This is a great, legal means to get the worthwhile feature packed version of vista at a manageable price. Although vista is quite unremarkable considering its development span and the strength of its predessor, there are benefits that are really nice to have... i was sceptical at first, but using vista for 2 weeks now, Ive found my computing experience to be much more... for want of a better word... enjoyable. The truly fabulous graphics/GUI and media center, along with the faster 'sleep' setting, a replacement for hibernate, are the improvements I have found most useful in my first few weeks. I also Love the chess game, but I'm weird like that :)
The OEM version, as oppossed to the full, ridiculously priced full version of vista ultimate, has 2 limitations. Firstly, no manuals or packaging, so if you are a computer amateur who is more comfortable getting used to vista with a paper booklet, I'm sure a quick google search would accomodate that in download form. The other more complicated ramification is the single license that the oem version restricts you to. This means you cannot install the vista ultimate disk on more than one computer, once you have installed to a computers motherboard, it is tied to it. Since few people will find this to be an issue, it certainly isn't worth paying another 200+ quid for a paper brochure full of microsoft's irritating 'wow' marketing campaign... and a license to install on more than one motherboard.
If you are just a simple guy like me, who uses his computer for moderate gaming, emailing, web browsing, word processing, digital photo storage, editing and watching dvd films... usual stuff... but finds xp annoying, unreliable, or you're just plain bored of that awful green start button, then windows vista will be a satisfying, but familiar upgrade.
If you think that 125 quid is still a lot for this, you'd be right... but if you are not a power user and ONLY want to do what I detailed above, you could save more money and go for vista home premium OEM version... its like 80 quid or something, which is a great price. It also depends on whether you are upgrading just software, and sticking with you current pc, or whether you are buying a whole new PC.... in the latter case, dont buy a new computer with great hardware and vista home premium, only to go and install an oem version of ultimate on top of it. I recommend a laptop such as the Sony Vaio AR21s, which has XP on it, but has top line, vista premium ready hardware stuffed in, and then upgrade that to vista ultimate/home prem using this oem.
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