Windows Vista Business
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: 66J-00002
- Bottom Line:
- 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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- Reviewed by: Robert Vamosi
- Reviewed on: 01/24/2007
- Released on: 01/30/2007
The good: Windows Vista Business 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 Business does not put Search on the desktop (it's buried within applications, within the Start Menu); no new software yet written exclusively for Windows Vista; optimized only for the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (for example, RSS feeds from Internet Explorer 7 get preferential treatment); no BitLocker drive encryption; no DVD Maker; and there are too many editions of Windows Vista.
The bottom line: 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.
Windows Vista Business is not worth purchasing.
by ~XjoshX~ on June 16, 2008
Pros: This system is easy to adjust to from Windows xp.
Cons: It is a bulky system to use: the interface is confusing and anything that is worthwhile is buried under other programs.
Summary: I used this system for over a year and I found it quite annoying to use. Anything that it useful is buried under other programs that are useless. It was ...
Summary: I used this system for over a year and I found it quite annoying to use. Anything that it useful is buried under other programs that are useless. It was nice to have Internet Explorer 7 pre-installed; however, Internet Explorer 7 is one of the worst internet browsers that I have used. In addition, the Windows defender is a nice touch to the system, but when it scans the entire system it takes between 2-3 hours to complete and it really slows down the system. Even though it is a Windows computer- Microsoft Office 2007 took a long time to load. The interface is confusing: the recycle bin, computer and documents could have been wrapped up into one. The battery life is quite short. Watching internet clips, commercials, television shows and anything that is animated can become annoying: it stops and loads while your watching your program . Overall, Windows Vista Business is not worth purchasing.
by Luck House on May 21, 2008
Pros: Advanced user-friendly OS with stunning interface
Cons: Some minor flaws
Summary: I have heard so many people complaining about Windows Vista being trash and a disaster. This is very discouraging for me or anyone attempting to try this new OS. When ...
Summary: I have heard so many people complaining about Windows Vista being trash and a disaster. This is very discouraging for me or anyone attempting to try this new OS. When buying my Vaio SZ780 notebook, the sales clerk predicted that I would soon run into trouble with lousy Vista like he did. He in fact advised me to remove it an put XP in for replacement. You know what? They are all way wrong. The Business Edition on my notebook has been working like a charm despite my intensive use. It gives me all I want from look and feel to performance. The aero glass display is stunning on my Vaio and search now is just a breeze much as navigating through the system. Wireless networking is extremely stable unlike XP. These are just a few and I cannot name it all what I love. Microsoft obviously did a very good job putting together this awesome OS and I see no reason for going back to XP.
Having said that, I have to admit that Vista does have some nagging bugs. I personally have experienced issues with slow network printing through XP-based computers and sluggish hibernation. However I have managed to fix the network printing issue using some easy tweaks. Hibernation is still faulty but I can live with it. Some experts say this is a particular problem with computers having 4GB of RAM which is my case.
After all there is so much to the bright side of Vista which totally outweighs its minor negatives. I believe with Service Pack 2, Vista will be perfect and get a 10 from me. For now I give it 9 and keep on enjoying it.
A work of art
by sudeepunnikrishnan on April 6, 2008
Pros: Fluid interface, brilliant performance, immaculate security, intelligent organization of filesystem, real-time search technology, very reliable
Cons: I really don't see any
Summary: I have been following Microsoft technologies both as a developer and an evangelist for years now and personally speaking i have never seen them invest this much of research, time ...
Summary: I have been following Microsoft technologies both as a developer and an evangelist for years now and personally speaking i have never seen them invest this much of research, time and efforts into an offering. They may have had their bad days and a plethora of goof ups, but in Vista they have carved their stronghold. Windows Vista Business is the perfect blend of performance, features and looks with the immaculate software and hardware compatibility backup known to bring smiles to millions of windows operating system fans all across the globe. I have a read a lot of terrible reviews about this product and i don't see why people have such a problem with. Either they are too dumb to figure out a few simple things (for crying out loud Microsoft is a company that redefined UI friendliness and ease of use and partnerships with software and hardware vendors so that things ACTUALLY WORK !!!! ... try making your grandma use Linux) or are plain cry babies.
I have been a power user of windows for years, a beta tester and a .NET develeoper for Web, Desktop and Enterprise applications for over 4 years now and i absolutely adore this Operating System, i really feel pampered. Thanks MS !!!!
OS X Leopard comparitive review
by theoxygenthief on March 7, 2008
Pros: New colourscheme
Cons: Resource hog, Pathetic security solution
Summary: I recently bought a new laptop with Vista Business Ed, which I was very eager to adopt early, having been a huge XP fan in recent years. At the same ...
Summary: I recently bought a new laptop with Vista Business Ed, which I was very eager to adopt early, having been a huge XP fan in recent years. At the same time I started a new job that required me to work on an Mac OS for the first time. First off, I am not an Apple fanboy, I have in fact gone to great lengths to avoid Apple OS's (which I rated as inferior based on short stints on OS 9) in the past. I thoroughly regret this now.
