Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1
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This is the preferred edition of Windows for home desktop and mobile PCs. Windows Vista Home Premium delivers the productivity and entertainment that you need from your PC at home or on the go. It includes Windows Media Center, which helps you more easily enjoy your digital photos, TV, movies, and music. Plus, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that your PC has a whole new level of security and reliability. Whether you're balancing your checkbook, studying for school on your mobile PC, watching a downloaded or recorded movie, or sharing your favorite photos with friends on a custom DVD, the experience is much better on a PC running Windows Vista Home Premium.

Windows DVD Maker - Burn your photo slide shows & home movies to a professional-looking video DVD and watch them on a DVD player or PC Windows Movie Maker - Capture, edit, and publish your digital home movies in standard or high-definition format Instant Search & Windows Internet Explorer 7 - Quickly find what you need Elegant Windows Aero desktop experience with glass-like menu bars, Windows Flip 3D, & Live Thumbnails Automatic backup of your files, such as your valuable digital photos, music, movies, documents Built-in parental controlsSystem Requirements 800 MHz processor & 512 MB of system memory 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space Super VGA graphics support

Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 is the preferred edition for home desktop and mobile PCs. It provides a breakthrough design that brings your world into sharper focus while delivering the productivity, entertainment, and security you need from your PC at home or on the go.

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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.

Improved Reliability and Performance
Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 and improvements delivered by hardware and software partners increase the reliability, performance, and compatibility of Windows Vista-based PCs.

With Windows Vista with SP1, many of the most common causes of operating system crashes and hangs have been addressed. Windows Vista includes new, innovative technologies that help pinpoint and diagnose issues reported anonymously by Windows Vista-based PCs from millions of users who have elected to have their PC send us system information.

Windows Vista with SP1 supports a number of important new technology standards, so it will keep making your PC easier and more enjoyable to use for years to come.

Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 delivers more ease of use, security, and entertainment to your PC at home and on the go.
Here it is: the preferred edition of Windows for home desktop and mobile PCs. Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 delivers the productivity and entertainment that you need from your PC at home or on the go. It includes Windows Media Center, which helps you more easily enjoy your digital photos, TV, movies, and music. Plus, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that your PC has a whole new level of security and reliability. All together, Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 redefines enjoyment in home computing.

It starts with a breakthrough design that makes your PC easier to use every day. With Windows Aero, you'll experience dynamic reflections, smooth gliding animations, transparent glass-like menu bars, and the ability to switch between your open windows in a new three-dimensional layout. Instant desktop search capabilities, coupled with powerful new ways to organize and visualize your information, means you can instantly find and use the e-mails, documents, photos, music, and the other information you want, when you need it.

Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 also helps keep your personal information, your PC, and your family computing experience safer than in previous versions of Windows. For example, Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista includes automated defenses against malicious software and fraudulent websites so you can use your PC online with greater confidence. Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 also provides automatic backup of your files, such as your valuable digital photos, music, movies, documents, and other files, so you can relax and focus on the things you care about most. And, by using the built-in parental controls, parents can help ensure their children's computer use is appropriate and safer.

And what about fun? A major advance in Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 is the dramatically improved digital entertainment experience. Windows Media Center makes organizing and enjoying photos, music, DVDs, recorded TV, and home movies easier and more fun. Enjoy the entertainment on your PC or even on your TV in the living room with an Xbox 360 wirelessly networked to your PC. Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 makes it easier to burn your photo slide shows and home movies to a professional-looking video DVD that your friends and family can watch on a DVD player or PC whenever they like. Combined with unbeatable support for gaming and music, Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 delivers a complete home entertainment experience.

If you want a PC that can keep up with you while you're on the go, then you'll appreciate how Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 helps you get the most from your mobile PC. It provides simplified power management, easier wireless networking, and streamlined ways to sync with the devices that keep you connected. Because it's incredibly flexible, you can even draw and write by hand on a Tablet PC, and enjoy all of your entertainment through Windows Media Center when you're on the road, in a coffee shop, or relaxing on the couch. Mobile computing has never been like this before.

Finally, Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 makes it easier than ever to set up and maintain your new PC. There are new features that make it easier to transfer all of your data and settings from your old PC to your new one and technology that helps keep your system running quickly and reliably over time.

Whether you're balancing your checkbook, studying for school on your mobile PC, watching a downloaded or recorded movie at home, or sharing your favorite photos with friends on a custom DVD, the experience is much better on a PC running Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1.

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.

Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 helps protect your family and your personal information from threats from malicious software and phishing scams and helps you keep your PC backed-up and running smoothly.

Parental Controls help parents keep children safer while using PCs through convenient tools to manage and monitor children's computer use, access to websites, and ability to play certain games and use certain applications.

PCs running Windows Vista are 60% less likely to be infected with viruses, worms and rootkits than PCs running Windows XP SP2.

Windows Internet Explorer 7 helps protect your PC and your personal information against malicious software, fraudulent websites, and online phishing scams. New phishing attacks are more than 25 times as common as new viruses, and over 20,000 fraudulent phishing websites are created every month. Internet Explorer 7 is now blocking nearly one million inadvertent attempts to access fake phishing sites per week.

Help defend your PC against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software with Windows Defender. Windows Defender in Windows Vista automatically scans Internet Explorer 7 downloads to help bring spyware to your attention before it can infect your computer.

More easily back-up the content on your PC--including digital photos, music, movies, and documents--with Scheduled and Network Backup.

Windows Vista with SP1 is more entertaining. With Windows Media Center, you can enjoy your digital photos and music on your TV as well as on your PC. And it can turn your PC into a digital video recorder, so you can record TV and watch it on your schedule, not theirs.

Sit back and enjoy recorded TV, photos, music, home videos, games and DVDs from the comfort of your couch with Windows Media Center.

Access and project your TV, music, photos, and movies to any room in your house using an Xbox 360 console connected to your wired or wireless home network. It's like having your Media Center PC wherever you have an Xbox 360!

Author and burn movies, photos, and music to DVDs you can play on your PC or a DVD player with Windows DVD Maker.

Live the game! It's easier for you to find, play, and manage your games with GAMES EXPLORER. Games Explorer provides detailed information including when you last played, game genre, and rating of your games. With DirectX 10, play vivid and engaging games with unrivalled realism. Also, use the same game controller with both your PC and your Xbox 360 system.

It's easier and faster than ever to find, use, manage and share the information on your PC or on the Web with Windows Vista with SP1.

