Microsoft Vista Home Basic
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: 66G-00002
- Bottom Line:
- 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.
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- Reviewed by: Robert Vamosi
- Reviewed on: 01/24/2007
- Released on: 01/30/2007
The good: Windows Vista Home Basic does improve some features within Windows XP; fewer system crashes than Windows XP; and Windows Vista offers better built-in support options.
The bad: Windows Vista Home Basic does not put Search on the desktop (it's buried within applications, within the Start Menu); no Aero graphics system in Home Basic; no new software yet written exclusively for Windows Vista; optimized only for the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (for example, RSS feeds from IE7 get preferential treatment); and little reason to leave Windows XP.
The bottom line: 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.
Ignore the SOBs that write bad reviews about vista.
by ericsu14 on February 9, 2009
Pros: UAC: may be annoying, but it prevents spyware. If you attempt to install spyware but you find out its spyware, just press "cancel."
Windows Defender: better then no antispyware.
I mean did Windows XP had the same thing when it comes out?
Cons: Well, the Parent Controls really lags my Dell everytime i try to log out.
Summary: Well i just noticed that some of Vista's annoying feature does some good things. USC prevents the installation of some Rouge Antispyware "spysheriff." Well did Windows XP had the ...
Summary: Well i just noticed that some of Vista's annoying feature does some good things. USC prevents the installation of some Rouge Antispyware "spysheriff." Well did Windows XP had the same criticism when it first came out? So does Windows 2000? Well yes it did. So stop complaining and just stick with XP or switch with Vista. No need to brag about "Vista Sucks, its the facts." Well everyone haves their own opinion about Vista. So I hope you find this review helpful. I recommend Windows vista Basic because it doesn't have that much crap on it. Premium is ok for gamers.
64 BIT Version is a waste of money!
by CoastalBert on December 3, 2008
Pros: It feels fast during surfing , due to the new RAM capabilities 4GB MIN and up to 128 GB (that's a difference), and the system is very secure.
The fact that they came up with a Fast and Reliable System Wake-Up is absolutely magnificent.
Cons: HUMONGUS lack of compatibility with software of all kinds.
Over-Priced and Short-Handed they cut back on accessories that were included since Windows 95, what a JOKE!.
Lack of knowledge on their Non-American-Base customer service team.
Summary: The new operating system seems not very exiting in fact is a deception due to the power and security it shows but has a HUMONGUS lack of compatibility with software ...
Summary: The new operating system seems not very exiting in fact is a deception due to the power and security it shows but has a HUMONGUS lack of compatibility with software of all kinds. It seems like it was designed just to work with a new software generation and that?s it.
Sooo, if you are thinking about getting it just to try it let me tell you what software is not compatible and you?ll have problems with: Motorola, Serif, Java, Adobe applications (almost none are compatible and don?t work at all), Nokia, ?MICROSOFT OUTLOOK 2000, MICROSOFT FRONTPAGE?, and G?d knows what else, when I called Microsoft they were confused what was happening and why but after the FIFTH CALL they told me that 64-BITs versions WERE NOT DESIGNED TO OPERATE WITH ANY OLDER SOFTWARE SO I HAD TO ADJUST MY SELF TO THE NEW TECHNOLOGY, which in a way it?s true but unless you are prepare to migrate from the current software we all use and jump on to the new software ELITE THINK TWICE ABOUT GETTING VISTA 64-BITS.
Also this shall blow your mind? hope you?re sitting? they took away features and accessories that were traditionally included within windows such is the case of the FAX MANAGER? ?YES NOW YOU HAVE TO PAY SEPARETLY FOR IT, BECAUSE IS NOT INCLUDED ANY MORE, SO IF YOU NEED IT FORGET IT OR PAY THE CONSECUENCES. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, same thing if you want to watch a presentation done with Adobe Flash Player or Shockwave (forget about you tube ha?).
I will not let them extort me so I?m learning LYNUX so far I?m surprise how fast it runs in my Pentium 4 with 2GB truly almost as fast as vista 64-BITS, apps may vary but I?ll survive and save my money.
An exercise in futility, I want my XP 2 back.
by superyouper on September 22, 2008
Pros: It is definately more secure than XP2.
Cons: Extremly difficult to transfer files from XP2. Many of my photo's are not supported. Seems like photo's on the CD did not have the right codes. I cannot open the windows task launcher. It has an error mssage, Instructions to set the D.E.P. are vague.
Summary: I am very disappointed with the product. It's not what it is cracked up to be. I am more disapointed to discover that it will cost $59.00 to ...
