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Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Business for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

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  • Evan C.
  • 4/24/2008 7:47:55 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill new OS

Pros: Looks good, works fine, stable. Fax and scan utility is most useful part of Vista Business.

Cons: Uses nearly 900 Mb RAM in idle process on my notebook, definitely the biggest problem. Somewhat difficult to use for non-techies.

Other Thoughts: Being the new paradigm, Vista needs to gain acceptance with users to be the new PC standard. However, there are enough problems to deserve updates and perhaps a redo (windows 7).

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/24/2008 3:40:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but not the best for modern gaming

Pros: I have to say I actually like the feel of Vista... The new aero theme looks great as well as the rest of the GUI components (icons, etc). Desktop performance with SP1 is not far from XP, but what OS has actually increased performance and be able to offer new features? Games like HL2 and CSS still perform well; Call of Duty 4 usually runs around 60fps (see specs below). The new features, utilities, control panel, and capabilities included are great. Didn't have any trouble installing drivers or software now that Vista has been out for a year. Haven't had any stability issues with anything yet. There are too many other things to say but overall I like it. It would be perfect if the gaming performances issues were minimal.

Cons: Vista at the moment is just not for gaming. Popular Games such as Call of Duty 4 and Crysis have taken a performance hit of about 10-15 fps on average, even with Service Pack 1 and the latest nVidia beta drivers. Frame rates for Crysis in XP were on average about 40fps, but for Vista around 30fps with some areas/views unplayable. I have temporarily addressed this issue by setting up a 25gb XP partition to play higher end games. Sitting at the desktop with nothing open the system uses 33% of my RAM (~600MB), but Vista's Memory Manager turns over memory to applications that demand it. Unused RAM = Wasted RAM?
User Account Control was really annoying, almost everything you wanted to do you had to confirm with Vista that you were performing the action. Disabling it was one of the first things I did.

Other Thoughts: I received this edition for free from a friend so I can't really complain. I figured since SP1 was released it was a better time to upgrade. My specs are: Intel Core2 Duo E6750 @2.66Ghz, Gigabyte nVidia GeForce 8800gt 512mb, (2x1gb) g.Skill DDR2 800 Ram, Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Rev 2.0, Samsung HD160JJ SATAII 7.2krpm

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  • Michael G.
  • 3/13/2008 10:40:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat new OS

Pros: Overall performance is improved. Support for modern and future hardware is incomparably better than XP's aging architecture. Too many seemingly small improvements to even cover.

Cons: People tend to think Vista is inferior to XP due to common negative remarks to EVERY Microsoft OS since Windows 95. I hate people talking bad about it when I heard the same remarks about Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP their first year on the market. Granted, Windows ME was bad.

Other Thoughts: If you have older hardware there's not much reason to upgrade, but please don't buy a new PC with XP because you have heard Vista is bad. The same arguments were made against XP because of the horrible incompatibilities and instabilities its first year out. Vista SP1 is now out and it is a very great OS.

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5 out of 5 eggsA real treat.

Pros: It seems that Vista has finally matured to a point where it is actually usable. To my experience it is very stable, I haven't had a single crash or blue screen of death. The built in search feature is somewhat useful, the gadgets are fun although not really necessary (but I do like to know the weather). Overall it is very visually pleasing, which makes it all the more enjoyable, but most of all it just fast. It loads quite a bit faster than windows xp, my computer eats it for breakfast.

Cons: Price (of course) I bought the retail version, so it was a lot more than this oem or windows xp. Also, the security center is very annoying, you might want to tweak it a bit as in, turn off the user account control, it will be a much more enjoyable experience (which can be done in msconfig).

Other Thoughts: I have not had a single hardware compatibility issue with the 32 bit version. Even my three year old plextor dvd burner and x-fi xtreme music (also three years old) worked perfectly with it (creative alchemy works wonders).

Antec P182 w/ 2x scythe fans added, Lanparty DK P35, Core 2 Duo e8400 @ 3.6ghz (1600mhz fsb), 4gb Super Talent 4-4-4-12 (3.25 addressable), eVga Geforce 8800GTS 512mb, Creative X-fi Xtreme Music, 400gb Seagate 32mb HDD, PC Power & Cooling 750w, Old Plextor Sata DVD Burner.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/19/2008 9:00:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsCan't do business with Vista Business

Pros: Looks great. Some cool automatic features like network mapping. Windows Defender is a good idea. It's the newest Windows OS.