Most Windows Vista-based PCs boot in less than a minute, which can be an improvement over Windows XP boot times.

The Windows Vista sleep and resume features can bring your PC to life in a snap. The vast majority of Windows Vista-based PCs resume from sleep in less than six seconds.

See everything you're working on more clearly with Windows Aero and quickly switch between windows or tasks using Windows Flip 3D.

Find it fast! Simply type something about a file, picture, or song, such as a word contained in a document or e-mail message, the artist of a song, or the date a picture was taken, and Instant Search will bring back any matches instantly.

Organize a lifetime of photos and movies with ease using Windows Photo Gallery. Tag your photos by date, keyword, star rating or any identifying label you choose--so you can find them anytime you want them.

Display live information, like weather, stocks, and news, directly on your desktop with easy-to-use Gadgets and Windows Sidebar.

View multiple web pages simultaneously with Quick Tabs in Windows Internet Explorer 7.

Get up and running faster than ever with Windows Easy Transfer that automatically copies your files and settings from your old PC.

With special features to help you go mobile, Windows Vista with SP1 makes computing and connecting away from home or the office easier than ever.

Work the way you want with touch and digital input and handwriting. Tablet and Touch Technology makes your notebook PC experience truly personal.

Set up a wireless network at home with Network and Sharing Center--so you can experience the freedom of working virtually anywhere in your home. Then easily find and join a wireless network at your favorite hotspot--so you can stay productive wherever you go.

Optimize your power and mobile settings centrally with Windows Mobility Center.

Easily sync and manage your music, contacts and pictures across your devices and other PCs with Sync Center.

Share your desktop or any program with Windows Meeting Space. Co-edit documents, and pass notes in class, a favorite hotspot, or where no network exists.

  • 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 by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all of your open applications, and documents
  • By integrating search throughout the operating system, helps you quickly find and organize large collections of documents, pictures, movies, videos, and music
  • 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
  • Includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center; enjoy music, photos, and DVD movies

Customer Reviews:

  • Compatibility issues
    I just updated to Vista from Windows XP. I find XP easier to navigate, but perhaps it`s because I`ve had years of experience with XP and have only recently been introduced to Vista. I am sure I will get more comfortable with Vista in time.

    Vista does run very smoothly and I love the desktop sidebar, to which we can add numerous little gadgets, like a clock, calendar, weather reports. So handy. I wonder why they didn't think of that earlier. I had been desperately searching for such features for my XP before running into it on Vista.

    My only complaint about it is the compatibility issues I'm having with a few things. I am sure that eventually, this will cease to be a problem. I cannot install my Palm desktop to sync my Palm T/X. I cannot use my American Greetings subscription to print out cards. I cannot install the XACTI camcorder software. It's frustrating, because it seems like everything can run on XP.

    Not everyone wants or needs to use parental controls, but I happen to like them. I finally have controls not just on browsing, but on the whole computer experience, down to how much time is allowed on the computer, what age rated games may be played, which websites can be visited.

    I tried out Windows Movie Maker and it is very nice, but my camcorder records in mp4 format; and Windows Movie Maker doesn't support that. Wish it would. I rather like what I saw. Movie making is quick and easy, easier than my Cyberlink DVD Suite.

    Overall, Windows Vista is easy to use and has some terrific new features, like parental controls and the sidebar, but some compatibility issues still need to be worked out. The Movie Maker has potential; but I just can't use it easily, because it doesn't support mp4 files. I recommend waiting, if you are buying Vista as an upgrade. As part of a new computer package, it's fine, but I'd wait for the issues to be resolved, if paying for just the operating system....more info
  • I use both Vista & XP -- Vista wins
    Well i suppose if you are still clinging to XP, then you might as well wait for Windows 7 to roll out... but don't kid yourself: for the first year (or longer) after W7 is out, there will be all kinds of complaints from XP users who skipped Vista and are having trouble adapting to W7.
    I'll admit that I was reluctant to buy into Vista because of the thrashing it got from critics... not to mention an old pc guru i know who verified for me a couple years ago that Vista was a resource hog... but these days a multi-core pc with at least 4 GB of RAM will be the standard anyway, so this "hog" issue is in reality a non-issue unless you are going to work with a fossil pc in 2010.
    I waited until Service Pack 1 came out before I purchased a new system with Vista, which may help explain why i have enjoyed Vista from Day 1 of using it. Any sane consumer will wait until the SP1 version for ANY version of Windows comes out -- and if you rightly do this for W7, it means you will be stuck with XP for even longer, while meantime the pc world around you rapidly becomes a 64-bit environment and XP starts to look like a dinosaur (64-bit XP is NOT the answer to your problems).
    I am a pc multi-tasker (30+ hrs/wk) and a gamer (10+ hrs/wk). Vista is not cut out for some of the more ancient games, but my problems running those had more to do with the 64-bit nature of my Vista OS than the fact that it isn't XP. With so many games coming out every year, you really have to be quite nostalgic to insist on running oldies that came out over half a decade ago (although I do still play Morrowind on Vista, and it runs the 50+ mods just fine). Basically 90% of my old software runs on Vista; the remaining 10% doesn't have a grudge against Vista, it simply doesn't like 64-bit systems. I also run a separate machine under XP, but i use that pc only when i need to. For the most part, the use of my XP system centers around my expensive Rosetta Stone purchase not working on my 64-bit (Vista) pc.
    I would say the biggest reason to NOT upgrade from XP to Vista is the cost. Microsoft is pretty damn cocky when it comes to how much they think the non-OEM version of their OS should sell for.
    Bottom line: i like Vista better, and i'm not going to write paragraphs here about why it's better: 1/2 of the reasons are technical, 1/2 of the reasons are aesthetic (like DX10 in some of my games). You simply won't know if you will like it until you use it for a few months. I have never had a "blue screen of death" experience on my Vista system, while to this day i still occasionally get crashes on my very clean and fully updated XP desktop (dual-core/ 2gb ram). If you are not willing to give more money to Microsoft to have the latest version of things, then good for you ("if it ain't broke, then don't fix it" is an ok excuse). But if you are not buying Vista because of horror stories, then that's a poor excuse....more info
  • It's not as bad as it's made out to be
    I've been running it on my laptop for about a year now, and even as Microsoft gets ready to replace it, I have to say that it just isn't as bad as everyone says it is, at least for the kinds of uses a student of library science might have for it -- online classes, speech recognition (not great but it gets easier as you get used to it) and running Explorer 8, Opera or other browsers. Plus the games are very good, although the program has a maddening habit of going black while you're playing the games. It also runs some down-market games well, like the old Risk. ...more info
  • Decent but probably just an interim solution
    Vista loaded fine and works decently, which allayed some of my a priori concerns. New bells and whistles to learn for those with lots of time on their hands. Overall, it seems to be an interim package until something better comes along next year, but for those who absolutely need/want the latest OS, this is it. ...more info
  • Its not as bad as everybody makes it out to be
    Have been running this on my laptop for months. No complaints and really I notice no real improvement over XP...more info
  • Exceptional Product
    Had some minor problems downloading it. There is a learning-curve invovled with using this. Quite a bit differnet than windows XP. I think I will eventually like it better than Windows XP. ...more info
  • Seems like a beta... can't believe Vista already includes a service pack
    My first comment is, with all the bugs and problems, this seems like a beta product. I did indeed try to install the Premium version of Vista with service pack 1...and it still does not seem to be fully functional. It's not like they rushed this to production - they've had over six years to get the bugs out.

