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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit English 1pk

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Windows Vista
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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PLEASE NOTE: This OEM software is intended for system builders only and cannot be transferred to another PC once it is installed. The purchaser of this software is required to comply with the terms of the System Builder license, including the responsibility of providing all end-user support for the software.

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  • Platform:   Windows Vista
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • NOTE: This OEM software is intended for system builders only and cannot be transferred to another PC once it is installed. The purchaser of this software is required to comply with the terms of the System Builder license, including the responsibility of providing all end-user support for the software.

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  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: 66I-01939
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 30, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,359 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Please note: This OEM software is intended for system builders only and cannot be transferred to another PC once it is installed. The purchaser of this software is required to comply with the terms of the System Builder license, including the responsibility of providing all end-user support for the software.

Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 is the preferred edition for home desktop and mobile PCs. It provides a breakthrough design that brings your world into sharper focus while delivering the productivity, entertainment, and security you need from your PC at home or on the go.

Compare Windows Vista editions.

Use Instant Search to quickly find the information you need. View larger.

Windows Vista Aero provides spectacular visual effects such as glass-like interface elements that you can see through.

The redesigned Windows Media Center in Windows Vista lets you enjoy your media throughout your home, even on your Xbox 360. View larger.

Improved Reliability and Performance
Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 and improvements delivered by hardware and software partners increase the reliability, performance, and compatibility of Windows Vista-based PCs.

With Windows Vista with SP1, many of the most common causes of operating system crashes and hangs have been addressed. Windows Vista includes new, innovative technologies that help pinpoint and diagnose issues reported anonymously by Windows Vista-based PCs from millions of users who have elected to have their PC send us system information.

Windows Vista with SP1 supports a number of important new technology standards, so it will keep making your PC easier and more enjoyable to use for years to come.

Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 delivers more ease of use, security, and entertainment to your PC at home and on the go.
Here it is: the preferred edition of Windows for home desktop and mobile PCs. Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 delivers the productivity and entertainment that you need from your PC at home or on the go. It includes Windows Media Center, which helps you more easily enjoy your digital photos, TV, movies, and music. Plus, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that your PC has a whole new level of security and reliability. All together, Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 redefines enjoyment in home computing.

It starts with a breakthrough design that makes your PC easier to use every day. With Windows Aero, you'll experience dynamic reflections, smooth gliding animations, transparent glass-like menu bars, and the ability to switch between your open windows in a new three-dimensional layout. Instant desktop search capabilities, coupled with powerful new ways to organize and visualize your information, means you can instantly find and use the e-mails, documents, photos, music, and the other information you want, when you need it.

Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 also helps keep your personal information, your PC, and your family computing experience safer than in previous versions of Windows. For example, Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista includes automated defenses against malicious software and fraudulent websites so you can use your PC online with greater confidence. Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 also provides automatic backup of your files, such as your valuable digital photos, music, movies, documents, and other files, so you can relax and focus on the things you care about most. And, by using the built-in parental controls, parents can help ensure their children's computer use is appropriate and safer.

And what about fun? A major advance in Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 is the dramatically improved digital entertainment experience. Windows Media Center makes organizing and enjoying photos, music, DVDs, recorded TV, and home movies easier and more fun. Enjoy the entertainment on your PC or even on your TV in the living room with an Xbox 360 wirelessly networked to your PC. Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 makes it easier to burn your photo slide shows and home movies to a professional-looking video DVD that your friends and family can watch on a DVD player or PC whenever they like. Combined with unbeatable support for gaming and music, Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 delivers a complete home entertainment experience.

If you want a PC that can keep up with you while you're on the go, then you'll appreciate how Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 helps you get the most from your mobile PC. It provides simplified power management, easier wireless networking, and streamlined ways to sync with the devices that keep you connected. Because it's incredibly flexible, you can even draw and write by hand on a Tablet PC, and enjoy all of your entertainment through Windows Media Center when you're on the road, in a coffee shop, or relaxing on the couch. Mobile computing has never been like this before.

