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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit for System Builders [DVD] [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows Vista
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Operating System - Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Languages - English
  • Media - DVD
  • Media Type - DVD-ROM

System Requirements

  • 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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000MFDJ1A
  • Item model number: 66I-00715
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 5, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,066 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

The preferred edition of Windows for home desktop and mobile PCs, with features including Windows Media Center and the Aero user interface, Windows Vista Home Premium delivers the productivity and entertainment that you need from your PC at home or on the go.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you need a new computer February 25, 2007
By JoeW
there's no reason not to get a Vista box. It's fairly stable, but not without it's bugs. In the 2 weeks I've been using it, I would say it runs into more problems than XP. But recovering from those pitfalls is smoother than XP. On the whole, it's a wash as an upgrade.

If you have a stable XP box that meets your needs, there's no compelling reason to make the switch. The software is on the pricey side, but the expense is not limited to that alone. To get the most from the new bells and whistles of the Premium edition, you'll probably need to upgrade some hardware for the new Aero graphic interface.

Some of Aero is nice. The sidebar gadgets are nifty, as is the flip between windows feature. OTOH, the transparent title bars get old after a few days and it locks you into a default lilac color scheme for the menubars and whatnot. You can revert to a classic window layout with complete control over the appearance, but it takes away Aero's nicer features when you do. I'd much prefer it if I could keep the sidebar and window flip, without being tied to Aero's window appearance. Maybe they'll fix this annoyance in a future upgrade, then again, maybe they won't.

By far, the biggest annoyance with this OS is the security 'feature' designed to protect your computer from - you. Sometimes it seems you click more warning and approval boxes than you do just using the computer. You can disable this completely - at a price. It can cause some software - such as Adobe Acrobat to not install. Like with the Aero feature, it's all or nothing. There are no in between settings. Switching back and forth between the settings also carries a price. After the required reboot, many personal settings, passwords, cookies, etc are gone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To vista or not to vista. March 19, 2007
I'd been running vista beta releases since October 06, so I knew what I was getting into when I decided to purchase this. So I'll list the reasons I decided to buy the retail and hopefully that will help you with your decision.

1. Media. If you don't have issue with DRM, then Vista's Media Center and cohesiveness with Media Player 11 make this a great buy. You do not have to have an analog tuner to have a HD Tuner in Vista Media Center which is a great improvement over 2005.

2. Beautiful GUI. Microsoft does what it has always done and takes the best features from other OSs and incorporates it into its own. Here Microsoft has taken Linux and OSX graphics, multiple desktop features, and general ease of use and put them into this release.

Now for the not so great; downloading and installing applications from the net requires response to 4 dialog boxes to do so. Rather expensive to upgrade all of your systems to. New OS so expect bugs and security issues down the road.

I really like the look and feel of Vista, and enjoy having it on my set up. I currently use this for a dual boot system so I can switch between XP as needed, since compatibility is not 100%. Vista is a bit of a resource hog, so you need to exceed in all of the system requirements.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware February 16, 2007
vista home 32 premium OEM is OK.

Just be sure that your hardware is relatively new.

My Lexmark printer and Sound Blaster Live card are

not going to be supported in this OS. If your happy

with your system and arent buying a new computer for awhile

get the OEM its cheaper and is the same as the $100 more on.

I recommend waiting to buy Vistas till the first service pack

comes out, Vistas is still unstable. I am getting Blue Screens

of Death daily (yeah they brought it back, grrr). But it did fix

problems that I had with my video card and once more companies make

their product Vistas compatible I would give this product 4 stars.

No 5 stars since they released a product far far to early.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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It's fast, cool looking, & more stable than XP BUT if you have a pc with any hardware thats more than a year old you take your chances.

The problem is DRIVERS !! while Vista has a pretty large

built-in driver base there are many video cards, soundcards

network cards, printers,digital cameras, usb devices etc that have no driver support and probably never will.

This is not all Vists'a fault, the oem manufacturers of these items

want you to buy their new models and don't want to spend the $$ to

re-write drivers for Vista. While some of the XP drivers will work

they can also make Vista unstable and prone to freeze (especially USB devices) which kinda defeats the purpose of getting Vista.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good May 9, 2007
I bought the OEM version for my Mac Mini. I installed it under Boot Camp 1.2 and it works fine. Aero looks great and it runs very good. No issues yet. I use the OS for compatibility and I'm still a Flight Simulator fan so I use it for that. However I still use OS X for my mission critical programs. For an Intel Mac - I highly recommend.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
well, i ordered this system builder ver. of vista home premium, but changed my mind & went w/ the FULL VERSION vista home premium, in case my hard drive bombs, or 1 guy even said that if u swap out your motherboard, the single system vista won't recognize or work w/ what it considers the 'new' system. i recommend to buy the fullv version vista as a releif to your mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old product I haven't used in a while.
Many complained about Vista. Usually they were XP adherents.
Vista was the ramp up to Windows 7.
Now that Win 8 is here, History repeats itself.
Published 17 months ago by HawaiianEye
1.0 out of 5 stars NT 4.0, 98, 2000, even the dreaded ME succeed where Vista fails.
Alright. Say you have an NT 4.0, 98, 2000, even ME computer that all you have to restore it is an OEM System Builder disc directly from Microsoft of those operating systems. Read more
Published on January 20, 2013 by cyharriscat
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows Vista is Horrible!
Windows Vista is the operating system that Microsoft wishes they never put out. The installation disk works just fine, but don't get Vista if you want any possibility of good... Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by Mark Twain
3.0 out of 5 stars Windows XP is the same
But the service was clean and snappy. I would buy from the Pioneer PC store any time. See their store here: http://www.amazon.com/shops/A2FPORFL2U4F4X
Published on October 23, 2010 by Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars wrong shipment
was soo excited with a good deal from amazon. To my dismay they sent in the wrong cd - SP1. Big disappointment.
Published on July 18, 2008 by chmodesto
5.0 out of 5 stars Home User
I am NOT a computer wiz but I was easily able to load Vista and get it running well. I like the changes to the mail program, much easier now and there are several other areas... Read more
Published on July 16, 2008 by Steve Silverman
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get what you see
when I'd order my item I sow a totally wrong picture of it they show an original Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit for System Builders [DVD] picture, and they send me a... Read more
Published on June 20, 2008 by Raul Quezada
5.0 out of 5 stars Vista Home Ultimate OEM
I was afraid to jump to Vista after hearing about bugs and the 'new' cumbersome interface. After finding Vista Home Premium OEM on Amazon for $100 I decided to give it a shot. Read more
Published on February 27, 2008 by HowieZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for Mac users
I bought this version of Microsoft Vista for my macbook and it works like a charm. Highly recomend it for those mac users who want to have the best of both worlds. Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by Hazel Serrano
5.0 out of 5 stars This OS is very smooth
This is a very responsive operating system with loads of features. I have not encountered any bugs as of yet and my system is running beautifully now that I dumped all the crapware... Read more
Published on January 11, 2008 by David C. Akell
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