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Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 Upgrade
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Upgrade to the preferred edition of Windows for home desktop and mobile PCs. Windows Vista Home Premium 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.

Windows DVD Maker - Burn your photo slide shows & home movies to a 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 digital photos, music, movies, documents Built-in parental controls. Supports the Parental Controls Games Restrictions for ratings from the Korean Game Rating Board (GRB) Enhanced MPEG-2 decoder to support content protection on Media Center systems configured with Digital Cable Tuner hardware You are now required to enter a password hint during the initial setup of Windows Vista SP1 so you don't forget it later Upgrade from Windows XP or Windows 2000System 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 (Upgrade) 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:

  • Vista w/SP1 -- it's better than you think
    By this time knowledgeable people are already worrying about Windows 7 RC (and talking about Windows 8). Meanwhile, it's time to get over your fear and get Vista. If XP is working for you, and you aren't constantly writing to support personnel, don't bother. But I think Vista saved me from throwing my computer away. Look, you can read about the Vista features anywhere, but the truth is, you want it to work better than what you've already got, and Vista with SP1 will do that as long as you have the right hardware and the drivers are available. There's a program to test your computer for compatibility, and the Wizard that ports all your stuff is great. Just don't upgrade. Start as a fresh install preferably on a fresh HD. That way you can port over as if you were moving to another computer and set up your system as a double boot. Good luck. ...more info
  • Don't buy this piece of garbage!
    I'm not going to write a lengthy review here because others who gave it lousy reviews have pretty much said it all. I bought a rather pricey multimedia laptop with Vista and absolutely hate it to the point that I don't use the laptop. I plan to load a different OS.

    What I do have to say is that I read an article just before finding Vista listed as today's deal that says Microsoft is dumping Vista and is about to release the beta of a new operating system to replace it, Windows 7, which will be available to download and tinker with very, very soon. It's suppose to take care of a good chunk of the complaints. We'll see. Personally, I think I'll load XP.

    Save your money. In fact, if someone gives it to you for free, run! Just say no!...more info
  • A few improvements, many drawbacks
    Vista is essentially the operating system your grandma would love... anything you try to do, the screen goes black and a pop-up warns you of dire consequences. If you try to install a program or customize anything, it wants to stop you. If, on the other hand, you have no idea what you're doing but just want to upload pictures of the grandkids and send an email to your bingo group, it's easy as cake....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
  • Great Customer Eperience
    Excellent. Product in good shape . Came in almost a week ahead of schedule - amazing. ...more info
  • Very slow and stupid implementation. Downgrade to XP or Switch to Apple Mac.
    Windows Vista does not make any sense except looking a little bit better than XP. It is so slow to start or resume from hibernation. It keeps the hard drive ticking all the times. The things you are familiar with on Windows XP are not there any more and it is a headache to find them again. To be more specific, to run a program, the screen will become black and the user will be prompted to confirm until the so call user account control is turned off (which will be the first thing you need to do for using Windows Vista for the first time). Even more ridiculous, you can not even tell "use account control" is on or off since the caption is displayed as "turn windows user account on or off", and you will need to click on it to see if it is on or off. Why not just telling the user it is on or off directly. Sometimes, if something goes wrong with a program, Windows vista will take several minutes trying to find a solution. And so far 100% it will return something like "solution not found". What a joke! I used to be able to share a folder on my home network easily on an XP machine, and now Vista will not allow a folder to be shared without going through some convoluted procedures. The start menu now is confined to a small box, which is really bothersome to me. The screen is plenty, why only use a small fraction of it and force the user to scroll when there is no need to do. In a sum, Vista is a step backward, and not worth the upgrade. I have been using Windows for 15 years since Windows 3.1. Now I would say Vista is worst. I am trying to downgrade all of my new machines to XP. Also, I started to use Apple Mac OS X 10.5, which is much much faster than Vista, and XP too....more info
  • Worst OS ever.
    This software treats the user like they're in grade school and once even told me I didn't have permission to uninstall software that I'd installed on it, even though there's only one account on the computer - the admin account - and I was using it. It asks you 2-3 times if you're really sure you want to do something even as simple as throwing away a text file and hides all the features and areas that advanced computer users like to have access to. While Microsoft's done a good job of dumbing things down so that even the most inexperienced user can do things like alter their startup programs, it's gone too far. I cannot stress how irritating this software is, particularly when compared to its predecessors.

