sees on the desktop, including:

  • Dynamic Windows
  • Taskbar Thumbnails
  • Windows Flip
  • Windows Flip 3D
  • Performance
NOTE NOTE: Only premium versions of the Windows Vista operating system support the new Aero User Interface.
The premium versions of the operating system are Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, and Windows Vista Ultimate.

For detailed information, refer to the Windows Aero Interface.

Additional Information - Windows Vista

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Article ID: SLN66903

Last Date Modified: 12/19/2017 11:21 AM

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