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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    Posted
    izual1

    This is NOT a review of Vista itself, but a review of the upgrade to ultimate. I'll go through all of the possible options and tell you what I would get, if anything. Before I begin I should explain the flavors of Vista, there is basic, premium, business, and ultimate. I recommend premium because ultimate offers some extra silly features that don't warrant a higher price tag. The extra parts of the ultimate are called "ultimate extras" and are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Ultimate_Extras Most of the extras can be replaced with free software or just ignored entirely. The best example is bit-locker which encrypts your harddrive so nobody but you can read it's contents; a free piece of software called "truecrypt" is even better offering plausible deniability and resistance to cold booting. Sorry if that was over anyone's heads, encryption is part of my job. Since this is an upgrade you must have an older version of windows already, so here are my suggestions if you have.... Windows Vista Premium = don't do anything this is the best version of Vista. Windows Vista Business = if you need the media capabilities then get Premium, if not stick with Business. Windows XP pro/home = you will continue to have security updates and hotfixes for several years due to XP's popularity and continued usage on netbooks so you are not required to upgrade. If you want Vista you should check with the makers of your hardware and software to see if it will be supported, I would also suggest you save your money and go with premium, but check to make sure your system can handle Vista before you upgrade. Most people suggest having at least one or two gigs of RAM and an external GPU, meaning you have a videocard that is not part of your motherboard. Microsoft offers a piece of free software named upgrade advisor which can say if your computer is able to run vista, it is located here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx Patches do alter the speed of any operating system so a little pessimism is advised. Windows 2000 = you will continue to get free security updates until July of 2010 so you do not need to upgrade. The upgrade advisor mentioned for XP will not work on 2000. Chances are your computer is too old to run any form of Vista so I would suggest you make due with 2000 or look at XP home, not pro since that is like ultimate and not worth the extra money. If you know you want vista, get premium because basic is too stripped down and ultimate has too few extras to warrant the added cost, business isn't really for anyone who isn't outfitting business machines.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Version of Windows Yet

    Posted
    WindowsUser

    I've been a user of Windows dating back to Windows 3.0. I use Windows on a daily basis in my job (as a software developer) and at home. I've been using Vista Ultimate for nearly a year now, so I thought I'd write a review with some substance. To give you an idea of the hardware that's needed for Vista, consider that I run Vista on a five (5) year old computer. I installed Vista freshly (no upgrade) on my machine that was running Windows XP. The machine has an Intel P4 processor running at 2.53 GHz, 533 MHz front side bus, 2 GB of PC2700 RAM, and a Western Digital 150 GB Raptor. With exception of the graphics card, this was the same configuration I was running with XP. I upgraded my Radeon 7500 graphics card to a Radeon 1300 Pro to get the Vista Aero effect. I could have kept the older Radeon, but I wouldn't have gotten the slick looking Aero UI in Vista. This hardware runs Vista beautifully. So contrary to the misinformation floating around, older hardware can run Vista. If you bought a budget PC (anything running a Celeron or Athlon) 4-5 years ago, you probably won't be running Vista with it. Buy a new budget machine with Vista already on it. The great things about Vista are: * Stability. Contrary to what has been written in the Best Buy reviews, most experts admit Vista has been very stable. My experience has been quite good. It's just as stable as XP (if not more). And Vista has built in tools to help you track stability and locate problematic software that you may have installed, should you need to. * Security. It's far more secure than any prior version of Windows. Most security experts will agree with this. Along those lines, Vista's parental controls are very nice. I use these with my young children to ensure they don't see websites or play games that aren't appropriate for them. * Photo/Video Editing. With XP, I used several add-on software packages for photo and video editing. With Vista, I don't need to because Vista has it's own applications that meet my needs. * Looks. The Aero interface is very pleasing to the eye. It really compliments the trend to black/silver hardware these days. The only issue I've had with Vista is with file copy operations. File copy operations in Vista are, indeed, slower than with XP. Microsoft tweaked things in Vista, thinking it would make file copy operations faster as a whole in all situations, but it didn't. They've corrected this in several updates and with service pack 1 (which I haven't yet tried).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Use XP, Mac OS, Linux, or wait

