Questions with this tag should refer specifically to versions of Windows Vista. Anything related in general (non-version specific) to Windows OS should be tagged with windows.
- Security improvements, including Address Layout Space Randomization, which randomizes the location of programs in memory to make a memory injection attack harder, uac, a redesign of its network stack, and efs.
- First appearance of Windows aero: The new graphical user interface intended to be cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing than those of previous Windows versions, featuring new transparencies, live thumbnails, live icons, and animations. Laptop users report, however, that enabling Aero shortens battery life.