    Don't waste your time with this OS. If you have it installed as a default OS, I'd strongly encourage you to reformat the drive with XP. Much better, less idiotic system by far....more info
  • Windows Vista is ok but not great
    I had to do a clean install of Vista and I am still not sure if I like it better than XP. The reason I upgraded is I wanted to use Open GL features of Vista. I have had some problems getting it set up, but it is working now.

    Vista still has the hangups and crashes as XP did, but seems to be a bit more stable.

    The best thing I can say is "I am getting used to it."...more info
  • Parental controls are only good for very young children
    The Vista parental controls have a lot to be desired. Here are the parts that do work. You can set the time that the child can use the computer. The high level settings works. Accept for websites that most people agree are for children, the rest of the internet is blocked. And overriding a website to be allowed does work. The only problem is that you can't set it to allow a website for a single logon sesson. The only options are "always allow" or "always disallow". Adding new websites to the Allow list is controlled through an interface or an XML file.

    For any child above the age of 9 (needs to start doing research on the computer for school), don't count on the medium setting. The rating star image on Amazon, and the ability to see this product's page is blocked, but I could very easily see a picture of Male private parts -- a picture that would that be allowed to be sold to a child under 18 if it was in a magazine. I would type in a word in simple.[...] and it would block the page, but when I typed in the same word in en.[...] or common[...] , the images were displayed. If a page on simple.[...] had "Sexual reproduction" the page was blocked, but when that category was removed and it only had "Male reproduction" and "Female reproduction" the page was not blocked. I did these tests both using both the medium setting (standard) and the custom with "Sex education" set to blocked.

    Something is working the way it is supposed to be working, because I have been able to block sex education pages on simple.[...] , but still be able to see pages like elephant. The main problem is that there is no way to see the filters, and there is no way to add words to the filter. [...] websites can be imported and exported, but not the filter. Nor is there any interface to the filter list.

    Overall, don't count on the Parental controls. Consider either buying a third part filtering program and subscribing to an online encyclopedia program....more info
  • Stick with trusty XP! This product is shocking
    I wrote a review of Vista not long after I started using it. I gave it two stars and suggested that while it's not worth replacing XP with Vista as there are a few annoyances, chiefly the lack of some of XP's best features, Vista isn't too bad. I am not a Microsoft basher, as I think XP is an excellent operating system. I've now realised just how good it was after a few months with Vista. I have wasted more time sorting out problems in Vista in two months than I did during the seven years I had with XP. It is fair to say that I now hate this OS to the point that it turns me into a kind of Basil Fawlty with Tourette's more often than not. My shiny new laptop has the imprint of my fist following a time when Vista just pushed me too far. Therefore I have deleted my original review and replaced it with this new one.

    Let's start with Vista's good points. It looks marvellous, with its transparent windows and 3D effects. There is a display pane which gives you an overview of the contents of many file types without you having to open them. The sounds that herald failures or errors are far less annoying than those in XP. The colours are lovely too. And, er... that's it, unless you're the kind of computer user that enjoys spending hours and hours solving OS problems. If so, you'll have a field day here.

    I'll start with the minor irritations, in no particular order.

    Searching in XP was easy. You typed in the name of a file, specified your search criteria and you always found your file if it existed. Alas, Vista is very different. Search is done by indexing, which means that although the searches are faster your initial search won't find files in all but the most obvious locations. You can index every file on the computer of course, but this takes ages, uses a lot of space and (I am told) slows the computer down. There is an option for searching non-indexed files but you can't do this until you've done the indexed search first. Even then I have found search results to be unreliable. I would bet that people use Search to find system files rather more than they do to find a letter (it's likely to be in Letters, right?). Worse still, Service Pack 1 removed Search from the Start menu, and you have to download third-party programs or do a registry tweak to get it back.

    There is no Network Connections folder - one of XP's more useful features was this folder where you could check and modify your internet connections all in one place. You can get it back, but it also involves a registry tweak.

    Windows Update in XP installed the majority of the updates while the computer was running. Vista does this on shutdown and startup - which means that if updates have downloaded and you do a restart you can wait over 10 minutes to get your computer running again.

    XP had a facility to associate a particular icon with certain file types. Not Vista - you have to download a third-party program to do this.

