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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Add memory

    Posted
    TUBuckeye29

    There's a lot to know/consider about Windows Vista. My laptop has Vista Business pre-installed. The security (Windows Defender) sets you at ease - it alerts you instantly if something "ain't quite right." Windows Aero makes the OS visually appealing; and the Windows Sidebar is very useful as you can customize it to have a variety of tools & utilities. I decided to upgrade the XP Media Center OS on my desktop to Vista Ultimate. Be sure to visit Microsoft.com to download the Vista Advisor - it gives you a report advising you if your PC is Vista-friendly (not only in terms of hardware, but software as well). I have a pretty powerful desktop, so the report indicated that I was ready to go, aside from 4 or 5 "this might be an issue" indicators. Word of advice: if you run the Advisor and it states that anything on your system may have even a possibility of a problem, then uninstall it before upgrading. The report said that my printer driver and scanner "might" experience problems, and that my PDA software also "might" have problems. The report provided links to sites where I could download upgraded driver & application software for these items; but I figured I'd install them after the Vista upgrade. Well, I installed the Vista Ultimate upgrade, and tried to upgrade the things the report indicated. I was unable to. On top of that, several other applications failed to work - including the Media Center. And I was unable to uninstall the problem items successfully when trying. In the end, I wound up having to wipe my hard drive (after backing everything up) and reinstalling the OS. By the way, Vista upgrades don't work like Win95/98/Me upgrades & XP upgrades. The Product Key only allows you to use the Vista upgrade to UPGRADE a previous OS - it isn't possible to use it to do a complete Vista install and use the disk from a previous OS to validate. I wound up having to install my XP OS on first, and then (before installing drivers & programs) running the Vista upgrade & installing the device drivers afterward. Well, aside from that trouble, Vista Ultimate works great. In addition the the features I stated from Business, the Media Center is fantastic. I haven't attempted to use the BitLocker yet; but the added security sounds great & I intend to put it to use. In Windows Explorer, a Search bar is open by default; if you're looking for a file, type in some details. The indexing is extremely fast - once you index your HD (or drives), the searches take literally seconds - I have 1TB of HD space to search thru, too. I have 3GB RAM on my PC, and a Dual Core processor. Previous critics have noted the necessity to exceed the minimum RAM indicated - this is definitely true. I find that I typically only have 1GB Ram free with Sidebar & regular processes running. Meaning that 2GB won't cut it. In the end, Vista Ultimate will be useless to you if your PC can't handle what it has to offer. Sure, you can turn off a lot of the features/options; but, in that case, just buy Vista Premium. I'm a guy that will put virtually every piece of Vista Ultimate to use, and I think it's great once you get it up & running. P.S. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to reformat/replace your HD & reinstall Vista OS, you won't be able to activate it for 24-48 hours. Microsoft went to a lot of trouble validate & catalog genuine Vista Product Keys. If you reinstall Vista & try to reactivate it in a lesser period of time than I indicated, it will tell you that the activation key is already in use, and that you have 30 days to buy a new Product Key or Vista will cease working. But look in the Windows Help documents; you DO NOT need to buy a new key if you simply reformatted or replaced the HD or other hardware. Just wait a day and try again. The activation is governed by a server system that catalogs the activation. Your PC connects to the server occassionally to verify concurrent activation; the server can determine when the key needs to be reactivated.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate rip-off

