Originally Posted by Apokalipse
There are a lot of functions that Vista does, while the major gamer or high knowledge tech may not use EVERYDAY users like grandpa and grandma, or your parents would get the most use out of the new functions:
-UAC, again if you think it is annoying just turn the freaking thing off - but for everyday users it is a great security tool
-Parental controls (one of the best features IMO)
-New search index (now you can download for XP but originally came w/ Vista)
-Enhanced security features
-WIndows mail is a lot better than outlook express
-Gadgets (useful ones are very nice to have)
-Can autoassign IP addresses if DHCP is not available
-Updating is a lot easier, you can stop updates, pause updates, hide updates you don't want to download, and you can rollback most non-major updates
-With the new backup functions, you can now make an entire image of your hard drive
-When installing over an old windows OS it will keep your windows folder in windows.old so if you have a program or driver issue you can pull the needed files from the old OS
-Ability to troubleshoot some VERY SIMPLE network issues
-Windows Meeting Space (another great tool)
Shall i continue?
So while most hard core users won't use half of the stuff listed above, the average use definately will, or it will at least make the average users life much easier. Half of the stuff above would have to be purchased or downloaded.
Again I say Vista should be your first choice when it comes to OS's unless you have a hardware issue (min requirements or drivers not supported) or legacy program conflict.