|Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic UPGRADE [DVD] [OLD VERSION]
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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.
Software Sub Type: ClientSoftware Name: Windows Vista Home Basic - 32-bit - UpgradeFeatures & 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 gamesLanguage Support: English
License Type: Product UpgradeLicense Pricing: StandardLicense Quantity: 1 PC
The Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade 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.
Windows Sidebar gives you quick access to gadgets like picture slide shows, Windows Media Player controls, or news headlines. You pick the gadgets you want to see in Windows Sidebar. View larger.
Use Instant Search to quickly find the information you need. View larger.
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Windows Photo Gallery gives you a whole new way to manage, find, and view your digital photos. View larger.
Manage your schedule, sync up with other calendars, and make sure you never miss another appointment using Windows Calendar. View larger.
Windows Mail includes features that help you minimize the annoyances and risks associated with using e-mail while enjoying the benefits of staying in touch with others. View larger.
You can upgrade from your current edition of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (including Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center, Windows XP Tablet PC, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows 2000) to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista by purchasing and installing this upgrade copy of Windows Vista. Depending on which edition of Windows you are running and the edition of Windows Vista you would like to install, you have two options for the installation process: You can upgrade in-place, which means you can install Windows Vista and retain your applications, files, and settings as they were in your previous edition of Windows or you can do a clean install. If you are currently using Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional x64, you are eligible for an upgrade copy to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista, but a clean install is required. For versions of Windows earlier than Windows 2000, upgrade copies are not available. These earlier versions of Windows require you to install a full copy of Windows Vista.
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.
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.
- 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
- Upgrade from your current edition of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (including Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center, Windows XP Tablet PC, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows 2000)
- good product for me...
Installation depends on what computer you have. It took 1 hour for one and only 10 minutes for the other. So it is a random draw of the straw. You will need to sit through the whole process because if you pass it, then you will have to start allover again. But as earlier review indicated, you can always create a new installation on a different partition. This is terrific because you can dual boot and still keep your old files on the old OS. The performance is much faster than XP Professional. I would recommand it. ...more info
- Vista is excellent
i have built three computers in the last 15 months. all running Vista [home basic and premium] using both Intel and AMD chipsets. no hardware issues. even i have been very happy with Windows XP, i prefer Vista mainly because of the features/functions Vista offers [sleep function and automatically installing drivers for most hardwares--LAN, graphic card, printer, scanner, etc.]. i can't understand why so many people [of course, mainly the Mac supporters] hate Microsoft products....more info
- Lots to like...
I bought this version for my old Dell laptop (its graphics card couldn't handle the Aero interface). While it doesn't offer the elegance of the Premium versions, there's still lots to like here--the intuitive "search" capabilities, the increased security features, the sidebar gadgets, etc. Only a few of my older programs didn't work (an old, old version of Norton anti-virus & an old version of Nero). But Vista isn't really built to maximize older programs; it's forward-looking. So, if you don't have the hardware, then you can probably hold-off til you buy a new PC; but if you've got $99 to spare, there's definitely some things here to like. (I just ordered a new laptop from Dell though, so am excited for the full-throttle version soon)....more info
- Windows Vista
Windows Vista Home Basic uses my Celeron D based computer fast with software for Dual Processor. I just had to make the folders usable in the beginning of Vista use... ...more info
- Research very carefully before buying......
I was considering making the jump to Windows Vista Home from XP Media Edition until I looked more closely at what features it really had. Want Media Center for Vista Home because you have it on your XP machine? Well, that is found only on the Premium version. How about burning DVD's? That too is found only on the Premium version. Want the 3D aero environment highly touted for Vista? Vista Premium only. How about a Scheduled Backup for your files? Vista Premium. How about Windows Meeting Space to collaborate and share documents? You guessed it, that's found on Vista Premium too.
What Vista Home actually has (2 of 14 features) per Microsoft's website:
Most secure Windows ever
with Windows Defender and Windows Firewall (XP already has a built in firewall.....nothing new here)
Quickly find what you need
with Instant Search and Windows Internet Explorer 7 (you can download IE 7 for free)
If this comes pre-installed on a PC, great, but if you are considering buying this as an upgrade consider what are you really getting for your upgrade money?
- The WOW starts when?
