For instance, in Vista's Disk Management
console snap-in, you can now shrink and expand partitions (whereas in XP, you had to use Parted Magic or a similar tool, or reformat altogether). The Disk Cleanup
tool is improved very much.
Those are the only two major things off the top of my head (its a bit late here) but you can't forget the little things like the volume icon, the improved network status icon, improved Windows Firewall and Security Center, Windows Defender integration, the IE7 Vista-only stuff, Parental Controls, and the new start menu
... I love this start menu...
And all the visual tweaks that you would need WindowBlinds or something of the like to do is always nice. And you lose the Web Desktop (targeted by tons of viruses) and gain the ability to play video and similar things on the desktop (StarDock has a program to do that for Vista Ultimate, and I have a program to make a screensaver my desktop).
The sleep mode
in vista totally obliterates XP's wannabe Stand By mode (major plus for mobile users). While talking about mobile, you have the all-in-one Mobility Center, and the improved Tablet PC controls. And it improves power consumption
, and has a smarter Hibernate mode
Then you have the "self healing
" thing, where Windows tells you if there is a problem and even gives you, in laymans terms, information about the problem and, if possible, a link to a KB article for help and/or the publishers website. And you can check back at any time to see if there is a solution, if Vista doesn't tell you automatically. Cmon, that just beats the crap out of XP's "Send Report" option.Automatic updates
: You don't see them. Finally, it is actually automatic. And it doesn't slow you down!
The wifi, you can not beat the wifi manager
on Vista. It just works. You click your network icon, click to see your networks within range, double click the desired one, and your done - and if there is a problem (wire/less) the new diagnostic tool
actually does scanning to check for problems: no more, disable, enable, connect, renew IP, clear DNS, and "your fixed". It actually helps you troubleshoot!!
I could go on and on, especially about AERO (that is a 10 page long post in itself, don't get me started), but that's quite a bit of things that make Vista superior to XP.
(This was a small post turned into a speech, but it points out some/most what Vista has over XP)
I am off to play with my Flip3D and Switcher
EDIT: Bold-ed "day-to-day" things