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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 Review

    Posted
    Windows10

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 is kind of okay to me. The first time I use Vista, the first thing is that the looks of it is much more pretty, cleaner, and more clear then Windows XP. The Windows Aero glass effects are awsome. Microsoft really sure make Windows nice as a Apple Mac. The User Account Control is a very important secuirty feature however it's annoying for some people. It's a little annoying to me. But it's better not to turn it off. Windows VIsta really has more features that Windows XP doesn't have. The Windows orb logo appears during boot is very cool. Very good animation during the boot. Windows XP doesn't have that. The start button in Vista is much more better then XP start button. The reason why is that the start button in Vista saves more space and everyone knows that it's a start button, don't need to say the word start on it. The Windows flag logo in Vista is way better then XP. There are several things that is not good about VIsta. I have understand that Windows VIsta got alot of negative comments. I felt sorry for that but I have also felt Vista's bad side. One major thing that I really notice is that some of my programs that worked with Windows XP doesn't work with Vista. This is the part that makes me frustrating. I also have tried to install an old game program in Vista that works with WIndows 98. I can install that program sucessfully in Vista, but the graphics is very slow. I install the games in Vista that were released in 2002 works fine. Windows Vista is slow and I also have noice that when I boot my computer. In the boot area where the green taskbar loads. It loads too long and after it finishes. It takes a while before the Windows orb logo appears. I would might recommend this to a friend. Since that Windows Vista has more good features and looks great. If you buy a more powerful computer then it should miinimize the slow in Vista but not garentee. It depends. Having a better CPU and RAM will make VIsta run better. You can upgrade your program that doesn't work with Vista to a program that works with Vista. For Windows User: For those who hate Vista, I felt sorry for you guys. You guys are back to Windows XP. For things to make you better. Microsoft's upcoming operating system for WIndows 7 should be able to resolve your problems. Microsoft said that Windows 7 is a improved version of Vista. Windows users don't get angry about that Windows 7 is an improved version of Vista. Microsoft is making major performance improvements to it Even compatiblility improvements. I already have gave alot of feedback to Microsoft about improving the Windows 7 operating system. To Mac Users: For those of you said that Mac is better then Vista. Think Again! Microsoft's upcoming operating system which it is called Windows 7 will be much more better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Best version of vista, that's not saying much

    Posted
    izual1

    If you insist on vista, then this is the version to get. It lacks the useless extras of Ultimate and has none of the impairments of home basic. The reasons to get vista are numerous, DX 10 for gaming makes this future-proof for several years and it will get you accustomed to the new user interface decisions. The security is also better than the previous XP allowing you to run as a limited user for almost all of your time on the machine. The security is also a big issue since the user access control warnings show up far too often and lead to some annoying slowdown. Make sure your machine has a powerful enough CPU, GPU, and memory collection, this is a bit of a hog, but subsequent updates have helped trim the fat. I would suggest at least two gigs of ram, one might be OK if you turn off the aero and glass effects but 512 MB is crazy. One last caution is to check compatibility with your older peripherals like scanners, printer, and the programs you have grown accustomed to. XP came with a backwards compatibility feature, but vista seems to lack the ability to use most of the older stuff; if you don't believe me, look around and notice how some programs and hardware lacks the "vista compatible" logo. But if your system is up to it and you aren't using anything too old with your machine, this is the way to go for security's sake.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great OS

    Posted
    KJ23

    I bought an Acer Aspire 5610z laptop with Home Premium preloaded in 2007, and I really didn't know what Vista was. I enjoyed it, though. I don't know why everyone hates Vista, it is great! Love the fact that it comes with Windows DVD Maker, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, and Media Center Preloaded. Windows Defender is nice, but it doesn't function as a full virus protection program. You need to get one seperatley. I love Windows Sidebar and the gadgets available for it. My only gripe is that Vista can by very demanding of system resources, so I would recommend installing it on a pc with more that 1 GB of RAM and possibly a processor faster than 1 GHz. My Acer has a 1 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM (the minimum required), and Vista was very fast at first, but once the 80 GB hard disk got down to having 3-4 GB left, it began to get sluggish, but not so sluggish that it was intolerable. Everything still loads fine and it boots up fast and shuts down fairly fast. Overall a great OS. Would definitley install on another computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good buy for new computers

