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Windows Vista Home Basic Software Upgrade just £39.99!

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[helper] 8y, 8m agoFound 8 years, 8 months ago
Was looking at the Toys R Us website and came across this! Seems like an excellent price. Looks like it's around £80 everywhere else. 3% Quidco too!

Delivery is £4.95.

User-friendly software features search and organise innovations as well as improved networking opportunities. Helps people use their PCs securely and reliably, makes it simple to stay better connected, and is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that people use and trust every day.

Rich new interface, innovative ways to organise and find the information stored on your PC, and a multitude of entertainment options with live and recorded TV on your PC. Upgrade from your current edition of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (including Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Centre, Windows XP Tablet PC, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows 2000).
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#1
isnt this a downgrade to xp :)
#2
For a similar experience, stick with XP, but install it on a PIII 233MHz PC with 64MB of memory.
#3
Great price for Vista regardless of the pointless comparisons to XP
[helper]#4
Yeah I know XP is better, but in terms of a good price if you want to upgrade to Vista, you won't find much cheaper than this...
#5
Jpmax12
Great price for Vista regardless of the pointless comparisons to XP

How are they pointless comparisons?
#6
Keep in mind that if you upgrade you can't upgrade again. It's not a bad price for what it is though.
#7
good price but personally i will be waiting for Windows 7 which is expected to be released in 3rd quarter 2009 - 1st quarter 2010 meaning Vista may become a quite short lived version of Windows and very cheaper n future months.
#8
Cant fault the price, but proceed with caution, a lousy mess of an operating system, I curse every day that i chose it over xp on the dell site.
#9
Apart for the software imcompatabilities it is, in my opinion, a better os than xp. Seems more stable and secure to me. I dont generally trust upgrades though - I prefer to start with a clean slate.

Dave.
#10
I quite like Vista, had no problems whatsoever, wasnt XP slagged off when it first came out ?
#11
The issue with Vista is that it really isn't worth upgrading from XP - there are virtually no new features added. It is possible however to use these upgrade discs without actually installing or having XP. You need to install the software clean initially, which sets it up for a trial period, then run the setup again from within Vista - try googling for further info. This seemed to work fine for me and allows you to buy even if you don't have XP.
#12
While this is cheap compared to other places, note the following:

1) This is Vista Home Basic which is really BASIC. Almost all the goodies from Vista Home Premium are removed so it is hardly worth upgrading.

2) Vista Service Pack 1 was released yesterday and all future versions of Vista will come with SP1 already installed. Anyone buying this will have to download SP1 (which is HUGE) and install it.

3) If you have a good working copy of XP on your computer then stay on it, The chances of an upgrade to Vista failing is quite high and you may well find that some of your PC components (like sound) or external hardware (printer for example) do not work and you cannot find drivers for them.

4) Microsoft have cut the price of Vista around the world and you may find that the price of this becomes more the normal, and if you insist on upgrading (though I think it is a mistake) then go for Vista Home Premium.
#13
jocksteeluk;1742594
good price but personally i will be waiting for Windows 7 which is expected to be released in 3rd quarter 2009 - 1st quarter 2010 meaning Vista may become a quite short lived version of Windows and very cheaper n future months.


So dont buy this because in 18 months time another one will be along.....thats quite a way off in the future and delays to new O/S releases are common so the wait could be much longer. Also, Microsoft rarely slash the price of older O/S packages even when a newer version comes along.
#14
jocksteeluk
good price but personally i will be waiting for Windows 7 which is expected to be released in 3rd quarter 2009 - 1st quarter 2010 meaning Vista may become a quite short lived version of Windows and very cheaper n future months.


Yeah dont buy anything in the world EVER cos in 3 years they will just go and update it :p
#15
dean_brfc
How are they pointless comparisons?


I guess it would be more useful if you added link to where you can buy XP for same price, as £40 + del seems a good price to me for a legitimate licenced windows product (Plus in theory at least you will get support for this product from Microsoft long after XP):thumbsup:
#16
yorkie
I guess it would be more useful if you added link to where you can buy XP for same price, as £40 + del seems a good price to me for a legitimate licenced windows product (Plus in theory at least you will get support for this product from Microsoft long after XP):thumbsup:


I think the Vista Home Basic on the Toys R Us site is an UPGRADE.

it can only be installed over the top of an existing copy of Windows (XP, 200 etc)
#17
guilbert53
I think the Vista Home Basic on the Toys R Us site is an UPGRADE.

it can only be installed over the top of an existing copy of Windows (XP, 200 etc)


As I mentioned above there is a workaround for this, try

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/winvista_upgrade_clean.asp
#18
As it's Vista Home Baisc, it'll install on less powerful computers than the other ones, whilst not sacrifising much of the product aside from the Aero interface etc.
#19
You can buy Vista Home Basic OEM for £52.70 & Home Premium OEM for £56.10 inclusive of delivery from Ebuyer, so £45 for a Basic Upgrade is not exactly a bargain.
#20
Agharta
You can buy Vista Home Basic OEM for £52.70 & Home Premium OEM for £56.10 inclusive of delivery from Ebuyer, so £45 for a Basic Upgrade is not exactly a bargain.


One advantage may be that it is not motherboard locked like OEM versions.

Can't you move this to another computer like you could with XP. All it took was a call to MS to get another verification number.
#21
paperboy2
One advantage may be that it is not motherboard locked like OEM versions.
Can't you move this to another computer like you could with XP. All it took was a call to MS to get another verification number.

The normal OEM versions aren’t BIOS locked, you are thinking of the OEM versions that Dell etc provide which are BIOS locked and don’t require a product key or activation.
The OEM versions that you can buy at retail come with a product key and require activation.

For XP the only versions that can officially be transferred across PCs are the full Retail versions and not the Retail Upgrades or OEMs. I’m guessing that this holds true for Vista as its licensing terms were initially stricter than XP but MS has loosened them since release. There are ways around this and I’ve even transferred a licensed and activated XP Home OEM install from an AMD system to an Intel system without re-installing or needing to phone MS which surprised me. I only had one copy of the O/S active so I wasn’t pirating anything.
#22
That's good to know, Agharta.

Not used Vista yet but had heard all kinds of horror stories about the OS being a nightmare when upgrading.

I had an upgrade version of XP and had problems reloading after a crash. Even just updating the motherboard drivers made XP think it was new hardware and eventually had to phone MS for a new verification code.

This was bad enough but if it had been more aggro than this I would not have been very happy.

Good to know that an OEM version is not too restricted.
#23
shouldn't that be a downgrade? ;) ... No seriously!
#24
paperboy2
Good to know that an OEM version is not too restricted.

Just keep in mind that it is officially restricted to being installed on just one system/motherboard.

alchemistkevin
shouldn't that be a downgrade? ;) ... No seriously!

Try telling that to people that require x64 support, the Media Centre interface and Domain login access from one O/S. e,g. Vista Ulltimate x64. That’s probably about 6 people then. :p
#25
Windows XP service pack 3 is available to download ahead of its "normal" rollout via Windows Upgrade.
Apparently it contains some element of Vista but I don't know what.

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