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Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate FULL VERSION [DVD] [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
2.8 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews

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  • Mobility-based operating system meets all computing needs whether you're working from home, working on road, or searching for entertainment options
  • Combines all the features of a business-focused operating system,
  • All the efficiency features of a mobility-focused operating system,
  • And all of the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system
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Windows Vista Ultimate is the flagship edition of Windows Vista across consumer and small business desktop PCs and mobile PCs. The primary user of Windows Vista Ultimate is the individual, such as a small business owner, who has a single PC to use both at home and at work. This edition includes all of the features available in Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Enterprise. Windows Vista Ultimate is the first operating system that combines the advanced infrastructure of a business-focused operating system, the productivity of a mobility-focused operating system, and the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system. For users who want their PC to be great for working at home, on the go, and at the office, Windows Vista Ultimate is the no-compromise operating system that provides it all.


The most comprehensive edition of Windows Vista, Windows Vista Ultimate (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.

Windows Sidebar gives you quick access to gadgets like picture slide shows, Windows Media Player controls, or news headlines. You pick the gadgets you want to see in Windows Sidebar. View larger.

Use Flip 3D to navigate through open windows using the scroll wheel on your mouse. View larger.

Compare Windows Vista editions.

Use Instant Search to quickly find the information you need. View larger.

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

The redesigned Windows Media Center in Windows Vista lets you enjoy your media throughout your home, even on your Xbox 360. View larger.
For the person who wants one operating system that is great for working from home, working on the road, and for entertainment, Windows Vista Ultimate is a no-compromise operating system that lets you have it all.

Easier, Faster Access to Information
Windows 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, Windows 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
Windows 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. Windows 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
Windows Vista Ultimate delivers all of the entertainment features available in Windows 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.

Versatile Operation
Windows 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.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
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  • Item model number: 66R-00002
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 15, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Vista reminds me of Windows XP except:
1) It's prettier. Hey, translucent window frames! Neato.

2) It's far more annoying. Have you seen that "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercial where the secret service guy is standing behind the PC asking him to approve or disapprove everything? Vista is totally like that. It's extremely annoying. Simply trying to run a built-in program from Windows' own control panel will pop up a box asking me if I want to run it. What's up with that? I just clicked it, so yes, I want to run it. You'll run into a lot of these and they don't really improve security because after the first 100 times, you're not even going to read the box anymore. One day it will say, "A hideous virus wants to delete your hard drive and send nastygrams to the President. Approve?" and I'm going to say yes simply out of habit.

I also say this feature fails the "dad" test. Is my dad going to know when to approve or disapprove things? I can picture him puzzling over the dialogue, wondering why it's asking him that.

3) There's a problem with Vista wireless networking. You can find people talking about it through Google but there's nothing on the Microsoft site about it. Every 60 seconds, Vista polls for new wireless networks whether it needs to or not, which will give you a ping spike. If you're surfing or downloading you won't notice, but if you're gaming, it's extremely aggravating. If you switch to a wire, the problem will go away. If you switch to XP, the problem will go away. It's purely a problem with Vista wireless.

4) What I really care about are my other programs, not my operating system.
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I tested various beta builds of Vista throughout its development process, and I must confess I thought I would end up hating the end product. However, Microsoft has cleaned up the final build nicely and the RTM is very much a polished product. The new Aero interface is pretty slick, and the visual effects are delightful (though hardware intensive). In addition, the new Sidebar allows you to customize your desktop with various gadgets such as calendar, weather, news headlines, or notes. User Account Control will take some getting used to, although it does help to bolster Vista's security; anti-virus software is incompatible with Vista due to hardened security, so the onus is now on users not to click anything stupid.

While the new eye candy and tightened security are certainly exciting, there are a few drawbacks that prevent me from giving this product a 5-star rating. Most are "what ifs" but are still worth considering.

First, Windows Vista has been thought to contain significantly restrictive DRM technology. In particular, I have not yet been able to determine whether or not Vista complies with the CGMS-A standard and obeys broadcast flags on analog TV signals. If so, this would allow broadcast and cable channels to specify whether or not content could be recorded. It seems ironic that your 20-year-old VCR might serve you better when it comes to recording television than your brand new Vista PC's Media Center would.

Second, Microsoft has been pushing its Genuine Software Initiative. The Product Activation scheme devised for Windows XP has been taken a step further, with Vista reverting to a "Reduced Functionality Mode" if it is not activated.
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So why am I buying Vista in 2012? Because it seems like each new version of software makes things worse by being overly complicated or controlling. It's not only Windows OS, but Office & many 3rd party software too.

Initially, I didn't like Vista because of all the redundancies built into its GUI, particularly in the Control Panel. When you open a section of the Control Panel, there are all these links that didn't exist in XP, but when you click them they all go to the same place. It just confused the heck out of me. I don't need a half-dozen ways to access something. I just need one. What I like about Vista as compared to XP is that the Control Panel items themselves haven't changed since XP. Win 7 on the other hand added more features that contain even more redundancies. Don't get me started with how much more complicated Win 7 is with its Libraries & home sharing. It's not like I don't know how to use it. In fact I do, but Vista & Windows Media Player 11 can do the same thing without them. And what's up with Microsoft putting "My" in the folder names of Win 7 again like in XP, but when you click in the address bar to type the directory location, there's no "My" there?! Lastly, the Win 7 color scheme is just awful. It's so hard to tell which is the active window by looking at the task bar & the grey/white font color on a white or nearly white background makes it extremely difficult to read text.

People don't really love XP, they just hate all the clutter that was added to Vista & 7. Those old enough to have used Win 2K, ME, & other older OS thought that XP was cluttered. Vista & especially Win 7 trumps XP in this regard.

I like Vista because it retains some of the relative simplicity of XP & is very XP-like. What makes Vista better than XP is its Windows Search.
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