How Secure is Vista?

Earlier this year, I helped a co-worker’s daughter order a laptop. It’s nothing too fancy, a Dell Inspiron 6400, but it was just after Dell started selling PCs within Vista preloaded. This particular machine came with Vista Home Basic. We all know that Microsoft has spent years developing Vista, attempting to make it more secure and protect end-users from the nasty, back-alley internet we’ve all come to know and love.

My co-worker brought the machine in today for me to look at. Apparently, someone clicked on something in MySpace and the system is screwed. Vista is nice and all, I’m not saying it isn’t, but all the security “features” are making it impossible for me to repair anything. Looks like a system restore is in order.