    Posted
    Coyotezcrazy

    I got Premium with my laptop, since I had to buy it in the store (instead of online). What a disaster. _ First, it takes up almost half of the system (3Gb usable RAM, more on that later) just to sit there and do nothing. Programs that worked well on XP were notably slowed. _ Then I encountered numerous minor glitches and quirks. The biggest being the radical change in Office '07, which took me months to get used too. I still have difficulty finding basic tools in Word and Excel to this day. _ Finally, the biggest disappointment was Memory Management. I foolishly expected that Vista would be able to use more of the 4Gb RAM than XP. Wrong. It actually used LESS. So I updated to Ultimate (since it advertised Memory Management). Wrong again. MS offered a free upgrade to 64-bit. But they don't tell you that you then need all new 64-bit drivers for EVERYTHING. And, since they weren't available for all of my hardware (such as the video adapter), I had to go back to 32-bit. No 4Gb. _ The 3-D chess game and Texas Hold-Em are nice though. _ I ended up switching to Linux, with XP running inside of VMware. Same programs, better performance, and free stuff. I might get the next Windows OS. But not the day it comes out...or the year....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good operating system

    Posted
    JukeBox1

    I purchased this upgrade and it came with two DVD's. 1 for the 32 bit upgrade and the other for the 64 bit complete install. I chose the 64 bit after backing up my data to another hard drive. It is important to know that you will want to run the Windows Vista Update Adviser (optained at Microsoft's web site) before doing the upgrade. I tried out the 32 bit upgrade, before I did the complete 64 bit install, and it went without well. The only problem I had was that I had to reinstall the sound drivers to get my Creative Labs sound card to work again. No big deal. Lots of people have upgraded. Most technical ones did a clean install of the 32 bit, obviously of the 64 bit, operating system. Then reinstalled their applications and games. This may be the best thing for you to consider. Con: It would be great if the the IT would have jumped on the Windows Vista bandwagon such as they did back when Windows 95 came out. Just check to make sure your software, antivirus works with either the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows Ultimate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rock Solid on my Gateway Quad

    Posted
    showphotos

    I bought a high end Gateway (LX series) here from Best Buy a little over a month ago running windows home prem. 64. I hated it, it would lose drivers, my screensaver would never save from bootup- to -bootup, windows installer would put files in some strange places causing crashes. After spending several hours with Microsoft on both the phone and letting the tech have control of my computer only to make things worse. I decided to get the Ultimate upgrade and did a clean install over the home edition. Everything is rock solid now and runs great, very fast too on my system. The install was very easy, just have your computer booted up and put in the upgrade DVD. When it ask, do a custom install and sit on your hands... When the computer reboots a couple time a screen will appear "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD" DO NOT hit any key... just let the system do it's thing. All is good!!! I rated this as Good because I do hate some of the security features

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Welcome to 64-Bit Computing!

    Posted
    Blithbrand

    I bought this for 1/3 of retail on a special upgrade deal that Best Buy was running -- would not have bought it otherwise: the few extras in "ultimate" Vista do not justify the huge price premium over the "home premium" edition. I am running the 64-bit version and it is very stable -- slower than XP, but stable. Not many native 64-bit applications are out there yet, so there really isn't much reason to switch at this point other than to be able to use more than 3.2 GB of memory (typical limit of 32-bit Vista / XP). I'm a little disappointed in the performance hit of Vista vs. XP (10% slower in Crysis) but maybe it is caused by inexperienced device drivers and thus might improve in the future. Overall the user interface is cleaner and more modern looking than XP and multitasking seems to be a lot smoother. I recommend Vista, but not Ultimate unless you get a deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not Great

    Posted
    Pyroman0987

    Okay first of all i would like to say that this is a good product. I am running it on my "Dell XPS 420" and i am Dual Booting it with Leopard on my "MacBook Pro". It has good features and is easy to navigate. The bad part is it uses about 1 GB of RAM straight out of the box with all of the start up programs it runs in the background. unless you have 4+ GB of RAM it slows down the system considerably. I'm currently using 40% of my 2.5 GB of Ram running only Opera with all of the background programs. It also can make gaming graphics run slowly and/or jerkily if the game uses too much RAM. I would Recommend this product it is easy to navigate, personalize, and it looks great. But if you get it be prepared to have to buy some more RAM.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bad? I dont think so.

