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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit 3 Pack for System Builders - OEM

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/29/2008 10:30:33 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThe best Windows OS yet

Pros: Search bar at start menu. DX10 gaming. Tons of features. Error reporting that actually gives you solutions. Looks beautiful. Windows Side bar is great. Windows tools are better, like perfmon, task scheduler, task manager, Network and sharing center......... Vista has built in bluetooth support, burning/ripping software, Windows mail(kinda like a lite, pretty version of outlook). the list goes on.... Speech and handwriting recognition that work.(I would dream of such stuff as a child) oh yeah, did i mention that search bar in Start:)' Everything Windows was always supposed to be.

Cons: I dont have the 64 bit version.....

Other Thoughts: I have an older system, never had any issues. Abit 939 board. amd 64 4000+ 2 gigs of 184 pin ddr. 250 GB HDD, and an 512 MB 8500GT pcie x16. This box screams with Vista, much better than XP, or ubuntu 64. Did i mention I know what I am talking about.

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  • Jeff H.
  • 6/12/2008 1:07:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot that bad

Pros: I don't really have that much of a problem with vista, because as long as you're the administrator for the computer, user account control shouldn't matter, all you have to do is right click the program and just run it as the administrator. Plus its got good parental controls, and of course because it uses DX10!

Cons: Takes up lots of HD space and only recognizes 3GBs of RAM.

Other Thoughts: I don't know why everyone thinks it's so bad, I mean its minor flaws are definitely worth the DX10.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 5/8/2008 7:49:26 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsActually isn't bad

Pros: First of all, the Windows Aero interface is very pretty. You probabally knew that already. I have all the correct Windows Vista device drivers, and it runs without a hitch. With only a nVidia 7900gs, a 2.66 Intel Core 2, and motherboard sound, I can get 1680 x 1050 graphics on Flight Simulator X, which sucked on XP when it came out. If you set it up right, Vista will run everything.

Cons: User Account Control is a bit annoying at first, but after about a month you get used to it.

Other Thoughts: I have used Windows XP at school for many years. Prior to buying a Vista PC, I used Mac OSX. I think that Vista is far superior to Mac OS. Don't believe the anti-Vista hype.

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  • Steven H.
  • 5/2/2008 3:44:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks great and feels better. After using it for just a few hours I had the hang of it and was enjoying basic tasks because of how smooth and pleasant everything is. Flip 3D is great, have not used ALT TAB since. Most of the complaints people have about it are the same ones they used against Windows 2000/ME and XP, eventually this will become an accepted operating system. I am running 4GB of RAM (32 bit only recognizes 3.25 though) and a Q6600 so naturally it runs well. Vista does a pretty good job at load-balancing between the cores (though Core 2 and Core 3 seem to get the most use), and it loads stuff you use into RAM so it loads faster. All that RAM that is being used up is stuff Windows thinks you are going to need, since RAM is so much faster than a hard drive you will notice things flat-out run better. FireFox took up to 10 seconds to load under XP and it loads at the click of a button now, I'll buy $80 of RAM again for that kind of convenience. Continued in Other Thoughts

Cons: Price, I know they spent a long time working on this and they deserve to be paid off for their work, but Microsoft will see a huge increase in sales if they'd drop their prices.

People complain an aweful lot about this OS, but after using XP and Mac OS X (not the new one, leopard or whatever it's called, but the one before) I am very happy with the stability, performance, usablility, and overall feel of Vista--it's hear to stay.

Other Thoughts: All the drivers for my motherboard, video card, etc. installed and run flawlessly (this is the 32 bit version though, better driver support). What else can I say? I have been using it for months and have not crashed it yet (and I'm a big-time multi-tasker, gamer, and 3d artist).

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  • Denni F.
  • 4/10/2008 8:20:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsBetter than people expect

Pros: Windows Aero is a very pretty interface, equal (in my opinion) to the best windows managers I've seen in Linux, and as pretty (to me) as the Mac OS X. Vista offers a lot of improvements for the average user, including feature packed Parental Controls, the User Account Control (no, seriously!), Windows Defender and the very cool Presentation Mode available in the Mobility Center. Meeting Space also looks to be a very neat collaboration tool.

