Comparison of Windows Vista® and Windows® XP

What is the difference in features of Windows Vista and Windows® XP?

Windows® XP was launched by Microsoft® long time back. Launching this operating system was an instant and phenomenal success. The operating system is popular even today because of its user-friendliness and functionality. Windows Vista® is a new generation operating system when compared to Windows® XP. Even this has become a runaway success with home and office users. Its graphical interface and many added features have made it one of the most popular operating systems around. Windows Vista® may require system of higher configuration but additional features including security are well worth the upgrade cost.

Following details give users more information regarding comparison of features of Windows® XP and Windows Vista®

  • Interface

  • Security

  • Support

  • Applications


Windows Vista® has a far superior interface compared to Windows® XP. The high quality graphics with special themes and sounds are eye-catchy and soothe their eyes too when working for longer hours. One of the drawbacks on Windows® XP was the lack of graphical interface which made it mundane and boring for some users.


Windows® XP comes with security features like firewall; this was more than enough to provide security for users. With the coming of newer and more complex viruses more advanced security is needed. Windows Vista® has more advanced security like two-way firewall and built-in Microsoft® Security Essentials to provide additional security.


Microsoft® provides support for all of its products. Support is essential as users may face many difficulties with the product use. Support also includes patches or security updates that are necessary to make the operating system more secure. Support for Windows® XP is almost over as the operating system has been in market for a long time and it is not viable to keep researching and updating the product when newer and better versions like Windows Vista ® are available. Support for Windows Vista ® will be provided for years to come.


Windows® XP has a wide range of options that result from years of development. Since Windows Vista® is a new and better in terms of security, more and more developers are making better applications based on the Windows Vista® platform. Windows Vista® being a performance based operating system is also capable of handling many applications at single time.

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