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Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1 64-bit for System Builders DVD - OEM

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Business Rules 7/6/2009 11:02:51 PM

Pros: Boots quickly. Not bloated down with excess. Allows plenty of ram. Easy to navigate.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I already had Vista home premium on my lappy so I was fairly used to the change from xp professional. It's pretty user friendly so I don't have any problems making adjustments and customizing to my liking. So far I hadn't any problems finding 64 bit conversions so this os rates well for me. I guess it helps to have up to date hardware.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Better than expected 7/3/2009 12:38:32 PM

Pros: Got this for a new system build and didn't have any driver issues with any installed components. I was rather surprised when my older external devices had the drivers auto installed and they work just fine.

I was worried about some of my older programs working on x64 (much less Vista), but I was able to get them all installed and running. I even got QuickBooks 2005 running, which Intuit told me would not work with Vista. Once I found and installed an older version of Adobe Flash Player, it worked just fine.

Cons: UAC is rather annoying. Win7 makes some improvements on that, fortunately. Vista takes some getting used to. MS had way too much fun renaming and moving things around, which can be rather aggravating until you figure things out. I don't really like the Vista backup feature, as it doesn't allow you to view the individual files without having to use the backup utility. I found some open source backup software that zips up the files, so I can more easily retrieve a file.

Overall Review: I have to admit that I was rather reluctant to go with Vista, after primarily using XP for many years. I have Vista installed on my laptop, but I don't use that machine very often. Now that I have to work with Vista full-time, it is rather growing on me.

I could kick myself for not holding off on buying this for a couple of weeks. If I had, I would be getting a free upgrade to Win7. Oh well.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
easy to install - drivers can be an issue 6/16/2009 10:34:42 AM

Pros: The interface is nice and customizable, loading the PC up with RAM couldn't hurt system performance, some apps optomized for 64 bit OS (photoshop)

Cons: Lot's of homework required for current driver settings. I had frequent crashing early on due to outdated hardware drivers.

Overall Review: The only 64bit PC OS in town 'till WIN7 later this year.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
4/ 5
6/15/2009 9:13:12 PM

Pros: 64 bit not for looks like Ultimate

Cons: still Vista

Overall Review: if your gonna get vista business is the way to go

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Excellent 4/19/2009 4:33:16 AM

Pros: I am very pleased with it. Speedy, streamlined, hasn't crashed yet ;)

Cons: Zip so far.

Overall Review: I just wanted to counterpoint the review that mentions having spent 1300 on hardware. I spent 700 including a 21" 1080p lcd, and have 5.9's on everything except graphics (Radeon 4350). I could have added 150 to my budget and easily gotten a 5.9 there too... = $850 spent total, minus 189 for my lcd so 661 or so. It's not that power hungry.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5/ 5
Spanned desktop 4/16/2009 2:30:41 PM

Pros: Spanned desktop does work, just like in Vista - I'm using one right now with a Dell laptop with Vista Ultimate. Aero is on, works with it off also.

X64 works great, use all that cheap RAM out there! The 64 bit version seems more stable than the 32 bit version. Then again, Dell laptops are very old with device drivers, the NVidia driver is almost 8 months old, so I blame this on Dell, not Windows.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Pro's/Con's have been debated left and right, but I was struck by another viewers note that you can't span desktops. I'm using Vista right now, on a spanned desktop. So it does work.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Not too shabby but... 3/25/2009 12:58:16 PM

Pros: Fasst, clean, and fairly user friendly especially once you turn off a lot of the bloat (indexing, UAC, etc.) however I would NOT encourage everyone to turn of UAC as it puts the system at risk. If you have a strong understanding of computers and computer security then it's an option to increase performance and eliminate annoyances.

Cons: First is it's resource hungry. It's slightly annoying to lose a fair portion of your resources just to the core os and second Microsoft (due to DRM in the underlying OS as I understand it) has eliminated the ability to perform a horizontal span on your desktop when you have multiple monitors. For clarities sake, if you have two monitors you can run them (under XP) as either 2 separate monitors at say 1280 x 1024 or spanned creating one large monitor at 2560 x 1024. In vista, you can run them as two distinct monitors but NOT as a spanned desktop. This was disapointing to say the least as one of the screenshots that sold me on the move to Vista was the screenshots from Microsoft Flight Simulator X with the DX10 upgrade and that's the only game I play in Horizontal span mode. Not pleased.

Overall Review: Windows Vista is a solid offering from Microsoft that when configured properly runs well. I've shunned it since it's release (even though I work in IT and have been doing so for 15 years) due to some unfavorable first blushes. Recently I built a new Intel i7 Gaming system and realized I really had no choice if I wanted DX10 support. It was absolutely worth the upgrade from XP. Games look amazing compared to an identicle XP build on the same hardware and the performance is crazy fast. XP32 seems to limp where Vista seems to almost know what I plan to do next. I've had no problems with drivers or applications that won't work however all of the hardware connected to my PC is fairly modern (less than 2 years old). Given all that I can certainly recommend this product as a solid offering. Just remember it's resource intensive. I'm pulling 5.9 on all scores but also spent $1,300 on hardware alone.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Its Windows What Else Are You going to Expect 3/18/2009 12:32:14 PM

Pros: Well it wasnt scratched thats a plus.... and my dvd drive read it just fine

Cons: well its windows so dont expect nothing to big. but it was a gamlbe cause people were complaining about the disc being scratched but mine was perfect condition!!!!

Overall Review: i only got this operation system cause im running 8 gb of memory so i needed the 64 bit edition and cause of the newer games coming out today
Running:
ASUS P5N-D
Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1 64-bit
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W
OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 8GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
2 PNY 9800 GTX+

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