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Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate UPGRADE Limited Numbered Signature Edition [DVD] [Old Version]
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- Limited Numbered Edition Signed by Bill Gates
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The most comprehensive edition of Windows Vista, Vista Ultimate Upgrade Signature Edition (DVD-ROM) is the first operating system that combines all of the advanced infrastructure features of a business-focused operating system, all of the management and efficiency features of a mobility-focused operating system, and all of the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system. For the person who wants one operating system that is great for working from home, working on the road, and for entertainment, Vista Ultimate is a no-compromise operating system that lets you have it all.
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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.
Easier, Faster Access to Information
Vista Ultimate features Windows Aero, a new interface that delivers higher levels of efficiency for any business user. This easy-to-use interface makes it a snap to navigate through the operating system and from application to application. Most importantly, Windows Aero helps you juggle multiple tasks at once by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all your open applications and documents. And for those businesses that do work in other countries, Vista Ultimate supports all worldwide interface languages.
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.
Work From Home
Vista Ultimate includes all of the features that make it easy to remotely connect to business networks. This means that when you're working from home, you'll have advanced networking capabilities, such as the ability to join a domain, support for Group Policy, and access to features such as Remote Desktop. Vista Ultimate also includes Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption that provides improved levels of protection against theft for your important business data whether you are at home, on the road, or in the office.
More Entertainment Options
Vista Ultimate delivers all of the entertainment features available in Vista Home Premium, and includes everything you need to enjoy the latest in digital photography, music, movies, analog TV, or even HDTV. Ultimate also has helpful tools such as Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker to ensure that you have everything you need to collect, manage, and edit your digital content. It also includes Windows Media Center for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center.
Vista Ultimate truly lives up to its name by delivering all of the features both business and home users want and need. It is the ideal solution for both a small-business owner who wants a single PC that he or she can use at the office, on the road, and at home, and for someone who wants a home PC that will be used primarily for entertainment purposes but that can also be used for business purposes such as connecting to a corporate network.
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The issue was with the product itself, not the resellers fault. I purchased the old version of Microsoft Vista because I have a number of PC's that still have Windows XP Professional and these particular PC's cannot be wiped out or formatted. I was hoping to do an upgrade install to Vista Business and from there do an upgrade install to Windows 7 Pro.
The upgrade to Windows Vista Business went fine, no issues at all. However; after upgrading I found that hardly any of the critical updates that were on the Microsoft update page would install, they would all go into FAIL status no matter how many times I tried to install them. You need to have at least SERVICE PACK 1 installed on Vista before you can upgrade to Windows 7. If you can't get the prerequisite updates to install then you are pretty much stuck with Windows Vista. The only solution once you upgrade to Vista is to do a clean install to Windows 7, but in the process you will lose all of the programs that were previously installed.
In my case, we have several Windows XP PC's with software loaded on them that are no longer supported by the vendors. We don't even do business with these vendors anymore but the software is crucial to our business needs. To contact them to have them reinstall and reconfigure the software after upgrading to Windows 7 would be in the tens of thousands of dollars including having an extremely expensive support contract with them which we do not want.
Some of my software that used key codes needed the installation disk and code in order to run, so if you've lost your installation disk or key code, kiss that program goodbye or be ready to replace it.
I gave it the four stars because it did what it said and overall, more was gained than lost. Why was it not 5 stars? Nothing about Windows is perfect.
Long story: Little did I know that this much touted feature is really NOT a trivial exercise to enable. After trying to enable BitLocker in assorted ways from an operating system upgrade, I gave in and performed a clean install. I tried using the Microsoft Bitlocker Drive Preparation Tool, I tried manually creating the encryption partition using the partition features in windows. Finally I attempted to do it from a boot command-line prompt using diskpart to create the partition and xcopy to move the boot files around. Nothing worked. It is a real pain in the behind to backup all your files, then perform the clean install, then download and reinstall all your drivers, then reload all your software with preferences. Lesson 1: you will have to do a clean install to enable BitLocker.
Anyway, shortly there after (like the next day) my 3-month old laptop's mother board died. Upon receiving it back I discovered my freshly encrypted hard drive would not boot with the new motherboard, then I discovered I had to reload my old OS before I could cleanly install the Upgrade. Lesson 2: you can't do a clean install of Vista Ultimate Upgrade without at least having an upgrade-able OS installed, so you will be performing this extra, entirely useless step (refer to lesson 1).
Other than Bitlocker I find most of the other Vista Ultimate features the kind of Gee Whiz stuff I really could care less about.