Which Vista Edition is Right for You?

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Bill Loguidice
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It's a great list from ExtremeTech: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2068721,00.asp

Unfortunately, the Vista Home Premium Edition seems like a good one, but it's missing some features that I'd personally like (like "Fax and Scan"). In any case, this is definitely overly confusing and I wonder if Microsoft will actually hurt sales rather than help sales with all these confusing options (these are the four primary, but there are actually more than six!)...

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Matt Barton
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Thanks, David. Maybe someone

Thanks, David. Maybe someone will buy that for me for Christmas. (yeah, right!!) :-P

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David Torre
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Matt, PC Club is selling an

Matt, PC Club is selling an OEM Windows XP Home with free Vista upgrade voucher for $99. Can't beat that.

They are out of stock now, but they should get more soon:
http://www.pcclub.com/product_details.cfm?itemno=A7252216

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Well, the issue for me with

Well, the issue for me with current (our pre-existing) systems and Vista, Matt, is that as far as I'm concerned, Vista is not optimized for their processor or memory configurations. I'm thinking a minimum dual core system with 2GB of memory would be the typical configuration one would want to run Vista the way it was intended. Otherwise, why not just stick with XP? That's my take at the moment.

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Matt Barton
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Bill wrote:I like the
Bill wrote:

I like the inherent ideas behind Vista and even the new Office, but I too will absolutely not bother upgrading my current systems. It will only make sense to me during my next system replacement cycle, which won't be for at least another two to three years.

I'm thinking the same thing. I don't even have a legal copy of XP at the moment, which has resulted in my not being able to get much-needed security updates. I checked Amazon, though, and XP is still selling for upwards of $150 for the home edition and over $200 for the pro version (which I'm using). Since I "built" my last computer, I didn't get a pre-installed anything, but only had the Windows 98 discs that came with my old Gateway clunker.

Thankfully, my tablet PC does have a legal version of Windows XP (for tablets), so I'm good there. Since I do have a rather serious problem with the security updates for XP, I've been trying to decide if I want to spring for a legal version of XP, just go for Vista, or perhaps just opt for a dual boot Ubuntu. After all, the only time I really "need" XP is when I'm playing games.

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Bill Loguidice
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I can't say I'm onboard with

I can't say I'm onboard with IE 7. I still prefer the functionality and cleaner interface of Firefox, though one still needs IE for maximum compatibility. I like the inherent ideas behind Vista and even the new Office, but I too will absolutely not bother upgrading my current systems. It will only make sense to me during my next system replacement cycle, which won't be for at least another two to three years. By then four core processor systems will be common and I could probably get 4GB of memory without thinking about it. As it is now, Windows XP works just fine, and I have no worries about being locked out of the latest Vista games since I only game cutting edge on consoles.

Besides, I honestly think my next desktop system (in that 2 - 3 year+) timeframe will be a dual-boot Mac, so hopefully by then Vista can be a pre-installed option. If I switch jobs, I'll likely be getting one of those brilliant Gateway Tablet PC's with the ~12 hour battery life. Frankly I'm not even sure I'd want a model with Vista on it, as the Tablet Edition of XP would more than meet my needs for portable computing.

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David Torre
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Pretty awful. I agree with

Pretty awful. I agree with you Bill, all these needless options are just going to hurt Microsoft. What I'd rather see is less division rather than more. How about two versions: workstation and server, and include all the multimedia stuff in an add on package (such as what they've done in the past with Microsoft Plus).

It's not that I'm opposed to upgrading eventually, I just will jump on board once I can switch off the heavy-handed, authoritarian DRM "features" and hobble the OS to my liking.

By the way, I just took a look at Office 2007 tonight. WOW. Most of the programs look like websites rather than productivity applications. Looks like they are trying to get rid of the common menu bar (the one with File, Edit, View, on top) - they've done the same with Internet Explorer 7. Maybe it'll grow on me, I dunno. What does everyone else think?

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Vista podcast. Check this

Vista podcast.

Check this out:
What We Think of Vista from the Microsoft Watch guys at Ziff Davis.

In a new podcast eWeek editor Scot Petersen and I share experiences about testing Windows Vista and using the "gold" code....

Apparently, Microsoft plans for Vista to cause all the Mac-switchers to switch back...Interesting.

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Mark Vergeer
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Indeed it's frustrating to

Indeed it's frustrating to see that the Home editions have some very good options missing. The pro Vista's are way to expensive for my taste.
What is also quite frustrating is that over here in the Netherlands, Vista is way more expensive than elsewhere. Microsoft says that is because of localizing. Well I personally don't want a localized version - just give me the English language application. In a localized Windows everything is named differently whilst below the surface (command line scripting tools etc) everthing still is english.
I do think that all these versions are confusing. Don't know if Microsoft is going to miss out on sales because of that. From what I gathered a Vista version is updatable to a more expensive and more featured version. But that is at a cost though.

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