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Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1 32-bit for System Builders DVD - OEM

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  • J A.
  • 7/3/2009 12:22:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood OS

Pros: Very fast booting, clean interface, much more secure than XP

Cons: UAC is, by far, the worst parts of this OS. If it were an optional component rather than a standard upon install, it wouldn't be such a big deal. Sure, you can have it NOT install if you use a script file but there aren't very many people out here in the real world who can do such a thing.

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  • Maurice P.
  • 5/28/2009 1:52:35 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVista is a good OS

Pros: Despite the public opinion, Vista truly is a great operating system. It is fast, stable, more secure than XP, and has a good user interface to work from.

Cons: It is still Microsoft.

Other Thoughts: Many folks frustrations seem to come from two sources:
1> Things were moved around in Vista (users directory, tools were placed in different locations within start menu/control panel, etc)

2> Compatibility with older hardware.

Computer hardware has changed considerably since the days of Windows XP. Vista works to take advantage of some of that. Yet, this draws criticism from many. There will be compatibility issues with some older hardware and software vendors, but overall, it has good hardware/software support.

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  • Robert M.
  • 4/25/2009 10:27:59 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor quality disk

Pros: Cannot comment on pro's due to bad media. Fortunately, defective media is not a problem if you have already decided to by multiple copies, it would be rare to get a bunch of bad media.

Cons: Poor quality media has made it impossible to install this product. Although purchased as new the product came with scratches. Since it is OEM, if you company is not in a position to test withing the 30 refund period, it will cost about a third of the original purchase price to replace it from MicroSoft.

Other Thoughts: When evaluating a new OEM products, delay purchase until your company is ready to test immediately. Otherwise you may incur additional charges replacing defective media. Defective media is not problem if you already intend to purchase multiple copies because you only need one good copy and the odds of getting multiple bad copies should be low.

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  • Joe C.
  • 4/19/2009 5:57:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsIt is what it says it is and more

Pros: Very Stable OS, more so than any version of XP I have used. I LOVED XP! I was one of the Vista naysayers based on the things I was hearing. Something made me take the loeap(SP3 issues in XP). Now all 3 of my computers are using this OS. Great interface, Suprisingly good compatibity with everything. Just not as many headaches.

Cons: You have to have at least a 2 gig AMD 64 single core or better. I guess an Intel P4 of the same category will do too. Video card is muy importante to get the aero experience. Ram Must be 2 gigs for things to feel smooth. My mom's pc runs it well with 754 Athlon 64 3000+, 2 Gigs of RAM, and an ATI AIW X800 Pro. Check your specs people and you will be fine.

Other Thoughts: I am a heavy gamer, business owner, and system builder. I really can not bad mouth Vista. You just have to get used to it. So far, it works great for me and the price is right on Newegg baby!
All three systems are running the same things except for cpu's:
1 Athlon X2 4800+ 939, and Two Athlon X2 3800+ 939's
2 Gigs of ADATA PC3200 each
1 Sapphire ATI Radeon HD3850 each
SATA Maxtor 250 Gig HD's (primary)
SATA Maxtor 160 Gig HD's (Secondary)
1 Sounblaster X-Fi Xtreme Music (pci) each

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/2/2009 11:36:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsVista perfromance

Pros: Installed on a new hardware platform, I have had zero issues. There are some new features that enhance the ease of use, compared to XPProsp3. No problems with stability, and my motherboard drivers installed seemlessly, and quickly. I have yet to upgrade to higher video. New features like burn from a browser window, and network and sharing center make this os nicer. The os is very much more secure, and it proves it every time I run a program. I've decided that this is NOT a detriment, considering the way some viruses propagate.

Cons: I am seeing that my platform is not faster or necessarily better, than a P4 running xppro. Now of course I have the HDD bottleneck, but I wanted to see faster and got more or less the same. The problem with error reporting, and program allow, etc. is that alot of extra start job attention must be paid.

Other Thoughts: Hardware is Asus MB, e8400, 2gb QVL OCZ platinum. Harddrive is a Seagate barracuda 1TB sata 3.0. Running on onboard video, nvidia upgrade coming. probably a 260GTX, if I can find one that fits.

the Vista graphics are very easy on the eyes.

