Microsoft Vista Hits The Shelves But Is It Worth The Upgrade? Comparison - Ultimate Version Has Everything

Microsoft Vista Hits The Shelves But Is It Worth The Upgrade?  Comparison - Ultimate Version Has Everything

Windows Vista

(Best Syndication) Now that millions of users have broadband access to the Internet, Microsoft has introduced what they are calling their all-in-one entertainment console. The new operating system will allow you to view live and recorded TV, music, photos, videos, and other online entertainment. This is a change from the past where the only way to get a copy of Windows Media Center was to buy a gadget that had the entertainment-based operating system preinstalled.

Vista has been long overdue and possibly over anticipated. This is the first Windows version since 2001. There are some new bells and whistles including a see-through glass like window that pops up to display your programs when you scroll over them in the start menu. This feature, called Windows Aero, could save you a little time.

There are four basic versions of Vista:

Basic Home Edition does not appear to be much of an upgrade from XP. This version comes with a built in firewall and Defender, a spyware software. It will also come with an instant search and Windows Explorer version 7 that has a tabbed format similar to Opera and Firefox. Upgrades start at $99 for Home Basic while the full version is $199.

Home Premium edition comes with the same features as Basic, except it comes with the Aero “elegant desktop” described above with the see-through program pop-ups. Premium will also have Window Meeting Space for document collaboration and the Media Center. This version will have a backup utility as well. Upgrades start at $159 for Home Premium while the full version is $239.

Business Edition will have most of the features of Home Premium except it will not have the DVD maker and the media center. It will have a more advanced backup and restore utility, Network Center and Windows Movie Maker. Upgrades start at $199 for Business Edition while the full version is $299.

Ultimate will have everything. This version has all the features of Home Premium and the Business Edition plus Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption to protect your data. Upgrades start at $259 for Ultimate while the full version is $399.

Be forewarned. Many purchasers of Windows XP in 2001 realized their computer was not powerful enough to run the new operating system. Vista Home Premium Edition and above does require a power graphics card to handle the new Aero feature.

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By Dusty Rhodes
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