I thought it would be an appropriate time to start to discuss Windows Vista. As I understand, Windows Vista is due to hit the shelves from 30th January 2007 or soon after.
Already, many online retailers are listing Windows Vista in their shops for pre-orders. So I thought I would post the best prices.. So far..
Here are the best prices I have found inc VAT excluding p&p.
Please note: 32bit & 64bit editions seem to be priced fairly equally, therefore the prices listed are all based on 32bit builds). For simplicity I have listed the products that appeal mainly to home users, I have excluded the N release (which do not include Windows media player)and Business & Enterprise versions which are priced based upon licences and media as separate items. I have also excluded the XP + Vista upgrade coupon route as Vista only package prices seem to be priced at around the same respective prices.
For a breakdown of features see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/editions/default.mspx
Windows Vista Home Basic
Upgrade (Microsoft Product ID 66G-00017 ) £79.21
OEM (Microsoft Product ID 66G-00576) £55.28
Retail (Microsoft Product ID 66G-00021) £155.58
Windows Vista Home Premium
Upgrade (Microsoft Product ID 66I-00018) £124.73
OEM (Microsoft Product ID 66I-00715) £70.19
Retail (Microsoft Product ID 66I-00017) £184.47
Windows Vista Ultimate
Upgrade (Microsoft Product ID 66R-00021) £203.19
OEM (Microsoft Product ID 66R-00765) £120.95
Retail (Microsoft Product ID 66R-00020) £309.03
Upgrade: Must own a fully licensed copy of any previous edition Windows, i.e. 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP
OEM: Must be purchased together (i.e. on the same invoice/receipt) with at least one core PC component, i.e. Processor , Motherboard, Memory, Graphics card, Keyboard, Mouse, Power Cable (please can some one confirm) also there seems to be some uncertainty about migrating the licence from system to system if you significantly change/upgrade your hardware.
Prices sourced from http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl
which seems to be at the cutting edge of competitive prices.
Much of this is based on my own personal knowledge and research I have conducted for my own personal use, I would appreciate it if someone could confirm. A good source of information about Windows Vista can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista
If anyone can add to this please post and I will update this header as often as possible.
Please only reply if you have something constructive to add or if you find cheaper prices. If you have general Windows questions or complaints please find another forum.
Hope this helps
Note: Only Windows 2000 and XP are valid for upgrade versions. For more information see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeinfo.mspx