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

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Disclaimer
Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.

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Brand
Microsoft
Model
66G-00576

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Name
Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Basic for System Builders Single Pack DVD
Version
Home Basic
System Requirements
Recommended system requirements
1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
512 MB of system memory
20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
DVD-ROM drive
Audio output
Internet access (fees may apply)

Minimum supported requirements
Certain product features are not available with minimum supported requirements.
800 MHz processor and 512 MB of system memory
20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
Support for Super VGA graphics
CD-ROM drive
Packaging
OEM

Features

Features
Windows Vista Home Basic is the operating system for homes with basic computing needs. It is easy to set up, it helps you use your PC more securely and reliably, and like all of the editions of Windows Vista, it is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that you use and trust. If you simply want to use your PC for tasks such as surfing the Internet, corresponding with friends and family using e-mail, or performing basic document creation and editing tasks, then Windows Vista Home Basic will deliver a safer, more reliable, and more productive computing environment.

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  • Andrew M.
  • 11/8/2008 10:44:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAn above average and very hated OS.

Pros: Vista is highly configurable and adaptive. Like it's predecessor, XP, upon release Vista was deemed a resource hog, but that is caused only by the anticipation of what kind of machines the operating system will be expected to run on several years from now. It supports all the newer hardware interfaces and standards, as well as the majority of legacy devices and interfaces that have been around over the past decade. Security has been improved since XP, to an extent that seems to frustrate many users when authorization for changes to the system is requested. The interface is sleek, configurable, and easily personalized to the users preferences. Stability is at an all time high. I rarely see crashes, and most of those I see are caused by software I'm using that is still in beta or alpha stages of development. Background system processes are more robust, and the integration of Windows Defender and the firewall seem more effective at protecting the system from intrusions.

Cons: Demanding requirements, even too much for some machines still being produced in late 2008. Startup times and shutdown times are longer, seeming almost exaggerated on some computers. Many computers produced during the transitional period between Vista and XP were ultimately shut out from using some of Vista's premium features. Memory usage is much higher than XP, and in all seriousness Vista shouldn't really be ran on a machine with less than 2 GB of RAM. Swap file usage is aggressive even with increased RAM capacities such as 3 or 4 GB, so the usage of a high-performance hard drive is more critical than ever. Even with the release of a service pack from Microsoft, file operations are noticeably slower than XP. No virus software is included as a basic feature of Vista. The included Internet Explorer browser is still behind the times in comparison to other available browsers. Some system tools such as the disk defragmenter have become less informative.

Other Thoughts: Love it or hate it, Windows Vista is the new Windows. Have you stopped to think that part of the reason Vista has trouble with hardware devices is because Microsoft has kept the hardware support for Windows as open as humanly possible over the years? Can you build your own Mac OS based computer without hacking the software to cooperate with third party hardware? Can you still use sound cards, ethernet adapters, and video cards from years ago with a new PC? How many computers have some of the components in your current build been used in? The magnitude of variables in hardware configurations that Windows has been expected to fully work on without the slightest instability is absurd. If you really dislike a product or company, the best way to hit that message home is to not purchase its products or machines their software is installed on. Go over to Linux or Mac and vote with your dollars. But lastly, you can disable the UAC feature in Vista. Disable it if you don't like it. Look it up.

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  • Samuel Y.
  • 6/2/2008 9:43:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWindows Vista Review

Pros: It runs fine. Desktop interface looks nice.

Cons: The security is a little high for me and the User Account Control can get annoying. Kind of a resource hog too.

Other Thoughts: I would say if you have XP, stay with it. Its not a bad OS but definitely not a reason to upgrade. Especially since not everything works with it yet. A couple of my XP programs don't run correctly on Vista but I'm waiting for upgrades to those programs. Other than that, if you have near-latest programs and you want to upgrade to Vista, go for it. If you want to save the money, stay with XP and wait till Windows 7 comes out.

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  • J.D. M.
  • 5/27/2008 5:19:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNo Problems Really

Pros: Easy install, faster than XP. Runs great after you turn off the annoying security alerts. I'm not crunching data for NASA or anything just a basic box. Internet a little ripping and burning and regular home pc stuff. Run fine.