Cons: Runs horribly. For example, if I try to use an art program to edit a picture, my processor usage goes to 100 percent in Vista. I can use the same exact art program in XP at around 50 percent processor usage. Just sitting on the desktop doing NOTHING uses about 435MB of RAM. In general everything runs slower by just a fraction of a second compared to XP, that is, if it runs at all. My computer isn't the culprit either, seeing as I use the same exact programs in XP with no problems.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm really disappointed with Vista. I just reformatted my Vista harddrive today, and I'm using it as extra storage for XP now.

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  • Nathan W.
  • 1/5/2008 11:11:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverkill

Pros: Looks good

Cons: Oh Vista! This version is not that grand. For a small business (1-10 employees) it offers no true benefit over Home Premium. Be very aware of the lack of hardware drivers!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/9/2007 2:11:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDo your home work!

Pros: This is a d**n good OS. Microsoft did a great job on this one. My graphics card(Nvidia 6800XT) Actually works better though the new drivers I downloaded from the Nvidia wedsite. Don't use the Vista drivers! I have had no problems as of yet and do not see any forth coming!

Cons: Can't get my TV PVR card to work even with the manufactures vista's drivers Can't get Stand alone Rhapsody to work, have to use the online version. that s**!

Other Thoughts: Before you do an OEM install like I did use the vista upgrade adviser it help me alot to see which componants i would need to upgrade before hand and ones that would plan ole not work at all! do your home work.
Asus P4S800D-X newest bios 478 3 gig HT 2 gig duel channel corsair double sided ddr 3200 ram
Runs fast or even faster than it ddid on XP Pro!

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  • Jaime J.
  • 11/6/2007 8:10:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery User Friendly

Pros: Satisfied with the price and the software. Easy to install, just right for System Builders. So far my customers are happy with the product.

Cons: No problems, Doesn't freeze, No BSoD, nothing yet!

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  • Steven R.
  • 11/6/2007 12:35:38 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day


Pros: It's prettier, just as easy to use if not easier, more fun, much more intuitive UI. Everything I used and am used to going to a certain place for (i.e. RUN, Device Manager, etc.) is all in almost the same spot as in XP. The options for things that you wouldn't have thought there should be options for is so sweet. For example all the ways for you can choose to view icons in folders. I just finished installing this and it is all I wanted it to be and more. It works perfectly with my X-Fi Fata11y, my 8800GTX, and it played all of my music flawlessly. Unless my rig blows up, XP is a MEMORY.

Cons: That I waited this long to upgrade!!!! Because was in a hurry, I tried installing Vista on a SATA DVD-CD Rom drive.(DVD version) Ironically, Windows loaded to the point where it needed the SATA drivers for my 74gig raptor, but wouldnt go any further. I had to throw in a IDE DVD rom, and after that Vista installed the drivers for the HD by itself, and found it. After that, it was the EASIEST INSTALL EVER. I'M SERIOUS. I swear it was even faster than a clean XP install.

Other Thoughts: I also have a 320gig drive for storage. I had almost 20 gigs of music, a few gigs of pictures and other random shtuff on it, and before I installed vista i disconnected it from the motherboard. After finishing the install I went back in and reconnected it. Windows instantly recognized the drive, but I had get vista to see it in windows environment by right-clicking my computer, clicking MANAGE, and the selecting "disk management". It saw the drive there, and I had to just "import" it. I can't believe it but it found the drive, all the data was on there just as it was with xp. I couldn't be happier! By the way I got this for 20 bucks because I have connections, so that is a HUGE PLUS!!!Oh yeah, my specs: FX-60, Asus A8N32-Sli Deluxe, 1gig Corsair ddr400 (soon to be 2 gigs), 700w OCZ Gamestream PSU, my beloved EVGA 8800GTX, a first gen 74gig raptor, a 320gig WD SATA, a Samsung SH-S183L DVD Burner, a Mitsumi Floppy/CardReader, X-Fi Fatality. Vista scores me a 4.5!

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/19/2007 1:51:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNice - Ubuntu better

Pros: -better UI - more info available via the Taskmanager - Problem reports and solutions, makes it easy to report bugs and find fixes - side bar - DX10

Cons: -still a little buggy at times - SP1 should fix that *hopefully*

Other Thoughts: -YOU CAN TURN OFF THE EYE CANDY and make it look like useless win98se. If you like the DOS prompt, what are you doing on Newegg? Go back to your cellar and program a console game using the latest, useless Linux flavor (as far as gaming goes.) :-]

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