    I really don't see how Windows can compete with Ubuntu, which is free! This newest version of Windows has some nice perks over other versions, but overall I would strongly suggest either 1.) keeping your previous version of Windows (I'm using XP on one machine, and NT or 2000 on our other machines, which remains the lightest, most functional version of Windows); 2.) installing Ubuntu instead; or 3.) getting a Mac. For us, after looking at all our options, we decided we like Macs but don't want to switch all our software, and they're a little too expensive for us. So we decided to switch most of our computers at work and home to Ubuntu (did I mention it's free!), which is better than Vista in nearly every way, and is working great for us so far.

    So what are the perks to Vista? For one, the new Internet Explorer 7 is a clear benefit over previous versions. It has much better security (though still not as good as Mozilla Firefox or Mac browsers), and it has more functionality. But you don't need to buy Vista to get it - you can upgrade free online.

    Also, it has some new gadgets & wizards which are useful, such as transparent layering windows and 3D layout, tablet interface, and others. But this is not enough to impress me - either these things are available already through Ubuntu or Mac OS, or these are things you can download with your other peripherals/accessories (such as the tablet interface).

    But I quickly run out of nice things to say about Vista. The DRM precautions (digital rights management) are ridiculous - there are way too many issues to mention here, so you'll have to google it to get the full story. My biggest problem with the "rights management", perhaps, is that you cannot reinstall this more than once... even with the disc! Yes, that means if you have a bad install, then you only get one more shot at installing it. That also means if you have to migrate to a new PC or
    hard drive, you are out of luck! This is a ripoff - absolute nonsense, and I would recommend against this OS for this reason alone.

    My second biggest problem is that this is a huge, clunky OS which takes an enormous amount of disk space. I have a pretty nice system, but its a couple years old and Vista slows me down to a snails pace. It's ironic, because when we decided to install Ubuntu instead of upgrading our systems (keeping the old hardware), everything ran twice as fast. Microsoft simply doesn't get it. They seem to be adding a whole bunch of features and new stuff instead of making the OS lighter and easier to use.

    The power management feature is a joke. The operating system is constantly scanning your computer, so you can never fully power down with the computer on. The features contradict themselves, making it a rather inefficient operating system for desktops or laptops. (This, by the way, is an issue many people overlook - since many people & offices leave their computers on 24/7, or at least all day long, this has consequences both for the environment and also for your electric bill)

    The security features in Vista seem too little, too late. Yes, these features might help, but they pop up for the dumbest reasons (i.e., plugging in a USB drive or an external hard drive - is it warning me that my drive has a virus on it?, or that my drive *may* have a virus on it?, or that someone may be stealing my files? It's not clear). Also, as I said earlier, the new IE7 (bundled here) has clear advantages to the previous versions, but if security is a concern (as it should be - studies show that 90% of computers in the US have some sort of malware or virus on it), then get a Mac or upgrade to Ubuntu instead.

    vista, for the first time in windows, introduced recording tools (again, better versions come standard in ubuntu or mac), and upgraded their windows media player - and again, made it clunkier instead of lighter. media player, by the way, is a huge security risk.

    In terms of drivers, I couldn't get either of my printers to work with Vista (Dell Color Laser, and an old ALPS micro dry printer). These took me a LOT of time to set up in XP, and frankly, I gave up trying to get them to work with Vista. The legacy of "plug and pray" continues with Vista.

    There is a lot more I could say about Vista, but I should probably "bottom line" it for you ... who should get Vista? Well, in all seriousness, I believe the Twixer "Techies" are Microsoft's target audience: If you have an extra couple hundred dollars lying around, if you don't mind buying another copy of Vista if your computer ever crashes, if you don't mind having a slower computer in exchange for lots of gizmos and gadgets, and if you really enjoy tinkering for hours on end, then this might be for you....more info
  • It takes some getting used to
    When Microsoft Office 2007 came out I had said that it was an amazing product but they redesigned it from the ground up so that it takes some getting used to. If you are used to Windows 95-XP be aware that they have done the same thing with this product from an administrative standpoint. The control panel is completely different and even some items on the start button has been rearranged. Sometimes it will take me a few minutes to find something that only took seconds before.

    An example is 'Add/Remove Software'. The icon in control panel to remove software has been called that for over a decade now but now Microsoft has renamed it. It took me a while to find the new name.

    However, from a user standpoint, things are pretty much the same with some added eye candy. You can still run programs from your desktop or your quick launch toolbar. The start menu has been updated (which is a change I did like) but it hasn't been such a drastic change that one who is familiar with older start menus will be confused. Users should have little trouble adapting to Vista with the exception of software/OS compatibility issues. What is new is that you are often prompted to continue running software when you first run it. It can get annoying because it prompts you every time. Why it doesn't figure, "Well, the user has ran it three times and nothing bad has come... I guess I can stop prompting now," is beyond me and a huge annoyance. I run some video conversion software on a regular basis and it asks me TWICE every time I run it if I wish to continue. Annoying!

    My last gripe is the same gripe I have with every Microsoft release.... resource utilization. It seems that every time Microsoft comes out with a new operating system you are ahead to get a new computer. At a minimum I need to increase RAM. The machine I installed this on has been running XP since release and has shown signs of slowing down. I thought a fresh install would speed things up but waited for the Vista release first. After a fresh install I've found my computer to run SLOWER than a bogged down version of XP. Time to buy some more RAM, I guess.

