Vista Home Premium Review

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Microsoft offers its customers 5 different flavours of Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Eith Home Basic being the cheaper, it lacks alot of features found in Home Premium, but enough for basic home user’s needs. Home Basic does not include the fancy Windows Flip 3D or the Aero UI (“Glass”). Like the other 32-bit version of Vista its limited up to 4GB of system memory while has a limit of 8GB when using the 64-bit version, but only supports 1 CPU socket with unlimited processor cores. Vista Basic also lacks in Premium Games as well as Media Center functionalities such as the Media Center application, Movie Maker and DVD Maker. It has limited networking features has limited mobility features.Home Premium, the version I got, is a little better. Supports the Aero Glass UI, the Windows Flip 3D, Media Center functionalities but also limited in networking features. Business and Enterprise, which are aimed at the business users does not feature any Media Center functionalities but has a great deal more networking features such as IIS Web Server and full Remote Desktop Support.Windows Ultimate is the top of the lin, most feature packed and expensive vista has to offer. Offers both the networking features and media capabilites and even includes Ultimate extras only available to the Ultimate edition users.

Installing Home Premium took less time installing Beta 2 and RC2 version of the ultimate edition. Setting everything up was just as easy as XP, The UAC function got a little annoying which ended up being turned off.. Windows update only picked up 13 new updates with more probably on it’s way and All the system drivers were already installed when Vista was installed. The only utility I installed for the system was QuickSet, a Dell application that makes the function combo keys work. Most applications should have no problem installing and working on Vista, So far I’ve installed Notepad++, acrobat reader 7, WLM, Messenger Plus, Trillian, Office 2007 Home and Student Edition, Photoshop, PowerDVD, AS/400 Emulator, and Firefox, they all work wonderfully fine.

Overall it looks like Microsoft tried its real best to make sure this didnt end up like their ME edition.. and much better than their XP edition at launch. The sidebar feature is pretty cool, but I dont know how useful it would be for the average home user. But only time will tell.

I installed my 32-bit vista home premium on a Dell Inspiron E1504 laptop running an Intel Core Duo T2050 processor with GMA950 integrated video card and 2GBs of system memory. It supports the Aero UI graphics and ran everything perfectly fine. I havent tested the TV part of the Media Center Application as I currently do not own a MCE ready USB tv tuner.

This review isnt as detailed as any of the online reviews from major hardware site. I have left out alot of features in Vista that might or might not be important, but whether or not those features are important, is up to you 😉

So far, I’m quite happy with Vista 🙂 Planning on upgrading my main pc to 64-bit Vista Ultimate when I get the cash to do so ^_^.

Vista Home Premium, the one I bought, supports the Aero Glass UI

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