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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Evolutionary, not revolutionary.

    Posted
    Jruther2

    Having beta-tested Windows for years and used all types of Windows PCs alongside Macs for both home and business use, I am surprised at the backlash Microsoft has suffered from this OS release. Awful PR strategies aside, Vista is no more resource hungry than XP was at the time of its release, nor less stable. The difference has been the increasing move to laptops, which are harder to upgrade and which have, historically, a longer lifecycle. You can put a new video card in a desktop and turn a Vista Capable machine into a Vista Ready machine. You cannot do this with a laptop, with some odd exceptions. I have installed Vista Home Premium on several units, from a year-old MacBook Pro to an eight-year-old Sony VAIO (which, despite being "Designed for XP" and top of the line in its day, never ran XP well). My respective expectations on each machine have always been exceeded. It's truly not as bad as some would make it out to be. I've upgraded three machines and never had a failure or problem; the upgrade routine is smooth and easy to follow. I wish it ate up less RAM for its processes; I am running the 32-bit edition on 64-bit PCs, though. x64 may be different. It does crash applications less often and does prompt me to reboot less often than XP. I can't assess how well UAC works in a family environment; I have no small children and I use a hardware-based firewall, so I turn it off. Device support is better than I expected. I don't expect Windows' Plug-and-Play to work as well as it usually does. My main beef with Vista is how Microsoft sold us Aero Glass. Aero and Flip were supposed to be evidence of how much the Windows interface has changed, and frankly, it hasn't changed all that much. The underlying technology has changed - WDDM and DirectX 10 will surely be capable of churning out some great stuff in the future - but like DirectX under Windows 95 and 98, those changes aren't here yet. In perspective, a translucent window border seems a lot more like a gimmick than a must-have feature. It is prettier than the Luna theme though. There's no revolutionary change in how I interact with the computer. Some tasks are more straightforward than before, others less so. The long and short of it is that you either have the hardware to run Vista, or you don't. If you do, and your applications are compatible, then it is, in my opinion, a better experience than Windows XP. After using my Vista machines, my XP work laptop seems dated. But Vista is not a computing revolution - just a lot of subtle changes that make living with Windows a little more bearable day to day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Its ok.

    Posted
    PaoloT

    So its okay. Installation was easy and fast. Requires more ram, and includes aero theme, anytime upgrade, switch between windows, ie7, and UAC tools which is new. I wish I got business or ultimate because some tools from XP is only in those two versions (like some cmd commands, more network options) I also found this out the hard way that I used the DVD and booted from it and I formatted my harddrive and did a clean install then when I tried my product key it didnt work because I can only upgrade so I had to get a new key or buy Windows XP Home or Media Center. Here is some help If you have: Windows XP Pro get: Windows Vista Business or Ultimate Upgrade Windows XP Home Edition get: Windows Vista Home Basic Windows XP Media Center get: Windows Vista Home Premium or: Windows Vista Home Basic can upgrade to: Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate Windows Vista Home Premium can upgrade to: ultimate Windows Vista Business can upgrade to: ultimate Windows 2000 and older must get the FULL version which is more, this also goes for Mac unless you have Windows XP installed on boot camp.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really better than it's made out to be...

    Posted
    mn12sc35th

    I, like a lot of people, was extremely sceptical of Vista. Based on what I had read/heard, I had no intention of using it. My new laptop came with it, so I gave it a chance. Now, I can't see myself going back to XP (I may even upgrade my desktop). It has a much cleaner look than XP (which I always setup to look like Win98, I hate the XP scheme). You can actually use more memory with it (though you may need the 64-bit version, which will have issues with some older programs that won't recognize anything but a 32/16 bit OS). While it does use more memory than XP (My mother's 32-bit sits at about 700mb, my 64-bit at about 1200mb, vs my desktop's XP Pro at around 400mb) it operates very smoothly. The built in parental controls are pretty easy to use, as is the networking, especially for wireless. The only thing I really hated about this was the User Account Control..... and you can disable it (run msconfig, theres a disable uac option under tools). If you meet the requirements (though I would go 2gb of ram personally), try it out. It's a whole lot better than the media makes it seem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I dont understand why people complains so much...

    Posted
    MACS

    I don't understand why people complains so much about Vista compatibility and say that they prefer a mac (the only way to make a "compatible mac" is to install windows on it so it can run windows programs). I´m really happy with Vista and it allows me to do everything I need without any problems. I use it for working (MS Office 2007), playing, and even some image editing. I think that the people who had trouble with Vista is because they are not careful enough about the websites that they visit and also because they try to run many programs at the same time without knowing the limits of their systems. My PC crashes every now and then but its not MS fault, it´s my fault due to excessive use/abuse of my PC (like multitasking while playing and opening many different tabs on the browser at the same time). You shouldn't have any problems as long as you don't do that sort of stuff. BTW: I really want to thank MS for offering Vista and Office 2007 at a really low price for students at my university campus, its a really nice touch for cash stranded students.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    Posted
    SurStuff

    I purchase Microsoft Vista Premium upgrade, regarding all the other reviews that it was bad operating system that Microsoft has design. When I got home opening up the box install it onto my machine right away it gave a choice to look for update drivers for my system I was like wow then it also gave me the option to do upgrade or fresh intalled. I think the cool features of the product was it gave me several options to do a backup when you do a clean install (RECOMMEDED) always do clean system install. I loaded Microsoft Vista onto machine ask me to plug in all my hardware found all up to date drivers and away I go. I install the backup disk and it loaded all my old documents from profile really nice intall, and then I was like a kid in a Candy Store a lot of cool new features in Microsoft Vista. Thanks to BEST BUY for having this product on sale its the best ever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    You'll be glad you upgraded

    Posted
    Hoover

    I had been a naysayer of Vista for awhile and I was up until recently refusing to have anything to do with it. I installed this yesterday and wonder now why did I ever wait. I had been having problems with XP and it refused to install the way it had always done so previously, considering it a full version it should have had no problem. Anyway, I went to install Vista and it was quite a breeze, found 99% of the drivers for my my 4 year old Dell desktop and I was up and going as if I had just rebooted. Only problem I have is with Windows Defender, but it'll get fixed....if you are a naysayer like I have been put it aside and upgrade to Vista....you'll be glad you did

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Bad Decision

    Posted
    Hashbrown

    I bought a laptop with Vista already installed. I do alot of compter related work and it is just slower than an XP computer. Not to mention it takes a couple of minutes to boot. (prompts and all) And it is just the fact that it takes so much longer load things like programs, open tabs in IE, games, games don't run as well, multi-task (graphic design/ web surfing/web programming.) And I know the laptop is fast enough to handle all that I built it for multi-tasking. Vista has some cool features like the sidebar I use for watching the Sun's activities, weatherbug, calender, email. etc. Its an ok product. Would be a great product if it just ran as fast as XP.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    NOT GOOD

    Posted
    pastorpresent

    First let me say that this crashes allot. I have never seen so many errors and crashing. Its funny because you have to pay more to get windows XP added to your computer rather then vista. The reason for this is because of the heavy crashing and unstable program vista produces. Some of the features are set to run like Mac OS. There is still some compatibility issues that need to be addressed as well. I dont care for this operating system and if I could have chose XP I would have. Unfortunately this is the program that is being slammed on all of the new computers :-( ( I would not reccomend this operating system in any way other then looks.)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Stay Away

    Posted
    John92627

    I have had this OS for 8 months now and it has been problematic from day one. Programs are consistently locking, and I receive dozens of error messages per day. The error messages are worthless as the links contained within them to resolve or diagnose the problem almost always come back with a message such as 'Windows cannot diagnose the problem' (in fact I cannot remember an instance in which Windows was able to diagnose or fix the problem). I recently had to reinstall the OS after it had a fatal error related to the WiFi Catcher. I have had many versions of Windows - this has been by far my worst experience.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    media does this no good

    Posted
    DONTTAKEMYNAME

    the media gave vista a bad name but it is very good. they made the network space easyer to use. put a glass finish to the edges of an application. adviser gives you more contral. fire wall has stayed the same. 32 bit systems will be able to use most of the software out there. 64 may have a harder time. xp users may not likeit cause of all the changes but you will like them when you have it longer then xp all over great and mac cant expect that. older computers may not be able to change due to you need1 gb of ram

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    So bad I converted to Apple

    Posted
    Pofke13LT

    3 gigs of ram intel centrino2 processor and it takes half a day to turn on? it uninstalled the built in webcam drivers on its own and the replacement driver is not available.. hangs up on internet often. the layout is completely bass ackwards and everything you have learned over the last decade is irrelevant. I have been with windows since windows manager 3.1, and have always had a thing against Apple... After Vista, Guess what? I now own a blazing fast Macbook with a third of the processing power yet 10 times the speed and performance.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best O/S ever created

    Posted
    Windowsguy

    This is by far the best Microsoft operating system ever created!! The security is outstanding, the features are great, the appearance is absolutely awesome, and lastly, its a windows o/s, how could you ever buy mac o/s, never do it!! thats a warning!! It will fail you, and I cannot begin to list the problems with mac, Windows Vista is the way to go if you want productivity, speed, security, coolness, fidelity. This is the operating system for you!! Buy Windows Vista and I assure you, you will be satisfied!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best OS Ever!

    Posted
    PCGeek1

    This product was amazingly fast to install (it took me only 25 mins) and it was worth the money. My laptop strats much fatser than it did with XP and runs faster as well. Also, before upgrading to Vista my computer registered less RAM than it had installed but with Vista, more is shown (the full amount actually).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Worst MS Product ever.

    Posted
    cavisco

    Installed on a 3.2G P4 with 2 gig memory. Significantly slower than XP and extreamly slow when compared to Ubuntu. Wiped it out after about a week and reinstalled Ubuntu and XP as dual boot. Constant nagging from alerts is enough to drive anyone crazy. Don't waste your money on this pig. Obviously defective by design. Upgrade to XP or Linux.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    back up on all programs befor you install

    Posted
    msredhaed

    I feel for the money I spent it should have UPGRADED my basic ,not deleated and replaced ALL my programs!After installing I have had to reload everything.I thought that by purchasing the UPGRADE it would simply add to, not replace the existing Vista!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great OS

    Posted
    Dragons78

    I was a bit concerned about upgrading from XP to vista but in the end i think that it was worth it. It is easier to use after geting used to it. I love the Areo design and the new start menu. I love everything about it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst OS EVER!

    Posted
    jjb6789

    Do not buy at all costs. It is too slow. you should not buy it. Get an Apple computer. It is so much better. I have a Vista based laptop and I hate it. My laptop is a usual laptop with 2 GB of RAM. DO NOT GET IT!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    Supers

    Apple keeps putting out commercials claiming that people are switching back to XP and that Vista is flawed. Nothing could be farther from the truth, if you think you want to try Vista, do it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT PRODUCT!

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Works well on my new computer, came installed with it, on my old laptop I installed it, fast install on it. Good Product, Windows AERO ROCKS! So does Windows Media Center

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good platform

    Posted
    dd0615

    I love the new graphics designs. Word takes a while to get used to, but some changes are upgrades. Switching views of windows, to view them stacked, etc is a nice addition also.

    I would recommend this to a friend