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I know its a bit out of date with Windows 7 being out now, but a legal copy of Windows for £35.99 isn't that bad surely?

NOTE: I know you can buy Windows 7 Pro off software4students for £40 but thats just an upgrade. You can install this from scratch without a Windows OS preinstalled.
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#1
Wouldn't you be better off buying an oem copy of windows 7 from about twice this?

Edited By: CyBerman on Feb 08, 2011 16:30
#2
CyBerman
Wouldn't you be better off buying an oem copy of windows 7 from about twice this?

Yes you and your computer will live longer.

Vista is a pig - I'd avoid it like the plague (even if it was free)...

My 2 cents...

Shima
#3
OMG it's OEM VISTA oO
2 Likes #4
go for windows 7 and if you comp cant handle it use XP.
avoid vista like the plague, if someone offers you it for free they are actually trying to insult you.
1 Like #5
Note also that Home Basic was the lowest level of Vista, without some features included in Home Premium and above.

In fact Microsoft have dropped Home Basic for Windows 7 except in certain countries like China, Russia etc.

I still run Vista on a computer at home and it is not that bad, not as bad as its reputation would suggest (I am sure many people would not know it was Windows 7 if you did not tell them).

However I cant recommend this, even at this price.

Cold.



Edited By: guilbert53 on Feb 08, 2011 16:47
1 Like #6
It's not just the fact that it's Vista, it's the Home Basic version which is graphically devoid.

Save the pennies and buy a W7 license as others have said.
#7
get the upgrade edition then use a reg edit guide from the internet to activate it if you got no

took me 5mins, very easy

Edited By: yus786 on Feb 08, 2011 16:47
2 Likes #8
yus786
get the upgrade edition then use a reg edit guide from the internet to activate it if you got no took me 5mins, very easy

Why bother paying at all then? Both hacking an upgrade and warez are breaches of the EULA and both just as 'illegal' as the each other.
1 Like #9
MS has to pay us to be running a PC on Vista
#10
plus £3.58 for shipping not that anyone will buy this
1 Like #11
Along with windows m.e this was a poor operating system, Pay the extra and get windows 7
#12
shimagoza
CyBerman
Wouldn't you be better off buying an oem copy of windows 7 from about twice this?

Yes you and your computer will live longer.

Vista is a pig - I'd avoid it like the plague (even if it was free)...

My 2 cents...

Shima

+++++++++++++++++1
1 Like #13
Oh, come on, you must be joking.
I have a 2009 calendar, I might post that.
#14
Don't step back in time, remember Win Me, Vista is not much better than Win Me.
Take my advice go for Win7.
#15
Better off selling Torres shirts in Liverpool, bud!
#16
lol this is hilarious, i didn't actually post this seriously. I do know stuff about pcs and i absolutely hate vista.

i'm just LOVING how cold this is getting!!
3 Likes #17
I know a place in town were you can get a copy of windows 3.1 if anyone is interested.
#18
lol -601! haha

It is terrible though. Have some chilled heat m8 ;)
[helper] 1 Like #19
Give me XP anyday!!!!!
#20
It'd be overpriced even if they dropped the price to £3.59. Vista is not an operating system I have any urge to use again. Ever.
1 Like #21
BurningFeetMan
yus786
get the upgrade edition then use a reg edit guide from the internet to activate it if you got no took me 5mins, very easy


Why bother paying at all then? Both hacking an upgrade and warez are breaches of the EULA and both just as 'illegal' as the each other.


True that, but those that avail themselves of the trick that double installation turns an upgrade into a full version aren't that bothered about the niceties of EULAs, whatever those are worth. It is more the case of not falling foul of Microsoft's 'genuine advantage' update hurdle. Less hassle than a cracked key.
1 Like #22
LOL Vista. What other stupid things have you done today?
1 Like #23
alexwalker3
lol this is hilarious, i didn't actually post this seriously. I do know stuff about pcs and i absolutely hate vista.

i'm just LOVING how cold this is getting!!

Mmmm. Not sure about this.
Maybe you saw the temperature
falling and decided on a new reason
for the post.
1 Like #24
Can someone please tell me exactly whats wrong with vista?in laymans terms, every one scratches there head,sharp intake of breath,OMG dont go near it!! whats sooooo bad!
#25
Chris_Bou
Can someone please tell me exactly whats wrong with vista?in laymans terms, every one scratches there head,sharp intake of breath,OMG dont go near it!! whats sooooo bad!

Welcome to reboot city my friend.

Vista has had so many patches which have all been (imo) an attempt to be what Windows 7 is.

My 2 cents... for now....