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  • Lance N.
  • 2/24/2009 6:17:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsSo far so good!......sorta...

Pros: looks great! the girlfriend loves the over all eye candy. and i got it for 30 bucks through my university's discount. So far it runs stable, it had 52 updates so you WILL NEED TO SET A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME ASIDE. there is a nice feature where you can right click a .exe file and have it run using Windows XP sp2's engine. That helps with some of the compatibility issues.

Cons: But, i tried to run this driver for my wireless adapater using that XP sp2 compatability and for some reason it doesnt work. Apparently i aint the only one. But its a minor issue thats mainly the wireless company's fault(Zonet). It really annoys me how i got 4gb ram in this thing yet it only sees 2.5gbs. But that's just how it is. There way to fix this by remapping your memory via ur Bios but thats just a PITA and people say to just leave it be. the 64-bit will be able to see all 4gb's.

Other Thoughts: it's running on:
intel Q9550
evga 750i for the win (i'd abbreviate it but newegg flagged it as an inappropriate word LOL)
512mb XFX 9800gt
4gb G.skill pc2 6400 (BUT ONLY SEES 2.5Gb!!!!!)
750watt corsair

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/7/2009 11:19:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Haven't seen anything to rate in a positive way. This OS has crashed several times on 2 new machines. I've loaded and upgraded about 30 OSs over the past 8 years or so and I've never had so much trouble as I've had with Vista.

Cons: Like I said above, this thing is tough to load and get stablilized. Several total crashes on new machines. One load from XP Pro SP3 allowed me to check my hardware profiles with MS. No problems reported. Microsoft sent me a new disk and it's crashing right now after Vista updates failed to install completely. The MS self help sites are full of angry, disappointed patrons. I guess I'm one now, too. Be prepared for a long siege. I may go back to XP PRO.

Other Thoughts: I have checked with others trying to install this OS and Ultimate on new, clean machines. They are not liking life with vista eother. What's frightening is Microsoft doesn't appear to have a clue as to what to do here.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/31/2009 8:55:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Performer

Pros: More control of systems and settings than XP, more intuitive, more included features. No driver or compatability issues - even with an old parallel port printer. Couldn't go back to XP now.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Requires significant resources of CPU, memory, and disk space, but runs well if your system is up to snuff.

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  • Ferdinand A.
  • 1/29/2009 8:21:27 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIts Microsoft

Pros: At least most drivers work with it, meaning most drivers are for 32bit vista.

Cons: Remember 32bit OS can only address 4 GB in total, which includes your VGA card memory space. i.e. Geforce 512Mb VGA card leaves 3.5Gb for OS and other hardware etc.

Other Thoughts: Fatware!

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4 out of 5 eggsRewarding, but requires some patience.

Pros: Vista is most certainly the sexiest OS that Microsoft has ever released in terms of sheer looks. Aero uses its share of resources, but is both functional and gorgeous, and customization effects make it look even better.

32-bit version, so there are fewer compatibility issues than the 64-bit version.

As a college student, Shadow Copy is a wonderful feature if I decide that I want to go back to an earlier draft of a paper that I'm working on.

Business has less bloat than do Home Premium and Ultimate.

Assuming you're using the right drivers and programs, Vista is quite stable. If your system does BoSD, it offers an explanation as of why, and in my experience, these explanations are usually correct (outdated driver, overheat, etc.)

Cons: 32-bit version, so only 3.25 gigs or so of memory is supported.

UAC is very, very annoying, but is easily turned off.

Also, notice that I said "Vista is quite stable if you're using the right drivers and programs." If you force Vista out of its comfort zone, it starts to throw tantrums quite easily. This can easily be avoided if you research and make sure the stuff you want to put on your system agrees with the OS.

Other Thoughts: "Vista Business" is a bit of a should just be called "Vista Professional", being that it's the best choice for everyone who doesn't need all of the fancy Media Center gizmos in Home Premium or the bloat/price of Ultimate.

If you're a college student, keep in mind that many colleges use domain-based networking, which Home Premium doesn't readily support. Because of this, you'll want either Business or Ultimate. Assuming you don't want/need Media Center, just go with Business, it'll save you 40 bucks on the OS and lots of system resources.

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