Finally, Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 makes it easier than ever to set up and maintain your new PC. There are new features that make it easier to transfer all of your data and settings from your old PC to your new one and technology that helps keep your system running quickly and reliably over time.

Whether you're balancing your checkbook, studying for school on your mobile PC, watching a downloaded or recorded movie at home, or sharing your favorite photos with friends on a custom DVD, the experience is much better on a PC running Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1.

Windows Sidebar gives you quick access to gadgets like picture slide shows, Windows Media Player controls, or news headlines. You pick the gadgets you want to see in Windows Sidebar. View larger.

Use Flip 3D to navigate through open windows using the scroll wheel on your mouse. View larger.

Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 helps protect your family and your personal information from threats from malicious software and phishing scams and helps you keep your PC backed-up and running smoothly.

Parental Controls help parents keep children safer while using PCs through convenient tools to manage and monitor children's computer use, access to websites, and ability to play certain games and use certain applications.

PCs running Windows Vista are 60% less likely to be infected with viruses, worms and rootkits than PCs running Windows XP SP2.

Windows Internet Explorer 7 helps protect your PC and your personal information against malicious software, fraudulent websites, and online phishing scams. New phishing attacks are more than 25 times as common as new viruses, and over 20,000 fraudulent phishing websites are created every month. Internet Explorer 7 is now blocking nearly one million inadvertent attempts to access fake phishing sites per week.

Help defend your PC against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software with Windows Defender. Windows Defender in Windows Vista automatically scans Internet Explorer 7 downloads to help bring spyware to your attention before it can infect your computer.

More easily back-up the content on your PC--including digital photos, music, movies, and documents--with Scheduled and Network Backup.

Windows Vista with SP1 is more entertaining. With Windows Media Center, you can enjoy your digital photos and music on your TV as well as on your PC. And it can turn your PC into a digital video recorder, so you can record TV and watch it on your schedule, not theirs.

Sit back and enjoy recorded TV, photos, music, home videos, games and DVDs from the comfort of your couch with Windows Media Center.

Access and project your TV, music, photos, and movies to any room in your house using an Xbox 360 console connected to your wired or wireless home network. It's like having your Media Center PC wherever you have an Xbox 360!

Author and burn movies, photos, and music to DVDs you can play on your PC or a DVD player with Windows DVD Maker.

Live the game! It's easier for you to find, play, and manage your games with GAMES EXPLORER. Games Explorer provides detailed information including when you last played, game genre, and rating of your games. With DirectX 10, play vivid and engaging games with unrivalled realism. Also, use the same game controller with both your PC and your Xbox 360 system.

It's easier and faster than ever to find, use, manage and share the information on your PC or on the Web with Windows Vista with SP1.

Most Windows Vista-based PCs boot in less than a minute, which can be an improvement over Windows XP boot times.

The Windows Vista sleep and resume features can bring your PC to life in a snap. The vast majority of Windows Vista-based PCs resume from sleep in less than six seconds.

See everything you're working on more clearly with Windows Aero and quickly switch between windows or tasks using Windows Flip 3D.

Find it fast! Simply type something about a file, picture, or song, such as a word contained in a document or e-mail message, the artist of a song, or the date a picture was taken, and Instant Search will bring back any matches instantly.

Organize a lifetime of photos and movies with ease using Windows Photo Gallery. Tag your photos by date, keyword, star rating or any identifying label you choose--so you can find them anytime you want them.

Display live information, like weather, stocks, and news, directly on your desktop with easy-to-use Gadgets and Windows Sidebar.

View multiple web pages simultaneously with Quick Tabs in Windows Internet Explorer 7.

Get up and running faster than ever with Windows Easy Transfer that automatically copies your files and settings from your old PC.

With special features to help you go mobile, Windows Vista with SP1 makes computing and connecting away from home or the office easier than ever.

