Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
As people begin using a computer for the first time, they typically complete a set of tasks to optimize the computer for their use. Such tasks include connecting to the Internet, adding user accounts for different people, and transferring files and settings from another computer. Windows Vista includes Welcome Center, a screen that presents all of these tasks in one easy-to-find place so users can easily and quickly set up their computer and do so on their own schedule. Below the tasks for Windows is a pane where the computer manufacturer can list tasks and offers. Welcome Center automatically appears when the computer is used for the first time and can optionally appear on future starts as well.