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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic FULL VERSION [DVD] [OLD VERSION]

by Microsoft
Windows XP / Vista / 2000
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • User-friendly software features search and organize innovations as well as improved networking opportunities
  • Designed for users with the most basic computer needs
  • Helps people use their PCs securely and reliably, makes it simple to stay better connected,
  • Rich new interface, innovative ways to organize and find the information stored on your PC,
  • Provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet
  • Compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that people use and trust every day

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 2000
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • PLEASE NOTE: Only the 32-bit DVD-ROM is included. Inside the box, you will find instructions on how to order a 32-bit CD-ROM or 64-bit DVD-ROM directly from Microsoft for a minimal fee, including shipping and handling. Upgrade and installation FAQs

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HCTYT4
  • Item model number: 66G-00002
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 20, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,618 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


Windows Vista Home Basic (DVD-ROM) offers search and organize innovations as well as improved networking opportunities. Windows Vista Home Basic is the edition of Windows Vista for users with the most basic computing needs. The features in this user-friendly software also form the foundation of all of the other editions of Windows Vista, including Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate.

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Breakthrough Windows Vista Experience
Designed to help you feel confident in your ability to view, find, and organize information and to control your computing experience, all editions of Windows Vista introduce a breakthrough user experience. The visual sophistication of Windows Vista helps streamline your computing experience by refining common window elements so you can better focus on the content on the screen rather than on how to access it. The desktop experience is more informative, intuitive, and helpful. And new tools bring better clarity to the information on your computer, so you can see what your files contain without opening them, find applications and files instantly, navigate efficiently among open windows, and use wizards and dialog boxes more confidently.

Secure and Effective
Windows Vista Home Basic helps people use their PCs securely and reliably, makes it simple to stay better connected, and, like all of the editions of Windows Vista, is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that people use and trust every day. For those who simply want to use their PC to surf the Internet, correspond with friends and family using email, or perform basic document creation and editing tasks, Windows Vista Home Basic delivers a safer, more reliable, and more effective computing environment.

More Productivity
Windows Vista Home Basic helps encourage better personal productivity while providing digital entertainment on your PC through its improved reliability, security, and performance. It also helps you to accomplish tasks faster, with a rich new interface and innovative ways to organize and find the information stored on your PC.

Safer and More Reliable
Specifically designed to be the safest operating system Microsoft has ever delivered, Windows Vista Home Basic frees you from worry about the safety and security of your time on the computer. In fact, every edition of Windows Vista, including Windows Vista Home Basic, provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. In addition, Windows Vista Home Basic includes innovative tools that warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. Additionally, this system comes equipped with up-to-date parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities on your PC that might concern you as a parent.

Easy Set-Up and Operation
As with all of other editions of Windows Vista, Windows Vista Home Basic makes your PC significantly easier to use thanks to helpful tools that let you painlessly move your personal files and settings from your old PC to your new Windows Vista-based PC. Additionally, Windows Vista Home Basic integrates new search tools throughout the operating system to help you quickly find the precise file or program you need. Even if your existing PC seems to be adequate for basic tasks such as reading e-mail and browsing the web, by upgrading your PC to Windows Vista Home Basic or by purchasing a new PC installed with this software, you will benefit from a better computing experience and more peace of mind.

Product Description

For your basic home computing needs Product Information Windows Vista Home Basic is the editionof Windows for basic home computing needs. If you only want to use your PC for tasks like browsing the Internet, using e-mail, or viewing photos, then Windows Vista Home Basic may be the right edition for you. While it won't provide as many benefits asWindows Vista Home Premium, it will help you use your PC more easily and more safely than you could with Windows XP. The first thing you'll notice about Windows Vista Home Basic is how easy it is to find the programs and files you're lookingfor. The instant desktop search feature looks across all of your documents, e-mails, photos, and other files, organizing the results in the way that you want to view them. When coupled with the built-in web search of Windows Internet Explorer 7 inWindows Vista, you'll spend less time looking for the things that you need and more time on the activities that you care about. With automatic defenses against malicious software and fraudulent websites, Windows Vista Home Basic enables you andyour family to use your computer with greater confidence. Plus, parents can use built-in controls to help ensure their children's computer use is protected and appropriate. Windows Vista Home Basic makes it easier than ever to set up your newPC, with features that easily transfer all of your data and settings from your old PC to your new one. What's more, you can have peace of mind for years to come with technology that keeps your system running quickly and reliably over time. Simply put, Windows Vista Home Basic provides you with just the essentials you need for home computing. Product Highlights Windows Defender: Helps automatically safeguard your PC against pop-ups, slowperformance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vista is a horrible piece of bloatware May 4, 2007
I'm an IT guy at a University, and I recently had to start installing Windows Vista.

