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Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate OEM/OEI DSP - 32-bit Edition (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows Vista
3.5 out of 5 stars 15 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 Vista Home Premium
  • Includes everything you need to enjoy the latest in digital photography, music, movies, analogue TV, or even HDTV
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System Requirements

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

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 68 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B000MFFIBO
  • Release Date: 30 Jan. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,202 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

OEM Software Product Information: This product is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) package, and the licence governing the installation and use may not convey the same rights as a full retail package. OEM product packages may not contain the same printed documentation or bundled software and hardware which forms part of the full retail package. Prospective purchasers should make themselves aware of any such restrictions before purchasing.

Manufacturer's Description

This product is intended for system builders and small OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) who manufacture computer systems and preinstall Microsoft OEM system builder software onto those systems. Its use is subject to the OEM System Builder License Agreement that is affixed to the side of all OEM system builder software packs. The system builder who installs the individual software license and distributes hardware units must provide end-user support on terms at least as favourable as the terms under which the system builder provides end-user support for any fully assembled computer system. The system builder must place its support phone number in a noticeable location in the fully assembled computer system help files or end-user documentation. The full documentation on Microsoft OEM System Builder licence is at http://oem.microsoft.com/downloads/Public/sblicense/English_SB_License.pdf.

If you want all of the best business features, all of the best mobility features, and all of the best home entertainment features that Windows Vista has to offer, Windows Vista Ultimate is the solution for you. With Windows Vista Ultimate you don't have to compromise.

Windows Vista Ultimate is the most comprehensive edition of Windows Vista. It is the first operating system that combines all of the advanced infrastructure features of a business-focused operating system, all of the management and efficiency features of a mobility-focused operating system, and all of the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system. For the person who wants one operating system that is great for working from home, working on the road, and for entertainment, Windows Vista Ultimate is the operating system that lets you have it all.

Work from home
Windows Vista Ultimate includes all of the features that make it easy to remotely connect to business networks. So when you're working from home, you'll have advanced networking capabilities, such as the ability to join a domain, support for Group Policy, and features such as Remote Desktop. Windows Vista Ultimate also includes Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption that provides new levels of protection against theft for your important business data whether you are at home, on the road, or in the office.

The latest in entertainment
Windows Vista Ultimate delivers all of the entertainment features available in Windows Vista Home Premium. It includes everything you need to enjoy the latest in digital photography, music, movies, analogue TV, or even HDTV. Windows Vista Ultimate has great tools such as Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker to ensure that you have everything you need to collect, manage, and edit your digital content. It also includes Windows Media Center for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center.

No compromises
Windows Vista Ultimate delivers all of the features available to both business users and home users. It is the ideal solution for a small-business owner who wants a single PC that he or she can use at the office, on the road, and at home. It is also the ideal solution for someone who wants a home PC that will be used primarily for entertainment purposes but that can also be used for business purposes such as connecting to a corporate network.

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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...
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I bought my OEM version of Vista Ultimate from my pc builder so it was preloaded, but the disk I got with my system was this one. Vista looks great but you should proceed with caution. The OS is very new - lots of new programming rather than just a rebuild of XP - and it has lots of problems. In effect it is more like a beta than a fully-fledged new OS.

Many of the problems seem to be caused by drivers, even ones which say they are for Vista, and there are many reports on the internet of conflicts with software especially virus detectors.

Everything I ordered for my new PC I checked in advance would work with Vista but I found that my virus software, my sound card software (especially the automatic updater) both conflicted. I also gaily used the wonderful easy transfer program to bring over all my files and settings from my old PC and I wonder now if that was a mistake.

In the event my beautiful all-singing, all-dancing new PC looked wonderful for about five minutes and then began to go wrong. I saw so many blue screens that it was like running Windows 98 all over again. I saw black screens, I saw endless hangs of OS programs like Windows Mail, and every few minutes one of the OS features like Superfetch or Search would crash and Vista would ask if it could look for a solution online. I couldn't even play the Spider Solitaire that comes with the OS.

I hunted the internet for advice and solutions and came across other people having the same problems as me - lots of them. My PC builder reported that at a rough guess about 80% of their new Vista customers were happy, and nearly 20% were having problems like me. In the end I gave up and tried to reformat my disk to reload my faithful old XP.
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As a web developer I researched Vista pretty thoroughly before deciding to take the plunge. The OEM version is great value for money, you even get a smallish installation booklet/manual with it. I really can't see the point in buying the full version - everything you want to know is probably on Google anyway.

I decided on the fresh install rather than the upgrade. I've learnt from past experience that trying to load one OS on top of another OS leads to slow and sluggish performance. So would recommend getting a usb hard-drive and backing up your files and then doing a fresh install.

Word of warning - not all applications are supported on Vista and many have incompatibilities. Microsoft products should be fine but Norton Ghost 9.0 didn't want to play ball at all. I installed Coldfusion 7 with some tech help I found online but could not do any upgrades to the application. If you rely on a host of non-Microsoft applications and are not prepared to purchase updated versions (some of which have yet to become available) then I would hang fire for the time being.

What am I running it on? I decided to upgrade my Latitude d610 to 2gb RAM which involved removing the keyboard (but that was easier than it sounds). Even though the compatibility checker said I couldn't run Aero (transparent windows and 3d flick thru tabbing graphics) the upgraded D610 handled it with ease. So don't always believe everything the compatibility checker tells you. But Aero isn't all that really, I could quite easily turn it off and be none the wiser - just a bit of fun.

So what's different - well the whole thing just has a better feel to it, its generally kinder on the eyes - and generally i enjoy working on it - a feeling that up until now has been the privilege of Mac users.
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