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Windows Vista, Basic Edition with Service Pack 1 (PC)

by Microsoft Software
Windows Vista
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Safer and more reliable - Windows Vista is designed to be the safest operating system that Microsoft has ever delivered. Every edition of Windows Vista, including Windows Vista Home Basic, provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you
  • Easier to set up and use - As with all of other editions of Windows Vista, Windows Vista Home Basic makes your PC significantly easier to use. Windows Vista Home Basic has new tools to help you painlessly move your personal files and settings from your ol
  • Windows Vista Home Basic contains all of the basic features to make your computing experience easier, safer, and more reliable. Even if your existing PC seems to be adequate for basic tasks such as reading e-mail and browsing the web, by upgrading your PC


System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

  • Item Weight: 181 g
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  • ASIN: B0013O98PK
  • Release Date: 4 April 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,390 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Windows Vista Home Basic is the operating system for homes with basic computing needs. It is easy to set up, it helps you use your PC more securely and reliably, and like all of the editions of Windows Vista, it is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that you use and trust. If you simply want to use your PC for tasks such as surfing the Internet, corresponding with friends and family using e-mail, or performing basic document creation and editing tasks, then Windows Vista Hom

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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived within timeframe 14 Nov 2013
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Item arrived within timeframe stated by the seller and came complete with license key. Was easy to install and found all the hardware and installed the Vista drivers for them.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for gaming on macs if using bootcamp 2 Jan 2009
This item is a great product, very quick installation, works great for mac gaming, just loaded fallout 3 and cod 5 onto it and works a treat on ultra graphics settigns (new 2.53Ghz, 4gb ram, Nvidia 9600m gt 512mb graphics card Macbook pro). simple to use and great for school work.

BUY IT!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good. 28 Sep 2009
This software came with my PC. It was easy to install and had nice packaging. But when you first finnish installing it, it then has to download then install about 84 new updates. Mine took all night. But its worth the wait. It has a lot of cool new feautres including the new inproved media player 11 and the brand the upgraded explorer 7. I had lots of fun with this. It is simple and straight forward. I would recommend to any computer fanatic or for someone who is new to windows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Windows Vista Basic Edition 31 July 2009
I purchased a netbook in Spain which was absolutely fabulous except that everything was in Spanish and could not be converted. Rather than purchase another copy of the XP operating system I decided to upgrade it to an English Version of Windows Vista. Although it could only take the Basic Edition, I'm glad I did upgrade. The netbook is faster and more responsive. I like the interface of Vista anyway and the ease of use makes it all worthwhile.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic or Bloated?... 3 Jan 2009
By D. Dastoli - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, this is Vista Home Basic, you get what you pay for, a very good operating system without a bunch of eye-candy using up system resources, which makes it a good choice for an older computer upgrade or building your own system. You just have to ask yourself if you really need Media Center, DVD Maker, more Windows games or the RAM devouring Aero Glass desktop look. If you look around there are free DVD makers, free games and probably free substitutes for Media Center. But if you are going from XP to Vista I do recommend a clean install of Vista instead of upgrading XP. So it's your choice if you want Vista Basic or Vista Ultimate Bloatware.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-Vista 24 May 2008
By James Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
On the whole I have been happy with my new Vista Home Basic operating system. I chose Home Basic over the other versions because I felt the extra features were nothing more than eye candy and software bloat that taxes your system resources and ram. One thing I did to optimize my experience with Vista was to install it as a new operating system, instead of upgrading Windows XP to Vista Home Basic. This freed me of any bugs or bad registry data that has collected in XP over the last 5 years. I copied only 4GB of data (important photos and documents) to a usb flash drive, then I rebooted, formatted, and installed Vista. After installation, Vista found all my drivers and downloaded them for me. After the first couple of restarts due to driver and antivirus installation, Vista runs very smoothly, in fact it starts up faster than my XP operating system did. I am docking 1 star due to the fact that the Windows disk defragmentation application no longer displays a status screen and thus you will have no idea how long it will take or how bad it is fragmented. I also feel that Microsoft should have bundled Windows Live OneCare with Vista, since they love to bundle in all their other programs.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars U need Vista like you need a hole in the head 30 May 2008
By Nerd Squared - Published on Amazon.com
I was warned by every IT person I know - stay away from Vista. Anyway, I bought a new Dell vostro 1400 (very nice by the way - do buy) and it came with Vista Basic. I admit Vista is relee pretty and very cool looking. However, Vista treats me like a second class citizen on my own system.

I should say that the problems stem mainly from my old LEGALLY purchased software that I subsequently installed and that work really well on XP!!!

The last straw is just now when my Corel Paint Shop Pro X (which seems to work ok on Vista) told me that there was an update available but I decided that I would just DOWNLOAD and Save the patch and install later only to be told that I can't save the file to any folder on the system and to:-

"Contact your administrator to obtain permission"

$%#@% I AM the bloody administrator!! There is nobody on this computer but ME! My profile IS administrator. How much more of an administrator do I have to be! Do they mean the administrator of the Microsoft Head Office Network???

It is this message that is driving me crazy. I already gave up and uninstalled my Adobe Acrobat 7.0 because of it (I've since been able to re-install & update), almost pulled my hair out when trying to update Starry Night Orion Special Edition that I got LAST YEAR (need to right click the link and select 'run as administrator').

I am giving serious consideration to ripping out Vista and installing XP on my BRAND NEW LAPTOP. I hear you can get those gadget thingies for XP too. I guess the moral of my story is that unless you are buying completely brand new software that is Vista compliant and new Vista compliant hardware, you are an antique decrepit old fogey and should stay away from such modern sophisticated software as Vista!!

By the way Small Business Accounting 2006 does not work on Vista either - but that is a straight incompatibility issue.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Basic 12 Dec 2008
By Joshua Sadler - Published on Amazon.com
I use Windows Vista Home Basic on my Mac Book Pro along with Mac OS X using Parallels. It is, much like the larger versions, a hog on system resources. This version doesn't have the lovely Aero style and seems like a happy medium between XP and the Home Premium version of Vista. It does provide a simple way to complete tasks for everyday computer users who don't need incredible visual styles or the other perks of the other Vista releases.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars vista basic stinks do not buy 4 Jun 2009
By bob m smith - Published on Amazon.com
We spent a lot of time researching to buy a system with vista. I found a pretty good system configuration and bought it. To my surprise after exploring the system I figured out. It was an exact copy of xp with a few more features. The laptop is so slow; it takes it 3 hours to open the start menu. So I took action disabling all of the startup items and a few things that I also do on my xp desktop. Still nothing! I bought it in 2006 and I am still trying to fix it! Wait until windows 7 comes out please. Vista basic, premium, ultimate, and business stink. Lastly why can't they release 2 versions like xp? buy:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgradeor Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition UPGRADE with SP2 i love xp! come on! it is so reliable! this is by far the worst os ever. mac or windows. i wish amazon let you do 0 stars because this is zero stars.
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