Microsoft Windows XP - Home Edition comparison

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Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate)

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Windows Vista Ultimate

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Price $121 at 1 store $159 at 1 store $118 to $424 at 3 stores $74 to $499 at 3 stores $221 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 2432 reviews 3.0 stars out of 200 reviews 3.5 stars out of 50 reviews 3.5 stars out of 334 reviews 2.0 stars out of 515 reviews
Release date January 17, 2003 January 17, 2003 October 22, 2009 October 22, 2009 January 30, 2007
The Bottom Line XP is a worthwhile upgrade from 95/98 or Windows 2000. Unless you need corporate administration tools, XP Home Edition should suffice for most--even for small businesses. Windows Professional boasts serious corporate administration tools--it's a trustworthy upgrade from Windows 2000. 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 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 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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Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
1
1
License Qty 1 user
1 user
1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
Localization United States
Canada
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Language(s) English
English
English
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License Type Complete package
Complete package
Complete package
Complete package
Complete package
Product Description Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition - Complete package
Microsoft Windows XP Professional - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - Complete package
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate - Complete package
Licensing Details Info unavailable Info unavailable 32/64-bit
32/64-bit
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Media CD-ROM
CD-ROM
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
License Pricing Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Package Type Retail
Retail
Retail
Retail
Retail
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