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Windows Vista Ultimate

Windows Vista Ultimate
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Windows Vista Home Premium

Windows Vista Home Premium
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Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate)
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Microsoft Vista Home Basic

Microsoft Vista Home Basic
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Windows Vista Business

Windows Vista Business
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Price $149 at 1 store $148 to $499 at 5 stores $85 at 1 store $289 at 1 store
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3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.0 stars out of 515 reviews 2.5 stars out of 379 reviews 3.5 stars out of 50 reviews 1.5 stars out of 84 reviews 2.0 stars out of 48 reviews
Release date January 30, 2007 January 30, 2007 October 22, 2009 January 30, 2007 January 30, 2007
The Bottom Line Windows Vista is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use. Windows Vista Home Premium is essentially warmed-over Windows XP Home Edition. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista Home Premium is stable enough for everyday use. Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now. Windows Vista Home Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use. Windows Vista Business is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.

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