Summary: I am very disappointed with the product. It's not what it is cracked up to be. I am more disapointed to discover that it will cost $59.00 to speak with a technician to correct the error problem in Task Launcher when the Dell 1525 computer is a month old and came with Vista Premium pre-installed. Tech support should be free for at least ninety days.
With advertising Microsoft can sell anything, i.e. JUNK
by poosta7 on September 9, 2008
Pros: Relatively cheap (but costs much more than its worth) A real "pro" is that anybody running XP can save money by keeping it and not buying VISTA . XP is s much better product. XP to Vista is retrograde evolution!!
Cons: Everything!! All laptops wo 1gig of memory, poor performance, most programs won't run under vista.
Summary: I assumed with Vista my computer would boot faster, run faster and make my computing experience more pleasurable -- just the opposite!!
Summary: I assumed with Vista my computer would boot faster, run faster and make my computing experience more pleasurable -- just the opposite!!
Failure for an OS
by gamepro1080 on August 13, 2008
Pros: None that I can find
Cons: Just about everything
Summary: While I have never owned this os personally, and never will. I had the displeasure of using it for work and some of my friends have it. Wow what a ...
Summary: While I have never owned this os personally, and never will. I had the displeasure of using it for work and some of my friends have it. Wow what a setback for an operating system, its like they just slapped it together and sold it. I like win xp alot more, now I know win xp is not perfect by far either, but its alot easier to work with in my opinion. Just like with Win ME, I will just sit back and wait till somthing alot better comes out then wasting my time and money on this garbage.
No comre Windows Vista
by HenryCR on April 6, 2008
Pros: Mas Graficos
Cons: 99% nada que valga la pena
Summary: Este Sistema operativo es demasiado lento y requiere una computadora muy moderna, inclusive con lo mas moderno es demasiado lento e inestable, personalmente prefiero 100 veces mas a Windows XP ...
Summary: Este Sistema operativo es demasiado lento y requiere una computadora muy moderna, inclusive con lo mas moderno es demasiado lento e inestable, personalmente prefiero 100 veces mas a Windows XP Profesional, es mas estable, rapido y no requiere tanto recurso de Hardware, es una lastima que Windows Vista sea un fracaso, ojala que puedan hacer algo para que realmente valga la pena, actualmente es muco mejor el XP que esto.....
If it wasnt free, I would punt...
by pishta68 on February 6, 2008
Pros: Nice looking
Cons: Doesnt support Hotmail???
Summary: C'mon, It came on the new Compaq "replacement" PC I had to get at short notice because my Shuttle XP Pro burned out. Forst thing the wife asks, "Where ...
Summary: C'mon, It came on the new Compaq "replacement" PC I had to get at short notice because my Shuttle XP Pro burned out. Forst thing the wife asks, "Where is outlook express, I need to get an Email". Well, guess what, no Outlook Express and in Windows Mail, you get this cold message when trying to configure it for hotmail, "Windows mail no longer supports hotmail, get yourself another Email account..." ***! Now that is blunt. guess Ill have to go to Thunderbird and download a few apps to get hotmail to work on that. Shame, yeah you can get it online at windows live, but its just such a heavy interface to read a friggin Email. Maybe Ill dual boot to my XP partition to read my OE account, Yeah right. Might just dual boot and keep XP..This is like the Windows ME compared to Win98.
Wish I never bought my new PC.
by imayberight8 on February 1, 2008
Pros: Not worth talking about, imo.
Cons: Many, mostly unnecessary changes, incompatibilty with existing combo scanner/printer.
Summary: My main beefs are with the picture display program. XP picture viewers all have the horizontal & vertical scrolling features built in, even with zoom in use. Not so at ...
Summary: My main beefs are with the picture display program. XP picture viewers all have the horizontal & vertical scrolling features built in, even with zoom in use. Not so at all with the new media viewer. Zooming is all you can do with no freedom to scroll anywhere, plus picture quality decreases with the zooming, even with high quality images. This is garbage!! Additionally, my HP 5510 all-in-one scan functions will NOT work in the easy to use XP methods. HP nor Microsoft will bother, so far to fix this problem. You can use other programs to use your scan function within these "other" programs, but just try to install the software disc from HP. No way, Vista refuses to allow it. Just another greed envisioned "upgrade" to get other companies to "catch up" to make their stuff compatible. Screw Vista, I say. I still would rather use my previous XP PC with all the faults and hesitation. At least I'm used to it. This Vista was an unnecessary trip for Microsoft to have taken. I really hope they don't aquire Yahoo. I'll stop using my yahoo email accounts immediately, out of spite. I feel like I wasted my entire purchase price for the Vista PC. I eventually will attampt to add XP Professional to the new PC, but I feel that should not have had to be necessary.
