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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit for System Builders [DVD] [Old Version]
- Operating System - Windows Vista Home Premium
- Languages - English
- Media - DVD
- Media Type - DVD-ROM
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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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.
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 morePublished on January 20, 2013 by cyharriscat
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 morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Mark Twain
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/A2FPORFL2U4F4XPublished on October 23, 2010 by Thomas
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
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 morePublished on July 16, 2008 by Steve Silverman
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 morePublished on June 20, 2008 by Raul Quezada
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 morePublished on February 27, 2008 by HowieZ
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 morePublished on January 23, 2008 by Hazel Serrano