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Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-Bit 3 Pack for System Builders - OEM

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/29/2008 12:46:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsVista Rocks

Pros: My Vista systems with SP1 are more solid than my XP systems ever were. And with the speed of the systems I run, I don't see any significant performance difference between XP and Vista. There are a lot of nice little features that make everyday tasks a lot easier. I would never go back to XP.

Cons: There's a steep learning curve. Finding out where things are and how to do things takes a while sometimes. But I went through the same thing going from Windows 98 to XP, so it's not really a big issue.

Other Thoughts: Vista is the future. Vista is solid. It has bugs, but so what, there is no software without bugs. MacOS got bugs, Linux got bugs, everybody gots bugs, deal with it.

If you're running an older system, there's no reason to upgrade. But if you get a new system with Vista installed, it will be capable of running Vista well.

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  • Todd L.
  • 3/31/2008 9:14:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot for newbs

Pros: It's here to stay and is the future of MS OSs.

Cons: Okay - Microsoft rushed it. Well, really they rushed some of the underlying driver architecture. The 32-bit version of Windows does NOT require signed drivers. However, if you use unsigned drivers, you will get dialog boxes telling you that your driver isn't signed. This is the same behavior as XP. Those complaining that it's a resource hog: Turn off ReadyBoost, SuperFetch, and the Aero interface. You'll get much closer to Windows XP levels.

Other Thoughts: If you're new to building your own computer, stick with Windows XP. Vista really likes higher-end hardware. I'm running Vista 32-bit for most of my systems (total of 5), but they're all at or better than a 3.2GHz P4 Prescott and 2GB of DDR400. To get decent performance out of Aero, use a GF6600 or better since the video system sees it as a full-screen 3D application.

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  • Russell K.
  • 2/20/2008 7:23:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWOW BAD!!

Pros: Pretty. This OS is so bad I switched to Linux.

Cons: Compatibility, Still has new OS Bugs after a year, promised features where left out. Your paying a lot extra money for hardware for their buggy DRM anti-piracy stuff that's just a bunch of bloatware and doesn't stop actually touch piracy.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2007 11:50:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsVista is not XP

Pros: This is tomorrow's OS... I can't wait to see DX10 games on this OS!!!
Vista and it's Aero interface are simply gorgeous.

Cons: Yep, it's true... if you're not into screwing around with your OS, stick with XP for another year or so, until an SP or two, and until you can afford to put it on the hardware it DEMANDS; by then the drivers and apps will be plug and play. They're not, yet.
Vista is also a resource hog, on today's PC's.

Other Thoughts: The apps, games, and drivers for Vista simplay aren't up to speed.. .they're getting there fast, though, so if you can think ahead more than next week, there's obviously no choice.

Um, gee, lemme choose, Win98, or XP?


Run this on a quad, with the next gen DX10-compatible VPU's? It will be a whole next level of immersion, no doubt about that.

I put Vista Premium on a 3GHz P4 Presshot, with 2 GB of slow RAM and a Ge6200... it rates a 2.2 on the Vista compatibility scale, which ANYONE even CONSIDERING an upgrade to Vista should definitely pay attention to.

Microsoft gives us this tool, to tell us exactly how Vista will perform on our machines... if you put Vista on a machine with a compat index rating of anything less than 2, you are living in some sort of head in the sand fantasy world.

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  • Zachary H.
  • 1/23/2007 7:51:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsCool

Pros: This OS is great if you like flashy and "glassy" looking menus and window. It improves on system reliablility and boot time. The features are excellent, but most are uneeded or there is already a better application that people are use to. The areo thing is cool but i never use, only to show it off.

Cons: It does not have a ton of compatability with current XP items. Uses a ton of ram, but i only have one gig anyway. It only allows digitally signed drivers and requires you go into a special mode during boot-up if u wish to use one. Many features are really not that cool. The security features are annoying most of the time, too.

Other Thoughts: Its nice to have something different than XP.

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