    Posted
    Gragen

    I build my own computer, Amd 6000+(dual core 3.0) asus mvp mobo, crossfired ATI HD3870. And runs great. Way better than XP. Faster, smoother, gaming is better. Takes about a month before you relize how much better this is than XP. Well in my case anyways. Never had a crash, blue creen of death, freeze, nothing EVER!! I dont know what other people are running on their machines but as long as you stick with anything pretty much new shouldnt ever run into any problems I havnt. The only reason why i gave it a 4 is that atleast 3 gigs should be used, would say 4 gigs would be the normal bt 32bit vista only dedtects 2.7 (3gigs) and would have to get the 64bit version for it to detect anymore than that. Which then 64bit version of vista has a few issues with "older" prgramming and pretty much can only run 32 bit and 64bit programming. Also antoher thing is the User Account securty popups that you get everytime you want to do something, if im logged in as the admin shouldnt even have these at all as its asking you if access is okay to install this particular program 2!! times. Should just hapen once if at all, this can be disabled though. After you get your computer setup you hardly ever see those notices. I did not disable them and are no longer a problem as iv installed everything that i once used before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Peoples Problems

    Posted
    Speedy1987

    I don't know what everyone's problem is but the only bad thing i can find about Vista is the User Account Control. It is constantly popping up which gets annoying but when you get though all of that it is not that bad. I think most people don't even have the min. system requirements which is why they had so many problems, but if you have them you shouldn't have any problems at all. I have been running it for about a year now and when i first got it i was skeptical, but after getting used to it it is really quite better than XP. It boots faster. is more stable and when a game i had crashed i could exit out of it and the computer would continue to work unlike with XP which i had to do a hard reset on. I will admit it takes some getting used to and it can get frustrating, but once you get used to it Vista can be on of the best OS's out there. For you Mac users it is way different than a Mac and i know you may not like the Windows OS, but don't diss it because you can't get something to work the way it did in your Mac. Windows is different than Mac so get used to it. it has been since the two OS's came out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't bother upgrading...

    Posted
    Duran290

    First off, I don't usually bother reviewing products if I like them. When I don't like them, however, I think it's best to warn people, haha. Seriously, though, I never thought all the down-talk about Vista would prove to be so bad. Well... it is. I swore I'd give it a chance and I did. I was pretty darn excited at first and then it all started falling apart. 3GB of RAM will do you way better on XP. The graphics on Vista hog a lot of your resources and, in my opinion, it's not worth it. I feel as if it's a 'wannabe' MAC. Shoot, if I wanted a MAC I would have bought MAC! I want a PC! In all, Windows XP is FAR more productive and comprehensive than Vista. Sure it might seem more primitive but I guarantee you'll get the most out of your computer. Whether it be office/work productivity, media-junky type stuff, and even gaming; XP will do the trick and even save you a couple headaches.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big Improvements

    Posted
    Anonymous

    We Have this version of Vista that camepre-installed on our PC. I like it alot. I'm even thinking about upgrading my laptop to it. However $239.99 is very pricey. Mac OS X is just $129.99 and it can be usedfor upgrade or fresh install. At first we did run into some driver issues furcing s to buy a new printer. I'm currently testing Windows 7 Beta on my Laptop. I will get Vista so I can enjoy it and then get Windows 7 at a discounted cost when it is released. The Areo is really beautiful. I also love to record TV with Media Center. You will want at least 1GB of RAM and a prosser higher that 1.8 Ghz MyLaptop (Gateway MX6426) Has 1Gb of Ram, 8GB HD and an AMD Turion 64 running at 2.2 GHz. The Gateway is the one running Windows 7 Beta. It has a sticker on it saying Vista Capable so I'll get Vista Home Premuim. I really suggest getting it. It is such a new great fun experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Vista Home Premium

    Posted
    Dawn69

    I fist purchased Vista Home premium in Jan. of '08 at Best Buy. I found the OS to be very intuitive. Frankly I couldn't understand why people were having such a hard time with it. I did find it to be a bit slow. I wondered if I'd made a mistake. Then about a month after I purchased it I found that I was eligable for a free upgrade from Microsoft to the 64 bit version of Home Premium. That was when my pc popped. I've never looked back. It's quik, it's fun and has so many more options than previous OS's. Home Premium also did the coolest thing, when I upgraded to 64 bit it had to do a clean intall, but it saved everything on my pc in a folder called "windows old". As a note: If your pc is 64 bit you can get the free upgrade, but you have to BUY Home Premium first and install it. Then you can go to microsoft.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Vista Home Premium

    Posted
    Michaelnwo

    I've had Windows Home Premium for 2 years now, it was a little shaky at first but 10,000 updates later it's actually pretty good. Don't really understand why people think its so much harder to use than XP. It takes a little time to get used to but once you do your golden. With Windows 7 coming out soon there's probably no reason to bother with Vista. The only complaint I have is that some software is still not compatible with it even though vista has been out for 3 years now. Most software is now though. The second beef with Vista is that it runs slow sometimes because it uses too many resources, I have 4 Gig Ram and it still doesn't run fast sometimes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must-Have Upgrade!

