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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade [DVD] - Old Version

by Microsoft
Windows Vista Home Basic / 2000 / XP
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews) 31 answered questions


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Product Features

  • User-friendly software combines the features of Windows Vista Home Basic with even more impressive and user-friendly capabilities
  • Features Windows Aero, an efficient and visually stunning interface that makes it easier to accomplish multiple tasks at once..
  • Includes Windows Tablet and Touch Technology:
  • Upgrade from your current edition of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (including Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center, Windows XP Tablet PC, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows 2000)
  • Includes Windows Tablet and Touch Technology that enables you to interact with your Tablet PC-compatible computer with a digital pen or your fingertip instead of having to use a keyboard
  • By integrating search throughout the operating system, helps you quickly find and organize large collections of documents, pictures, movies, videos, and music
  • Features Windows Aero, an efficient and visually stunning interface that makes it easier to accomplish multiple tasks at once by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all of your open applications, and documents

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista Home Basic / 2000 / XP
  • 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

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HCZ9BG
  • Item model number: 66I-00003
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,800 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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The Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade DVD-ROM makes finding information, staying connected, and interacting with your PC easier and more secure. Whether you use your PC organizing and sharing photos, watching videos and TV programs, balancing your checkbook, doing homework, or listening to music, Windows Vista Home Premium makes it easy to enjoy your computing time. An ideal operating system for homes with advanced computer needs, Windows Vista Home Premium combines the features of Windows Vista Home Basic with even more impressive and user-friendly capabilities. It will help you use your laptop or desktop PC more effectively as well as enable you to take advantage of cutting-edge digital entertainment experiences--all with the benefit of added security and reliability.



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


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Update Eligibility
You can upgrade from your current edition of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (including Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center, Windows XP Tablet PC, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows 2000) to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista by purchasing and installing this upgrade copy of Windows Vista. Depending on which edition of Windows you are running and the edition of Windows Vista you would like to install, you have two options for the installation process: You can upgrade in-place, which means you can install Windows Vista and retain your applications, files, and settings as they were in your previous edition of Windows or you can do a clean install. If you are currently using Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional x64, you are eligible for an upgrade copy to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista, but a clean install is required. For versions of Windows earlier than Windows 2000, upgrade copies are not available. These earlier versions of Windows require you to install a full copy of Windows Vista.

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.

Innovative User Interface
Windows Vista Home Premium has a new user interface named Windows Aero, which is both efficient and visually stunning. This new interface makes it easier than ever before to find your way around the operating system; it even makes it a snap to accomplish multiple tasks at once by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all of your open applications and documents. Additionally, Windows Vista Home Premium helps you quickly find and organize large collections of documents, pictures, movies, videos, and music. By integrating search throughout the operating system, this software helps you quickly find exactly what you are looking for.

Improved Mobility
Windows Vista Home Premium makes it easy to take your home computing experience with you wherever you go. For example, the system includes Windows Tablet and Touch Technology that enables you to interact with your Tablet PC-compatible computer with a digital pen or your fingertip instead of having to use a keyboard. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. You'll even be able to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect to your favorite Wi-Fi hotspot.

More Entertainment Options
Windows Vista Home Premium has the power to improve every aspect of your digital entertainment experiences, including viewing and sharing photos, video, TV, movies, music, games, and more. For example, you can create your own DVDs and edit your own high-definition movies. The most exciting news, however, is that Windows Vista Home Premium includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center so you can enjoy your music, photos, and DVD movies. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. You will also be able to connect Windows Vista Home Premium to your Microsoft Xbox 360 to extend your Media Center experience to multiple rooms in your home.

Product Description

Windows Vista Home Premium makes finding information, staying connected, and interacting with your PC easier and more secure. Using, organizing, and sharing photos, video, TV programs, and music becomes a part of your everyday life. With Windows Vista Home Premium, balancing your checkbook, doing homework, watching a movie, listening to music, or playing a game is a better and more enjoyable experience.

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269 of 300 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yikes. February 5, 2007
Wow, I don't even know where to begin. Here's the horrifying details (so far)...

1. Installation. I heard the rumors about long installations. I can't tell you how long mine took because it finished sometime after I went to bed, about six hours after I had started.

2. Internet. This one almost brought me to tears. Vista kept setting up two network connections, one to my wireless network, and one to a mysterious "unidentified network." The troubleshooter told me Vista had two active connections and that was causing the problem. Simple right? Disable the "unidentified network" connection. Poof, there went my wireless with it. Enable my wireless, back comes the mystery network. I actually knocked out wireless to my entire house at one point in this circle of doom. Finally, as a stab in the dark, I manually disabled all network adapters on my machine except the wireless adapter. And that's why I'm able to write this review now...

3. Incompatibility. I knew there would be problems. Norton Ghost was good as gone, but I knew that. Then my antivirus turned out to be a no go. A few other applications would surely need upgrades. But ITUNES??? Come on! I could also list the games that used to run but no more, but this review is already getting long enough.