First of all, you need a minimum of 2 Gigs of ram to run this bloatware. I installed it on this guy's laptop, and with NOTHING else running, it was using between 650 - 750 megs of ram TO DO NOTHING! As soon as we started doing anything, it was using over 1 Gig of RAM. Way to go Microsoft! Just want people wanted. A bloated OS that won't run on older machines and will run slow even on new machines.

Avoid it. Don't buy it. Switch to Linux. I use Ubuntu at home.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Product March 8, 2007
I paid $199 for this product , which is being sold at Best Buy,

Circut City for 50-75 dollars less.

The product has many flaws and leaves people like me with a problem.

I know you offered refund my money, however I would than be left with

no operating system, since the other is now deleted .

I am sure this is one of many complaints. It would appear to me

that MicroSoft should reimburse Amazon for this inferior product.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Vista only lives up to what it supposed to be only if your computer has all the right hardware to support it.
Majority of computers that came with Windows XP should stick with Windows Xp.
Vista has as many reqirement's as a new Computer game, and you need to exceed all requirement's for it to run the way it should be.

NEVER TRY TO MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS, doing this will only allow you to use the software and not let it perform the way you want it.


If you are on a budget than you should stick with XP. It is still a great product and I still recommend it most user's especially people who use it with their current computer right now.

If are considering buying a new computer and choose Vista, please customize your computer for it to exceed your specific need's. Any computer that you see in store's that may be a bargan or look's cheap to buy is probalably living up to be what it is. A "cheap""worthless" computer, something you wish you never bought.
Salesman are all the same; from selling computer's, car's, house's, etc. They are there to sell you what they have and make a profit off of it.
Computers decrease in Value just like cars and homes.
Value is kept if you take care of your computer same with anything else.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Errors April 22, 2007
Windows Vista Third Party Hardware/Software Incompatibility

Anybody who is thinking about getting a new computer or has recently bought one will know that there seems to be only one option available: Windows Vista. I have never used a Mac before so I decided to stick with Windows when I was ready to buy a new computer and upgraded from my five year old Toshiba Satellite (Windows XP) to a fancy looking HP Pavilion Desktop with a 19'' wide screen LCD monitor. While the computer is Great and comes with a lot of great features such as 250GB local drive, small and stylish tower, very fast speed for multitasking, wireless capability, and great DVD writer; it also comes with Windows Vista Home Premium (I assume they call these different names just to make one look fancier than the other just like with XP and in the end everybody ended up with Service Pack II).

Even though I love the new HP Desktop (Slimline is the model by the way), why oh why Windows Vista? XP has corrected many of its glitches over the last several years and Service Pack II was becoming tolerable after years and years of Windows updating and error reporting (you have done this many times). Now XP CDs are on sales for less than a hundred bucks and Microsoft will start telling people to upgrade to Vista if there are problems.

Here are some practical issues that you might want to know before getting a new computer which will undoubtedly come with Windows Vista.

1)Wireless adapter recognizes my wireless signal, but no way on earth it will let me connect to the Internet. I tried repairing the network (fancily called “Network Diagnostic” on Vista) got the message saying my adapter has an unknown problem and the reason for my not being able to connect to the Internet is “unknown.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get Vista if you can avoid it July 14, 2007
By Giggles
I was lucky enough to not have to pay out of pocket for Vista but that is the only good thing. This version is NOT easier to use. It is harder to find things on it. One example of mine is that with XP I could easily find ALL my music and transfer songs between iTunes and Windows Media Player. Now? Yeah I can find the songs after searching for a while but I can't transfer anything, anywhere. The Apple commercial that aired saying Vista asks for permission to continue on EVERYTHING is true. I've had to give it permission to access things I've already used tons of times before on it which is VERY annoying. If I didn't trust the program then why the heck would I be trying to run it???!!! I too encountered compatability issues with my HP All-In-One Printer/Scanner/Copier which I assumed would be compatible with Vista considering I bought the computer it is installed on at the same time I as I got the printer. But nope. I was wrong... I had to spend six hours searching the Internet for tweaks to get it to install. I am able to use all of the features on my HP All-In-One but I'm used to putting a disc in and having to just follow instructions on the screen to install a program. I am by no means computer savvy so don't ask what I did to get the printer software to install. All I remember is that it somehow rolled back my version of Windows to XP to install but didn't completely wipe out Vista... too bad it didn't because I prefer XP so much more. Yeah Vista may be safer to use but if you've got anti-virus software and a firewall up and update them frequently you should be okay. So, all in all if I had the choice I'd go back to XP in a New York minute. Bottom line is that Microsoft found a way to screw some people out of at least $200 for a program that isn't even worth two cents.
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