Microsoft has lost a lot more of my respect, although I'll never switch to a Mac over it. Apple is even more pompous and money hungry.
Maybe in a few more months when I've stopped
being enraged by this waste of my time, I'll add XP to it and probably not even use the Vista part ever again, what for, it isn't user friendly. Oh yeah, I'm writing this from my XP PC, which I greatly prefer, with all it's faults.....Updated
Never asked for any of these "features" it does have, miss all the old XP features it has deleted, like ease of use with my old XP compatible programs. Miscrosoft is up to its usual dirty tricks. Lets jump start the flagging PC and software industries by forcing everyone to buy new software to go with our latest POS OS. Trouble is, the software vendors were not given a chance to catch up at all before this version was shoved down PC makers throats. It's all about the Benjamins, isn't it? Still Hate Vista, will always hate Vista. Not spending a dime more to make it work better for my needs. I'm still using my XP machine, in fact, writing on it's keyboard, right now. Thank the fates for my holding onto it, since I HAVE to use it to get things done, that can not easily be done with the new Vista POS.Updated
Waste of my time and money. Love my XP machine with all its hiccups and tics, compared to un useable new OS from Microsoft. Did the President design this crappy thing, or what.
Buy a Mac if you want it to be like the Mac OS!!! I want a better version of XP that works with all my XP compatible programs. Vista isn't it, at all. Hate it. Anyone who likes it or promotes it is working for Microsoft.
Junk I wouldn't want to see no one get stuck with it
by Jay 3461 on January 30, 2008
Pros: I miss my XP
Cons: there are no Pro
Summary: This is one of the worst OS I ever saw and I had them all 3.1 98 and 98se and of course ME and the XP and now this ...
Summary: This is one of the worst OS I ever saw and I had them all 3.1 98 and 98se and of course ME and the XP and now this so call great system I am thinking of going out and buying a OS XP system to put on this computer, Vista Home Basic is one of the slowest systems that I have saw in a long time and it is always upgrading something, But I had no choose I was told it is on all new computer's my old computer is a lot faster then this vista and that one is OS ME so that isn't saying a lot for the OS Vista and everyone that I have talken to who have this OS hate it also
by tireloop on December 16, 2007
Cons: Many Problems
Summary: I have had so many problemss, crashing, freezing, problems with wireless and internet connection. When I call Lenovo, suggest downgrade to Windows XP. Latest was I tried to do backup ...
Summary: I have had so many problemss, crashing, freezing, problems with wireless and internet connection. When I call Lenovo, suggest downgrade to Windows XP. Latest was I tried to do backup and froze. Tried several times. Computer is new and I would love suggestions.
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: 66G-00002
- Description: Windows Vista Home Basic is the edition of Windows for basic home computing needs. If you only want to use your PC for tasks like browsing the Internet, using e-mail, or viewing photos, then Windows Vista Home Basic may be the right edition for you. While it won't provide as many benefits as Windows Vista Home Premium, it will help you use your PC more easily and more safely than you could with Windows XP. The first thing you'll notice about Windows Vista Home Basic is how easy it is to find the programs and files you're looking for. The instant desktop search feature looks across all of your documents, e-mails, photos, and other files, organizing the results in the way that you want to view them. When coupled with the built-in web search of Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista, you'll spend less time looking for the things that you need and more time on the activities that you care about. With automatic defenses against malicious software and fraudulent websites, Windows Vista Home Basic enables you and your family to use your computer with greater confidence. Plus, parents can use built-in controls to help ensure their children's computer use is protected and appropriate. Windows Vista Home Basic makes it easier than ever to set up your new PC, with features that easily transfer all of your data and settings from your old PC to your new one. What's more, you can have peace of mind for years to come with technology that keeps your system running quickly and reliably over time. Simply put, Windows Vista Home Basic provides you with just the essentials you need for home computing.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
- Language(s) English
- License pricing Standard
- Localization English
- License Type Complete package
- License Qty 1 PC
- License Pricing Standard
- Media DVD-ROM
- Package Type Retail
- Min Processor Type Intel x86 - 1 GHz
- Min RAM Size 512 MB
- Min Hard Drive Space 20 GB
- Peripheral / Interface Devices 32 MB video memory,
DirectX 9.0 compatible graphics card,