Windows XP vs. Windows Vista

Microsoft’s first update of its Windows operating system in five years contains some major changes from the previous version, Windows XP. SECURITY XP: Contains a built-in firewall and the ability to automatically download security software fixes. Vista: Microsoft’s most secure software ever has a built-in firewall, anti-“phishing” software and other features. New login requirements limits … Read more

First Vista Vulnerability Surfaces

Proof-of-concept exploit code for a privilege escalation vulnerability affecting all versions of Windows including Vista has been posted on a Russian hacker forum, forcing Microsoft to activate its emergency response process. Mike Reavey, operations manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, confirmed that the company is “closely monitoring” the public posting, which first appeared on … Read more

Image Based Install in Vista & Windows PE 2.0

Vista’s installation process is dramatically different to any previous version of Windows: rather than being an ‘installer’, the install DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets decompressed onto your PC. So how does it adjust to your hardware? How do you slipstream updates and drivers into it? Can you also ‘preinstall’ … Read more