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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2008
On the whole I have been happy with my new Vista Home Basic operating system. I chose Home Basic over the other versions because I felt the extra features were nothing more than eye candy and software bloat that taxes your system resources and ram. One thing I did to optimize my experience with Vista was to install it as a new operating system, instead of upgrading Windows XP to Vista Home Basic. This freed me of any bugs or bad registry data that has collected in XP over the last 5 years. I copied only 4GB of data (important photos and documents) to a usb flash drive, then I rebooted, formatted, and installed Vista. After installation, Vista found all my drivers and downloaded them for me. After the first couple of restarts due to driver and antivirus installation, Vista runs very smoothly, in fact it starts up faster than my XP operating system did. I am docking 1 star due to the fact that the Windows disk defragmentation application no longer displays a status screen and thus you will have no idea how long it will take or how bad it is fragmented. I also feel that Microsoft should have bundled Windows Live OneCare with Vista, since they love to bundle in all their other programs.