I was a hard core windows user before vista was released and I bought two powerfull computers with it preinstalled. After having it installed for a couple of months I have delete it off both machines. On NEW hardware you can expect: Constant BLUE SCREENS, constant serous program freezes that require you to hold the power button shut off, Freezes during most large file transfers causing damage to files, freezing when using external storage devices and much much much more. I was forced to move to alternative operating systems on both of my new Vista computers. If you do anything important on your computer at all avoid Vista for your own sanity and the safety of your data. ...more info
- Window vista is better than window XP
Honestly, I am not a guy who favor more microsoft products. But Their products are no doubt damm good. I am very tired to read those negative review and complaint about "cannot upgrade from win xp pro to vista home..ect" Why don't people just read the label or run the microsoft upgrade adviser or check the vista home page and read word by word. It detail showed if you want to upgrade from win xp pro to vista home basic need a clean install. The previous version of window xp will be saved on the window.old file in your C drive. You still can retreived importing file there after you re-installed the program. After I upgraded my window xp pro to vista home basic, my machine is faster and the online experience is better. I don't need to worry and waste too much time on the security issue because vista securtiy is tight. Plus you can download the one full year spyware scanner software from CA. It is free for one year. Plus window firewall control traffic both way in and out and window defender. Nice destop design. I am running P4 3.2 2Gig ram, 6800GT with 128MB video with no problem using vista. This is not a high end machine, so don't worry too much about the hardware compatibility. Window vista comes with a lot of preinstalled new drivers for todays hardware. I only download the new sound card driver from creative lab. Vista home basic is worth each penny. ...more info
If you're considering upgrading to Vista, please don't. It's not worth your time and money.
Everybody has (unfortunately) experienced the Windows problem: it crashes and freezes, hogs resources and confuses the user for no reason whatsoever. But you still HAVE to use it because that's the monopoly.
Seeing how that's the case, don't buy into more of the monopoly by upgrading to Vista. It's not a better OS than XP. In fact, it's very much worse. At least XP is a far more stable platform with a somewhat proven (and disproven) track record. With Vista you're looking at a completely different story. The OS isn't finished, regardless of what the box says. Think about it: Microsoft is already developing a Service Pack for Vista, and it's only been publically released for a week!
One of the advantages Microsoft keeps pressing is Vista's "better" protection against hackers and security leaks. It's not true. In fact, 90% of current Windows viruses will work on Vista with no problems. Furthermore, the added "security" hinders you more than helps. For instance, did you know you're paying for a tax on the Vista lisence to 3rd party companies who believe you'll end up illegally downloading their software via Bittorent or Limewire or whatnot? It's true. That inflated $150.00 pricetag isn't paying for Vista. No. It's giving a third of that cash to those other software companies that have already labled you a criminal before you even do anything (or even regardless of the fact that you never intend to steal).
You should also consider that though the new Aqua interface looks nice and neat, it really is a carbon copy of Apple's Mac OSX. Don't believe me? Google it. Microsoft copied many elements almost exactly from OSX, and just renamed the addons. That's it. Unfortunately for Microsoft, stealing little plugin ideas doesn't stable make an OS. Oops.
Listen, I know everybody is trying to drive Vista into your heads, but don't let that confuse your reasoning. Furthermore, do you really want to pay $150.00 for an operating system that's not finished and was rushed through only so that Microsoft could beat Apple to their own new OSX.5 Leopard due to release in March?
And, just before you sigh and think you can handle the risks, consider that there's a very big difference between the Home Basic and Ultimate versions of Vista. There are a LOT of things Ultimate has that you won't ever get access to in Basic. And there's hardly any difference between Basic and Home Premium. Now, if you say you just want to use the OS for daily things and don't intend to dive into the OS's proclaimed advanced features...then why are you buying it in the first place? XP will do the job very nicely indeed.
If you really want the entire Vista experience buy the Ultimate edition. And fork up your month's paycheck. And prepare to relearn your computer environment. Oh, and don't forget to keep your expectations very low.
Vista is a waste of time and effort. Invest in a Mac....more info
- windows vista
windows vista is ok the use account proctol is annoying if you are the only one using the computer it darkens the screen and asks you each to continue or cancel everytime you want to run or add a program to your system. if you are the only one using the computer, it is very annoying and time consuming and distracting....more info
- I installed it on my MacBook Pro under Boot Camp. Runs really fast!
I didn't take off stars for Basic's lack of features, unlike other reviewers, because Microsoft advertised Basic without them. You can't fault Basic for things that you were forewarned on before buying it. Instead, I awarded it five stars because of its flawless adherence to the capabilities I was told it has.
I find that most people don't use any of Vista's features that aren't on Basic. For most people, Windows Vista Home Basic is all they need but they just don't want to have the bottom-of-the-line product. I found it to be very proficient at handling the tasks even computer nerds do.
Believe it or not, Windows Aero can be done without. Basic's graphics are good, too, and they look much better than XP's.