    There are some good things about Vista. Yes, there have been changes but they haven't all been a bad idea. Some of the changes, like the before-mentioned ones to the start menu, make navigating your system much easier.

    I haven't found any such changes that make Vista a dealmaker over XP, except from the perspective of the kernal. In the end, Vista is a much more stable and secure product over XP... possibly become stability and security come hand in hand. When security holes are patched from live update, XP gets every patch while most are skipped by Vista.

    So, there are pluses and minuses. But in the long run Vista will soon be running on the majority of machines so it isn't a matter of if you'll go to Vista it is when.

    For the home versions, which this one is, I've always suggested you wait for the first service pack before making the jump. Well, here it is. For the office/professional versions I'd suggest waiting for service pack 2 which has yet to come. But then we are talking about a whole other product....more info
  • It works.
    I have spent my professional career supporting Mac and Windows pretty much equally. For home I have always used Apple hardware and OS at home so I really wanted to try using Boot Camp to turn a mac into a dual boot windows machine. Vista home seemed to be as good a choice as any. I installed it on a low end Macbook with just 1 G memory and it installed uneventfully, and it seems to be running okay, even noticeably faster than beefier, Vista machines I work on. (granted a newer, cleaner install)

    Now, I can get to that mythical treasure trove of software that is not available on the Mac from home. Although to be truthful, this is pretty much just Snag-it and a few utilities. But is nice to have a windows machine at home for testing website designs on both platforms.

    I'm always a little concerned about getting a home version over a full enterprise version (a little too reminiscent of Windows Me) but this seems to fine for my uses. I have not supported Vista in a professional environment yet but from what I have seen, Vista seems to be fine. Nothing really to write home about, but after running it for a while here, nothing to really complain about. If I had to say anything critical about it, I would say Windows tries to protect and think for me too much by default. Such as if I opened a folder, than yes I wanted to see the contents, but that can all be changed.

    I've heard the Vista horror stories, and I believe a lot of them. But from my experience, it has been fine. If you are coming from an older version of Windows, there are a few decent new features but nothing you couldn't live without. ...more info
  • Better Than I Thought
    Since this is yet another incarnation of the Windows operating system,
    I was reluctant to try a new Windows OS so early in release. However, since this version
    of Windows Vista included Service Pack 1 I decided to give it a try after hearing so
    much about it. Installation was of course as smooth as ever as with other windows
    operating systems. It seems that they have gotten installation down to a fine art with very
    little interaction from the user during the process.

    The opening fanfare has changed and the desktop has a sleeker look
    with improved functionality. The user has many things at their fingertips without
    having to go through a myriad of menus and procedures as with Vista's predecessor XP. An
    expected standard that windows builds into their operating systems are the programs that have
    become popular that were written by other providers. As usual, Vista has their own
    version which has been included in the OS. enhanced Virus and Firewall protection are at your
    fingertips along with an instant search which helps you get what you need when you want it -

    Windows touts Vista as being the most secure windows ever on the
    packaging but it is common knowledge that the original release of Vista has a serious security
    breach that sent the good folks over at Microsoft scrambling for a patch and an effective
    way to do damage control. The revised release here appears to be secure and stable

    One thing that impressed me was the large array of drivers that Vista
    has. This makes it the ultimate "plug and Play" system. A printer which I had to scrounge a
    driver for to use with Windows XP IMMEDIATELY worked with Vista without ANY special
    preparation from me except just telling it to print - least to me.

    As we all know, further issues will probably arise with this release
    of Windows but we can be confident that Microsoft will effectively deal with the problem and
    provide the appropriate updates through their unique update system over the net.

    In conclusion, Windows has produced a credible successor to its
    venerable Windows XP operating system. With improved functionality, enhanced desktop and
    vastly improved plug and play capabilities, this system will further automate everyone's
    computing experiences...more info
  • Why Vista?
    Having read horror stories about installation problems, I installed Vista Premium on a computer I seldom use. I found installation quick and easy with no problems I could find.

    However, it's not a good sign when the best you can say about a software program is that you were able to install it. And that's the only good thing I have to say about Vista Premium.

    Why the developers change old straightforward labels for confusing new labels and icons? Did they really mean to add hours to simple tasks just because I'm wandering around in the program trying to find the icon for what I want to do? Whatever happened to "user-friendly?"

    An ugly side of Vista is that it's a space hog. It's absconded with more than 40% of the space on my hard drive, and I want it back! Another irritation . . . a software program I love and use weekly no longer works. I'm not in favor of spending another $350 just to get the newer version of the same program that will work and play well with Vista.

    My computer, although used infrequently, is not my toy. When I use it, it's because I want to create something, not waste precious time looking at irrelevant eye candy. I can find sites that will help me disable much of the useless content, but why should I have to spend hours tweaking the computer instead of writing or doing graphic work. Doesn't make sense to me.

    Why Vista? I can't think of a reason. I'm going back to XP, thanks!...more info
  • Vista Good not Perfect
    Vista is not the horrible OS people make it out to be sure its not perfect but every OS has issues biggest one would be the Slowness sure i run a quad core so its not slow by any means but nowadays a single core is just not going to do it. that aside vista is a solid OS. the wireless connection center is tip top as well as windows update, search is now 1000% faster and very accurate. The OS is very pretty as well a good bonus.

    Over all XP is done it was a good OS i used it for years and i still use it at work but i enjoy using my vista laptop and desktop at home. And the Sleep/hibernate function is amazing....more info
  • Vista Home Premium SP1
    Regrettably, I'm unable to review this product because the processor Intel(Q9450), which I ordered over a month ago from Amazon, has as yet not arrived. I need it to complete building my PC. Without it, I can't load Vista. Once I get the processor, I'll be able to review it....more info
  • A Step Up from XP
    First, I found Vista very easy to install. It starts and does everything. There's minimal user interaction. I found that Windows Update worked excellently. People complained that Vista lacks drivers, especially for laptops, however on my HP laptop (which is about 2 ? years old), it found all the drivers (memory card readers, onboard audio, video) automatically. I did not need to visit HP's support site. The start-up time is excellent. I've noticed an improvement over Windows XP Pro. There's an option called ReadyBoost that lets the USB memory stick function as additional RAM for the computer which speeds up processes noticeably. This laptop has 1GB of memory and using a 1GB USB thumb drive increased program start-up speeds quite a bit. Furthermore, there's no longer a need to search through an All Programs Menu. Now you just hit the Windows key and type the name of the program you want. ...more info
  • Still not a fan of Windows, but this was better than expected
    I'm not a Microsoft fan. I don't like their business practices and I don't like their software. However, Windows is everywhere, so as an independent consultant, I have to be at least marginally familiar with the current releases.

