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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic DVD

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  • Richard T.
  • 1/20/2008 9:29:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot Happy

Pros: Nice Look. Windows Defender (i dont use) is a great add on. lots of security features if ur a twitchy, scared internet surfer.

Cons: Resource hog. moved things around so u have to kinda relearn where things are. doesnt let u do as much if ur a skilled person who likes to get into the meat and potatoes. here r a few on my complaints... lets say u want to defrag a thumb drive. well, xp lets u just do it. vista has to analyze all drives first and if doesnt think u need to defrag, it wont let u. so u just wasted time waiting for it to analyze. xp pulls up a graph so u can see how bad ur drive is. vista doesnt let u see anything. also, when i put comp on my network, i couldnt pull up other comps on network. i had to use xp comps to find the vista comp so i could xfer files. vista just pulls up media from network comps. lots of little things like that add up and bug me.

Other Thoughts: Been building comps for about 10 yrs now. 98 to XP change was a pleasure for the most part. (only complaint was several of my favorite games wouldnt play) XP to Vista change has so far been unpleasant. i think vista is basically "Windows for Dummies". i really dont like the fact that vista seems designed so that if it cant fix what prob your having, its not gonna let u show it up and fix it on your own. you cant use your XP know how, b/c vista wont let u have access to alot fo things u had with XP. real bummer!! im staying with XP as long as i can.

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  • Daniel H.
  • 1/3/2008 4:13:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: DirectX 10 runs pretty good!

Cons: Vista itself has many faults in it, examples would be it cannot run any programs that are older than XP. Even some programs that runs on XP wont work aswell...

Other Thoughts: I spent too much for a faulty OS. I am back on XP again.

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  • Devin L.
  • 12/4/2007 7:22:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsi got no complaints

Pros: works great, somehow with a x2 4000 and 2 gig, it runs faster than my pc with and x2 6000 and 4 gig of ram. very few compatiblit issues (see cons). also, i am obsessed with the sidebar gadgets. i've downloaded over 30 so far. they are awesome.

Cons: ane compatiblity issue with a 4 year old isp disk. it was time to upgrade anyway. also it took me about 10 minutes of fighting with the case before i figured out how to open it. for anyone else geting this product and wants to save yourself the embarrasment, it flips open like a pocket knife.

Other Thoughts: great product for anyone who is willing to spend the dough and build a new computer to go with the software. if you have and old pc that was state of the art when xp sp2 came out, chances are it probably won't run this without a lot of problems. just like a pc that was built for win 98 running xp.so if anyone wants to bash this os, make sure you droped the dough to make your pc compatible first.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/1/2007 2:38:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIt's Worth A Shot

Pros: I've had this OS since March and haven't had a single problem. It has DX10, cool gadgets, newer themes. Everything i've installed on my computer works perfectly fine. Voice recognition works well with my Rosewill RH-40C headset. Can play GRAW2 without a glitch. As you can see in my other thoughts you don't need a fancy computer to use this operating system.

Cons: No aero with this version. Too many security pop-ups. Other then that can't complain.

Other Thoughts: Intel D945GCL, P4 631, Kingston 2GB DDR2 667, Pny 7300GT, SB Audigy SE, Sata Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 160GB HDD, Hipro 300W PS

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  • Julio J.
  • 8/5/2007 3:29:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsNot my money's worth

Pros: Games looks better. Cool backgrounds. Voice Recognition included, don't know how good it is though. Folder views are better, but they take a while to load.

Cons: Many incompatibility issues both with software and hardware for many products. Yeah, asking for permissions all the time is annoying. Only version without Aero. Pinball was taken out of the games :(

Other Thoughts: Thankfully I still have XP on a separate partition. If you want to have both just remember that the earlier

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  • Charles H.
  • 7/29/2007 5:06:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWelcome to Hell

Pros: Pretty desktop, and live news feeds are very cool

Cons: Nvidia motherboard drivers won't load - on a new EVGA "certified for Vista" Mobo - Nvidia 7900GT video drivers also will not load - they insist I'm using 64 bit Vista - it's 32 bit - have not even tried the X-Fi drivers yet -
both the Xp CD drivers and the new, downloaded drivers refuse to install. Also, the interface seems dumbed down to 10 yr old level - cannot access video display properties, etc. The old control panel is no more - replaced by stuff like "my music" or "my videos" - how about "control over my computer?" Where is that applet?
Vista seems like the new, Ipod-ish version of Windows where everything is just - dumbed down to this media-centered, let's go to Disneyland low function point. I can't yet figure out how to restore basic functions like display resolution or update driver. If Gramps wants to email his grandkids photos to FaceBook, sideload them to MySpace, then download them to his IPhone, vista can do all that. Just don't expect basic computing functions.

Other Thoughts: Been building my own systems since Windows 95 and have NEVER had this much trouble w/ Windows. Wish I had gotten Xp SP2 or a rock or a carrier pidgeon for email or something!

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  • Jeff H.
  • 7/7/2007 11:34:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHuge Mistake

Pros: Fairly stable. Recognized all hardware except sound card on install. Other than that, honestly can't think of any.

Cons: Does not include 3D Aero desktop in home edition (I did not know that in advance). I find something new all the time that doesn't work. Does not support Directsound so I lost 5.1 surround in WoW and other Directsound games. No driver yet for my Superbeam Mic (but works OK just plugged into MB). No driver for my Force feedback steering wheel. Will not share printer with Linux machine (xp would) so I had to buy print server. Would not print to print server without disabling advanced options and bidirectional support (XP and Linux machines print to it fine and took me 2 hours to find fix for Vista). Will not share files with Linux (xp does). Outrageous price! Copied all my PURCHASED music from XP box and Vista won't play them (I will have to reload all from CD's). Lots of XP software will not work in Vista (check yours first).

Other Thoughts: I was going to buy a copy of XP and took a friends advice to go ahead with Vista due to worrying about losing support for XP soon. I am honestly considering buying a copy of XP upgrade (yes I am to that point). I cannot recommend this OS to anyone.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/22/2007 7:36:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWell the Apple commercials are right

Pros: Installation of Vista itself was pretty painless tell you start installing drivers and software. Looked like it might be nice to use if I could get anything besides the Inet to work with it.

Cons: Sure it may be compatible with my hardware and you can upgrade the major programs to work with vista but anything specialized you may have from a smaller company your up a creek without a paddle they will not work on Vista. Even some programs from Microsoft aren't compatible and they don't offer an update yet. Oh the constant messages are annoying you can turn some off but not all of them and it still gives you messages warning that you turned the messages off.

Other Thoughts: I graduated with a ComputerScience degree and still do IT work as a side business so i'm not completely lost. Apple looks more appealing all the time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/8/2007 5:58:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice grafics, plenty of gagets.

Cons: Will not run many older programs. Had to go back to XP.!

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  • Robert J.
  • 2/15/2007 9:25:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice upgrade

Pros: Looks rather nice, and install was a snap, took 30 mins on a 1.6GHz AMD Turion laptop with 1Gb RAM. Gadgets are VERY helpful when you need them, clock and weather temps are my fav, and the CPU monitor is amazing.

Cons: Takes a lot of power to run, and playing CS 1.6 with the installed drivers and a 256Mb Jump drive added to it only gets my FPS to 30 max.

Other Thoughts: Everything looks nice, and is neatly laid out across the screen, WMP is good as well, nice and neat. Everything is good overall, but this system is not for people who don't care to update their drivers, you WILL have problems eventually unless you update everything.

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