Cons: User Account Control. It single-handedly changes everything about the way Windows works. It's smart, it does what _it_ should, but it won't do what the normal user expects. A lot of things blamed on UAC are actually being caused by Windows Defender, also, so troubleshooting requires different skills than in previous versions of Windows. Vista's much stricter security (always using least privilege with each application) is also very disruptive to a lot of older programs. There are a few complaints that some drivers are unavailable in Vista, but those of us around at the launch of XP remember hardware that fell by the wayside then, too.

Other Thoughts: I came in expecting Vista to be horrible, and that my second day of owning a new laptop would be spent re-formatting and installing XP Pro. I didn't do that. Instead, I spent some time using Vista, discovering that it was more useful and less aggravating than the Mac commercials made it sound (since Microsoft has already stopped running commercials on any TV channels I've been watching!). My experiences with User Account Control has actually been very positive, with UAC only nagging me during installations of software, or when I need to access programs that change system configurations. I already run debian Linux on my other laptop, and, truthfully, I didn't find the Consent Control from UAC any more annoying than the control that asks for my credentials in Gnome. I plan to continue using Vista.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/12/2008 8:09:39 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNeed SP1 & Lower Price

Pros: Automatically installs most, but not all drivers.

Cons: Need a Service Pack instead of massive downloads of updates. Very annoying UAC (User Account Control). Too expensive for something mass-marketed and only costs about $2 to manufacture.

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  • Samuel M.
  • 2/27/2008 8:57:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsWorst OS since Win98(1stEdition)

Pros: Looks pretty

Cons: Got this pre-installed on a nice Toshiba notebook.
Began by trying to get rid of Microsoft running buddies (Norton, McAffee) and load WORKING protection programs.
Since I had to restart repeatedly, and this OS is slower loading than ANYTHING I have ever used (people, we are talking about DOS 3.0 on, as well as 3 versions of LINUX), it took about an hour. Then tried to install Zone Alarm, AND GOT A BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!! Haven't had one of those in 10 years! It installed the second time, with no indication of any problem, THEN I started updating VISTA. After nearly 2 hours I finally finished the last update only to discover that the final one had COMPLETELY DISABLED MY LAN PORT! I then tried to roll-back the last install (another 15 minutes) then got a message that it had been unable to roll-back, but couldn't tell me why, then got another dialog that said it HAD rolled-back! Since my LAN port started working again, I assume the second message was the correct one, I have run out

Other Thoughts: If there is anyway you can make do with XP, do it!

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  • Daniel G.
  • 2/25/2008 4:34:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsThe Vista Scare

Pros: Looks great and can run good if it is properly installed and configured in the right system using the proper components. We build PC's for people that want their PC's Custom made for their needs and Vista Premium can work if the person using it knows what their doing with it.

Cons: Right know there are so many Vista scared people they either want to keep running XP Professional or switch to Ubuntu 7.10 or XANDROS. They work and feel more comfortable using them because they are used to that older version O/S look.(of Windows that is).

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/13/2008 1:04:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: While it's no moon landing, it seems like a reasonable step forward. It takes a little getting used to, but everything's pretty intuitive. It does it's job, it does it well, and it does it pretty quickly (heck, and I'm only running 1GB of DDR2-1066 because my other stick was DOA).

Cons: No complaints, once UAC was turned off and other minor preferences were set. I have had no driver issues, no crashes, and no real issues with any applications I had that weren't outdated.

Other Thoughts: Please don't bash this product unless you've actually installed and configured it yourself, and you're running a system that's actually appropriate for it. Please don't whine about the drivers for a piece of hardware you own or a particular program not working in a brand new operating system - either of those need to be made to support the OS, not really the other way around.

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  • Arno G.
  • 1/13/2008 5:38:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsThank you Microsoft!

Pros: It has made me and my girlfriend see the light and switch to linux - Ubuntu 7.10. Thank you Microsoft!

Cons: It is incredibly horrible for something that MS's been working at for so long.
It looks like the talent has left the building, and MBAs can't write software.

Other Thoughts: Came preinstalled on gfriend's Thinkpad. She gave it a fair try, and so did I trying to get things she really needed working. I'm a 15+ years MS Windows user, and a software professional.
In the end, we decided that it really wasn't worth it - even though it was "free".
We now use Innotek VirtualBox on Ubuntu to run XP for the apps that only run on windows.
She's happy, I'm happy, ..and we never looked back :-) BTW, the linux stuff is all free, and surprisingly high quality.

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