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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic FULL VERSION [DVD] [OLD VERSION]
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Product Description

  • Marketing Information:

    Windows Vista Home Basic is the edition of Windows for just the essential home computing needs, such as using e-mail, browsing the Internet, or viewing photos. While it lacks many of the features of Home Premium, it is easier and safer than Windows XP.


  • Product Information
  • Software Sub Type: Client
  • Software Name: Windows Vista Home Basic - 32-bit - Complete Product
  • Features & Benefits:

    Easily find everything on your PC and the Internet:

  • Instantly find information on your computer - including documents, e-mails, photos, and even music files - with Instant Search, which is integrated throughout Windows Vista
  • Stay up to date:

  • See the information you care about instantly with Windows Sidebar and gadgets, which bring real-time information, like weather and news, directly to your desktop
  • Relive a lifetime of memories:

  • With Windows Photo Gallery, it"s easier to download photos from your digital camera and then organize, edit, view, and share them with family and friends
  • Defend yourself:

  • Windows Defender helps automatically safeguard your PC against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software
  • Defend your kids:

  • With Parental Controls, you can manage the rules for your children"s computer use. You can set time limits and manage their access to the web and to PC games
  • Language Support: English

  • License Information
  • License Type: Complete Product
  • License Pricing: Standard
  • License Quantity: 1 PC


  • Windows Vista Home Basic (DVD-ROM) offers search and organize innovations as well as improved networking opportunities. Windows Vista Home Basic is the edition of Windows Vista for users with the most basic computing needs. The features in this user-friendly software also form the foundation of all of the other editions of Windows Vista, including Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate.



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    Use Instant Search to quickly find the information you need. View larger.


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    Breakthrough Windows Vista Experience
    Designed to help you feel confident in your ability to view, find, and organize information and to control your computing experience, all editions of Windows Vista introduce a breakthrough user experience. The visual sophistication of Windows Vista helps streamline your computing experience by refining common window elements so you can better focus on the content on the screen rather than on how to access it. The desktop experience is more informative, intuitive, and helpful. And new tools bring better clarity to the information on your computer, so you can see what your files contain without opening them, find applications and files instantly, navigate efficiently among open windows, and use wizards and dialog boxes more confidently.

    Secure and Effective
    Windows Vista Home Basic helps people use their PCs securely and reliably, makes it simple to stay better connected, and, like all of the editions of Windows Vista, is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that people use and trust every day. For those who simply want to use their PC to surf the Internet, correspond with friends and family using email, or perform basic document creation and editing tasks, Windows Vista Home Basic delivers a safer, more reliable, and more effective computing environment.

    More Productivity
    Windows Vista Home Basic helps encourage better personal productivity while providing digital entertainment on your PC through its improved reliability, security, and performance. It also helps you to accomplish tasks faster, with a rich new interface and innovative ways to organize and find the information stored on your PC.

    Safer and More Reliable
    Specifically designed to be the safest operating system Microsoft has ever delivered, Windows Vista Home Basic frees you from worry about the safety and security of your time on the computer. In fact, every edition of Windows Vista, including Windows Vista Home Basic, provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. In addition, Windows Vista Home Basic includes innovative tools that warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. Additionally, this system comes equipped with up-to-date parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities on your PC that might concern you as a parent.

    Easy Set-Up and Operation
    As with all of other editions of Windows Vista, Windows Vista Home Basic makes your PC significantly easier to use thanks to helpful tools that let you painlessly move your personal files and settings from your old PC to your new Windows Vista-based PC. Additionally, Windows Vista Home Basic integrates new search tools throughout the operating system to help you quickly find the precise file or program you need. Even if your existing PC seems to be adequate for basic tasks such as reading e-mail and browsing the web, by upgrading your PC to Windows Vista Home Basic or by purchasing a new PC installed with this software, you will benefit from a better computing experience and more peace of mind.

    Features:
    • User-friendly software features search and organize innovations as well as improved networking opportunities
    • Designed for users with the most basic computer needs
    • 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 organize and find the information stored on your PC, and a multitude of entertainment options with live and recorded TV on your PC
    • Provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail

    Customer Reviews:

    • I am not a very happy student
      I bought this pre-installed on a HP AMD computer. I have had it for a year and a half and the entire OS CRASHED recently . I cannot boot it up past the password and I took it to an expert, and they said I have to erase the VISTA OS off the computer from scratch and reinstall the OS. NOT COOL! The other problem is that I can get safe mode to work (that is how I know it is not a virus,) but I cannot download the patch that could probably fix the simple problem! I awaiting another OS that is more compatible with an AMD. Please be cautious in purchasing this OS...more info
    • Hang on to WindowsXP
      If you're buying a new computer, choose one with an XP option

      Vista stinks, for two reasons.