Work the way you want with touch and digital input and handwriting. Tablet and Touch Technology makes your notebook PC experience truly personal.

Set up a wireless network at home with Network and Sharing Center--so you can experience the freedom of working virtually anywhere in your home. Then easily find and join a wireless network at your favorite hotspot--so you can stay productive wherever you go.

Optimize your power and mobile settings centrally with Windows Mobility Center.

Easily sync and manage your music, contacts and pictures across your devices and other PCs with Sync Center.

Share your desktop or any program with Windows Meeting Space. Co-edit documents, and pass notes in class, a favorite hotspot, or where no network exists.

Product Description

This OEM software is intended for system builders only and cannot be transferred to another PC once it is installed. The purchaser of this software is required to comply with the terms of the System Builder license, including the responsibility of providing all end user support for the software.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars vista 64 oem December 29, 2007
By bob
Received it from Amazon in 4 days. I would buy from Amazon again, but I would not buy this product. I loaded it up with no problem, it activated
itself (it was checked to activate). When I tried to install a better video card it had to be reactivated. Microsoft refused so I had to phone a number and recite 56 numbers to a computer. Again I was refused and I had to wait for 30 minutes to talk to a human. He told me I wasn't permitted to update my hardware with the oem edition. He finally gave me 56 more numbers to type in. I used win64 oem and never had this problem ( I have update the hardware many times). Vista 64 works fine ( a little slower than win xp)but knowing I can't update to new hardware means I'll be going back to win xp64 from now on.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to spend less on windows August 7, 2008
Vista is good. Alot of people talk trash but I enjoy the features, but then the computer I built to go along with this OS is real highspeed-lowdrag (AMD 2.31 GHZ phenom quadcore, 4 GB DDR2 1066HZ RAM, 2x NVDIA 8800GT in SLI configuration, all on one of the worlds best mother boards the ASUS crosshair II formula.)

I needed the 64 bit version to read all of the system memory that I have, since 32 bit will only read 3GB total, including what you have on your video cards. Buying this version instead of the regular version is what will save you money. You are allowed to buy this product even if you arent a system developer or whatever arbitrary term microsoft uses, the draw back is is that you cannot tranfer windows once you have installed it on a computer. Essentially the PIN number becomes tied to your mother board. Your mother board dies or whatever and so does your version of windows.

So yes, this is cheaper, but it comes with a slight risk. I took it and Im happy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Vista x64 is a necessity if you want to use more than 3.5GB (or so) of RAM (2GB per application). It's rock solid and has better driver support now (1-1/2yrs after introduction) than when I bought it, but even then, it ran flawlessly on my MacBook Pro and Mac Pro. My Mac Pro has 6GB of RAM, and Vista x64 sees all of it. This is a plus for people who use Photoshop and other high-intensity applications. To tell the truth, I'm not really sure why Microsoft didn't make Vista 64-bit only, since all processors in modern computers are 64-bit. Vista 32 alone takes up over half the available max RAM, and doesn't leave much for applications.

FYI: If you want the best available (non-gaming), fastest Vista computer, get a Macintosh! There have been several tests and comparisons that show that regular PCs, with their outdated BIOS, serial ports, and parallel ports (and sometimes even <shudder> floppy disks!), can't keep up with a modern, EFI-based computer like all current macs. And Vista was made with EFI (not BIOS) in mind. This, plus the expandability of the Mac Pro to the currently available 32GB of RAM, make it a no-brainer, unless you're strapped for cash. If you want, you can even reformat the Mac to run Windows-only, though why you'd want to, I have no idea...

Summary: If you MUST use Windows, don't believe the haters! Get Vista x64, and get the Home Premium version and save some cash over Vista Ultimate x64. XP is not nearly as secure, and WinXP x64 still has driver issues. Drop 6 to 10GB RAM from Crucial.com into a Mac Pro, and you'll have the best Windows computer available.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
Some notes about Vista in light of previous reviews: Programs more than five years old likely will not run on it.

