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An In-Depth Look at Vista, Part 2
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When the driver is installed, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Once restarted, Windows will now use Aero Glass with the translucent effect (see Figure 2).

Figure 2
Figure 2. The Aero Glass effects

Under Aero Glass, the buttons in windows will glow when you move your mouse over them (see Figure 3).

Figure 3
Figure 3. Glowing windows buttons

Note: Remember that the drivers (at least for nVidia) are still in alpha stage. So, don't be surprised if using the drivers will cause problems later on. In fact, after running Aero Glass for a while, I was not able to log into my account after a reboot. The ultimate culprit turned out to be the nVidia driver. To restore the original driver, use Safe Boot (press and hold the F8 key during reboot) and then restore the video driver to the original one.

Broadcast Presentation

Another cool feature in Windows Vista Beta 1 is the new Network Presentation application. Using Network Presentation you can wirelessly broadcast your screen to other users. This is useful when you are in a meeting and each presenter in the meeting room can easily share his or her presentation without needing to use a projector. (Of course this is assuming that everyone has a computer in the meeting room.) Besides that, Network Presentation also allows you to broadcast your screen to a network projector (see Figure 4) without needing to manually connect to it.

Figure 4
Figure 4. The Sony VPLFX51 LCD Network Data Projector

Wirelessly Broadcasting a Presentation

To broadcast a presentation, go to Start->Programs->Network Presentation->Broadcast a presentation. Give the presentation a name (see Figure 5) and assign a password to protect the presentation. (Remember to use a relatively complex password to protect your presentation; you wouldn't want someone else in the network to view your confidential presentation.) Click Next.

Figure 5
Figure 5. Broadcasting a presentation

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