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Vista Final has hit. which version are you getting?
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Vista Final has hit. which version are you getting?
Home Basic
5%
 5% 1
Home Premium
38%
 38% 7
Business
0%
 0% 0
Ultimate
55%
 55% 10
Starter (for any of our non European/US members)
0%
 0% 0
Voted : 4
Total Votes : 18
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Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:45 am Reply and quote this post
Home Basic: Home Basic is intended for budget users not requiring advanced media support for home use. The Windows Aero theme with translucent effects will not be included with this edition. Home Basic will support up to 8 GB of physical memory. Price: 200$, upgrade: 100$

Home Premium: Containing all features from Home Basic, this edition will additionally support more advanced features aimed for the home market segment, such as HDTV support and DVD authoring. Extra games, mobile and tablet computer support, file system encryption, and a photo management application are also included. This edition is comparable to Windows XP Media Center Edition and Tablet PC Edition. Home Premium will support up to 16 GB of physical memory. Price: 240$, upgrade: 160$

Business: Comparable to Windows XP Professional, and aimed at the business market. Does not include the Media Center features of Home Premium, but does include the IIS web server, fax support, offline files, dual (physical) processor support, Remote Desktop, ad-hoc P2P collaboration capabilities, Previous Versions, and support for 128 GB of memory. Price: 300$, upgrade: 200$

Ultimate: This edition combines all the features of the Home Premium and Enterprise editions, and additionally comes with podcast creation support, a game performance tweaker (WinSAT), DVD ripping capabilities, and special online services for downloadable media, as well as additional customer service options. The Ultimate edition is aimed at high-end PC users, gamers, multimedia professionals, and PC enthusiasts. Price: 400$, upgrade: 260$

Also note the other releases will be:

Starter: Much like Windows XP Starter Edition, this edition will be limited to emerging markets such as India,Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, and Indonesia, mainly to offer a legal alternative to using unauthorized copies. It will not be available in the United States or Europe.

Enterprise: This edition is aimed at the enterprise segment of the market, and is a superset of the Business edition. Additional features include multilingual user interface support, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application support. This edition will not be available through retail or OEM channels, but through Microsoft Software Assurance.

Well, That is part of the 'End Of Life', it essentially means that you have to upgrade. But don't worry, XP will be supported for another 4-6 years according to microsoft spokesperson  

I think I would like Ultimate, with the  podcast creation support, a game performance tweaker (WinSAT), DVD ripping capabilities, and I will get it... somehow  

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Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:08 am Reply and quote this post
that is complete extorsion to be honest. All they need is 3 version not like 10 lol.
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:14 pm Reply and quote this post
I'm sticking with XP. The only way I would use Vist is if I bought a PC with it installed. And that's unlikely since I like to build my own.
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:32 pm Reply and quote this post
Ordered my Vista today. I'll tell you all what it's like a few days after I get it. And yes it is Ultimate.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:24 am Reply and quote this post
I'm getting home premium for the time being (I'm pretty skint at the moment) but I'll get ultimate a bit further down the line. The only problem is I run about 5 machines and can't afford to spend a grand on vista for each of them so I think they'll be sticking with XP or moving to Debian linux.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:32 am Reply and quote this post
At the moment I am sticking with XP and that’s because I have been using Vista on various computers since November and it really does nothing for me.

If I had to get one though it would be the Home Premium version.

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Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:48 pm Reply and quote this post
Vista is 'more secure' says Gates

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Windows Vista is "dramatically more secure than any other operating system released", Microsoft founder Bill Gates has told BBC News.

Mr Gates said the security features in the new operating system were reason enough to upgrade from Windows XP.

Microsoft launched Vista in London, with more than 100m computers predicted to be using it within 12 months.

Mr Gates also defended the pricing of Vista, which is twice as expensive in Europe compared to the US.


Microsoft starts Vista hard sell

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Microsoft has launched its latest version of Windows, called Vista, with more than 100m computers predicted to be using it worldwide within 12 months.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates called the launch a "big day" that would bring a new digital workstyle and lifestyle.

The new operating system (OS) boasts an improved interface and security tools.

But not all PCs will be able to run Vista - Microsoft recommends machines have at least 512Mb of RAM, a 800Mhz processor and 15Gb of hard disk space.

Microsoft has pledged to continue support for XP users until 2011.

The company launched Vista for business users two months ago. Now Vista has been released to consumers, who can buy four home versions.

There is also a stripped down version of the OS, Vista Starter, which is aimed at customers in developing countries. It will be available in 70 languages and will run on slower and older PCs.


But...
Microsoft Updates Vista Before Roll-out
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Microsoft released several updates to Windows Vista Monday, the day before the new operating system debuted for consumers and landed on retail shelves. None of the updates were security fixes.

The five updates for the 32-bit version of Vista -- one was immediately replaced Tuesday with an update to the update -- fix difficulties installing the OS on PCs with more than 3GB of memory, troubles connecting with a VPN (Virtual Private Network) server, and performance problems with Internet Explorer 7 and its anti-phishing feature.

The largest of the five updates, however, is one that addresses incompatibility issues for a host of applications and games, ranging from Adobe's PhotoShop to Zoo Tycoon. Multiple Microsoft titles -- Microsoft Money, Outlook 2003 -- are also on the list. Others of note include Opera 9.02, IBM Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5, and RealPlayer.

Users should not only expect a steady clip of updates to Vista, said a Gartner analyst, but they should actively sniff them out.

"Once you get a new machine, you should connect to Windows Update to get security updates, even if no driver updates are required. You should also familiarize yourself with whatever facility the PC manufacturer provides for driver updates and see if they have any updates," said Gartner research vice president Steve Kleynhans in an online note.


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Vista users can retrieve any necessary updates via the operating system's built-in Windows Update feature. Alternately, they can download them from the Microsoft Web site.

The first scheduled security updates after the consumer release of Vista are pegged for Feb. 13.


PC World has gone VIsta Mad, as has Ebuyer
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/editorial/windows_vista

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Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:13 pm Reply and quote this post
Does anyone know if the rumour about upgrading to Vista invalidates your XP code?
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Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:22 am Reply and quote this post
i'm personally sticking with XP. don't really think its worth the cost, just to have a cool lloking API, and especially as i can't just get a ripped version of it. apparantly it dismantels itself if you start playing with its insides   (well so i heard on click anyway   )
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:51 pm Reply and quote this post
I don't want to get Vista for a while yet. I'll wait until the price drops and my machine actually has the space for it for now, as well as waiting for any bugs to be sorted.
Contributed by ricco_madboy, iVirtua Regular Member
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:17 pm Reply and quote this post
im getting a free copy of home premium from microsoft, so no money being wasted by me, and i also got a free home premium key off someone i know.
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:23 pm Reply and quote this post
The best distribution is Home premium, but MS have made too many versions of vista, home basic is a shit hole of an OS, do not get it.

Ultimate is just over the top. It is a poor display of being desperate to make it look cool.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:54 pm Reply and quote this post
If I were to actually get it, Ultimate. But the beta has ruined the experience for me. Home basic is a rip off.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:05 pm Reply and quote this post
I won't be getting it for a long time...
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:23 am Reply and quote this post
Would take it as a freebie but have no purchase plans.........corrent oses do what I need them to do.
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