    I deliberately installed this on very weak hardware - right down in the "minimum required" category, and actually a little weaker: the recommended minimum is 512M, but the box I put it on had only 384.. and the CPU was an 800 MHZ PIII, but by gum, it did install.. slowly, painfully, but it did it. And it ran, and although of course it was slow, it was actually faster than I expected.

    My major gripe with Vista was it's inability to play nice with my Mac and Linux machines. I couldn't get it to recognize Samba shares - it saw the machines, but not the shares.

    When I created a share on Vista, my Mac and Linux boxes could see it. Amazingly, they also saw a lot more: although I had only specifically shared one test folder, a whole pile of stuff showed up on the network - Music, Pictures, Videos and other stuff - really stupid to automatically go sharing things I never told it to share!

    Obviously Vista's ability to play nice with other systems is typical Microsoft isolationist policy and that's only one of the many reasons why I could never use this as my daily OS (the others being lack of a decent shell, and that Microsoft is Not Unix).

    However: I am impressed and surprised by how decently this performed on minimal hardware. If you are a die-hard Windows fan, I don't think you need to be overly concerned if your hardware isn't the latest and greatest. If Vista will install and run on the old geezer I put it on, anything of recent vintage should do fine....more info
    This has been an awful experience. Unless you are very fluent in computer-speak, dont bother doing this on your own or you will have trouble, run-into trouble, then want to cause trouble because nothing works and all you want is your old computer back the way it was. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME.......There will probably be another program in about three hours anyway....Am i Right or Am i Right?...more info
  • Don't Walk, Run.....AWAY!
    First off I want to say. I like Microsoft. I really do. They make good products. Windows XP is an awesome OS. I like their games. Bioshock anyone? I own a 360. So I'm not a Microsoft hater by any means, but I hate this.

    It's a decent operating system. With some nice new features. But what's up with the random crashes? I don't care how many features it has, I'm reloading my XP........more info
  • A decent enough OS, but not a satisfactory replacement for WinXP
    Once you get the box the disks come in open -- which might prove to be a challenge in itself -- Vista can be a challenge for inexperienced users to install over an exiting operating system. I got it to work eventually, but it took some doing. Once it was up and running, the software worked okay, although it has its shares of annoying quirks. (But all OS do.)

    Vista has been a controversial OS ever since its release. The long and short of it is: is this an improvement over Windows XP? And in my opinion, it is not. It consumes more resources than XP -- and so will likely slow most users' systems down -- but offers no substantial improvements.

    As of right now, I don't see any reason to recommend that users upgrade if they're already running XP....more info
  • I'm Vista... I'm From Microsoft and I'm Here to Help You
    The title for this review is taken from that old joke about what are the three greatest lies every told.... one being, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you." Quite frankly, after a week of working with the nuances and demons, along with some of the neat stuff, of Vista, I find myself less apt to recommend this version of Vista (Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (SP1)) than I was even three days ago. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

    By now, Vista is over a year old, and Microsoft has just issued its last Service Pack (SP3) for XP, and support for Windows XP with Service Pack 3, according to Microsoft's support page, ends 12 months past the 3/30/2008 release date for regular folks like you and me (developers and businesses get 24 months of support).

    Of all the Operating Systems (O/S) introduced by Microsoft, Vista has been dissed more than any other, at least to my memory. Vista has really felt a terrible backlash from the business community, namely because it requires at least 1 GB of RAM to run and 15 GB's of disk space to install (versus 128MB of RAM and 1.5 GB of disk space needed for XP Professional to operate). This coupled with most businesses feeling that Vista doesn't have enough improvements to warrant an upgrade has even lead to many businesses balking at even buying computers with Vista installed on them. You may remember how Dell had to go back and start re-offering XP on the computers after they fazed it out after Vista has been on the market about six months because of new computer sales dropping because of Vista.

    But, what about Vista, and especially this edition with Service Pack 1 included. I mean, in the computer world, unless you are part of the 7% who have a Mac, you are more likely married to Microsoft's products, O/S's and programs, whether you like them or not. And speaking of the Mac, Windows really shouldn't try to imitate a Mac unless it can actually pull it off, e.g. "Switch Between Windows" is a poor imitation of "Coverflow" because it doesn't keep the file view. Instead you have to activate it each time you use it.

    This version of Vista with SP1 fixes over 300 bugs that were in the initial program. Is it better than say a computer with XP or even a computer that was upgraded to Vista from Windows XP? Having upgraded a computer from XP Media to Vista Home Premium, and Having installed Vista Home Premium with XP on a computer that was "Vista Ready" and had its hard drive stripped, I've got to tell you, I had less problems when I stripped everything off the computer, no matter if it was "Vista Ready," or not, and reinstalled my programs.

    So, what were the issues I found:

    1) When Microsoft says that Vista has more security protections built in it for the computer user, what they are not telling you is that Vista has more security protections built in it for Microsoft than XP did. In the upgrade from XP, there were two instances of Microsoft programs having to be re-registered because of the requirements of Vista, and in one of those instances, "Streets and Trips," I was told my re-registration could not be allowed because the product was already registered on another computer, which actually was the same computer, but with XP (BTW, Microsoft Encarta had to be reinstalled and Microsoft Office 2007 had to be repaired).

    This wasn't a problem totally unique to Microsoft programs because when I went to listen to a song that I had purchased on iTunes several months ago, it told me that the song was now registered to play on four computers and I could register it to play on only one more computer (and this was a song that I originally bought on this same computer and had only copied it over to one other computer).

    2) "My Documents," that file that Microsoft forced on folks back in the Windows 98, or was it Windows 95, days, was dropped with Vista and "Documents" was now used. For programs that saved to a file in "My Documents," like Quicken, you couldn't open the file when you started Quicken because Quicken was looking for the file under "My Documents," and "My Documents no longer existed Well, one time I could. The rest of the time, I couldn't. I found myself going to the Quicken file under "Documents," and double clicking on it. Then, Quicken would open up to deal with this file from "Documents." At that point, I saved it, and everything was hunky-dory.

