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Windows Vista officially replaced Windows XP in 2007 and featured a complete restyling of the operating system that focused on usability while making the most out of advancing technology. A new graphical interface named Aero replaced the clunky XP graphical user interface and allowed for a full search of a computer’s contents via Windows Search.

Networking was simplified and included the easy-to-setup Homegroup networking feature that allowed users to link up multiple devices in just a couple of clicks. Vista also made it easier to switch between programmes while multitasking by allowing users to browse through open programmes and pages as part of the graphical user interface. Both 32-bit and 64-bit options gave users of older computers to upgrade without having to own new machines, while Home and Professional versions allowed users a choice in overall power and functionality.