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

by Microsoft
Windows Vista
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Operating System - Windows Vista Ultimate
  • 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: 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MFFIBO
  • Item model number: 66R-00765
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 3, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,446 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

When you want to have it all, choose Windows Vista Ultimate. It is the most complete edition of Windows Vista---with the power, security, and mobility features that you need for work, and all of the entertainment features that you want for fun.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper but no Micorosoft Support February 4, 2007
This version of Windows Vista is the OEM version, which means that it does not come with a box or a manual, just a "Quick Install" guide. This is the FULL version of Vista but another thing that it is lacking is support from Microsoft. Because this version is intended for (as the title suggests) system builders, whoever that may be, they are the people who are supposed to provide the End User Support not Microsoft. It does, however, still include Windows Update so there do not think that you will not be getting updates from Microsoft, because you do. But if you are building a computer for your grandmother, and she BSOD's Vista, its up to you to fix it; Not Microsoft. Another difference between this version and the full 400 $ version is that this version only comes with the 32 Bit version of Windows Vista, but the full version comes with both the 32 and 64 Bit versions. So if you are pretty technology Savvy and you do not need Microsoft's support and you know what type of processor (64 or 32 bit) then the OEM version is the version for you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is what it says an OEM. March 18, 2007
By enviro
For the most part its been an OK transition. My recommendation is that you go slow and do your homework first. I'm running a P4, 3.2 GHZ X 800 with 1 GB Ram DDR (upgraded to 2 GB's max for this board),two hard drives, 200 GB (volume 1,2,3,) 160 GB(volume 4,bkf). I wanted a clean load so I backed up on DVD's and formated my hard drives. I chose volume 1 for the operating system alone so in case of problems I could rework it. I put all my programs in volume 2, I had all the original disks to reload if necessary(be careful with this if you have used downloaded software it often has a short time limit of downloading it again, on these I back them up to CD right away and file it for times like this). Volume 3 is for all the data, images, (my Photoshop needs space) ect. Volume 4 is an overflow for volume 3 data and all of my backup and is on a separate 160 GB internal hard drive. For me the time for this planning was well worth it. If you get it done up front it can save you hours or days later. I've learned by my errors. It is also easier and safer to back up data on 3 without having to mess with the rest and if I get a problem which is going to happen the solution is a whole lot simpler. Plus you can lock volume 1,2, in Vista and for the most part keep out all the Cyber bad guys with there Trojans and viruses. On 3, 4 the most I have at risk is the last 2 hours and I can manually adjust that if it is an important project. Vista definitely requires a lot of RAM and space. As you just have to test some programs I good registry cleaner would be a good investment I went with Registry Booster rated 5 out of 5 by Tucows and CNET and I'm happy with it at $29. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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After having read a lot of reviews on another "egg"cellent site, I was afraid that I would dislike Vista either for incompatibility or the sluggishness of it. I was bracing myself for the worst, but very pleasantly surprised to find that on my clean install, everything worked perfectly. Vista seems much more "automated" than XP and found all the drivers for my hardware automatically from the web. After the very easy install, which by the way, unlike XP, uses a graphical interface, I began to reinstall my software. I chose the 32 bit version of Vista because at the time of this review (Nov '07), Apple's iTunes v7.5 was still not compatible with the 64 bit version of Vista due to a programmer's bad judgment in creating a "hardpath" to a 32 bit Windows file. Evidently, this type of program is unlikely to see an easy fix to 64 bit compatibility.

My software all installed without any problems, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, PC-Cillin 2007, Fidelity Active Trader Pro, Sony Picture Browser with AVCHD Player, and of course iTunes.

Vista is just simply gorgeous when compared to XP. I was a hardcore Apple fan since 1979, having used the Apple //e, Mac SE, Mac IIci, and original Apple PowerBook 20 MB HD. Since I haven't used Apple's OS extensively since the System 7.1 days of the 90's, I can't compare it to the current Apple OS Leopard. I have heard that Vista has taken (i.e. stolen) a lot from Apple's OS X. In any case, Vista is just simply beautiful when compared to XP. It's quite obvious that the graphics for even the windows are rendered with my graphic's card's 3D engine.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Ready For Prime Time December 8, 2007
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I am a CompTIA A+, Network+, Server+ Certified Technician and a Microsoft Certified Professional working in the industry for over ten years and I have professionally supported and personally owned and used every Microsoft Windows Operating System since Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 and this release of Windows is by far the least worthy comparatively speaking. I actually returned my copy back to Amazon since (although my hardware passed the specifications before buying Vista based on tests done through the Microsoft Site) too many of my gadgets and their firmware / softwares, such as Gaming Keyboard, Gaming Mouse, Joystic, Data / Voice Fax Printer, and so on had Driver issues. I must be honest here and admit that my system developed other issues after the installation of VISTA that may not necessarily be attributable to the Vista OS but never the less the system had major Driver and Firmware issues with other industry standard and modern (Post 2003) hardware peripherals. I may try it again some time next year when I purchase it as a preinstalled part of a Laptop or something but for the time being I had no time or patience and willingness to come home from working on supporting computer problems and work on solving problems caused by Vista.

In the end this WIndows version does have some redeemable qualities (IIS 7 is a blast) and I imagine that there are some home built custom PCs and some DElls and HPs (both of which I have also supported VISTA Driver Issues on for commercial clients) that don't remind one of the first release of Windows 95 or Windows ME (lots of Blue Screens and Lock ups), but by comparison to XP Pro edition, which was almost completely stable and played really well with others from release 1, this release of Windows is Not Ready for Prime Time and I do not recomend it, especially for custom PC builders using OEM Hardware and Software and for beginning users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
well i would have not boughten this but the xp windows are no more. i have an older lap top nothing wrong with my lap top its in great shape but i needed to update the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by PAT ENTWISTLE
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i just love this computer disc it is really great it help my computer to be up to date thank you so must
Published 5 months ago by basti
4.0 out of 5 stars Got what I ordered...Thanx
Needed to repair the Vista that came w/ my used laptop. This was the right disc at a good price. Note: not as much of an upgrade-from Basic to Ultimate- as one could hope to enjoy. Read more
Published on September 17, 2010 by ataraxian
5.0 out of 5 stars Vista
Install SP1 and you'll be happy. Not with it if you already have XP though.
Published on November 10, 2008 by W. Ziemer
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Vista - excellent value
Installed this as a second OS on a MacBook Pro - runs perfectly. Everyone likes to knock Vista - but, bottom line, given a well equipped machine - Vista is way ahead of XP. Read more
Published on July 6, 2008 by J. Chalmers
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it
I bought the windows vista upgrade version. Save yourself the trouble and don't upgrade. The software created tons of problems and is no good in fixing them. Read more
Published on February 5, 2008 by Eric
1.0 out of 5 stars Crime Up On High
Windows Vista has many features which could have been accomplished with Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP... It appears with the appearance of Vista, Microsoft is desperate, and to me, the... Read more
Published on February 1, 2008 by Leston H. Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Vista Ultimate OEM Very Good option
Is a very good option, you don't need to buy the FULL VERSION, this DVD include everything also the anytime upgrade, that mean that include ALL VERSION of Vista just that you can... Read more
Published on August 26, 2007 by Pesinet
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Buy OEM
Again Vista is another reason why you should always look for OEM deals. It's even better that Microsoft lifted the restriction of having to buy OEM software with a piece of... Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by Florian M. Schmid
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good update
I installed Vista Ultimate OEM on my Dell XPS laptop with minimal trouble. The basic install had drivers for almost all of my hardware. Read more
Published on March 26, 2007 by Travis Sturm
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