Overall, this product will fill the needs of the vast majority of users, and it's a cost-effective way to stay updated with the latest technology. I'm very pleased with it....more info
- Don't Get Suckered By Microsoft
Another horrible product by MicroSatan. XP is much better, and much faster. If you love to waste your time and money, buy this junk. I'm sure that little freak (bill gates) would love to take your money, and, as usual, provide horrible customer service. If you have XP, keep it. Or save your money and buy a Mac....more info
Microsoft moved everything around so you can't find it anymore. Forget about My Computer and the File Menu. I give Microsoft 1 thumb down for that. Also, most existing hardware isn't compatible with Vista. Another thumb down.
I upgraded from Windows 2000, but had 2 problems. First of all, the upgrade did a 'clean install' removing all installed programs. Second, Vista won't install on a FAT32 partition. I had to convert it to NTFS first. I had to restart the installation 4 times before it finally worked.
Home Basic lacks the Aero interface and Windows Media Center. I really don't care, because I don't want more buggy bloatware hogging my system resources anyways. For some reason Media Player 11 can't open as many file types as Media Player 9. I don't get it.
Vista also comes with Internet Explorer 7 and Tabbed browsing. I don't like the Tabs, because a separate window works better for me. Also the Phishing Filter really slows down web browsing performance. As a workaround, I use the Firefox web browser instead.
Vista also comes with Windows Defender by default. When I run a scan, AdAware by Lavasoft still finds Spyware anyways. Windows Defender seems ineffective.
I really don't see any compelling reasons to upgrade from XP to Vista. Upgrading from Win2k to Vista was ok, but the system overhead just isn't worth it. If you don't have 1gb of RAM, 20gb of free disk space and 256mb of video RAM, it's hardly worth the trouble installing this bloatware.
Also, since I installed Vista, Windows Update installed almost 70 patches and bug fixes. Even though I bought what was supposedly bug free tested software, my buggy OS has to get patches more than once a month. XP and Win2k seem more stable.
- Sorry to see XP go...
I installed this after doing everything that I was supposed to do before installation. It messed up my computer and I had to have XP reinstalled, now you can't buy XP anymore and I am sorry to see it go. Vista, I wish you would go....more info
- Beginning Vista
These days, everybody has a computer, most of them are Windows XP compatable. Surprisingly, Microsoft recently made a lot of hype with their next edition of lone-lasting Windows, the Windows Vista. The operating system has had a lot of momentum, but sadly when I tried the upgrade of the system, it didn't really work as good as Windows XP did. Although there are a lot of great features here like Windows Media Player 11, and the new Internet Explorer 7 with a specialized filter that scan for phishing and identity theft. Sadly, the loading time is much, much slower than my other operating systems, and a lot of programs that are Windows XP capable, aren't really working properly with the new operating system. If you have a computer that is capable with Windows Vista's compatability, you are definitely better off passing it up, and sticking with your current operating system for now.
Overall: D ...more info
- NOT WORTH THE PRICE!
The CD was a little more than "slightly used". It would not upgrade in either of my computers even though my machines met all of the requirements. Now I'm stuck with a $50.00 useless CD. I can't even give it away. Literally....more info
- XP Professional Cannot be Upgraded with Vista Home Basic
Please note that the notes under "Product Features" are incorrect. You cannot "upgrade" from XP Professional to Vista Home Basic with this DVD. You will be prompted early in the upgrade process that XP Pro can only be upgraded to Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate. You are however given the option to do a "clean install" of Vista Home Basic, thus wiping out all your software and files.
Not good Microsoft -- people want to know the details before they order!...more info
- Time will tell
I like this so far but it takes time to get use to.I ordered this from amazon and formated a hard drive ahead of time and loaded windows 2000 profesional before I got vista in the mail to get it ready but when I got vista and tried to install it the vista said it could not install from this OS.to make a long story short I hade to install XP over again plus it would not install with out downloading sevice pack 2. I have high speed internet but it made me feel sorry for people with dial up it would take them all night before they could even install vista.when I did get it installed I was disappointed because it did not have all the cool features like they showed on tv like the aero.so I hade to upgrade to premium to get it.I think they should have put it all in one like XP and windows 98 did. its only a way of getting more money out of everyone I think.maybe in the future microsoft will give aero as a free update download. all that said I like vista. people use to say bad things about windows XP when it first come out. it takes time to grow on you and get use to plus im sure they will get more updates for drivers and such.but if your going to order vista from amazon get the better one the premium or you will not get all the cool features like aero....more info
- You don't get what you pay for
This order is fulfilled by "Nothing But Software" but they don't send you a retail box version. They sent me a DVD snap case with the words "Service Desk Upgrade" on it.