    3) Vista decided to use "Windows XPS Document Writer" as my default printer. After deleting this printer, which did not exist, I set as the default printer a laser printer; however, twice I have had to reset it as the default printer because Vista has reset as my default printer an inkjet printer, that costs more to operate.

    4) If you have an HP networked printer, and quite frankly, I think this might be a problem for all printers that are networked, after I installed Vista Home Premium with SP1 I started having printers being removed (uninstalled) on their own. I never had this problem with XP, and in researching the issue at HP, I found that HP has a small (838K) patch that fixes this. Be sure to install this before you install Vista, and if you suddenly have the problem again, reinstall the patch.

    I could go on-and-on about what I went through in installing Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1, but I think you get the point already.

    I do believe that it is a good O/S, and that it is not just a Band-Aide for another year or two, like Microsoft Me was, so you have better get used to it. I would do the following before installing it:

    1) Get an external hard drive and save your pictures, documents, etc., to it.

    2) Make sure you have at least 2 GB of RAM. BTW, many computers say that you can have more RAM, say 4 GB to 8 GB, and I've always thought more was better; however, Vista can only use 3.3 GB of RAM in Vistas 32-bit version, so save your money on getting more than 2GB's, unless there is a way for you to install 3 GB's.

    Reformat your drive and begin with everything fresh on your computer. While loading Vista is a four-hour job in itself, you will save you a lot of frustration by reloading everything else fresh. Before beginning this, though, go to your printer's web site and download the Vista version of the printer's software.

    One other tip I might add is to turn-off the user account control until you get everything running smoothly on your computer. If you don't, it will be asking you every time you do something if this is something you really want to do.

    Finally, the age old question is this... Would you install Vista Home Premium with SP 1 now? No... I would wait until they came-out with SP2 or get it pre-installed on a new computer. Because of this, I gave Vista with SP1 only 3 stars because I like the product.... I just do not like the hassle I went through after installing it. (I will try to upload some pictures that show the type of issues I came across).

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  • Simply the Worst OP I've Ever Used
    Ignore the fact that Vista has twice decided to format my hard drive for absolutely no reason causing me to lose a solid bit of art work, music, and writing I've put together and hadn't yet had the chance to back up causing me to have to start some rather important projects from square one and leaving me in such a horrid state of "pissed" that words simple escape me, it is slow, bogged down with utterly unnecessary bells and whistles, has no problem failing at random points for no appearent reason. As a life-long p.c. user this has almost made me make the jump to Mac, but for right now, I'll just make a blind search for my scratched and dated burned copy of XP....more info
  • Changes just for the sake of changes
    I get it, software designers are really cool and smart. Next time you have a good thing with a few problems, don't scrap it and start from scratch with a completely new and fresh look just because you can. Maybe fix the existing problems so you have a SUPERIOR product. Ugh! Thank you for the timely shipping, though. :)...more info
  • Vista
    I bought this product only to have it crash my computer when I tried to install it and I had to go back to using XP. It was very disappointing....more info
  • A Piece of Eye Candy Versus a Working Operating System . . .
    At first glance, Vista is a step in the right direction for Microsoft. Better security, better performance, better looks, and better compatibility; or so they promised. After one month of using Vista, I considered it a five star product. Even though my computer was not top of the line, it was designed for Vista, and could handle all of the extras Vista had to offer. After six months, three complete reinstalls, and numerous "restore to previous dates" (the only way to fix it), my opinion of Vista has significantly dropped. I did eventually upgrade to XP Pro. Among the problems Vista has to offer, compatibility to hardware and software, a huge decrease in computer performance, and a lack of decent coding remain as its top problems. In fact, Microsoft has recognized its problems in all three areas and Windows 7, instead of being a new operating system, will be what Vista should have been.

    However, Vista did have a few good things to offer. Of all the problems I had with Vista, security was not one of them. It did have an annoying box that popped up pretty much everywhere, making sure that I was the one running the computer, but I never once had a virus or trojan infiltrate my system. The other thing that Vista did offer was a pleasing, smooth, work environment. The graphical changes that Microsoft made, in my opinion, have been a step in the right direction. However, these two positives to all of its negatives are just not worth it. Honestly, try to stay with XP, or 2000, and if you must upgrade, try to wait for Windows 7....more info
  • Not nearly as bad as they say!
    Windows vista has been discredited by many people and companies! I bought a toshiba satelite laptop preinstalled with vista and these specs:
    3GB of ram
    250GB hard drive
    This is more than Vista needs, but still, it runs fast and true for me on my computer. For those people out there who have tried to install vista on computers with less than 2GB of ram and an old single core processor, Why? The requirements are clearly stated as 2Gb of ram all over the internet in various websites.
    The home version of vista is easy and even fun to use! I highly recommend not buying and installing this on a non vista pre-installed computer! It works well with almost only computerrs that have it pre-installed. Sure I've crashed vista,but it wasn't vista's fault! I was running my computer with only the windows security and I was vulnerable to all kinds of threats.
    With the new aero theme windows are transparent, and just way better looking. By far improved theme over Xp.
    I think vista is a fine operating system and people should calm down, though I am sure windows 7 will be even better than vista. Being a beta tester I prefer windows 7 to xp & vista....more info
  • The better OS
    best os on the planet. Ignore apple and the other reviews. Vista has no bugs or crashes....more info
  • One Of Three Choices For Home Users
    Microsoft made things a bit confusing for customers when they released Vista by having five readily available versions (there are actually 8, but three of them are only available in certain markets). For the home user, there are three choices unless you want to go with a business version, and of those three it would best be recommended that you ignore the Home Basic release, unless you are installing it on old hardware, and even then you are probably better off sticking with XP.

    Since it is likely that home users at least want the option of the multimedia features which are lacking in the Business and Enterprise editions, this leaves the Home Premium or Ultimate versions of Vista as suggested versions of Vista, and for the vast majority of home users Home Premium makes the most sense economically. Ultimate throws in all the features of Business and Enterprise editions with all the Home Premium features to give the user everything, but not many people need remote desktop connection, and domain networking features. What Ultimate does have that some home users may be interested is BitLocker Drive Encryption. This is useful if you keep a lot of personal information on your computer and you are worried about it being stolen. If that is a requirement for you, then Home Premium is not the version of Vista that you want.

    A lot of people wonder if they should move to Vista at all or stick with XP. That is a question of personal preference and cannot easily be answered. Vista does have more security, but the constant asking for confirmation of actions does bother a lot of people. The good news is that you can turn it off, but if you want to do so you should make sure that you leave it on for IE so that malicious sites cannot start processes which automatically do things on your system without any warning. Something Vista does have that you are likely to come to enjoy should you move to it is much better search capabilities both in Explorer and right off of the Start menu. For those users who have children who use the system, there are parental control features which can easily be turned on.

    With the Windows 7 beta already available many people will be considering skipping Vista, and that is probably a good idea if you don't need a new system in the near future. However, if you are getting a new system, it may well be a good idea to go with Vista rather than going back to XP for the simple reason that Windows 7 is very similar to Vista and at some point it makes sense to start getting used to the newer interface. The exception to that is if you are still using a lot of old 16-bit applications; if that is the case you will definitely want to stick with XP until you no longer need them.

    The difficulty comes in rating an Operating System. For most people, there is little choice but to go with one of Microsoft's Operating Systems, and for many that is going to be Vista. I personally preferred XP to Vista, but as time goes by and Microsoft has improved Vista's performance, my opinion of it has improved. If you have newer hardware which can run it well, I would go with Vista over XP, but if it is low-end or legacy hardware, you will be much better off sticking with XP. I'll give this version of Vista 4-stars, for whatever that is worth.
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  • Vista - it's like not having a computer at all
    DO NOT BUY VISTA - and if you are about to purchase a new PC, PAY EXTRA if you have to to get XP on it, but DO NOT get Vista unless you do not need your software, scanners, printers or cameras to ever work again.

    NOTHING works properly, Internet Explorer crashes and freezes, and a barrage of messages will flash at you every few minutes, giving you false warnings about the processes the actually ARE working. Vista is so unbelievably terrible that it will make you long for the days of Windows ME, which could actually be considered an improvement.

    I am so angry about having this piece of garbage on my new PC that I cannot even describe it, since Dell will not help me "downgrade" (uh, upgrade) to XP, unless I buy Windows XP from THEM, for another $300!

    I would buy my own full version for less, but then Dell will not support it.

    Talk about getting screwed....more info
  • DOn't waste your money
    Very bad....especially that they will not continue this project.
    Two days after I bought it they announce that they will persue their effort for windows beta instead....more info
  • Windows Hasta la Vista
    To sum it up, this version of Windows isn't worth buying. Folks that are close to Microsoft (both insiders and outsiders who provide support for Microsoft software) are already speaking of the next version of Windows beyond Vista. Many OEMs, hardware providers have backed away from Vista and are offering PCs and laptops with Windows XP! That's how unpopular Vista has been.

    So you might as well wait it out for the next version or get XP, which is a stable system and has a lot of good to offer. Simply put, XP runs well and you'll be better off with it than without it.

    From user point of view, there isn't really anything that Vista offers that you could not do without. What Microsoft did is added some features to their desktop, ostensibly as new features. But it seems that they just tried to look more like Mac OS X. However, Mac run very well, fast and are extremely stable. Vista is anything like it. It runs very slow, has a lot of troubles to stay stable and isn't backward compatible with every other Windows application. So for example the Quicken you bought for XP won't run on Vista and you'll need to buy another version. It's a lot of trouble for nothing. Getting Vista simply means you'll end up paying lots of money to do the same with lot more headaches, lot of time wasted rebooting frozen system, and buying once again applications you already have just to run them on Vista. It's like re-living the Windows ME nightmare. And that's probably why you don't see it pushed and advertised like you did when they first came out.

    It's a bad proposition any way you look at it. It's only logical that everyone is backing away from it. Microsoft is still selling it of course, but they've already said goodbye to Vista.
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  • Be careful , VERY Careful, on this `upgrade'
    This `upgrade' will not install on a `clean' hard drive, nor will it `upgrade' XP Pro. There is a work around, but it involves duplicate installs and other technical `workarounds' so if you are not technically savvy, don't get this `upgrade'.

    If you do want to consider this `upgrade' be aware that Windows Vista Home Premium does not include FAX capability and needs the Office 2007 suite along with Outlook 2007 (which does not support animated gif's, among other things) for most eMail.

    I would not consider Windows Vista Home Premium an `upgrade' as it requires more system memory, is a step backward in features, and more cumbersome to use.
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  • I see no compelling reason to upgrade
    As I noted in the title for this review I am unable to think of a reason why someone would "upgrade" from WinXP to Vista Home Premium. I'm not sure I'd even call it an upgrade in the sense that there is no truly new and useful functionality in this edition. This is in stark contrast to Vista Ultimate which DOES have many new features that make it a worthwhile upgrade.

    However, this review isn't about Vista Ultimate--it is about Home Premium. I would like to warn people that trying to do an upgrade install from XP to any version of Vista is, in my experience, almost guaranteed to fail. I have even tried doing a brand new clean install of XP and then run the Vista advisor and finally install Vista as an upgrade. I have not been able to get it to work. So if you buy this I think it is wise to plan to do a "clean" install (this means you lose all your programs and settings so you'd need a thorough backup of your data).

    In summary, I'm hard pressed to come up with a reason why someone running a stable WinXP system would want Vista Home Premium. Having said that I do think it is a competent operating system and IF it is on a Vista Certified system then I think it is fine. Nothing in my experience with Vista would cause me to want to "downgrade" from a stable Vista install to XP.

    PLEASE NOTE: The most important thing I may be able to say here is that Remote Desktop is crippled in this version of Vista. You can remote OUT to other computers but you cannot remote IN to a PC running Vista Home Premium. To get Remote Desktop that is fully functional you have to get the Business or Ultimate edition....more info
  • First month with Vista. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    I was forced into the world of Microsoft Vista when I bought a new Dell XPS 420 to use as a dedicated video editing machine. The night I brought the machine to life was filled with both fear and anticipation. What new wonders would Vista hold for me? At least I had the piece of mind of knowing that the machine I was running it on was designed for Vista, so there shouldn't be any hardware problems.

    So, I pressed the "on" button and proceeded through the questions that are asked as Vista installs itself. So far so good, I thought. Then the sense of awe and wonder abruptly faded into fear as I hit the question about what kind of network my computer was on. There were three choices available, but two of them had exactly identical wording, with no additional information as to how to make the decision. I had to use one of my other machines to do research on the Microsoft support site to figure out which networking option was appropriate for me.