    Posted
    Hybrid

    I completely disagree with everyone who says Vista is slow. Compared to XP, Vista is much faster. Most software works with it, and if it doesnt there are a plenty of other programs exactly like it that work with Vista. I've never had Vista crash or freeze. The sidebar is very handy, and the new interface looks incredible! Once updated you can get DreamScene, an extra that lets you set videos as your backround. That's one of the coolest new features. I've found it much more secure than XP as well. Although, it's a bit annoying having Vista ask you if you trust a new program. You quickly get used to this though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than what you most likely expect

    Posted
    MrJohnston

    Windows Vista is a great Operating System, much superior than Windows XP - by far. People do not see why or how it is superior, but really, it is. Its much more user friendly, it has a lot more features added to it, and it's just completely superior overall. There are 2 bad things about it, Windows Vista requires too much for its minimum requirements in order to run it, which basically slightly "downgrades" your computer's performance, but if you have a good enough machine, it really shouldn't be a problem. Second bad thing, the software is a little overpriced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best OS Ever! (So Far)

    Posted
    knowntime

    If you ask me, I don't know why people think Windows Vista is so bad because I love it and I know every single feature, how to perform that feature, and every single aspect of Windows Vista. This is just the best OS I've ever used! I know some friends that have said they don't like Windows Vista because what goes on in the background, the effects, slow Adobe CS3 or Adobe CS4 down, but in Windows Vista you have settings to change the effects so the effects of Windows Vista don't take up RAM, ROM, or the processor. Extremely great OS if you ask me!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    East solution

    Posted
    Polarayer

    This works. It has more features and can do anything XP can do. Yes some old software won't work with it but there is a feature in Vista that allows you to run programs as a Windows XP file. Also if you don't want that pop up asking you if you are sure you want to run a program, you can turn it off. Just do some studing before you use a new product and if you find a problem with it, I'm sure you're not the only one and it will be fix during a patch like SP1 fixed many problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nothing to buy this product

    Posted
    jmilil1989
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    If u have Windows Xp I think you shouldn't buy this product because it shows off on your computer on the desktop,the wallpaper and the click on the start sign.On Windows vistat it only shows colors on the wallpaper and the start sign that your click on it .Windows Vistat show a new color and/or a new version on what it looks like.The price of Windows Vista is expensive to buy it right now .You should buy think product when it get cheaper later on it this year

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    problem upgrade with new pc

    Posted
    ecruz

    Microsoft tech logged onto my computer to load the ultimate upgrade and damaged my dvd/cd drive on my new $1,240.00 Gateway FX CPU. They did not even say sorry to this writer after being on the phone for over 6 hours. Had to return the new pc back to the store. They disabled everything on the system then tried to download all the drivers but it created many problems. Do not use the upgrade on new systems.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    Nyxie

    Vista is alright, mostly a pain though. Always making me confirm everything 3-4 times is very annoying. I know a lot of people need things like that so they aren't downloading virus's left and right but for someone who is a bit more computer literate than most it's just a pain. Vista paired with an HP computer is twice as bad also. HP gives you a lot of unnecessary programs plus the Quickplay program they offer.. I won't get into it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great buy

    Posted
    jdbj31m

    I have thouroghly enjoyed Ulitmate. I upgraded from home basic when i bought my new PC and I am glad i did. Not only does it work well,but I was able to get rid of all the junk that came preloaded from the manufacturer and its marketing allies. I cannot wait to get a tv tuner and try some of the other features. I have used it to play games and burns cd's, and it has worked very well. I like vista much better than XP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK

    Posted
    PTD77

    Although this product has everything you need to use your computer, the main issue I have with it is that it is vista, an incredibly overpriced piece of bloatware that drives many users insane. Personally, I would stick with XP or Linux, but if you have to buy vista, buy the home edition, because really, besides the $100 gap in price, there isn't much difference.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Operating System

    Posted
    Twinsfan08

    Vista is simply, if you have a good computer then feel free to purchase it. However, if you have a poor prebuilt computer, then simply stay away. For memory issues 64bith addresses more than 4GB of memory 32bit cant read more than 4gb. Otherwise amazing product and have not had any issues whatsoever. Granted, I built my own PC so i knew it would be able to run it perfectly

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    eh

    Posted
    Parkus45

    Windows vista is an AWESOME OS if you are just a basic home user. It looks nice. Vista has many problems, for one compared to its Father Windows XP, vista has way to many procces running at start-up. It comes with extra programs that arnt needed. So if you have a blazing fast home based computer, Vista is for you, if not stick with the much better XP.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    vista sucks

    Posted
    barlo

    slows down your computer insignificantly by choking your memory and EVEN your video card. why would i use my video card and memory for display purposes on a desktop. i want to use it for photo and video editing, games, entertainment, movies not on a display GUI. dont expect to use quicktime player with vista

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much better

    Posted
    bargainhunter57

    I did the beta when it first came out. It was such a nightmare I went back to XP. Spouse told me I had to go back to Vista if I wanted to use the graphic card upgrade. This is much better. Alot of the "problems" I had before aren't there. Been using Vista about 2 months now and it's been hassle free.

    I would recommend this to a friend