Best prices on Windows Vista from £52.29 + £4.69 shipping
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Best prices on Windows Vista from £52.29 + £4.69 shipping

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Found 16th Jan 2007Made hot 16th Jan 2007
Aria have put together a special page for HotUKDeals members with the best prices for the new Windows Vista. They have told us these are the cheapest prices on the market, and from our checks that seems to be true but if you see otherwise let us know!!

Prices start from £52.29 inc. VAT for Vista Home Basic OEM. Shipping is £4.69 by Royal Mail. The prices will be available until January 26th.

Alternatively, you can buy Microsoft Windows XP Media Center, because it includes a Vista Express Upgrade Coupon (which gets you Vista Home Premium for £8 (just to cover the P&P supposedly)) from eBuyer for £74.41 - two operating systems for the price of one!). LINK: ebuyer.com/UK/…649

Sorry, first edit I've made!
- Thewyzewun

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£119.85 inc VAT for Vista Ultimate looks good.
I already pre ordered it and paid ~ £7 more for it

kata121212

£119.85 inc VAT for Vista Ultimate looks good. I already pre ordered it … £119.85 inc VAT for Vista Ultimate looks good. I already pre ordered it and paid ~ £7 more for it



You may be able to cancel the pre order kata ;-)

Please note that the reduced p&p is exclusively for HUKD members :thumbsup:

cool... just preordered Vista Premium 64bit, I hope the OEM doesn't have any specific limitations over the retail version :?

I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole for at least 12 months - it will be buggy as hell !!!!

I thikn I'll be just getting the 64bit Home Premium package. Thanks!

ChrisUK

I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole for at least 12 months - it will … I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole for at least 12 months - it will be buggy as hell !!!!



It's actually pretty good in that respect - all of my kit worked fine, including obscure dvb-s cards.

The real question is whether you have any benefit from upgrading. General performance is about the same if you have 1GB, although 1.5GB is probably a more sensible minimum if you like running several things at once - for example, I used to burn a disc with Nero in the background while writing in Word, but this leaves you desperately short with Vista in 1GB.

Personally I like it, but for obscure reasons - most will see little benefit I suspect.

I would strongly suggest to hold off buying Vista for a while... If you really want to run Vista with the best of everything (even HD movies in Windows Media Player cannot run smoothly on a 2ghz machine, 1gb ram etc), be prepared to buy more components.

Oh, the memory prices are going up as I believe because of making a profits thanks to Vista ;-)

Right anyone fgotta link for the DIFFRENCE between packages??? might be Good to add it to the main post too, voted HOT!!!!

ok found it, might be Good to add to main post Admin ;D

microsoft.com/win…spx

windows vista will have macro style codes which are licence maintained buy the hardware developer and if they dont pay the continual licence fee your components in your computer made by said manufacturer will cease to function, this is just one of the nasty things being built into vista.

here is audio show produced by security expert Steve Gibson:

]http//me…mp3

i have to agree the price for the software is great but this is and update windows millenium not windows xp

I might be wrong, but i have read that the OEM versions will not be any good if you upgrade your motherboard later as they will not let you activate on a new mobo as it is essentially a new PC

Seems daft to me, and i may be wrong.

Apparently only the retail version seems to allow activation no matter how many times you change the mobo.

see here

osnews.com/sto…705

Original Poster

Thanks StuDaPoo - only thing is the main post won't take urls in the text area so it's better to leave it in a response like that. Thanks!

I am interested in building a PC from scratch and does anyone here knows which is the suitable pentium motherboard for Vista?

Is there a good website to get cheap components to build a PC yourself?

Ta

I normally buy my PC components from eBuyer:

ebuyer.com

If you want to build a nice quiet PC go here for components and information:

quietpc.com

I am really pleased with vista personally.

ChrisUK

I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole for at least 12 months - it will … I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole for at least 12 months - it will be buggy as hell !!!!



Microsoft are already starting Service Pack 1 for this due to the problems occured when they sent the Beta versions out for analysis.

Will buy this but not for at least 12 months

XP is still buggy for some - I have been running Vista for Ages and its less buggy for me.

It noticed most of my devices where Xp dosnt - it also recognises alot of Sata disks without the old floppy senario

But I wouldnt touch the Home basic version!

pedro6994

I normally buy my PC components from eBuyer:http://www.ebuyer.comIf you … I normally buy my PC components from eBuyer:http://www.ebuyer.comIf you want to build a nice quiet PC go here for components and information:http://www.quietpc.com



thanks

On another note, some Universities (like Southampton) can get their hands on Windows Vista Business already for free as part of the MSDN Academic Alliance. I would presume that the Ultimate version would also be available to download in the next month or so!

I have Vista Ultimate as part of Technet.

Would anyone want to upgrade to Vista? There's nothing Vista can do that XP can't.

smokedog

Would anyone want to upgrade to Vista? There's nothing Vista can do that … Would anyone want to upgrade to Vista? There's nothing Vista can do that XP can't.



Directx10

I hope you guys have done your 64-bit vs 32-bit research ;-)

Some useful links:

Paul Thurrott - Windows Vista Feature Focus: 64-Bit (x64) Support
winsupersite.com/sho…asp

Flexbeta - Windows Vista RC1 32Bit vs. 64Bit
flexbeta.net/mai…122

The Inquirer - Microsoft Vista 64 bit is no go in 2007
theinquirer.net/def…938

As a home user I'll be giving the 64-bit version the swerve...

EDIT: Added Inq link

Welcome to HotUKDeals new members here and Thanks for the feedback/input

As edi mentions above, you can only receive the reduced delivery cost if you are a HotUKDeals member.