-- Vista will not run 16-bit programs.

Any Vista -- 64-bit, 32-bit, Home, Business, Ultimate, etc. -- will NOT run 16-bit programs.

How do you know if a program you use is 16-bit? That's hard to say. If you got the program when you were running Windows 95/98, Windows ME or Windows 2000 / NT4, there's a good chance the program is 16-bit. If the program is more than four years old, some or all of a program's parts may be 16-bit.

Windows XP, Microsoft's first true 32-bit operating system, was capable of running 16-bit programs in compatibility mode. Therefore, it's the last Microsoft OS capable of running such programs.

-- Any Vista will run 32-bit programs. That constitutes the vast majority of software for sale over the last few years on store shelves / over the Internet. Anyone claiming a 32-bit Windows program will not run in 64-bit Vista is simply wrong.

There are rare occasions, namely when installing 32-bit DLLs from the command line, where Vista 64-bit installs require extra effort. The average computer user will never face this issue.

-- Vista does not allow unfettered access to the kernel.

Anyone who's used Windows 95 / 98 / ME is intimately familiar with the Blue Screen of Death. That was caused by software sending bad instructions to the kernel -- the core part of Windows. Mostly, it was caused by bad drivers (the mini-software that controls things such as printers, monitors, etc.).

Beginning in Vista, Microsoft no longer allowed just anyone to write software that talks directly to the kernel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great price for two
I like vista 64 all my pcs have 8gb ram and cool screan savers.
Windows 7 looks exactley the same but took out cool screan savers.
Both work no diffrent for game play. Read more
Published on December 7, 2010 by slayer7912
1.0 out of 5 stars Just go for Win 7 instead.
This is a terrible purchase. In my own experience and in that of countless PC users, Vista is way inferior to Windows 7. Read more
Published on April 22, 2010 by L. Whieldon
3.0 out of 5 stars Stick with XP, Forget Vista 64-bit --- for now
I've used Vista 64-bit Home Premium for 2 months. Here's the problems:

* It locks up for no reason requiring re-boot;
* Often, re-booting fails as does... Read more
Published on October 26, 2009 by Dirk J. Willard
3.0 out of 5 stars too impateint
I rebuilt my computer and only had upgrade disc's which I found impossible to work, and I wanted to move on up to 64 bit, so I got this and it works fine for the 3 weeks or so... Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by Janet C. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars FINE and Fast... but Temporary and Loses some Programs
I installed VISTA 64-bit on a new hand-built AMD Phenom 9600 Quad Core with an ASUS M4N78 Pro MoBo with 8 Gig RAM... and the 64-bit works fine. Read more
Published on September 14, 2009 by JKL
3.0 out of 5 stars key code
The 64 bit windows works fine the problem with it is the key code will not be accepted for the $9.99 upgrade for windows 7 which defeats the reason i got it in the first place. Read more
Published on August 16, 2009 by Big Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars vista premium home system builder disk for 1 computer
I did not know that a SECOND disk is required-a pre-installation disk. So, I formatted the hard drive forst, then, i LOADED the Windows 7 beta trial cd that I downloaded for free... Read more
Published on August 3, 2009 by M. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 - My 2 Cents
Ive used windows rc 7.100 for the last 2 months now, and found it to be just what i wanted. It runs like xp, but looks like vista with a few tweaks. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by Julie Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than XP
I installed Vista 64 SP1 (OEM version) on my new build. I have had no problems with it. Runs almost all my old software and hardware, including HP and Brothers Printers. Read more
Published on June 27, 2009 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars 64-bit
It seems a lot of people who comment on this don't know what hardware they have and install a 64-bit OS on a computer with 32-bit only hardware. Read more
Published on June 17, 2009 by Chase Ayers
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