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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit 3 Pack for System Builders - OEM

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  • Jeremy G.
  • 12/22/2008 8:26:19 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsDriver problems are gone

Pros: It's 64-bit, the future standard. It's reaching for a higher security model. It tries to utilize memory more as a cache.

Cons: UAC isn't implemented as well as it could/should be. Faulty drivers greatly decreased game performance. This wasn't Microsoft's fault, though; blame NVidia, ATI, Creative Labs, and the others who didn't release proper drivers soon enough.

Other Thoughts: Some people don't understand that the average user shouldn't have administrative rights to the whole system. Some people have never used *nix or OS X. Windows Vista does need a better security model, but at least they're moving toward one. It's bloated, but it can be streamlined to an extent.

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  • Doris F.
  • 8/12/2008 1:43:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVista is great

Pros: Its actually a lot easier and nicer than what the pessimistic people are making it out to be. my most honest and humblest opinion...its like XP but nicer....all you REALLY NEED to turn of the User Account Control (UAC) and its all good.

Cons: you can still get by just fine with XP if you're using it.

Other Thoughts: there are those who like the user account control for "more security" and those who dont, other than that, thats all that makes vista, to lazy people, irritating. Oh and as for what Mr. Fantastic said...I agree Vista would be best used for most "over the counter" bout pc's or ones made with newer hardware...HOWEVER, 2 GB's of ram is actually fine especially if you have a USB thumb drive lying around thats around 512 MB to 1 GB or higher, because you can use that for the Ready Boost feature which is really cool, its' helped my pc boot faster especialy considering my 320 drive is almost filled up. try it...the thumb drive ready boost feature is cool and really helps with adding just enough performance for some people to have vista get rid of that little "hiccup" if they've got lets say a mid end new store bought laptop or mid end new store bought desktop. and ya thumb drives are VERY CHEAP, especially on newegg, so pick one up, you can use it for things other than the OS too.

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  • Brent W.
  • 8/8/2008 2:03:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsVista is Worth It

Pros: Vista looks gorgeous. No problems during installation (all of which is a GUI instead of both text-based and GUI.) So far a very stable build, definitely happy with this purchase.

Cons: Continuing to have bizarre compatibility issues with some older games that were designed for XP.

Other Thoughts: Purchased this product as a single pack instead of the 3 pack.

Also thought it was somewhat funny to see there was a 'program files' folder specifically for x86 programs.

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  • Caleb G.
  • 7/19/2008 11:19:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsIt's great, but is your machine tough enough?

Pros: Well, the main thing Vista has going for it right now is its looks. It's gorgeous. Yes, it runs DirectX 10. No, it doesn't work all that well... yet. Like every new product, it has some kinks it needs to work out. I have faith that Vista will one day be a good OS.

Cons: Is your machine 'man' enough to handle it? I just built a brand spankin' new computer with Intel Core2Duo E7200, 2 GB of RAM, and a ATI HD4850 video card. My brand new tower cost me about $1000 all in all. It still hiccups on Vista. I've narrowed the problem down though. I don't have enough RAM.

Other Thoughts: If you're going to buy Vista, please make sure your computer can handle it. The processor isn't as big of a deal as the RAM is. Buy Vista, and pick up another 2 GB of RAM while you're at it. Vista uses about 1 GB of RAM all by itself, just idling. Say goodbye to games if you don't have more RAM than me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/24/2007 7:52:19 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggshuu

Pros: windows vista is very great however i just want to point out that it is $5 more to get the 3 pack than getting 3 1 packs

Cons: NOT FREE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Matthew T.
  • 8/15/2007 6:29:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVista is pretty darn good!

Pros: I will say this up front. Vista is not going to like older hardware. If you have a computer that is more then 2 or 3 years old, you might want to avoid this OS all together and stick with your favorite flavor of XP or Linux. That being said, if you DO happen to have newer computer, with lots of ram, cpu, and video power... It's totally worth investigating! I have installed this OS on 4 seperate Core 2 Duo based systems, and all 4 machines have been working well for the past 3 weeks. Overall the new look and feel of the OS is very good. The new search bar on the start menu is extremely useful and the active previews when you highlight programs is time saving. Over all, I'd say they did a decent job with compatiblity too. After you get Direct-X, all the latest drivers, and all the latest updates installed, you get a pretty smooth running system. I was able to install 10 of my favorite games without a hitch and all my productivity software works great.

Cons: You will have to turn off a lot of the annoying reminders and active X filters. This version of windows is riddled with them. It will bug you every step of the way if you don't turn about 5 different security features off. There is a long pause at startup, with no indication the system is doing anything. The effect is like the system is hung on a blank screen. But then it continues booting just fine.
You will have to download lots of updates, direct-X, .net framework, shockwave, divx codecs, etc to get things working like your XP box. Because Vista doesn't come with ANY of it. A veteran windows user will have no trouble adapting, however. The same old rules apply. Don't expect it to work 100% until the first service pack, it seems like every few days I am getting bugged about a new patch.

Other Thoughts: This is the system I use with Vista:
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz
Intel LGA 775 Intel 946GZ mATX Motherboard
Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 Dual Channel Memory
EVGA GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCIe x16 Video Card
Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Western Digital My Book Essential 160GB 7200 RPM External Hard Drive
ASUS 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe (Black SATA)
Rosewill RP500 500W ATX12V v1.3 Power Supply
Generic Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Apple USB Keyboard "I-mac Classic"
Nyko Air Flo EX USB Gamepad
Microsoft 5 Button Wireless Optical Mouse
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium
IBM (Model 17V) 17" CRT Display

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  • Phillip H.
  • 6/12/2007 3:07:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVista Home Premium 64 bit

Pros: It works, mostly. Vista is very picky about what software it will run, and frequently asks if it is OK to proceed. This is mostly a setup issue, where the setup program tries to execute other programs. Once installed the programs run OK (if at all, see Cons).

Cons: A lot of perfectly good hardware will not work with Vista (see other thoughts). Most of the software provided with drives and video boards would not install, including drivers (not Vista compatible).

No installation instructions, other than "put the disk in the drive and reboot." Installation hung on a page where Vista claimed there were no bootable devices in the system. The Intel BIOS claimed all three hard drives were bootable. Vista installation provided no clue how to solve the problem. Eventually I discovered that the "New" button started the format/partition process. It was a bit like trying to install MS/DOS 2.0 back in the dark ages. After that it installed OK.

After installation was complete and Vista was runnning OK I added a hard drive from my XP system to transfer data. Vista refused to boot - black screen. After a LOT of fussing with the BIOS and reinstalling Vista it eventually worked with the drive.

The XP installation was MUCH smoother.

Other Thoughts: Some existing hardware becomes obsolete with Vista (all versions) because manufacturers either have not or will not provide Vista compatible drivers. HP says they will not provide drivers for my Scanjet 5470c flatbed scanner. They suggested buying a new one (it won't be HP!). My HP DeskJet 940c printer is supported directly by Vista, and HP has drivers for my color LaserJet 2550L. Canon does not have drivers for my FS4000US film scanner, but they say they will eventually provide drivers for all products. Intel management software for the DG965WH motherboard and all included software will not work with Vista 64 bit.

You may encounter a high cost to replace perfectly functioning hardware (printers, scanners, etc.) and programs that are not "Vista compatible." Who knows how long you will have to wait for Vista drivers?

DirectX 10 is part of Vista - do not install DirectX 9 drivers provided with video cards.

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