      First it foists a completely new navigation system upon you, imposing an learning burden, whether you like it or not

      Second is its widespread incomptibility with hardware and software with what you currently own. For example I have an HP all-in-one printer/scanner purchased within the past few months. I got the printer to work, but not the scanner (though U am allowed to photocopy) So I went up to HP's website where I has gaily informed that they have no plans for developing Vista compatible drivers, However -surprise- they have new, equivaleent, Vista-compatible products avaialble that they would be delighted to sell to me....more info
    • Unleashes it full potential ONLY if you have the right hardware.
      Vista only lives up to what it supposed to be only if your computer has all the right hardware to support it.
      Majority of computers that came with Windows XP should stick with Windows Xp.
      Vista has as many reqirement's as a new Computer game, and you need to exceed all requirement's for it to run the way it should be.

      NEVER TRY TO MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS, doing this will only allow you to use the software and not let it perform the way you want it.

      UPDATE YOUR HARDWARE TO EXCEED ANY MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR YOUR SOFTWARE TO RUN THE WAY IT IS MEANT TO BE RUN.

      If you are on a budget than you should stick with XP. It is still a great product and I still recommend it most user's especially people who use it with their current computer right now.

      If are considering buying a new computer and choose Vista, please customize your computer for it to exceed your specific need's. Any computer that you see in store's that may be a bargan or look's cheap to buy is probalably living up to be what it is. A "cheap""worthless" computer, something you wish you never bought.
      Salesman are all the same; from selling computer's, car's, house's, etc. They are there to sell you what they have and make a profit off of it.
      Computers decrease in Value just like cars and homes.
      Value is kept if you take care of your computer same with anything else.
      BOTTOM LINE, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT HARDWARE FOR YOUR SOFTWARE TO PERFORM THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.
      ...more info
    • Vista, the "new Coke" of Windows
      This is a horrible product!!!! I gave it one star only because I don't have the option of giving it no stars. It's extremely slow; I spend so much time looking at that stupid hourglass! And forget multi-tasking! With Windows XP, I could have at least 2 versions of Internet Explorer open at once, along with Excel documents, Word documents, etc. while listening to music on Rhapsody at the same time. Not possible with Vista. Vista is supposed to be more secure, but it's so secure that the person who owns the computer can't use it! Since I am the "computer administrator", I shouldn't have to ask myself "permission" every time I want to change a setting (this feature can be turned off by going to Control Panel, Security Center, Other Security Settings & turning off User Account Control). Also, any audio you listen to (CD's, DVD's, online streaming music) is choppy & sounds like a bad radio with static. Avoid Vista! It's like Windows Me all over again; a big disappointment and a huge mistake for Microsoft! The only "WOW" is when it actually works....more info
    • Works great for me
      I got a PC loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic and I love it. What a big upgrade from XP as far as look and feel and user experience. This version does not have the slick "Aero" eye candy of Home Premium, nor does it have many of the tools and options such as media center, laptop power center, tablet support, etc. However, I wouldn't use any of that stuff anyway so I don't miss it.

      Because of the lack of "add-ons" and the memory and system resource intensive "Aero" interface, Home Basic works in a much smaller memory footprint and can be used on PCs with as little as 512M Ram, though I'd recommend 1Gb. Ram is cheap, just buy it.

      Highly recommended version!!!!

