Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
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Buy if you can't wait for Windows 7
Julie M., Newegg
4 July 2009
Summary: Before you commit to this OS, find a friend or a store with PCs that will let you explore the system and see if your favorite programs are compatible. There are minor, major and diabolical annoyances to this OS. Get a preview of them, if possible, before committing to it.
Pros: Not quite the “flaming bag of dog ****” OS I thought it would be. A fair shade cheaper than Vista Home Premium. That is, if you don’t mind losing what it features. Easy ordering process for getting 64-bit DVD; just visit the website, make your selection, pay 10 bucks and you’ll have it in about a...
Cons: It’s Vista, which means be ready to buy hardware replacements for all the old stuff it doesn’t support (quite nearly everything pre-XP and even some XP compliant). This is the Home Basic version; no fancy Aero navigating, no Media center and 8GB RAM software limit in 64-bit.
Summary: Look, it runs fine if your computer can handle it. I have a dual core 2.1 Ghz AMD X2 processor, 3Gb RAM and it runs fine. It's quick, responsive. It plays all the games I want (Fallout 3, Bioshock) without any problems.
Pros: It's simple - it doesn't have as much bloat as Home Premium and the other versions with Aero and what not. The GUI is clean and nice to use. Has the added security that comes with Vista.
Cons: Only supports one physical processor (actually, who really cares?) and it doesn't share media well over a network.
Summary: Love it or hate it, Windows Vista is the new Windows. Have you stopped to think that part of the reason Vista has trouble with hardware devices is because Microsoft has kept the hardware support for Windows as open as humanly possible over the years?
Pros: Vista is highly configurable and adaptive. Like it's predecessor, XP, upon release Vista was deemed a resource hog, but that is caused only by the anticipation of what kind of machines the operating system will be expected to run on several years from now. It supports all the newer hardware inter...
Cons: Demanding requirements, even too much for some machines still being produced in late 2008. Startup times and shutdown times are longer, seeming almost exaggerated on some computers. Many computers produced during the transitional period between Vista and XP were ultimately shut out from using som...
Summary: Hopefully windows 7 will be better. Until then I use Ubuntu
Pros: Um... The box is nice:-)
Cons: This is pretty much a stripped down XP in a new shiny GUI. It has absolutely NO redeeming features. It is extremely slow and Is not worth $100. I Highly suggest you look into Ubuntu or even a Mac instead of this.
Pros: Great operating system, I have had no conflicts/driver issues like a lot of people complain about on any of my 4 computers that use it. Not a bad price on this version if you do not want all of the bells and whistles of the more expensive versions.
Cons: It took me 10 minutes to open the case that these come in, very strange case if you have never seen one before. You have to flip the middle of the case to the side, not open it like a book!
Summary: I would say if you have XP, stay with it. Its not a bad OS but definitely not a reason to upgrade. Especially since not everything works with it yet. A couple of my XP programs don't run correctly on Vista but I'm waiting for upgrades to those programs.
Pros: It runs fine. Desktop interface looks nice.
Cons: The security is a little high for me and the User Account Control can get annoying. Kind of a resource hog too.
Summary: Didn't buy at NewEgg which always rocks but got it twenty bucks cheaper than here. Can't complain.
Pros: Easy install, faster than XP. Runs great after you turn off the annoying security alerts. I'm not crunching data for NASA or anything just a basic box. Internet a little ripping and burning and regular home pc stuff. Run fine.
Cons: Some of my older software wouldn't run, but some stuff that was questionable did.