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Windows Vista £55.28

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9y, 10m agoFound 9 years, 10 months ago
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

The catch:
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.
Retail: Expensive

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
Dan

Note: Only Windows 2000 and XP are valid for upgrade versions. For more information see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeinfo.mspx
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#1
Not too sure why someone voted cold:? Good post:thumbsup:
#2
ummmmm is vista the new windows?
#3
OEM version and a cheap mouse a good option :)
#4
Windows Vista Home Premium for me the upgrade option is fantastic seen as i have media center
#5
Richierea
OEM version and a cheap mouse a good option :)


Yet to be confirmed, but i'm fairly sure that one core PC component is the minimum purchase requirement for Windows OEM releases.

Dan
#6
Thanks for this DanB :) It's actually not a bad idea to discuss Windows Vista and find the lowest prices for each option. I think Lambda_tek are pretty average on the price though.
#7
what a rip-off home basic is, Premium OEM is only an extra £15! i swear m$oft did it to con unwise people out of their money
#8
Slightly off topic - I've been using Vista for a few months, from RC1 to RTM, and the one thing that's just not ready (apart from a bunch of drivers) is the Aero desktop. It has to keep switching in and out back to standard desktop for various reasons. Anyone else getting cheesed off with this?
#9
I just ordered my upgrade. £12.00 P&P but free with a new PC.
#10
Bargain Hunter
Slightly off topic - I've been using Vista for a few months, from RC1 to RTM, and the one thing that's just not ready (apart from a bunch of drivers) is the Aero desktop. It has to keep switching in and out back to standard desktop for various reasons. Anyone else getting cheesed off with this?


Does this happen on all PCs or lower spec ones? I havent used Vista yet, but am worried by upgrading it might reduce an otherwise speedy machine to a jibbering wreck? Do you find it quite quick generally? If so what kind of spec is ur PC?
#11
Will it be worth it?

Will there be restrictions in burning backup CD's and DVD's?

Is IE7 still a pile of cack?

How long before the first service pack is issued?

Is there any real advantage in upgrading from XP Pro?

Will the inclusion of Media Centre features give all the same usage as Media Centre 2005? Including being able to use a remote control?

Will Vista, being a 64 bit OS, benefit my current Athlon64 3200 setup?

Questions questions...
#12
Anyone in there right mind would be mad to touch Vista Basic..:-(

Windows Vista Home Basic is aimed as casual PC users who do little more than surf the Web, check e-mail and create/store/share basic documents. The Home Basic version will not include support for the AeroGlass Desktop interface.
#13
crazylegs
Will it be worth it?

Will there be restrictions in burning backup CD's and DVD's?

Is IE7 still a pile of cack?

How long before the first service pack is issued?

Is there any real advantage in upgrading from XP Pro?

Will the inclusion of Media Centre features give all the same usage as Media Centre 2005? Including being able to use a remote control?

Will Vista, being a 64 bit OS, benefit my current Athlon64 3200 setup?

Questions questions...


There are some serious problems with DRM, Microsoft have included quite a lot of "features" to appease Hollywood - http://www.grc.com/SecurityNow.htm#74

Listen to this podcast if youre interested ;)
#14
Oh I already know that Russ...My post was questions for others to ask before buying...
#15
Yep, but its helpful to reference the points youve made with some hard evidence. I agree, but wanted to back it up by saying Securty Now has pointed out that all the copy protection for HD content will mean your PC will certainly be less stable and playing back most contend, HD or otherwise will take a massive amount of processing power as its dealing with the content, and also all the encryption which seems pretty obsessive.
#16
Apparently what i read in a computer mag was that if you have a (copied) copy of this do not try to run it as after 28 days the program installed on it will shut down your computer.
#17
russ
There are some serious problems with DRM, Microsoft have included quite a lot of "features" to appease Hollywood - http://www.grc.com/SecurityNow.htm#74

Listen to this podcast if youre interested ;)


Yeah, I'm a "computer enthusiast" who likes his games. Vista is needed for the new Dx10 standard for graphics cards, but I'm not in any hurry to upgrade. Why? All of that DRM crud that I'd have to put up with. XP works just fine for me, hopefully I won't need to switch for at least a year, and hopefully some nice nerds will solve my problems by then.
#18
I'm currently using Vista Business, got it freee via uni. It's ok, not much different from XP, it automatically runs the best settings that your PC can cope with and even scores your PC...I got a 3 :(
#19
i'm not going to bother with vista for a couple of years - basically until the bugs have been ironed out etc.
#20
russ
Does this happen on all PCs or lower spec ones?


The aero problem is the result of apps incompatible with the 3d flyover, nothing to do with performance. Almost all of them are java stuff, and that'll be upgraded sometime soon.


I havent used Vista yet, but am worried by upgrading it might reduce an otherwise speedy machine to a jibbering wreck? Do you find it quite quick generally? If so what kind of spec is ur PC?