Banned

Have ahd Ultimate for a month or so and it's not that impressive (unless you get turned o my fancy graphics [and with that you need a decent machine])

You're best off with Win2k in all honesty - I come from a geek/techy background as my job is in web development and trying to use Vista for anything half useful is a laugh at the best of times.

I am tempted to but a load of them up and flog them on eBay for a tidy profit!

I'll be waiting for a while yet before "upgrading" to Vista. See what people make of it and then take a view...

If you like the look of Vista but dont want to upgrade you could always Skin your XP installation!

We have managed to get Vista Business through University and I went home all pleased to try it. Ive had it running for a couple of weeks now and just the other night it decided to screw itself. The nice new power button now does a S3 Suspend to Ram instead of a true shutdown. This isnt usually a problem for me with windows xp but in vista it turns my pc into a Yo-Yo of reboot->reboot->reboot->reboot etc... every 5 seconds. I switched it off switched it back on to be informed that the Vista core files are corrupt and I must reinstall Vista. Thats just ace! Its been windows 95 since that last happened to me and I must admit seeing it again made me think Apple Macbook is the way forward!!!!! ;-)

rockgeek

Have ahd Ultimate for a month or so and it's not that impressive (unless … Have ahd Ultimate for a month or so and it's not that impressive (unless you get turned o my fancy graphics [and with that you need a decent machine])


Same here. The various interface effects you find inside Windows XP -- smooth fading, translucent selections, transparancy and the like -- were a ploy by Microsoft to tempt users away from older and squarer versions of Windows. Of course, once you've actually used Vista or XP in anger, anyone sane will hide all the visual fireworks. Yes, they're very pretty, but why waste your processor's time on high-level mechanics of the operating system -- displaying menus and dialog boxes and that sort of thing -- when it can be put to much better use actually doing stuff inside applications?

Then again, people made the precise same comments about XP, and what are we all using now? Vista is just the next step along. It's not a particularly big step, but it offers something new to most users and has support for tomorrow's technologies (such as DirectX 10).

And don't forget that hardware manufacturers are increasingly quick to drop off support for outdated versions of Windows... give it two years, and what you're using now will be considered an antique

cRuNcHiE

I might be wrong, but i have read that the OEM versions will not be any … I might be wrong, but i have read that the OEM versions will not be any good if you upgrade your motherboard later as they will not let you activate on a new mobo as it is essentially a new PCSeems daft to me, and i may be wrong.Apparently only the retail version seems to allow activation no matter how many times you change the mobo.see here http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=13705



I've recently upgraded my PC with new motherboard processor and ram, I'm using an OEM XP at first it wouldn't have it when I tried to reactivate xp, but after a quick call to microsoft no problem. I've also since done the same on both my sons PCs with no difficulties (not even a phone call) so I don't think the OEM should be a problem?

dreador

Directx10


I have something better than DirectX10, it's called a XBox 360 ;-)

DirectX10's features are currently only supported by about half a dozen graphics cards, so most of the time you'll be running DirectX9 without even realising it!!

And the OEM rules for Vista have changed, whereas in XP you had some flexibility, with Vista the OEM licence is effectively tied to the motherboard. New motherboard, new licence. You 'might' be allowed to replace a blown motherboard, but you'll only be able to use that excuse once.

This months computer shopper has a very good review of it. Even they say they wouldn't buy it at the moment!

My personal rule of thumb is to upgrade when the first service pack appears. Its done me well with 98, NT and XP so far.

Went to order but they are totally out of stock! I thought this deal was only listed earlier today? hmmmm.... Good publicity for Aria i guess :x

cybertek

Went to order but they are totally out of stock! I thought this deal was … Went to order but they are totally out of stock! I thought this deal was only listed earlier today? hmmmm.... Good publicity for Aria i guess :x



They won't have stock till around 30th Jan, this offer is for pre-orders as Vista is not released till then.

does anyone know what delivery method the £4.69 is (i.e next day delivery, first class, second class)

Is this the cheapest around?

I think so. Could not find a cheaper deal on the market!

I can't really see a compelling reason to buy Vista. Personally I'm happy to wait until I next buy a new computer when I will get it with it regardless if I want it or not.

ThwartedEfforts

Same here. The various interface effects you find inside Windows XP -- … Same here. The various interface effects you find inside Windows XP -- smooth fading, translucent selections, transparancy and the like -- were a ploy by Microsoft to tempt users away from older and squarer versions of Windows. Of course, once you've actually used Vista or XP in anger, anyone sane will hide all the visual fireworks. Yes, they're very pretty, but why waste your processor's time on high-level mechanics of the operating system -- displaying menus and dialog boxes and that sort of thing -- when it can be put to much better use actually doing stuff inside applications?


From what I've read Aero doesn't use your processor so much but more so your gpu. In fact, it moves workload away from the cpu, and allocates it to the gpu. It's much like Beryl/Compiz for Linux, but arguably not as good.

For just over £100 the price is very good for the Ultimate version. I'm a Linux user, but use Windows for gaming/development, and I'd almost be tempted by such a price. With regards to bugs, I think most people are just jumping on the bandwagon, or assuming it'll be buggy. From my experiences with the Beta's and Release candidates, it was very stable, as stable as XP in fact.

It's still not quite the OS it should have been, but I think that's largely due to the MS marketing team having too much influence in it all.

The OEM version is for one "machine" only, or rather it's tied to the single piece of hardware you buy it with (OEM copies should only be sold with hardware)

However officially the piece of hardware that it's tied to is whatever you put the licence key sticker on. Stick it on the case and you can upgrade all you like while keeping the case. However, you may need to phone to activate if you've changed a lot of components.

I asked Aria and they said these OEM's are not tied to hardware, Microsoft are more relaxed about it now and you'll be able to upgrade ok.
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