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Windows Vista, Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (32-bit and 64-bit DVD) (PC)

by Microsoft Software
Windows Vista
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Mobility-based operating system meets all your computing needs whether you're working from home, working on the road, or searching for entertainment options
  • Combines all the features of a business-focused operating system, all the efficiency features of a mobility-focused operating system, and all of the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system
  • Remotely connect to business networks; Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption provides improved levels of protection against theft for your important business data whether you are at home, on the road, or in the office
  • Delivers all of the entertainment features available in Windows Vista Home Premium; includes everything you need to enjoy the latest in digital photography, music, movies, analog TV, or even HDTV
  • Ideal for both business and home entertainment use
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  • Platform:   Windows Vista
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 19 x 13.2 cm ; 318 g
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  • ASIN: B0013O77GM
  • Release Date: 4 April 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,808 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Windows Vista SP1 is an update to Windows Vista that addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability and performance issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also addresses some management, deployment, and support challenges.

This version of Windows Vista, Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (PC) comes with both 32bit and 64 bit discs. 

32-bit CD
If your system features a CD drive but no DVD drive, you can order Windows Vista on CD-ROM. The installation files span multiple discs, so unattended installations are not possible.

64-bit DVD
If your system features a 64-bit processor, you can take advantage of its advanced design by ordering 64-bit software media. You'll get the same interface, features, and functions, but you'll get them in an operating system that takes advantage of access to vastly more memory. All installation files are on a single disc. Please note that 64-bit media is included in the box with the purchase of Windows Vista Ultimate.

The 64-bit version of Windows Vista is not for everyone. Please confirm that your system, applications, and devices are compatible with a 64-bit edition of Windows Vista before installing.

Customer Reviews

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4.0 out of 5 stars Look at vista ultimate in 2009 31 July 2009
Windows Vista Ultimate is pretty good these days as now they have worked most the kinks out of the system. If you have a bit of know how about PC's then its no problem using this OS and yes at times it is slower but I rather have something which is stable and slightly slow than something which has ? over it. So at the end of the day it is a good OS NOW with all the updates and is steady. It isn't letting me down and use my PC quite a lot so more chance for it to go wrong. Each to there own at the end of the day I like it you mite want OS which is faster if so I would go for windows 7 few months after it comes out or XP 64bit if you can get your hands on it hope this is helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decent OS; I have no desire to switch 18 Oct 2008
Frankly, I love Vista. While the minimum system requirements are higher than XP, they are by no means unreasonable, and the result is an OS that's easily as fast as Linux or OS X, and one that is much better laid out as well.

Small touches abound. The start menu has been condensed into one box instead of opening a potentially gigantic list of programs, and discrete info and link boxes are peppered throughout, making it infinitely easier to slip from one related task to another. A particularly nice touch is that the address bar showing your folder location includes a drop down arrow for every folder you've had to go through to reach it, with a list of all the folders contained within them, meaning that you can navigate back through into another folder with ease. It is much like the layout of OS X's folders in that respect, yet compresses it into a much more compact and just as functional design.

Functionality is a mixed bag, but usually for good reason; some old programs will find themselves unable to run on Vista's version of their dependencies, but the vast majority of programs can be made to run with compatibility mode. By this point Vista compatible drivers are standard, and shouldn't present a problem at all. Moreover, troubleshooting problems is vastly improved; with wireless problems in particular, XP was notorious for clamming up as to why it was refusing to work, resulting in a protracted search for a solution. At worst Vista is able to angle in on the general area of the problem, and at best will offer a direct fix. It's a hell of a lot better than the previous Windows favourite, 'dump everything and start over'.

Perhaps I'm simply used to the old Windows problems, but Vista hasn't presented any particular problem for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good at the current price. 12 Oct 2009
I bought it to run under "Parallels" on my MacBook Pro. It loaded first time without a hitch and is working as well as it does on a PC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't know what all the moaning is about 14 Oct 2008
First off, I'm not a Microsoft worshipper, but I'm not into bashing them just for the sake if it either.

Initially I listened to the negative comments on Amazon and the net and decided not to upgrade. But when I first encountered it on a laptop at work, I found myself thinking Vista wasn't so bad after all. So in the end I decided to upgrade my home PC and am glad I did and wouldn't consider going back to XP. So let's look at the usual complaints.

You DO need a powerful and compatible PC. If in doubt you can download a utility from Microsoft to check your current hardware. I would recommend this. I suspect that a lot of people are moaning because they didn't check first.

Backwards compatibility is not as bad as they say although it has some surprises in that old software I expected to fail actually works better under Vista (games) and stuff I expected to work has "known Compatibility Issues" (such as, can you believe it, Microsoft's own Visual Studio 2005). There are ways of overcoming these issues, however.

It's at least as reliable as XP. I have not experienced any crashes yet. A recommendation here is to make sure you have the latest drivers for sound and video cards etc.

The User Account Control (UAC) features have narked a lot of people but I don't find them annoying at all. You only tend to get nagged when attempting to do things that are considered a risk. During normal program use you're allowed to just get on with it.

I don't recall the installation taking all day long either as some people have claimed.

There are numerous new things that make using the PC much easier, such as better searching, a links facility in explorer and the open/save dialogs to frequently used folders and many more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Vista is pants 17 Oct 2009
Yep that's right I said vista is well and truly pants, this caused so many problems especially causing long delays when printing.

Do not upgrade to Vista get Windows 7 instead that rocks....
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