Shima

Edited By: shimagoza on Feb 08, 2011 19:09: MASSIVE RANT !
2 Likes #26
It's very resource hungry (uses lots of CPU power) it's very unstable and despite many patches still seems to crash more often than George Michaels.
#27
martyn_3000
It's very resource hungry (uses lots of CPU power) it's very unstable and despite many patches still seems to crash more often than George Michaels.


There are not enough "+1"s in the world...

And +1 extra for comedy value
#28
WOAH!! is this the coldest ever?
1 Like #29
Heat added :P

I know every loves Vista bashing, but I have it on my main desktop and it's fine; I think when it was launched there were lots of compatibility issues, but they're fine now - I run 64 bit Vista Home Premium and have had very few issues indeed. I plan to move to 7 when I get an SSD (for TRIM support). I'm not saying Vista is perfect - it isn't - just that it is nowhere near as bad as it is fashionable to say it is.

I realise this is basic rather than home premium, but it seems like a good price for legit windows to me. I don't think you can buy XP now and 7 is considerably more expensive.
#30
spraint
BurningFeetMan
yus786
get the upgrade edition then use a reg edit guide from the internet to activate it if you got no took me 5mins, very easy


Why bother paying at all then? Both hacking an upgrade and warez are breaches of the EULA and both just as 'illegal' as the each other.


True that, but those that avail themselves of the trick that double installation turns an upgrade into a full version aren't that bothered about the niceties of EULAs, whatever those are worth. It is more the case of not falling foul of Microsoft's 'genuine advantage' update hurdle. Less hassle than a cracked key.


so is it illegal to do what i did?

it didnt take long and was very easy to do and i didnt run any hacked prog on it or whatever so im assuming it wasnt illegal as ms would have made it much harder to do no?
#31
spraint
BurningFeetMan
yus786
get the upgrade edition then use a reg edit guide from the internet to activate it if you got no took me 5mins, very easy
Why bother paying at all then? Both hacking an upgrade and warez are breaches of the EULA and both just as 'illegal' as the each other.
True that, but those that avail themselves of the trick that double installation turns an upgrade into a full version aren't that bothered about the niceties of EULAs, whatever those are worth. It is more the case of not falling foul of Microsoft's 'genuine advantage' update hurdle. Less hassle than a cracked key.

Your right of course :)

Just playing devils advocate ;)
#32
so is it illegal/does it breach the eula?
#33
yus786
so is it illegal/does it breach the eula?
I am no expert on law and the internet. Thou technically it might come down to license you may haee had on your operating system before you upgraded. Thou i think it was a pretty neat idea. Wait to see if ms read this, and take ur as to court or not :D
#34
yus786
so is it illegal/does it breach the eula?


The two are not necessarily synonymous. The problem is the legal status of click-through EULAs, which is very murky at best. There have been some court proceedings in their favour - in the US, but their enforceability in Europe is much less clear and in some legislations, that of Germany, I believe, non-existant.

Playing devil's advocate here, Microsoft is well aware of the loophole with the upgrade disks since Vista came out and has done nothing about it since. What is undoubtedly criminal is the price Microsoft set Vista at, which was £365 for the 'Ultimate' version! I ended up paying just shy of £200 for the upgrade, which I booted up probably about 4 times in total. Even Apple draws the line somewhere.
#35
Chris_Bou
Can someone please tell me exactly whats wrong with vista?in laymans terms, every one scratches there head,sharp intake of breath,OMG dont go near it!! whats sooooo bad!


At the risk of being chastised here is my view -:
This deal is very cold however Vista is not the awful OS that some are announcing here, I wager that many who are 'dissing' Vista have not actually tried it themselves, people like to go along with the crowd and many have read bad reports of vista and it's seen as being au fait to hold that opinion, to compare vista to ME is crazy IMHO, I have used both and Vista is 100% better than ME ever was.

Windows 7 is a very good OS IMHO the best to date from MS but lets not forget that under the 'hood' it is basically Vista with many updates and improvements, if you bought vista in it's early days it was a frustrating experience but if you still use it now with all the fixes it is not a bad OS and although I would advise anyone buying an OS now to go for W7 I do not think it is worth changing to if you already have an up to date copy of Vista, unless you have issues with it.

So IMHO this is a very cold deal but Vista is not that bad an OS.
#36
yus786
so is it illegal/does it breach the eula?
Installing Vista breaches EULA, because you'll hate it some much, you'd have to abuse it (ie install an upgrade of Windows 7 and deleting the hell out of C:\Windows.Old folder).

Best way to simulate having Vista installed on your machine is by having the Firefox ver 3 browser installed, downloading 100 average add-on, then activating them all at once. Each new tab can represent a new explorer Window in Vista... notice the amount of RAM you've just consumed opening just Google. Similar incompatibility problems, such as addons for Firefox ver 2 not working on ver 3 are also similar to Vista. Also notice the large numbers of patches that claim to fix things, but exhibit the same, if not worse performance than before.