    Posted
    gochichi

    If only it were were ready and had support. Not even Microsoft is Vista ready. Install Royale Noir theme on Windows XP and you'll be 500 times better off. This thing will be OK in 3 years, but why wait. Stay with Win XP, this is not ready for market... not even now. If you want something with more pizzaz get an Apple (that's "Ultimate"). I was excited about DreamScene because I saw it at the store... wow, it's extremely performance hungry. Maybe in 3+ years it'll be OK. Just rendering the background takes up about 20+% of each of the processing cores in my CPU. That's a lot, and it gets boring within around 15 minutes... back to regular backgrounds. Vista is a disaster, and momentum alone is keeping Microsoft selling this junk. I didn't listen to all the negative user comments on Vista... I had to see it for myself. The only problem is, no returns... so it's a big price to pay for curiosity. On a positive note, this will always be the piece of junk OS with the most junk. It isn't all that unstable, but there's not a whole lot of stuff that runs well on it... certainly not as well as it does on Windows XP. Highly recommend stay with Win XP for compatibility with the world and for gaming and add a Mac for your "lifestyle" stuff. It's not only that it's not "ready", it's that they need to go back to the drawing board and conceive of a friendlier way of doing things. Hope Vista doesn't last as long as XP... perhaps Linux can get its act together in the next couple of years so that there's another alternative.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very Good But Not for Everybody

    Posted
    Homeboy

    I upgraded to Ultimate from Home Premium (see separate review of Home Premium). If you are looking for a Windows operating system that looks good, this is the one. If you are looking for a Windows operating system that runs good, you are better off with Home Premium unless you absolutely must have the Bit Locker feature, the stunning Ultimate extras, and fax capabilities. My Home Premium ran fine on 1 GB; I had to upgrade to 2 GB RAM to get comparable performance from Ultimate. Unless you absolutely must have the additional features found only in Ultimate, you are better off with Home Premium; but, as stated, be prepared to add RAM.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Recommended for most

    Posted
    reviewer2

    Windows Vista demands too much RAM and hard space. The recommended 2 GB of RAM needed to run this does not do too well when mutiple programs are running and it isn't very good for gaming. You need atleast 4GB of RAM and most people do not have and are not going to spend the money for that. Most people recommend having 150GB free space on your HD after installation and to have most of that memory kept free. If you must run Windows stick with XP until Microsoft does something about their memory problems. If you don't need Windows I recommend trying Mac OS X as it is more advanced and only needs 256 MB, yes that's right MB, of RAM to run. Thats just my opinion do what you wish.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    dont be fooled by haters...

    Posted
    WingRibDave

    i think the last guy who wrote a review on this product just didnt have a good enough computer to run the ultimate edition of vista. if you computer is good enough to handle it, vista is definately the way to go. it runs so much better and is much easier to use, and it looks alot nicer than windows xp, not to mention all of the bonus features. personally, i have both windows xp and vista ultimate on my computer, i have had fewer problems and smoother navigation when using vista, the only downside is you do have to have a strong system to run it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Satisfying

    Posted
    slick77goon

    Windows vista Ultimate is the ultimate. It has windows Vista buisness and permium put together. Its Beautiful but read the system recommendations carefully because this program is demanding.....(GET RAM) it a good program to use its easy, fast and there are more fixes coming for it from microsoft. Gaming is great on it too. Security is upgraded and a program to control your C: drive is clever. SO get the program when ready.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent purchase

    Posted
    galactica

    This is the best operating system Microsoft has come out with yet, and possibly the best out there. The security is practically flawless, the visuals are stunning, and the functionality is second to none. Though it is a little pricey, it is well worth the cost. The interface can even be adjusted to accommodate more budget friendly computers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Worse OS in the history of MS

    Posted
    jedghill

    I believe that MS will release a new Windows Vista version 2.0 in the market soon due to all the problems it have. I would like to see some of the features that Mac OS X show in Leopard. It´s incompatibility is the worse of the problems of this MS operative system. Please keep your Windows XP and never "upgrade" to Vista.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate is good!

    Posted
    HotrodDave2

    Irecommend vista windows and since it's been out i've had no problems at all and i get better quality from using it.So no matter what system you have , it works!I recommend this product to all my other family and friends.!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Software!!!

    Posted
    MeIsMyName

    All and all, this is the best operating system and it knocks the socks off of apple's new OS. I am using it right now to write this review for a great product.

    I would recommend this to a friend