    Posted
    mpittman93

    Despite what so many people say about Windows Vista, I love it! It works great, it looks great, and it's a very easy and cost-effective upgrade to almost any computer that can run it easily. The improved programs like Media Player and Photo Gallery really make it easy to do almost anything you need to do without installing any third-party applications. The only problem I have ever encountered is that older programs (such as Office 2000) will not work on Windows Vista. My advice, however, is rather than skipping Vista, just upgrade your other software! Everyone who has a PC should have Windows Vista as their operating system!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WIndows Vista Home Premium is the best OS EVER!

    Posted
    dan4tech

    WINDOWS VISTA IS THE BEST OS, STABLE, FEW BULNARABILITIES (ACCORDING TO MICROSOFT, TOMSHARDWARE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ETC. COMPARED TO MAC OS X, AND WINDOWS XP). HOWEVER, YOU NEED AT LEAST 2GIGS OF RAM, INTEL CORE 2 DUO OR ATHLON X2, 160 GB OF HARDISK, AND A DECENT VIDEO CARD. I WOULD NEVER RECOMEND WINDOWS VISTA HOME BASIC, BUT I WOULD CERTAINLY RECCOMEND WINDOWS VISTA HOME PREMIUM, BUSSINESS AND ULTIMATE. ONE MORE THING, MICROSOFT WILL BE REALISING PRETTY SOON WINDOWS VISTA SERVICE PACK 2, AND IN ABOUT A YEAR, WINDOWS 7 OPERATING SYSTEM.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not great, but its not that bad

    Posted
    MariRose

    I do not know why every says Vista is so horrible. Sure, the long time it took Microsoft to build this (6 years?) was pretty embarassing, but overall, I feel Vista is a far more reliable OS than XP. Remember when XP came out? Everyone screamed bloody murder, but people adapted. I feel everyone will do the same with Vista. I have a habit to multi-multi task which freezes the computer, but thats me problem. Overall, Vista is a step up, but not a great step up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst product ever

    Posted
    Aidyla

    This operating system was put out way too early. It still has too many bugs to be a viable os. "Blue screen of death", as it is known in the computer world, is all too common. Sent laptop with it installed back 3 times after blue screen, and it blue screened again. I play World of Warcraft. The video kept messing up, and the sound was horrid. I would never recommend this product to anyone. I personally believe it needs to be taken off the market and redone in its entirety.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Compatable with my system but is pricey

    Posted
    Joey7200

    You know the term Location location Location. In Vista's case Configuration Configuration Configuration. I waited til SP1 was released. So far I haven't had any copatably issues. I did a Clean install. It installed all my hardware periherals with no problems. I also install my software with no problems. I do some video editing, games and its really actualy faster than XP. Boy I was suprised. It all depends on you configuration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth The Upgrade

    Posted
    kosmoskid

    After putting off buying Vista for about a year, I bought a laptop with Vista Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 and was impressed. It is a nice, stable OS with a lot of built in software. I also found that with the proper computer (Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 GB of Ram) it runs like a top and handles multitasking like a pro. I was very scared at first, but after making the jump couldn't figure out what everyone was complaining about.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not for the faint hearted

    Posted
    Vatsu

    I do like vista due to its newer options and some of it's features, looks beautiful. but it does have drawbacks, it consumes a chunk of resources, and mine crashed for some unknown reason and my recovery disk(or all of Toshiba's recovery disk) was faulty and couldn't recover. here's an advice, always back up your files. Vista overall, when you get pass the resource troubles, is worth the experience

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    No Problems With Vista

    Posted
    robertho

    I've been running Vista for almost a year now on a new laptop I purchased and haven't had any problems. No crashes, no hardware or software compatiblity problems, nothing. I've connected printers, MP3 players, external hard drives and everything worked just fine. I so satisfied at this point, I wouldn't even consider switching back to XP. It would be taking a major step backwards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the trouble

    Posted
    BillTheCatz

    I bought a new HP Media Center with Vista Home Premium and it won't do anything. No FAX capability, video record doesn't work well - only 2 minutes and it stops, it claims almost all my home movies are copyrighted!, most programs don't run. Lots of problems and absolutely zero support from HP. I'm going back to XP or Win 2K. I'd avoid vista if possible.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    VISTA IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted
    GCGReviewer

    Vista is horrible. I bought a new computer with vista because my old computer was really slowing down. But my old computer at least could run programs and didn't crash every ten minutes. I'm going to have to purchase XP and install it. VISTA IS A WASTE OF MONEY AND A BIGGER WASTE OF TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

    Posted
    maddog94

    when i got a new computer about a year ago vista was forced on to me.All vista products are terrable.Microsoft was not helpful at all when i asked for good old xp back.If you get a computer with vista you will be sorry.Personaly i would strongly recomend a mac.Go Apple!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend