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Cheapest FULL version of Vista as opposed to OEM.

Recommended Specs

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

* 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1.
* 1 GB of system memory.
* Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)2, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
* 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
* DVD-ROM Drive3.
* Audio output capability.
* Internet access capability.

Minium Specification

Windows Vista Minimum Supported System Requirements

* 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1
* 512 MB
* SVGA (800x600)
* 20 GB (15gb Free Space)
* CD-ROM drive2

1 Processor speed is specified as the nominal operational processor frequency for the device. Some processors have power management which allows the processor to run at a lower rate to save power.2 The CD-ROM may be external (not integral, not built into the system).
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#1
I'd stick with XP until they prise my laptop from my dead lifeless hands.
#2
Well someone must know a reason to want Vista, but it escapes me.

I had a free upgrade to Home Premium and even after MS had 18 months and one SP1 to get it "right", I don't see the attraction after two months of using it - it's just XP with the ease of use & simplicity taken away by using more memory isn't it ?
#3
Is it true they are about to start offering money if you take vista?

Http://www.ubuntu.com

The sun shines out its bottom so much the back of its undies are tanned.
#4
I recently bought what many school boys would consider to be the mutts nutts of a PC running Vista - after 3 months of nothing but crashes and hangs my Dell account manager sent a copy of XP and an apology.

It does make me wonder when the likes of Dell can't get the damn thing to work effectively for business.
#5
mk-donald
it's just XP with the ease of use & simplicity taken away by using more memory isn't it ?


No its not the same as XP its completly different, thats a bit like saying that windows 2000 is the same as XP and asking why it uses more memory.

Voted hot but its probably cheap because they are the discs without the service pack on them but who cares if your saving £70.
banned#6
It's this cheap because its the home edition. I won't go on about my distaste of Vista, and for that reason I shall stay neutral on this and not vote.
#7
well my vista business (64bit) hasn't crashed in 6 months of ownership, outlook is still about as stable as an incontinent one-legged hurdler, who's stoned. ;-)
#8
but thats not to say i am a huge fan (xp perfectly fine and not so hungry). that said, i do think Media Center in Vista *is* a genuine reason to go vista
#9
I have taken delivery of a Dell laptop with Vista home premium installed one week ago and I am total lost:oops: The only way I can watch video clips online is to download them to my hard drive:x in XP just click on the link;-)
#10
What a surprise, loads of bashing of the operating system as apposed to commenting whether it is a deal.
I agree with dt_matthews that the media center in Vista is a definite selling point to the operating system, and i have never had any issues with it that werent self inflicted by trying reg hacks! :) £98 for a legit retail version is a bargain! You can download the ISO that has SP1 built in, and use the key from this packet and save a bundle. Voted HOT.
#11
Can't agree this is a hot deal. When genuine Vista ultimate is avaliable at £67 or so via the educational sites it makes the lesser versions even worse value for money.

http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Windows_Vista_Ultimate_Upgrade-details.aspx

As for bashing the OS, how can buying a slow, memory hungry, digital rights crippled, security conscious to the point of uselesness piece of rubbish be considered hot, at any price?
#12
evorgevol
What a surprise, loads of bashing of the operating system as apposed to commenting whether it is a deal.
I agree with dt_matthews that the media center in Vista is a definite selling point to the operating system, and i have never had any issues with it that werent self inflicted by trying reg hacks! :) £98 for a legit retail version is a bargain! You can download the ISO that has SP1 built in, and use the key from this packet and save a bundle. Voted HOT.


If people have negative experiences of a product they have a legitimate right if not duty to share there thoughts with others, I would not recommend this over XP but I would also not vote this deal cold based on my own prejudices:p
#13
I wouldn't pay this price when OEM can be had so much cheaper
1 Like #14
Yeh Vista is great. Been using it for 6 months now and its not been as bad as everyone says it is.
banned#15
Geemac
If people have negative experiences of a product they have a legitimate right if not duty to share there thoughts with others, I would not recommend this over XP but I would also not vote this deal cold based on my own prejudices:p


+1
#16
Excellent price and surprisingly low for a full retail product!

gazjon
Can't agree this is a hot deal. When genuine Vista ultimate is avaliable at £67 or so via the educational sites it makes the lesser versions even worse value for money.

The vast majority of the population are not students so it’s not comparable to quote student discount prices.
#17
Scribbles
I wouldn't pay this price when OEM can be had so much cheaper


OEM cannot be transfered between machines so retail is worth it if you're likely to be installing it on two or more machines before you switch to a different OS.

gazjon
As for bashing the OS, how can buying a slow, memory hungry, digital rights crippled, security conscious to the point of uselesness piece of rubbish be considered hot, at any price?


When all the other options are worse.
#18
deathtrap3000;2367131
Yeh Vista is grate. Been using it for 6 months now and its not been as bad as everyone says it is.

And I thought I was the only one who really likes Vista :)
Been using Vista Ultimate since launch, never had BSOD, and with the updates, it just gets faster! :thumbsup:
"I love it" :)
#19
deathtrap3000
Yeh Vista is grate. Been using it for 6 months now and its not been as bad as everyone says it is.


is it great or maybe it serves only to grate?
#20
dt_matthews
is it great or maybe it serves only to grate?


Thanks. I knew I was wrong, but I couldnt think for the life of me think of the correct word.
#21
gazjon
Can't agree this is a hot deal. When genuine Vista ultimate is avaliable at £67 or so via the educational sites it makes the lesser versions even worse value for money.

http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Windows_Vista_Ultimate_Upgrade-details.aspx

As for bashing the OS, how can buying a slow, memory hungry, digital rights crippled, security conscious to the point of uselesness piece of rubbish be considered hot, at any price?


Hey Gazjon.

Not sure if you are talking from personal experience or not.

I'm not sure how security concious is a bad thing? Once you've installed your apps you hardly ever see the UAC. Apart from the 'annoyance' of this it is actually a very good secure system by not allowing access to anything other than the installer, thus denying automated installation by worms and virii etc.

Also, on the memory thing. Vista uses memory to cache often used apps. Hence, my Firefox and office apps start in the blink of an eye, whereas XP will take a few seconds to load. it's better to use memory than have lots of it sitting empty!

DRM? Never had any issues in 2 years of using Vista on 3 PCs.

Slow? Well, maybe on older hardware but it flies on a core 2 duo or equivalent with 2Gb or more of ram.

Now, it's not perfect but is NOWHERE near as bad as people make out. Most Vista issues have revolved around drivers, which were a real pain, but the situation has much improved.

As regards the deal, well, Home Premium is fine and comes with most of the bells and whistles (although, really, MS should just have released the one version at £99, IMO). However, if you are happily using XP on a PC you are probably as well waiting until you buy your next PC which will likely come with Vista already installed. This means any compatibility issues you can bring to the attention of the supplier, as an earlier poster noted.

:)
#22
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64bit OEM

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Systems/Microsoft+Windows+Vista+Home+Basic+64bit+OEM+?productId=25902

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Price: £44.85 exc. VAT
£52.70 inc. VAT
#23
im adding my two peice

vista is not brillinat, but its not shocking

i have every peice of software i had on my xp machine, on this vista machine (no problems)

i have never had the pc crash

it boots up in less tahn 15 seconds

its faster than my xp machine

vista does the job well, its just getting used to it that makes it a pain, i now have it on my laptop too, i prefer vista to xp now,
#24
I love XP and will not be swiching to Vista not because it's either good or bad [lots of different opinions on that one] but because it offers nothing that XP doesn't already deliver. That said if you really wanted to swop [I refuse to use the word "upgrade" ] then I suppose it's quite a good deal so I won't vote cold.
#25
Wicked Lester
Hey Gazjon.

Not sure if you are talking from personal experience or not.

I'm not sure how security concious is a bad thing? Once you've installed your apps you hardly ever see the UAC. Apart from the 'annoyance' of this it is actually a very good secure system by not allowing access to anything other than the installer, thus denying automated installation by worms and virii etc.

Also, on the memory thing. Vista uses memory to cache often used apps. Hence, my Firefox and office apps start in the blink of an eye, whereas XP will take a few seconds to load. it's better to use memory than have lots of it sitting empty!

DRM? Never had any issues in 2 years of using Vista on 3 PCs.

Slow? Well, maybe on older hardware but it flies on a core 2 duo or equivalent with 2Gb or more of ram.

Now, it's not perfect but is NOWHERE near as bad as people make out. Most Vista issues have revolved around drivers, which were a real pain, but the situation has much improved.

As regards the deal, well, Home Premium is fine and comes with most of the bells and whistles (although, really, MS should just have released the one version at £99, IMO). However, if you are happily using XP on a PC you are probably as well waiting until you buy your next PC which will likely come with Vista already installed. This means any compatibility issues you can bring to the attention of the supplier, as an earlier poster noted.

:)



you can turn the uac off with a few clicks on ya mouse, that makes vista 10x better:thumbsup:
#26
To put this deal into perspective.

Last week Dell were selling a full system unit (without monitor) for £160 that included Vista Home Premium (reasonable specs - E2180 CPU, 1Gb memory, 250Gb hard drive etc).

So how can £98 for JUST the operating system be considerd a good deal.
#27
faevilangel
you can turn the uac off with a few clicks on ya mouse, that makes vista 10x better:thumbsup:


Well, yes, you can, but are then losing a significant security benefit of Vista. Plus, if you're installing so much software every day that UAC is an annoyance then you probably need UAC! :)
#28
but if ya don't download dodgy software you do not need it, i have never needed it cos i only download stuff from reliable sources, and i have a decent security system set up, avast av, comodo firewall, and superantispyware :)
#29
Wicked Lester
Well, yes, you can, but are then losing a significant security benefit of Vista. Plus, if you're installing so much software every day that UAC is an annoyance then you probably need UAC! :)


uac also stops you loading up any program lol, its more annoying than george bush & i cannot stand him :whistling:
#30
u can buy a dell machine with vista for not much more than this tho

might be worth looking there and getting a new tower into the bargain
#31
The-Stranger
u can buy a dell machine with vista for not much more than this tho

might be worth looking there and getting a new tower into the bargain


Then your stuck with a dell machine. You buy this if you want to put vista on an existing computer.
#32
Has x64 Vista since it was released and not a problem! And SP1 just improved it even more!
Maybe if you had recent hardware and up to date drivers you wouldn't have problems... Maybe?

XP was useless until SP2. Vista worked out the gate!

I use my Mac more though..
#33
I'd resisted Vista up until I recently built a new Desktop and HTPC. Decided Vista was the way to go as there is no DX10 support in XP. MS will eventually force us all away from XP.

I went Vista 64 in both boxes as I wanted to install more Ram; One a Core4 Q6600 with 8GB Ram and the other a Core2 with 4GB ram. I couldn't believe how easy the set up was - Fastest installs I've ever done with no problems whatsoever. both machines are overclocked and 100% rock steady.

Every piece of software I've installed works, albeit mostly 32Bit apps. 8GB ram is awesome. There's even an article on Toms hardware about the difference it makes. 4GB isn't the sweet spot, 8Gb is! with No HD thrashing at all.
One very pleased, if a little surprised, Vista 64 user.
#34
8gb of ram. Niiice!!
#35
Ferengi
I'd resisted Vista up until I recently built a new Desktop and HTPC. Decided Vista was the way to go as there is no DX10 support in XP. MS will eventually force us all away from XP.

I went Vista 64 in both boxes as I wanted to install more Ram; One a Core4 Q6600 with 8GB Ram and the other a Core2 with 4GB ram. I couldn't believe how easy the set up was - Fastest installs I've ever done with no problems whatsoever. both machines are overclocked and 100% rock steady.