I'm not sure what this is so I have to return it....more info
- Grandkids are now Happy as CLAMS...!
Product upgrades older Dell CPU(s) with Vista which make both of the Grandkids very Happy; it runs smoother, and faster. It is a real HIT!...more info
- No problems on a Mac Pro
I upgraded to Windows Vista at the same time I upgraded to OS X Leopard in October. So far after three months, Vista has done nicely. Like all Microsoft products it's not a straight forward process. There's a lot of rebooting, and waiting for the upgrade process over Windows XP. Appearance wise Vista is a big improvement over XP. I like the 3D window bars below and the new start button. The quick launch is a helpful tool. The desktop sidebar is a ripoff of OS X's widgets. I suppose it's helpful for those wanting to keep track of time, weather, etc. However it's poorly executed in comparison with OS X. Otherwise there's not too many different functions from XP. You get used to the "allow" messages after a while, and they are not that bothersome. I use Windows on my Mac Pro for only one reason. Games! From a gaming standpoint I don't have any complaints with Vista. Except for Star Trek Legacy, all of my other games work well with Vista. I haven't had any large slow downs or terrible errors that have been rumored on the internet.
Now to get the most out of Vista, you should visit your services manager. This is where you can optimize Vista manually. Right away I turned off the automatic indexing. This improves Vista's performance by quite a bit. Vista then will only index when you want to search for a file. There's several other services you may want to disable depending what you are doing in Vista. I've also elected to choose the download updates and let me choose what to install. Too many people select all the automatic settings for Vista. This is the worst thing you can do as it may install unnecessary drivers or software. Always check the list of available updates, and install what you need. The rest is usually fluff.
in closing Vista is not all that bad, and about as dependable as Windows XP. If you have an older computer you may want to wait on Vista. Otherwise at around $40 for a basic upgrade it's not bad at all....more info
- Good, but.................
I installed Vista on my computer two days ago. I ran the Compatibility Advisor about a million times and I also used the updated version. It showed I was good to go. Well let's just say there was an error in it's thinking process. After I installed Vista two rather important issues came about, one being my sound card driver wasn't compatible (the upgrade advisor said the sound card was fine), and the second being this "unidentified network" was preventing me from accessing the internet. I went straight for the phone and to Microsoft Tech. Support. After I was on the phone for appx. 4 hours, the problem [network issue] was still not solved. The guy I talked to the majority of the time had never heard of this issue, but we tried a variety of solutions. In the end his verdict was that I would have to go buy a new network adapter, I would not take that for an answer! So, all I did was repeat the steps we were doing and poof like magic the internet worked. After that I immediately updated all drivers, hoping that that would correct the sound card issue, it did. So after that everything is now great!...more info
- Broadband a must for installation
My reason, because of the 60 if not more updates that vista downloads during and after installation.some one said that installing vista with out
CD Key on the first time install, worked for me on a warm boot.I did find out that once you have it installed it runs fine,but you have to run the install again over vista to enter the CD key and complete the install as a upgrade.this was a clean install,tried to go over XP Pro kicked me out.
in general I like vista,waiting for service pack 1.Im running a AMD 64 X2 4000 2.10 Gig cpu 1Gig Ram,try to stay with dual core Cpu for vista it seems to like the horse power.I pushed vista pretty hard the first night put a lot of my programs back on,they all seem to work.not real happy with Soundblaster my Audigy 2 software don't work anymore,vista loaded a driver for the sound part of the card. Didn't give 5 stars because of Soundblaster....more info
- Windows Vista
I got the product in a timely manner. I've heard a lot of bad things about vista and some of them are true, but overall this is a pretty solid operating system....more info
- Good enough...
I bought this for my son's PC. While installing I found that you can install a free trial version of Vista Premium from the same DVD. I used that trial installation to try my new DVD changer. So far so good. ...more info
- Windows Home Basic
I bought Windows Home Basic for my Gateway MX6124 Laptop because it was the recommended version. I have been extermely pleased with this upgrade, the computer seems much faster and is very stable. I know most of the computer magazines really look down on the Basic version, but in my thinking less is actually better. My computer is not bogged down with a bunch of asthetics that I do not really need to get my work done. Installation was much easier than XP even though I bought the upgrade version. The installation did a clean install moving everything on the drive into a files named "windows.old". After reinstalling all my old programs and savinf any documents, I just deleted "windows.old" and defragged the hard drive. I recommend this version to anyone with an older computer....more info