    Screensavers often don't work properly.

    In XP you were given useful information when you copied files, for example which particular file was being copied at any particular time. Vista doesn't do this, it just gives you a progress bar and a time estimate which is usually wildly inaccurate. Copying is painfully slow, too.

    Say goodbye to Outlook Express - with Vista you get Windows Mail. It is similar to OE and indeed has some improvements, but whereas OE used your spell check from Word, Windows Mail only has a choice of 4 languages and the English option only allows for US English. I am not one of those Brits who gets sniffy about US spellings - they're just as valid as British spellings - but for work I need to use British English and get fed up with having to tell it that "realise", "marvellous" and the like are NOT wrong.

    Unexpected shutdowns, freezes and the dreaded "not responding" are far more common than they were in XP. At least with XP you could, as a last resort, pull the plug and XP was savvy enough to recover from it. Do this with Vista and more often than not you'll have to wait while Vista repairs itself - admirable in one way, but it created the flipping problem itself!

    I've gone on too long already, but please indulge a little further. I would like to describe how Vista ruined my computer today. I tried to copy a large collection of files from one folder to another. Halfway through the OS froze and stopped responding. I managed to restart - same thing. I mirrored this on my XP computer and there was no problem. Third time lucky...not quite. Halfway through the copy Vista froze and all the screen icons disappeared. No way to get Task Manager so I had to pull the plug. Vista then spent hours repairing itself on restart. Eventually I moved the files in small batches. Then I wanted to transfer some of these to DVD and got an error half way through. Another freeze - no way to restart normally so another unwanted switch off with the off button. Since then Vista refuses to start at all - any attempt to do so generates an error or just sits there halfway through startup. Somehow it has corrupted the hard drive and I am now waiting for those nice people at Dell to send me a new one.

    There are worse things in life than OS problems, I know that all too well. But if you want to save yourself a lot of hassle, time and stress, stick with XP as long as you can. It sounds like Microsoft have already recognised that this shoddy product is a disgrace and if you're lucky, there will be a better OS (or at least a decent revamped version of Vista) before you are forced to change OS.

    Thank you for listening.
    ...more info
  • Vista software
    I bought the windows vista home premium with SP1 upgrade from Amazon. I am very happy with it. Just remember to save everything you want before installing the software....more info
  • It's not as evil as people are saying...
    ...but if you must, stick to XP. I first got Vista when I bought my laptop. Best Buy didn't have XP, so I was forced to get it. I heard a lot of bad things about this program. Nowadays, every time you see it Mac ad, it rips on Vista. (Sorry, Mac, but I'll never get your computers. I have computer xenophobia.) People are hating it, blaming it for everything bad that happens to their PC's.

    So, seeing that I'm using Vista for many months now, I honestly don't want to get rid of it ASAP, but I still prefer XP. First, I'll list what Vista has that trumps over XP.

    . It looks cool, I'll give it that.

    . In the Start menu, there is a space where you can search for anything, instead of having to go to search. Very nifty!

    . It might just be the laptop, but I think that it runs the Net a bit faster.

    Okay, now I'll list the bad. This will range from just nitpicks to problems.

    . Some programs are either not Vista compatible, (ex. PS2 emulator,) or can mess up occasionally. (PS1 emulator and iTunes.)

    . Every time you install something, the screen turns dark and a window pops up to see if you allow this. It's kind of unneeded.

    . The Sound Recorder has been dumbed down. It's just a plain sound recorder now. No longer can you backmask sounds or speed/slow them.

    . Some games, (Such as Minesweeper) have been terribly remade. Also, what the hell is 'Purble Place?'

    . When you open up the volume control, sometimes it won't go away after you're through.

    . Another thing I forgot that Scott mentioned: Microsoft Sam is gone, which was quite fun to mess around with.

    And that's about as much as I can think of right now. In all honesty, it's not Satan, and it's tolerable, but unless you really need a new computer real bad, stick to XP. ...more info
  • Good Product
    I used this to upgrade my desktop from Windows XP. I could not upgrade my system through the upgrade option. I had to do a custom install, which deleted all my files and software. I had to reinstall all my software, which was fine with me and I had already saved all my important files, so it was not too much trouble. I had to call Microsoft to complete the upgrade and found the tech. support to be very helpful. I still cannot use my sound card properly, but was told that may happen, so I was not surprised. I really like the Vista over the XP, which is only a personal preference. If I had known I would have to do the custom install ahead of time I would have just went ahead and bought the full version instead of the upgrade version, but over all I am pleased with the product and would recommend it....more info
  • Congratulations Microsoft, I now want a Mac...
    This is the most bloated OS I have ever used.. it was slow when I got it on my brand new laptop and with every update (which seem to come numerous times a week) it seems to get slower.

    If you have XP save your money....more info
  • Not really great or awful...but I will get a Mac next
    The Good:
    -It is relatively stable - I've had a couple issues with stability with regard to getting my laptop to respond after going to sleep, but that was early on (pre SP1) and I haven't had any real issues in this way for quite awhile.
    -Has a decent degree of support built-in. Usually it does bring up menus to help you along when a networking problem or something like that comes up.
    -Security better than previous Windows. While the prompting for changes that you request is annoying at times, it also makes it presumably harder to hijack the computer.

    The indifferent:
    -Graphics are better looking than most OS, but this is not really a huge plus in functionality; I use Vista the same general way I use XP.
    -The Sidebar gadgets went away after awhile and haven't come features that seemed to slow down the computer.

    The Bad:
    -Updates... Lots of updates, and I swear it can take hours-days with multiple restarts before the updating is completed.
    -Speed... Or lack thereof.
    -Start-up... The worst of the speed issues occur at start-up. The Vista startup takes several minutes.
    -The hidden preferences... When Vista makes a preference easy to get to, it does it better than XP. The problem comes with the myriad of hard-to-get to preferences that can affect all kinds of different issues. By default it will set a huge chunk of hard-drive aside for backup much that my hard-drive was quickly disappearing. To change this was not a simple process. This has happened more than a few times with Vista - something that should be easily done, isn't
    -Driver support, or lack thereof... Worse driver support than XP, leading to the usage of questionable drivers or subpar 'supported' drivers.
    -Backwards compatibility not all there... Does allow for "compatibility mode" in which it runs a program as if it is running an older version of Windows, which is good because several programs (mostly games) won't work until put in XP mode.

    While post SP1 Vista is an improvement, the slowness of startup and other issues have pushed me to Ubuntu and Mac......more info
  • Vista is junk
    I tried Vista and I hated Vista. It has so many issues, is slow, and had many hardware conflicts. Stick with XP for now and then hope Windows 7 is much better....more info
  • More trouble than it's worth
    I bought a new Dell XPS 1330 a few months ago which came with Vista as the OS and it's an inferior and buggy product. Here are the issues I've had to deal with:

    1. Right out of the box, Windows would not shut down. Vista gives you something like seven options but all of them led to the same thing--the system froze. The only way to turn off my computer was with the power button.

    2. The problem with the system turn off mysteriously solved itself after a month, but then I had problems connecting to the internet. I kept getting a dialog box saying "limited connectivity"--the basic issue was I was connected to my router, but for reasons best known to itself Vista wouldn't let any of my browsers access the net. This drove me bats and I ended paying a tech service a hundred bucks to fix it. It took them about 30 minutes--they said they were seeing the same problem over and over with Vista (they may be the only demographic to really love this OS, it must be making them a fortune).

    3. The display driver just doesn't work with Vista (it's an nvidia driver, and this issue is all over blogs and net forums). It repeatedly causes the system to freeze, crash, and when that doesn't happen the screen will at odd moments fizzle into mandelbrot fractals or trippy 60s style lines. These inevitably end in the blue screen of death experience. I've downloaded a series of "updated" or "improved" drivers from Dell and nvidia and, if anything, the problem has gotten worse. This problem happens randomly, and it basically means I no longer use the $2,000 laptop I bought expressly for work for anything but casual web surfing--I simply can't afford to do anything on this computer that is work critical because chances are I'll lose it.

    I've got some of the same nitpicky complaints about Vista aired elsewhere (it's HUGE memory hog, the Aero "experience" is more of a pain than a delight etc etc), but really the bottom line is that I just can't fathom putting out a product that is so bad; the biggest fan of Vista has to be Steve Jobs, it's almost as if Microsoft wants people to shift to Macs.

    I'm no innate Microsoft basher (I used XP and NT for years w/no complaints), but my strong advice is avoid this OS if you can....more info