4. Hiding my stuff. I no longer own my My Music folder. I mean, Vista security TELLS me I'm the owner, but "permission is denied." I found a workaround on Microsoft's website "...sometimes you may lose access to your My Music folder during the upgrade." Oh that's lovely. By digging into the deep hidden folders per their instructions I found my music, and copied it to the desktop. At one point the file copy dialog box said "Moving files, 44,519 days remaining.
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126 of 145 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Did My Best February 3, 2007
I made this comment (now edited) to someone else's review, but for potential buyers, seems like it ought to be a review of its own:

For me, upgrading to Vista from the factory installed Windows XP Media Center Edition didn't work as promised. My system is compulsively up-to-date. I ran the Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft AND from Sony, and both said my system was fine, good-to-go. Upgrade away.

So I inserted the Vista Home Premium Upgrade version disc, but it wouldn't install, kept shutting down, requiring that I input the Product ID over and over and over, not getting past 21% of the Expanding Files section. A post on one of the Amazon boards mentioned NOT inserting the Product ID until after the installation and selecting the Custom instead of Upgrade option. Oddly, that worked. Vista installed.

It is a beautiful thing. I want it. Someday I hope to have it.

But it wouldn't activate, said I had to have the full version Vista Home Premium, not the upgrade version. After scanning my system, it couldn't tell me that during the "Advisor" stage? Resigned to a quagmire, I took the upgrade version back to the store (CompUSA). They wouldn't accept it (no returns of open software). Bright light of hope, the tech manager PROMISED that the Home Premium Upgrade already in my hands would, in fact, work fine on the factory installed XP system. (His name is Abel, but I think maybe he isn't.)

All I had to do? Restore my computer to factory condition (Sony VIAO desktop RA910G) then reinstall the Vista. Since all the updates, drivers and files were current, with documents securely backed up, I decided, what the heck -- worst thing that happens is my computer is fresh and new.

Not exactly. Same boat.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a mess. Vista is just eye candy that doesn't work. February 2, 2007
What a mess. Don't buy this product. If you have Windows XP, you've got what you need. If your word processor works fine, your spread sheet works and all your other programs work well, then don't mess them up with this awful product. Vista is just eye candy. How much time do you spend in Windows anyway . . . you use your programs! Installing Vista is just going to put your programs at risk - If you install Vista, your computer will VERY likely FAIL and then you're OUT of your computer.

Remember - Vista deletes Windows XP - so you can't go back if something goes wrong . . . and it will. This program is very unstable.

My Vista installation failed and the computer doesn't even start up any more.

Microsoft tech support does not know how to use Vista. They have shipped their tech support to INDIA! You can't even understand their broken English!! (Not to mention that it takes over an hour to talk to someone.)

When you do get in touch with them, they have no idea what to do if your installation fails!!

I repeat . . . You can't re-install Vista upgrade because the 1st install deletes XP. When it deletes XP, you have to go find the service packs I and II. Good luck there!

Don't risk this product on your computer. If you have Windows XP, and everything works . . . stick with it. This product isn't going to make them work any better. The hassles of this product are not worth the eye candy you're buying.

Vista is for newly purchased computers. (And they hype it to get you to go out and buy one!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not have SP2 included in this software
Since SVs Pack 2 was required in order to effectively receive security updates, this version failed to meet that requirement. Read more
Published 4 months ago by diet2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Worked out fine for my computer. Nice bang for your buck. Arrived on time bought this for myself. I am a satisfied customer
Published 4 months ago by Camille Archer
5.0 out of 5 stars Came when told
Trying to save time and money I ordered Vista to replace XP on my husband's laptop. Transfer was easy with the cable I bought. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sharonruth
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL over 3 yrs. left..
on the life-cycle of this item & the other vista versions aswell & if ur one of the xp users out there who have been afraid to upgrade to windows 7 or 8, then this item is for u.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by slberc
4.0 out of 5 stars long upgrade
yes i takes forever but it does work

for those of people that want to have the 64-bit version google "how to burn downloaded windows vista to dvd" it should be... Read more
Published 7 months ago by aaron burns
5.0 out of 5 stars vista/ windows 7
vista is a nice program.it 50percent windows 7...most people hate every other program out there.ive had vista for years,no problems. Read more
Published 8 months ago by shane boone
4.0 out of 5 stars HOME VISTA
IT DID THE JOB I SINCE REPLACED THIS VERSION TO WINDOWS 8 BECAUSE I GOT A LAPTOP OLD TOWER NO LONGER WORKED NEEDED AN UPGRADE
Published 9 months ago by V Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not upgrade properly
After instalation it would not let me upgrade to the current service pack. I finaly uninstalled it since it was useless.
Published 9 months ago by Kenn S.
1.0 out of 5 stars You Will Be Sorry.
The operating system is a memory hog and very slow. In addition, you need to throw out almost all of your software and purchase 64-bit versions.
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Buy Windows 7. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gene P. Louie
3.0 out of 5 stars Windows Vista is Inefficient.
I tried to return this product but the seller LALO BOOKS refused to respond to my attempts to VISTA. I thought that I had ordered Windows 7. Now I am stuck with this dead horse.
Published 10 months ago by Michael Fritz
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