Every piece of software I've installed works, albeit mostly 32Bit apps. 8GB ram is awesome. There's even an article on Toms hardware about the difference it makes. 4GB isn't the sweet spot, 8Gb is! with No HD thrashing at all.
One very pleased, if a little surprised, Vista 64 user.


nice one -- some balance for vista!
#36
So much knee jerk reaction against Vista by people who probably haven’t even used it. I’ve used Windows since 3.0 and NT since 3.51 and I bet some people here think that Vista is worse than Windows 95 or 98. If you think that then your opinion is worthless as far as I’m concerned; Windows 95, 98 & ME were all toy operating systems compared to NT, 2000, XP & Vista.

Vista is disappointing for me as it seems to be 1.25 steps forward and 1.0 steps backward but I still think that overall it’s a small step forward.
For me it’s not worth buying as an upgrade but if you’re building a new system and looking towards the future then getting a full retail version for this price is a steal. Not only can you easily and legally transfer it across systems as many times as you like but you can also upgrade to the 64 bit version for about £8 or for free if you can get hold of a 64 bit disc from a friend.

Of course OEM and student versions are cheaper but that’s not the bl**dy point.

If you vote this cold you are probably a techno bigot of the kind that automatically votes hot or cold for any Apple deal depending on your bias or feel the need to shout about Linux at every possible opportunity. (I have nothing against Apple or Linux but am bored of their fan boys).
No wonder the BNP can get so many votes in a country so full of small minded, uninformed and bigoted idiots.

For the record I have XP Pro Retail on my desktop and had Vista Home Premium on my last laptop. I’m happy with both of them.
#37
You talk about knee jerk reaction, and you call people “small minded, uninformed and bigoted idiots” You then go on to say “I bet some people here think that Vista is worse than Windows 95 or 98. If you think that then your opinion is worthless as far as I’m concerned” Everyone’s opinions are valid you don’t have to agree with them
I have also been involved with computers since the ZX81. And I have also used all flavours of Windows. Vista is turning out to be a real pain for me as I have several pieces of hardware that will NOT work with it currently:thinking: I know this will get better
I haven’t voted on this deal as I would not buy it retail.

As for people voting for the BNP that’s there choice in a democracy:w00t: I do not agree with them
banned#38
Interesting discussion :lol:.

I tried Vista for a few months but I finally gave up and reverted to XP as I was fed up of having to work around Vista's irregularities.

By the way Microsoft themselves have stated that UAC is not a perfect solution and that workarounds are "possible".

I'll give Vista another shot sometime next year.... not voting by the way as there was some features I'd like to see in XP but I can live without them for now.
#39
Its reputation for incompatability failed me when I "gave it a try"
Not one for me I m afraid and I think it's also a little dear ?
#40
MICROSOFT HAS PROMISED to provide support services for its soon-to-be-retired Windows XP until 2014 because too many of its key business users are still running the ageing OS.


What is more likely is that many of Microsoft's enterprise customers have been leaning on the company to extend the time. Most of them do not want to upgrade to the lacklustre Vista and are still shelling out fortunes for XP.

Microsoft has also been offering a downgrade programme from Vista which will need to be serviced.


http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/06/25/vole-extends-support-life-xp

Intel won't touch Vista

Comment Too broken to deploy


http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/06/23/intel-dumps-vista

OK - you might be one of the ones who is lucky and it runs well on your PC - or you might be one of the few that it just does not work with - but are more likey to be one of the majority somewhere in between.

If you buy an OS you expect it to work on nearly every computer it is aimed at.

I only have a gig of memory - but the space is there for more.

The computer has twin 2.4 xeons which the OS sees as four processors - yet runs fine with a gig and never thrashes - and is only switched off when software updates require it.

The secret....

http://www.ubuntu.com

Do most servers run Linux as it is free or it is the most stable OS to bring money into your business?

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