windows vista? Whats THE BEST Flavor? For the $$$

Discussion in 'Windows & Other OS Discussion & Support' started by The_Neon_Cowboy, Jan 23, 2007.

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Whats the best bang for your buck?

  1. Vista Home Basic

    3.7%
  2. Vista Home Premium

    44.4%
  3. Vista Business

    7.4%
  4. Vista Ultimate

    44.4%
  1. The_Neon_Cowboy

    The_Neon_Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    which do you guys thing is the best bang for your buck? To me home premium
    looks best I just dunno if i really care about the few extra features ultimate brings
    other then bragging rights. (for almost 2x the price...) is it really worth it?


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    ultimate just doesn't seem to offer a lot of stuff most people are going to use
    like a network projector setup ... and Windows encrypting you hdd seems like
    bad idea , secure maybe.. but crash nightmare waiting to happen?

    that and the stigma from XP home useally sucks vs pro, but ms has muddied
    the waters with vista

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  2. Al_Vampyre

    Al_Vampyre Well-Known Member

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    I would go for Home Premium as well...if I do it at all...
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    You know, this is the first time I am thinking this but, Basic starts looking better and better. While I had my eyes on home premium all this time, only now after seeing the complete list, it just doesn't feel like paying extra £40 for aero. I have no tablet pc, couldn't care less about media center (no plans connecting to a large screen tv), even under XP I use a "classic windows" theme, so I doubt I will miss aero for more than a week. Plus my guess is windows will be faster without aero anyhow.
    The slideshow program feels irrelevant when there are so many good (free too!) alternatives (favourite of mine is XnView, there are many others of course).

    Of course even basic still costs like £170, but feels a bit better than £213 for better performance.

    Now, Ultima, I say if you can easily afford it, get it, else you better need the extra tools or else you are wasting your money.

    BTW, I guess without the Aero, the new "3D" switching between open windows is disabled, right?



    Disclaimer: If anyone wants to give me a copy of Vista for free, I will not say no, even if it is the Ultimate version. :)




    PS. Though I realise the differences, I wonder if Vista will become the new Me. Regardless, the only good reason IMO to change to Vista is DX10.
     
  4. craig5320

    craig5320 Well-Known Member

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    I went with Ultimate just because I want access to everything! haha

    The key arrived this morning, £140 (~$280) Had it installed for a few week, been waiting to activate it.
     
  5. Zelig

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    I'd say home premium. I find it funny when people complain about the price of Vista Ultimate, even when they won't use most of the features it contains over home premium.
     
  6. Judas

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    home premium and business seem to have there top end advantages....

    for home users, obviously premium.
     
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    ill wait & see how ultimate & premium work in the real world before i give my opinion. also, with a planned release of sp1 later this year, i would be leary of buying vista right now.
    i personally wont buy it till after sp1. by that time( afew months) everything should have sorted itself out as to wich vers is the best buy & most of the probs/bugs should be known.
     
  8. The_Neon_Cowboy

    The_Neon_Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    double post delete me
     
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  9. The_Neon_Cowboy

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    FYI: everyone OEM Vista is roughly priced as fallows

    home is $99
    home premuim $120
    Bussiness $150
    ultimate $199

    so it's and extra $79 for those few extra features in ultimate
    I have two PC's....i can by two home prem for the cost of ultimate
     
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  10. Judas

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    But if OEM has several limitations that retail doesn't......
     
  11. The_Neon_Cowboy

    The_Neon_Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    ummm it's the same as retail? is it not? whats the diff? other then like phone support wich i laugh at....
     
  12. Judas

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    Well it's been rumorred that the amount of activations and hardware changes made to an OEM version is significantly less then a retail version of vista..


    is this true? i haven't a clue.... it's just been rumored. And thinking about it, doesn't make some sense. (i mean why else would it be cheaper, i've never understood how a OEM copy of windows could possibly be significantly cheaper enless something IS different. )
     
  13. Teme

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    OEM's usually are like this activate in one system and when system changes over 30% It wont run anymore. And you must get new license...
     
  14. The_Neon_Cowboy

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    90 days of free phone support after that its like $30 per instance
    A pretty box
    A pretty Book
    retail marketing and advertiseing
    all has to cost something, quite a bit acually

    as i've under stood oem was just discounted for system builders
    with out the noob "support options". Where as you your own tech
    support... basically...

    As for the oem custmized by mfg "restore disks" to avoid restore disks abuse
    that detects that it's the system they sold ya is the only thing i'd seen that cares
    what systems it's in.

    or did they change this with vista?
     
  15. Judas

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    well i'm aware of the oem restore type disks.

    but i guess we'll find out how the OEM and retail copies of vista differ later on..

    the OEM version of XP i get has a pretty little book with a little pretty sticker and a little pretty cd that looks identical to that of a retail version.

    Marketing for windows in general shouldn't be distrubuted only amongs retail purchases, it would be for every conceiveable version of windows.

    If it's a windows product, microsoft should be supporting it, i know i'm not writing patches and KB articles about bugs and fixes and whatnot. So as for support, there isn't any difference as far as i know. The only difference is the liecence agreements and terms of use. Correct?
     
  16. The_Neon_Cowboy

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    retail is like 2X the price

    "It bears repeating, however, the the OEM license that comes with Vista is indeed similar to the Windows XP OEM license in that it forbids any kind of transfer. As we have previously reported, users have nevertheless had success transferring those copies of Windows, but they are technically stepping outside of the bounds of the EULA when doing so."
    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061102-8140.html

    but thats news from last november hmm.... i wonder if this changed? so far it seems it hasn't


    http://download.microsoft.com/docum...lish_36d0fe99-75e4-4875-8153-889cf5105718.pdf

    that really sucks
     
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  17. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    i'm not sure that pdef on ms's website really has anything specific to what question we are raising.

    It's hard to get a definite answer though.
     
  18. Necrosis

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    Don't forget you can do the upgraded path too. All you need is an XP CD to install. I'm going to get the family pack thing. Just need to figure out how it works.
     
  19. technonerd

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    One thing I don't like about vista upgrade is that you have to install windows xp and THEN vista, will take up half of the day to get everything ready. I reformat and reinstall windows xp about 2-3 times a year .
     
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    i thought all you needed to do was grab the vista upgrade disk, pop it in, boot from it (if you want to do a fresh install)... and when it prompts for the orginal XP cd, pop it in, punch in the xp cd key, and then replace it with the vista upgrade cd again to continue to install freshly.


    no?
     

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