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Earlier today, the Ars Technica tech-news site pointed to a fascinating photo gallery of pictures taken for use as desktop backgrounds in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.

Photographer Hamad Darwish's shots are worth spending some time to look over, both because they're beautiful and because they show how much work went into this part of Vista. It's nice to see that Microsoft sweated these details. Even the less exciting default wallpaper, a shot of the aurora borealis, looks nicer than Windows XP's grassy-knoll-and-sky "bliss screen.")

Now, if only Microsoft paid as much attention to other visual details in Windows Vista...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 22, 2007; 3:48 PM ET
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for the Rockville retiree with the sluggish keyboard....: He mentioned he was putting off buying a new computer until he saved up for it, yet installed Vista Ultimate on his old computer. Despite Microsoft's assurances to him, isn't there a good chance the old computer is simply too underpowered to handle Vista?

Rob Pegoraro: Actually, there's a very good chance that the old machine can't hack it. And I feel dumb for missing the reference to Vista Ultimate--the everything-included version of Vista, which throws in tons of business-oriented things that nobody needs at home. (Think "ultimate profit.")


I went through the screens and cut back on some virus software, video styles and told the system to work for performance. I can now use the Dell keyboard and have no problems. I do think that I looked into the features I need and found most of them in e Ultimate edition. I don't agree that these features are not useful in the home. Just my opinion. If you like I can list them one by one and what I expect to do with it - even managing a local home network and making DVD's.

Posted by: Gary Masters | February 23, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The photos are gorgeous! They won't be on my background, though, as I'm running Mac OS X and loving it.

Posted by: Jill | February 24, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the new Vista backgrounds are remarkably similar to--and almost as nice as--the backgrounds that have been on Apple's OS X for years.

Posted by: Bubba | February 26, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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