Cons: Some of my older software wouldn't run, but some stuff that was questionable did.

Other Thoughts: Didn't buy at NewEgg which always rocks but got it twenty bucks cheaper than here. Can't complain.

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  • Robert A.
  • 4/29/2008 6:44:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: it is the latest windows, More user friendly if you know who to work it.

Cons: it is too different for a lot of people. So this is the con for most people. The constant "are you sure" pop ups. But they can be turned off. MSCONFIG People.

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  • Mark B.
  • 3/22/2008 5:56:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsVista works for me

Pros: SP1 made a big difference. Much needed security upgrades over XP. More user-friendly than XP in many ways (not all). Works fast on modern hardware.

Cons: Do yourself a favor and don't try to put Vista on anything older than 1 year and with less than 1GB of ram. It will make you do odd things like throw monitors and bark like a dog.

Other Thoughts: It never ceases to amaze me how self-proclaimed “experts” complain so much about Vista. Anti-MS trolls still spew such nonsense as “EVERYTHING Vista tries to do it fails” and “it’s not compatible with ANYTHING” etc etc. These kinds of statements are flat-out lies. There are Vista drivers for nearly 2 million hardware devices. If you actually installed Vista and it gives errors with EVERYTHING you do then you either A) don’t know to how to install and operating system (and are thus NOT an expert) or B) you probably tried to install it on really old hardware. Can’t find drivers for your hardware? Blame that hardware manufacturer – not MS. It’s not like Vista was released one day without warning and THEN hardware manufacturers had to start writing Vista drivers. OEMs have had beta versions of Vista since over 2 years ago. If they can’t put out drivers in this amount of time then they’re at fault. If this is too much for those married to XP then why did you buy Vista in the first place?

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/11/2008 4:47:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNO NO NO NO

Pros: NONE

Cons: Everything. Poor networking recovery. Game hostile.
I am going back to XP.

Other Thoughts: I don't like being a beta tester for a piece of garbage. Even their new patchs and SP1 are hammered and delayed. DONT GET VISTS

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  • Ralph W.
  • 3/4/2008 6:48:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMWV32HBSBSPDVD-OEM

Pros: Lack of Media center and aero. quick set up.

Cons: Thought would use 4 gigs of memory but reads 3.

Other Thoughts: Went back to 2 gig ddr2 800 patriot memory running at 533 and over clocked e6600 to 3.0 ghz Nice safe and fast. Memory worked up to 730mhz.

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  • Ramon M.
  • 2/26/2008 5:56:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsSave your money and buy XP

Pros: DX10, looks nice

Cons: what good is DX10 and its looks if it has tons of problems. Not only is this OS a resource hog, every thing it attempts to do, it fails. It was a nightmare when I tried to install a WAN. Vista overwrote the files for the normal Ethernet with the wan ones, it would of been ok if the WAN was working... it was not, compatibility problem. So now no more internet on that PC.

Other Thoughts: Just buy XP,it runs soo much smoother and its COMPATIBLE with everything. Vista is just a horrible OS,It will keep asking you for permission to run a single task, any task! it is soo annoying to have to click "ok" 2 or 3 times for something to run....then it fails to run it at times!!!

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  • Scott H.
  • 1/2/2008 10:35:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLoads Super Fast Looks Nice.

Pros: Vista installs easy and finds its own drivers. I installed this on a New Gigabite board with two gigs of DDR2 800 speed and it loads so fast the line only goes across the screen three times before vista comes on. It works perfectly on everything and surfs fast too. I think it looks pretty nice. Its easier on the eyes because it doesent look like tinker toys, like XP.

Cons: Love it.

Other Thoughts: YOU CAN TURN OFF THE PART WHERE IT ASKS IF YOU WANT TO PROCEED! The part where it asks you if you want to proceed with this action. I'm thinking about putting it on my Crosshair so I can play X10 games. Yes Im aware it takes away from your memory and that,s why Im using 4 gigs of Cricial Ballistic and a 5000 Black processer.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/20/2007 11:34:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHmmmm

Pros: Haven't found one yet.

Cons: It's Vista.

Other Thoughts: I got it for Direct X 10.

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