    So, here we go again. Another giant leap forward that will change everything and make my life wonderful bla bla bla, but basic useability stuff that got past everyone and in my face. Sheesh.

    After the first month, I can say it works, but I don't see anything at all that makes me think "gee, I'm glad the XP era is over". Quite the opposite actually. My XP machine is my favorite as far as useability is concerned.

    Vista is more of the same only some of the basic things I do all the time are different. I use the Windows Explorer a lot for file organization and manipulation, and the locations of the various functions are different from XP and 2000 and NT and 95, so I have to adjust my thinking every time I use my Vista machine. It's not difficult, just annoying and pointless. Why not just streamline and build on the menu system they already had in previous operating systems?

    And, one thing for sure hasn't changed. Applications can still lock the entire machine, including the mouse and keyboard, so that I have to pull the plug out of the back of the machine and power it up again. Computers hate that, and I would have thought that about a quarter century into the evolution of home PCs Microsoft would have at last figured out a way to keep that from happening, but they seem to have better things to do, like creating "Media Center" apps with bizzare and baffling user interfaces that don't look or act like anything else.

    So, there more things change, the more they stay the same. (Oh yes, I am running SP1 for those that care, and I have the auto-update turned on.) ...more info
  • Worthless as a HTPC OS
    Installed about a year ago without any problem on Vista certified hardware. It was running ok with one annoying problem - it was constantly loosing the video settings every time I reboot. Then these wave of security patch start to roll in. I only use the PC for watching blu-ray movies and after installing 100+ security patches, the system is so slow that I cannot finish 90 minutes movies without rebooting the operating system. Microsoft eventually did fix the video resetting problem (one of those 100+ patch fixed it), but OS is pretty much useless for doing what it is design to do.

    Now I have to make a decision to add additional memory to satisfy this memory starving OS (I am currently running with 2 GB) or wipe it clean and install Windows XP.
    ...more info
  • Never got it loaded...
    I'm still awaiting on help for this, but decided to review anyhow.

    When I received Leopard for my Macbook, I loaded it myself, no problems. Just followed the instructions.

    When I received Windows vista for my Dell, I checked to make sure I had the correct amount of memory and capabilities, and it froze up. Several times. I even got the blue screen of death. So I called support, but was on hold too long, and having five children, I simply wasn't able to wait.

    So, I went back to my XP. Everything is working fine, no Vista, though....more info
  • Still Way Short of the Mark
    I tried installing this on a somewhat older laptop (but which should have met the criteria for Vista). The result was less than stellar. It took me three tries before it fully finished the install, taking almost three hours.

    But the fun really started when it finished the install, as all of a sudden it decided that it wouldn't recognize the hardware for my mother-board based ethernet or my video configuration (it defaulted to the generic video driver). Searching for the appropriate ethernet files on another computer (as I obviously couldn't access the net with the laptop) was an exercise in frustration. When I did finally find what I thought were the right driver files, I placed them on a ramstick and tried to transfer them to the laptop - nope, Vista didn't recognize the ramstick as a viable drive.

    Having now invested almost a full day trying to get this to work, I finally gave up and re-installed my XP operating system. Until Microsoft gets a lot more support for legacy hardware and comes complete with at least default drivers that can give at least minimal functionality with such hardware, I recommend that this OS be avoided.

    ---Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)...more info
  • Vista . . . improvement, but more needed
    Vista seems like a Microsoft version of a Mac OS except it is slow and irritating in all the areas it falls so far short by comparison. Granted though, it has to secure a computer against a whole lot more viruses, etc than a Mac OS is expected to do. Given a level playing field in that respect, it is hard to say which would truly be better. This software certainly won't dissuade me from my loyalty to Macs but I really do appreciate the efforts Microsoft is making in terms of improved graphics, search functions, etc. And my one year old son certainly prefers the Windows Media Player visualizer over the one on iTunes. Apparently, it's better than any of his videos! ...more info
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
    Windows vista not as good as windows xp, wish I would not have spent money for it....more info
  • The Latest OS from Windows, BUT ...
    Vista is the latest OS from the Windows family. I started way back when, say, Windows 3.1. Each new family member got filled up with more features, got bigger (and how), and needed more and more resident hard drive space along with working memory to actually do its business. Now in Vista we are offered what are aimed at being the latest improvements.

    I am not sure about that word, improvements.

    For the average home user, who already has a number of different familiar programs that he or she uses -rarely, somewhat, frequently, quite often? - Vista may indeed be a mixed blessing. An a master OS that you need to make all your other software programs go, Vista is glitchy and quirky. The central catch is that, when it comes to compatibility with older existing software programs, Vista may or may not be friendly. Vista is not all that backwards compatible. So you may indeed find that you have to go back to the store to upgrade, either to the latest vesions of your fav software uses, or to entirely new ones which promise to be Vista compatible.

    Reinstall. Then hope for the best.

    If you are just getting up and running, this is not an issue because you are starting from zero programs and all can install/grow up together.

    If you are upgrading Windows primarily, then the glitchiness and incompatibilities of Vista - with other older existing software generally, and even with some older Windows programs - may mean that you are really starting completely over.

    A strong Windows product then, but watch out and approach with thought and caution if you are upgrading insteading of replacing your entire computer system at home, including all the rest of your software. Oh boy do I wish it were otherwise. I went back to Windows XP just because I could not really migrate everything I needed from the past to work in the new Windows Vista OS. In some cases, the only way to get compatibility with existing other programs was to do research on the net and find ways to go into Vista and turn off some of its spiffy new features, which helped. Time, trouble, and what a user headache, ouch....more info
  • Good product, but with many flaws
    As has been reported by many other reviewers, there are significant problems with Vista. Yet despite its flaws, it is a great user friendly product, which explains in large part its continued dominance as the desktop operating system....more info
  • It's okay
    I have been a windows user since the original 95 and have upgraded my machines according every time the new operating systems come along. Some have been great and some have been downright horrible (Window's ME anyone?).

    Vista lies somewhere in the middle. For those trying to convert from mac to PC it might be a good ideas, as it borrows heavily from the Macintosh OX model. But those of us used to generic windows will find that it takes a lot of time to get to know VISTA, and still things remain complicated.

    But once you get used to VISTA there are a lot of perks, such as easier searching mechanisms, a new clock system, and the invent of widgets. But on the same token it takes a lot more RAM, and might not be the best choice for machines with less than 2gz of ram....more info