None of the cool shit (and by cool, I mean "apple did it first, years ago") will work in Vista without a gig of ram at a bare minimum. You'll be able to run the OS with 512 megs, but you won't be able to get aeroglass, any of the graphic effects, or the other stuff that makes Vista "better" than XP, at least visually.
i dont see anything impressive except different graphics, which are absolutely useless. Just because it looks cool and user-friendly doesn't mean you should buy it, especially since it's from a company that rips off billions of people around the world.
'Weighing in at only 125 lbs, I could easily bench double my weight as a senior in H.S.; maxing out at an outstanding 245 lbs. I still had the build of a small person.' - d-loc
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A friend of mine found a beta copy of Windows Longhorn (back when it was called Windows Longhorn) on some torrent site last year. We tested it out on my old laptop and it worked fairly well except that it wouldn't connect to the internet. As far as I can tell it's legit, not just a really convincing Windows skin, but I've never been able to find the installation files anywhere on the internet again. Did anybody ever hear of Microsoft releasing a beta test version?