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Windows Vista Ultimate

Windows Vista Ultimate
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Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)
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Microsoft Vista Home Basic

Microsoft Vista Home Basic
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Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)
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Price $199 at 1 store $67 to $435 at 4 stores $159 at 1 store $76 to $489 at 3 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (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)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.0 stars out of 515 reviews 3.0 stars out of 90 reviews 1.5 stars out of 84 reviews 3.5 stars out of 334 reviews
Release date January 30, 2007 October 22, 2009 January 30, 2007 October 22, 2009
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 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 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.

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Language(s) English
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Product Description Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Complete package
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - Complete package
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Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
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