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May/June 2008 
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Thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you and your organization.  If you need anything, just call - we'll be there!
Mary S. Hester
President & CEO

Should you consider Windows Vista?

Many have asked for advice on upgrading to Vista. We know that looking at a new operating system can be perplexing and implementation expensive.  In order to address some of your concerns, we have summarized the most common topics.  If you want more details or have other questions please call us at 770 662-0312 or email

Windows Vista BusinessWhenever you are deciding on an upgrade, you have many considerations.  You evaluate the hardware needs, licensing, compatibility, user training and total cost of ownership for the upgrade. But also consider your long-range IT strategy to be sure that any investment aligns with your business goals.

Hardware considerations - You should have at minimum a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a good video card with a minimum of 128MB of RAM.  Use the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor for an assessment. Vista has many cool features like Aero Glass that use considerable resources. Early adopters love the cool stuff but business users often find the features distracting.

Vista editions - Use the Vista Comparison Chart to determine the best match for your needs. Business and Ultimate are suggested for SMB installations. Large, global organizations with complex IT infrastructures should consider Windows Vista Enterprise edition.

Compatibility - Most if not all of your Microsoft Windows programs will be compatible with Vista. You will want to test all production and mission-critical software to ensure they execute without problem.

User training - The amount of training depends upon the user's experience and system needs. Have a training course prepared  to deliver in groups or self-paced well in advance of the upgrade. If you use internal IT staff for support be sure that they have adequate time to prepare for the transition.

Interoperability - Vista Business and Vista Ultimate on your desktops will work with your server applications, so you can upgrade individual users without impacting the server.


Windows XP Service Pack 3 Web Release Delayed

Since the web release of SP3 has been delayed, we are monitoring the situation to determine if the upgrade will benefit your system.  For SOE and support customers, installation will be automatically scheduled if needed.  We'll keep you posted on the progress. As always, if you have questions just call the LAN Systems HelpDesk at 770 662-0312.

Windows XP

SP3 Overview

Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers' experience with the operating system. This white paper summarizes what is new in Windows XP SP3.

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Top 10 Things You Can Do with Windows Vista

Just learning about Windows Vista? Here are ten cool things to try. You'll see why it's easier, safer, and more entertaining than earlier versions of the Windows operating systems.

Find that file in a few quick clicks
1) Find that file in a few quick clicks

You don't need to remember folder names to be organized anymore. Save time by instantly tracking down any document, photo, e-mail message, song, video, file, or program on your PC using Instant Search.

Just open the Start menu and begin typing in the Instant Search box-Windows Vista searches file names, application names, the full text of all files, and metadata, and then displays the results right away.

See everything you have open at a glance
2) See everything you have open at a glance

Lost track of what files and programs you've opened? Flip through all your open files and windows with a simple click of your mouse using Windows Flip 3DA-you're just one click away from everything you're working on.

Plus, in Windows AeroA, when you rest your mouse pointer on the taskbar, you can see thumbnail images of the windows you have open without having to expand them-so you can find what you're looking for at a glance.

Keep photos organized-and ready to share
3) Keep photos organized-and ready to share

Digital photo collection getting out of hand? You don't have to search through folders to track down the ones you want. Now you can tag your photos with a date, keyword, rating, or any label you choose so you can find them quickly and easily in Windows Photo Gallery.

You can also use Photo Gallery to fix and edit photos, then share them with family and friends through slideshows, e-mail, or prints-so everything you need for photos is in one place.

Create a custom movie without a fine arts degree
4) Create a custom movie without a fine arts degree

Making a great home movie just got easier. Use Windows Movie Maker to blend videos and photos into a rich movie, complete with your own soundtrack, titles, and credits.

When your masterpiece is ready to share with family and friends, you can easily create a professional-looking DVD in Windows DVD Maker.U

Keep track of your music-and play it anywhere
5) Keep track of your music-and play it anywhere

The larger your collection of digital music grows, the harder it can be to organize and keep track of it. But now you can easily scroll, flip, browse through, and play your entire music library in Windows Media Player 11. You can even create new playlists of your favorite tracks with a single click.
Keep your music moving with you by easily synchronizing your portable music device, or share the contents of your entire library with other computers on your home network or with digital media devices such as Xbox 360.

Surf multiple waves of the web at once
6) Surf multiple waves of the web at once

Like to jump from website to website? Satisfy your appetite for multitasking without having to open several browser windows. You can open multiple webpages in one window and easily click between them with the tabbed browsing feature in Internet Explorer 7-plus, you can see thumbnail images of all your open webpages at a glance with Quick Tabs.

Record and watch TV on your time
7) Record and watch TV on your time

Watch TV on your own schedule-not the TV networks' schedule. If your PC has a TV tuner, you can record, watch, and pause live television on your desktop or mobile PC using Windows Media CenterM.

With multiple TV tuners, you can even record one channel while watching another. When and where you watch your shows is now up to you.

Bring your TV and PC together-and take home entertainment to a new level
8) Bring your TV and PC together-and take home entertainment to a new level

Tired of huddling around the PC for entertainment? Connect your PC to one or more televisions in your home using a Windows Media CenterM Extender like Xbox 360, and enjoy all your digital entertainment on the big screen-from photo slideshows, home videos, and digital music to live and recorded TV shows and movies.

Keep the things you need most at your fingertips
9) Keep the things you need most at your fingertips

No need to open a web browser to check traffic and weather, open a calculator to add up a few numbers, or open an application to see your calendar. Now you can put mini-applications called gadgets right on your desktop, where you can see and use them whenever the mood strikes. Just use the Windows Sidebar pane to store and organize your favorite gadgets.

Help your kids stay safer
10) Help your kids stay safer

Worried about your kids' computer use-or what they may encounter online? Now you can set boundaries on what your kids can do on the PC to give them a safer experience, using the centralized Parental Controls in Windows Vista. You can even restrict games and websites based on your family's values.

Plus, you can better protect your PC and your personal information, as well as your family, with built-in security tools like Windows Defender and anti-spam and phishing filters.

Some product features are only available in certain editions of Windows Vista and may require advanced or additional hardware.