Vista Guide

Microsoft Windows Vista Buyers Guide

Microsoft Vista now comes in four flavours designed to meet different users needs business, home, basic and ultimate. We have summarised the four options below and provided the cheapest option to have the latest and greatest operating system up and running on your PC.

*Remember when ordering OEM to specify 32bit or 64bit, normal versions come with both.

vista home premium

Windows Vista - Home Premium

For the best home computing and entertainment.

Windows Vista Home Premium is the preferred edition for home desktop and mobile PCs. It provides a breakthrough design that brings your world into sharper focus while delivering the productivity, entertainment, and security you need from your PC at home or on the go.

How to get it (cheapest first)

I already have Windows and am a student (academic upgrade)

I already have an older version of Windows (upgrade)

I don't have Windows but am installing on a new PC. I'm a system builder (OEM 32bit or 64bit)

I don't have Windows and I would like full support with manuals and be able to install Vista on to a new PC later on (full retail)

 

 

 

vista business

Windows Vista - Business

For small and mid-sized organizations.

Windows Vista Business is the first Windows operating system designed specifically to meet the needs of small businesses. You'll empower your entire business to work more efficiently with a stunning and improved, simple-to-use interface that makes it easier to search and find the information you need quickly and easily, both on your PCs and on the web. With powerful new safety features, you're in control and can better protect the key information that is the life of your business and that builds the trust of your customers.

How to get it (cheapest first)

I already have an older version of Windows (upgrade)

I don't have Windows but am installing on a new PC. I'm a system builder (OEM 32bit or 64bit)

I don't have Windows and I would like full support with manuals and be able to install Vista on to a new PC later on (full retail)

vista ultimate

Windows Vista - Ultimate

For work and entertainment, this is the most complete edition.

When you want to have it all, including the ability to shift smoothly between the worlds of play and productivity, there's Windows Vista Ultimate. You'll never have to worry about having the most advanced capabilities—they're all here. This edition of Windows Vista offers an advanced, business-focused infrastructure, mobile productivity, and a premium home digital entertainment experience, all in a single offering.

How to get it (cheapest first)

I already have an older version of Windows (upgrade)

I don't have Windows but am installing on a new PC. I'm a system builder (OEM 32bit or 64bit)

I don't have Windows and I would like full support with manuals and be able to install Vista on to a new PC later on (full retail)

vista basic

Windows Vista - Home basic

For basic home needs such as e-mail and Internet access.

Windows Vista Home Basic is the edition of Windows for basic home computing needs. If you only want to use your PC for tasks like browsing the Internet, using e-mail, or viewing photos, then Windows Vista Home Basic may be the right edition for you. While it won't provide as many benefits as Windows Vista Home Premium, it will help you use your PC more easily and more safely than you could with Windows XP.

How to get it (cheapest first)

I already have an older version of Windows (upgrade)

I don't have Windows but am installing on a new PC. I'm a system builder (OEM 32bit or 64bit)

I don't have Windows and I would like full support with manuals and be able to install Vista on to a new PC later on (full retail)


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