I've got a Pentium 3.5ghz with 1GB and a 6600, and it's just as fast as XP.
#21
markwills
i'm not going to bother with vista for a couple of years - basically until the bugs have been ironed out etc.


be more than a few years, XP still has bugs!
#22
:!:I know everyone has strong opinions when it comes to Windows, and we can all moan and groan about it till the cows come home , but may I just ask everyone to try to keep this discussion on topic.

If you have comments to make about Microsoft or Windows, or if you have support questions please post them in their relevant forums, not on HotUKDeals. If we keep this topic as tidy as possible it further helps those people with little or no knowledge of windows. I'm sure this topic will grow very large as it is.

I hope everyone can understand where I'm coming from.

Thanks
DanB
suspended#23
scan.co.uk have added it to their site, no prices yet tho, they will be cheaper than overclockers.co.uk tho and they are getting stock earlier
#24
Any chance of a Win XP topic to see how cheap it becomes once Vista is released. If this sounds odd then let me clarify, I have never bought a copy of Windows as I am a long time Mac user. With the abilty to run Windows on new mac hardware I thought it would be great to test my websites on internet explorer on the same machine.

On a side note, it is possible to run Win XP & download the latest IE (for Vista) & run both versions of IE? or run vista & get a hold of the older IE. I won't be using Windows in any other way so any help would be appreciated.
#25
The pirce is right for Vista, the premium package OEM is the same as XP now... Thought it was going to be a lot more expensive...
#26
The prices from Overclockers seem pretty good

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=33&catid=20

Check it out.
#27
markwills
i'm not going to bother with vista for a couple of years - basically until the bugs have been ironed out etc.


at least you're consistent markwillis...not seen you on here lately ...been anywhere nice??
suspended#28
jezza, scan.co.uk will be cheaper than overclockers.co.uk, expect a price of around £125 instead of £135 for vista ultimate oem.
#29
dcx_badass
Oh and if you get the OEM then you have to rebuy windows if you get a new motherboard, so not good for hardware enthusiasts.


I am sure thats incorrect, If you change major bits and pieces you can call mickysoft and tell them you have new hardware your PC get's scanned and logged and off you go, was this not the same as what happened with XP when it was released...:?
#30
Darth,

XP used to register most of the major components such as Processor, Motherboard, Graphics etc. MS pretty much would allow any hardware to change, however if you changed the Motherboard and the processor then this was classed as a new PC and would require a new licensed copy of XP. Whether Vista is the same I have not been able to find out yet, however it does appear that Vista will be looking at more than just the hardware and will fail to operate without fully licensed software (that means ALL software, not just the OS)
#31
Vista allows hardware changes, it just re-authenticates when you do so. It's pretty sensitive to changes - today I moved a bluetooth usb from a front to rear port, and changed firmware on my dvd driver, and surprised to see it reauthenticating on reboot :-)
#32
arfster
Vista allows hardware changes, it just re-authenticates when you do so. It's pretty sensitive to changes - today I moved a bluetooth usb from a front to rear port, and changed firmware on my dvd driver, and surprised to see it reauthenticating on reboot :-)
Yes, but you are only allowed a certain number of 'changes' before it prevents you using windows xp, as the computer is 'significantly different' to its original specification. It stores info on part of the hard drive which isn't wiped during formatting, so you can't just do a clean re-install. Clever, huh?

Components like motherboard, processor etc. seem to carry more 'weight' than smaller peripherals when it comes to detecting 'changes'.

If you have a genuine reason for having to replace the motherboard (e.g. power surge destroyed old one) I think you can phone up and they'll give you the code to re-activate windows.
#33
Sorry in above post I was referring to Win XP - I assume its the same in Vista.
#34
Anyone know the legality of ordering this from the US? With the strong Pound vs. Dollar will it be cheaper to get it shipped from the US.

I've used this site before, but no Vista prices on there yet. http://promotions.newegg.com/microsoft/vista/index.html
#35
Im not saying this is the right thing to do but how many people actually buy software? majority of PC's i see are all running non legit OS's
#36
What a ripoff, i think i will stick with GNU Linux....
#37
I recommend at least another 12 months with XP before moving on to Vista, wait for all the bugs to be ironed out first :)

Steve
1 Like #38
Just took the plunge to order via the upgrade site as purchased a laptop last month from one of the hotukdeals offers.

Had a problem yesterday when the order failed at the final stage of paying by debit card. Rang the hotline who advised to wait 24 hours so that my Certificate of Authenticity (COA) number would reset and to select the payment by UK cheque.

Went through fine today and cost for the Home Premium edition was £14.14 to cover shipping and tax. Had to email them my receipt of purchase and hopefully the kit will be with me next month.
#39
is this upgrade site for all laptops or just for those purchased within a particular time period?
1 Like #40
Want Vista Business for FREE??

If you are a student at an educational institution which participates in the MSDN Academic Alliance Programme (see http://www.msdnaa.net/search/SchoolSearchIntl.aspx to check) you are entitled to download Vista Business edition (no other version) for free!!!

Just email the MSDNAA administrator from the the software centre link in the above search to find out how you access the site.

You will be able to download the full business version and use for life.


If you are not a student why not see if your local tech is part of the programme and enrol on a cheap course and get access to download????

This is open to full and part time students.

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