      The only reason I docked it one star is that I would like to have the option of the cool "Aero" stuff in this version. No, I don't want media Center, tablet support, etc. etc. etc., but it would be nice to have "flip-3D" and transparrency. As it is the UI looks significantly better than the hideous Windows XP....more info
    • What learning curve!
      It is so similar to Windows Xp that the idea of a learning curve is insignificant. I am really enjoying this operating system. It has faster windows, faster boot time, better security features, faster down loading of updates and internet files. It is so easy that my wife loves it eventhough she has only medium level computer experience. Although I mostly run Fedora Linux, it is much faster, easier to use than Windows Xp or Fedora Linux 6. I may not like Microsoft "the monopoly" or monopolisoft. It is pretty good OS! ...more info
    • Purchase price is just the beginning
      Don't expect to use your old peripherals with Vista. It's very pretty but what a gimmick! Scanners, printers, camcorders, digital camera... worthless with Vista. Only a few peripherals and software are compatible with special tweeking and thanks to the internet and a few hours of scouring the web. Press the start button and Vista asks you to buy this program and that service. It'll nickle and dime you into the poor house. There's more to Vista than the purchase price. ...more info
    • If you got XP,stick with it.
      When i went out and got a brand new PC i wanted one with windows vista already on it because i thought it would be better than xp but its not.I will not go into some long winded thing about vistas features becuase thats a waste of time.Vista is xp with some easier navagation through menus and a pretty new coat of paint...thats it!You will find yourself finding files faster,having better security and taking less time getting new software running with Vista than you did with prior versions of Windows.This OS is not leaps and bounds beyond xp like so many of us desired but it's not a total disaster like we feared either.I know Vista Home Basic is the cheapest version of it but if you do a little research you quickly find there is almost no reason to get the more expensive version of this OS.If you spend a lot of time playing PC games like i do then you will be happy with Vista Home Basic.Oblivion,Fear,Half life 1,Half life 2,Any of the GTA games,C&C,BF2,all of these games run just fine with Vista Home Basic.Every single game i have popped into my drive has installed and run perfectly with this OS.I have heard some complaints from gamers that every version of Vista no matter if it's Home Basic or Ultimate has big trouble with running games but i have had no such problem at all.It seems that the same people that are having trouble with games on Vista have installed the OS themselves,this could be the problem!I strongly recommend having Vista installed by a Pro.This may cost a little money but it will save you A LOT of greef in the long run.Even people that have proudly called themselves geeks for years can have trouble with a new OS so it's best to have this thing installed by a tech that has some Vista training under thier belt.If you got enough cash to burn and are gonna have to upgrade more than 50% of your current PC anyway you should just get a new computer with Vista already on it.The bottom line is that Vista Home basic is an O.K OS but if you already have the latest version of XP running on a pretty powerful PC you should stick with that for now.Get Vista a year from now,it might be worth the price then.:)...more info
    • Don't get Vista if you can avoid it
      I was lucky enough to not have to pay out of pocket for Vista but that is the only good thing. This version is NOT easier to use. It is harder to find things on it. One example of mine is that with XP I could easily find ALL my music and transfer songs between iTunes and Windows Media Player. Now? Yeah I can find the songs after searching for a while but I can't transfer anything, anywhere. The Apple commercial that aired saying Vista asks for permission to continue on EVERYTHING is true. I've had to give it permission to access things I've already used tons of times before on it which is VERY annoying. If I didn't trust the program then why the heck would I be trying to run it???!!! I too encountered compatability issues with my HP All-In-One Printer/Scanner/Copier which I assumed would be compatible with Vista considering I bought the computer it is installed on at the same time I as I got the printer. But nope. I was wrong... I had to spend six hours searching the Internet for tweaks to get it to install. I am able to use all of the features on my HP All-In-One but I'm used to putting a disc in and having to just follow instructions on the screen to install a program. I am by no means computer savvy so don't ask what I did to get the printer software to install. All I remember is that it somehow rolled back my version of Windows to XP to install but didn't completely wipe out Vista... too bad it didn't because I prefer XP so much more. Yeah Vista may be safer to use but if you've got anti-virus software and a firewall up and update them frequently you should be okay. So, all in all if I had the choice I'd go back to XP in a New York minute. Bottom line is that Microsoft found a way to screw some people out of at least $200 for a program that isn't even worth two cents....more info
    • Vista OS
      I thought I had lost my computer untill I decided to install Vista. Installation was a snap now I have a brand new up to date computer. have Vista on three of my four computers now and I love it. ...more info
    • Vista Basic: The closest Vista product to XP you can get
      Windows Vista Basic is worth purchasing for only a few reasons.
      1) It is inevitable that at some point (though certainly not now), Windows will stop creating service packs for Windows XP.
      2) Regardless of Vista's RAM-consuming ways, companies have shifted and will continue to shift away from creating software compatible with Windows XP towards software compatible with Windows Vista.
      3) Vista Basic is, by far, the least RAM-consuming Vista product available. You might be able to run it without using half of your RAM idling. If you want a more advanced Vista, make sure you have a gigabyte or two of RAM to spare to actually do anything.

      Anyways, if you use your computer for internet and simple Word/Excel/PowerPoint documents, don't bother switching to Vista. There's no point. If you like to stay on the cutting edge, get Vista, and stand in awe of its Mac-esque bubbly-ness and ability to do nothing while frying your system resources....more info
    • Despite other reviews, Vista is very compatible!!! Excellent interface, easy to use.
      I was an XP user until I Vista Home Basic as a graduation gift. I originally decided (after hearing so many bad things about Vista) I would stick with XP, but I decided to try it since I had nothing to lose. After using it for a day, I noticed that it was amazing!!! The interface was a lot smoother, with a more glossy and clean touch. Also, the drivers was AUTOMATIC! I was going to download it from multiple websites, but found out that Vista detected all my hardware (a few older external hardware, a no-name webcam, fingerprint reader, and even a SD card reader), and downloaded and installed the updates for me. This made everything easier since Vista reported all the hardware I had, and installed drivers and software with a few minutes of download and several clicks.

      Other excellent improvements which surpass XP include the indexing and searching interface. Vista allows all (or select) files to be indexed, so you can search through all of them within a second. Vista is also quite safer (controls which programs can run with what permissions, has a easy-to-use and customizable firewall, etc).

      Overall, Vista is a great improvement over XP. Though at first I may seem that it is not much better due to incompatibility, you can easily get drivers for your hardware. Even more, most XP drivers work with Vista! Improvements include the simplicity: Vista makes managing your computer easier, faster, and more automated. Additionally, the overall feel is much smoother and better looking, and the organization and simplicity makes this operating system truly excellent.

      I've used Vista for over a month, and truly suggest you try it for yourself. It only takes a few days before you start to admire all the featured provided by Vista....more info