Finally, when Firefox crashes and burns, taking out all your tabs you've opened too... my friend, you've just BSOD. Funny how Firefox and Vista aren't even technically the same, but do well to demonstrate their similar flaws! :p

It's not all MS fault for the poor release, but I wouldn't install Vista on my machine even if they paid me £35.99.

Edited By: ShaunnyBwoy on Feb 09, 2011 12:32: typo
#37
ShaunnyBwoy


Best way to simulate having Vista installed on your machine is by having the Firefox ver 3 browser installed, downloading 100 average add-on, then activating them all at once. Each new tab can represent a new explorer Window in Vista... notice the amount of RAM you've just consumed opening just Google. Similar incompatibility problems, such as addons for Firefox ver 2 not working on ver 3 are also similar to Vista. Also notice the large numbers of patches that claim to fix things, but exhibit the same, if not worse performance than before.

Finally, when Firefox crashes and burns, taking out all your tabs you've opened too... my friend, you've just BSOD. Funny how Firefox and Vista aren't even technically the same, but do well to demonstrate their similar flaws! :p

It's not all MS fault for the poor release, but I wouldn't install Vista on my machine even if they paid me £35.99.


Well I would! send me the £35 notes and I will be happy to install a copy of Vista on one of my PC's!

I used Vista for 2 1/2 years and after the initial bugs were ironed out I found it perfectly OK.

As for Firefox well I have used that since it first became available and I used Netscape before that, I really don't understand why you 'diss' Firefox TBH?
#38
nilrem
ShaunnyBwoy


Best way to simulate having Vista installed on your machine is by having the Firefox ver 3 browser installed, downloading 100 average add-on, then activating them all at once. Each new tab can represent a new explorer Window in Vista... notice the amount of RAM you've just consumed opening just Google. Similar incompatibility problems, such as addons for Firefox ver 2 not working on ver 3 are also similar to Vista. Also notice the large numbers of patches that claim to fix things, but exhibit the same, if not worse performance than before.

Finally, when Firefox crashes and burns, taking out all your tabs you've opened too... my friend, you've just BSOD. Funny how Firefox and Vista aren't even technically the same, but do well to demonstrate their similar flaws! :p

It's not all MS fault for the poor release, but I wouldn't install Vista on my machine even if they paid me £35.99.


Well I would! send me the £35 notes and I will be happy to install a copy of Vista on one of my PC's!

I used Vista for 2 1/2 years and after the initial bugs were ironed out I found it perfectly OK.

As for Firefox well I have used that since it first became available and I used Netscape before that, I really don't understand why you 'diss' Firefox TBH?


Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Firefox in general, but after version 3, it doesn't handle addons that well. Even on a clean install with only one tab open, it will consume twice as much as it is suppose to. I use firebug, and although it helps a lot in development, should I dare forget to leave it open overnight, the next day it would have managed to stack 2gigs of process memory usage of my 3gig development machine (which then shifts to virtual memory and slows all processes).

There are work arounds, and thankfully, I'm not lehman to them, but it still requires "fixing" on my part to get it working right.

As for Vista... you are indeed a lucky individual. Maybe if you have Aero switched off, and running it on a basic monotone theme, never plugged anything pre-windows Vista into it, compatibility tested your hardware and graphics cards, and weren't a software developer, you could live with it. Dreamscene was fun if you had the resources, but gimmicky, and I liked the styling, but couldn't bare anything else.

Edited By: ShaunnyBwoy on Feb 09, 2011 13:56
#39
reason i ask is i bought a laptop and it had noOS on it, so i used my win7 upgrade disk to put win7 onto it by using the reg edit.

now im wanting to sell the laptop but it hasnt got a disk or a sticker underneath with a serial number or anything but the win7 on it is it legit or not legit? am i legally allowed to sell it with the win7 on it?

cheers
1 Like #40
yus786
reason i ask is i bought a laptop and it had noOS on it, so i used my win7 upgrade disk to put win7 onto it by using the reg edit.

now im wanting to sell the laptop but it hasnt got a disk or a sticker underneath with a serial number or anything but the win7 on it is it legit or not legit? am i legally allowed to sell it with the win7 on it?

cheers


I would imagine that officially it's not legal but it depends really who you sold it to as to whether it mattered!

If you bought a full copy of W7 and installed it on the lappie then sold it, no problem.
If you upgraded an existing copy of W7 with a genuine upgrade disc no problem.
If you just install a copy of W7 then hacked it to make it 'legit' It's 'naughty boy' time.

It depends on how 'understanding' the buyer was and what you told them about the OS!

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