My experience with OS X Leopard has been as rewarding as my experience with Vista has been frustrating, even doubly so. Considering the above, my very strong knowledge of and previous liking for windows XP and almost no previous experience with Macs, I cannot even chalk my dislike for Vista down as resistance to change.
I have found leopard to be intuitive, fast, secure, feature rich and INCREDIBLY productive. With no training whatsoever I was able to learn this new OS and be at higher levels of productivity than ever, even on XP ,quantifiable on paper by my work output, within the space of 2 hours!! And this regardless of still confusing the apple key, alt key and control key all the time.
On the downside, there seems to be some bugs still in Leopard, as my dock will display corrupt at times, and I've had one application crash once (granted, one for which support has been dropped about a year ago).
My experience on Vista was horrid in comparison. On a brand new laptop that's Vista certified up and down,I have had endless problems. And Vista CONSUMES near 80% of my 1GB ram (granted, not earthshattering but i thought sufficient) on first boot!!!! Vista feels extremely sluggish on my machine, which ironically has better specs in all regards than my work machine. Granted, i could turn Aero off, but that would be like telling a four year old to sleep with a stash of candy under his pillow and never eat, touch or look at it. I have come across SEVERAL bugs which have cost me several hours of troubleshooting and reinstalls, mostly to no avail! My explorer shell still mysteriously looses right click functionality at random, despite my having 100% vista cert drivers and hardware and a fully patched/updated install to mention but one pet peeve. I also find the security solution horrendous, a "it wasn't me!" approach of shifting the blame to the user by making sure the user triple confirms just about everything they do. Other than the updated visuals and changed security policies I have not coma across any new features that warrant mention.....which puts the price tag right up there in the "what were you smoking when you paid that for a 2 broken feature upgrade to XP" category.
I thoroughly regret having lost so many hours of productivity in the past to my stubborn refusal to ditch MSFT, and will not be buying anything other than Apple in the foreseeable future. For the sake of my sanity.
"Do not buy Vista. Only problems -no benefits. Not compatible with most programs.
by goulde on January 5, 2008
Pros: I haven't noticed any pros.
Cons: WARNING: Don't buy Vista. It's not compatible with most programs. Why have a computer that the programs you want to use won't work on?
Summary: I haven't noticed any benefits of Vista over XP and have only experienced numerous problems due to the fact that it isn't compatible with any programs I need ...
Summary: I haven't noticed any benefits of Vista over XP and have only experienced numerous problems due to the fact that it isn't compatible with any programs I need to run. I have had to use my old computer for these things, including software that I just purchased brand new. Vista is just one big head ache.
by IvanInUse on December 28, 2007
Pros: technological step forward, works well
Cons: high memory requirements, not too much new
Summary: It worked well from day one, it's stable and demanding applications perform well, sometimes, though not too often, better than in the older OSes. There are some new features ...
Summary: It worked well from day one, it's stable and demanding applications perform well, sometimes, though not too often, better than in the older OSes. There are some new features too, like File Versions and Superfech which really makes the applications load faster, somewhat (though I wouldn't say much) improved security, and 64-bit variations allow using higher amounts of memory the future apps will need, and access to more CPU registers, which should improve performance a bit. Still, there is little you can do with Vista that you couldn't with XP, and it also has some drawbacks. The main ones are slightly worse GUI responsivness and high memory requirements (though it's not as high as it may seem when you look at Task Manager after booting, a lot of things aren't really necessary, so Vista will swap them should an application need more memory). Other problems you might encounter are that your older hardware might not be supported if the manufacturer chose not to write new drivers, and that not all applications are 100% compatible with the new OS (mainly the system software and utilities). On the overal, it's not the "Wow" MS promissed, but if one's hardware is supported, I'd recommend Vista over XP for machines with 2GB of RAM or more, those with less than 1GB should forget about it, and the ones in between may consider it as it works well with 1GB, but you may want to "kill" a few services and turn off Sidebar and Aero to make the memory usage as close to XP's or 2000's as possible.
by plenig on November 23, 2007
Pros: Pretty, some interesting features
Cons: Multiple errors and failures
Summary: The new Vostro from Dell came with preinstalled Vista. My usual approach is to load all of the software I use and then configure, a 15 to 20 hour process. ...
Summary: The new Vostro from Dell came with preinstalled Vista. My usual approach is to load all of the software I use and then configure, a 15 to 20 hour process. I tried using the files and settings transfer and this just did not import or move most of my files. The programs that did transfer did not include my personalized settings. At this poin t I drpped back to the old install, item by item. After setting up the new system, including getting rid of those d***ed nags that were popping up constantly I decided to use the disk cleanup function. D*** again; 20 hours down the drain. The program deleted over 66,000 files. All this with me looking at the screen with mouth agape; first round to vista. Obviously restore from the recycle bin did not work for this. I found an undelete program and set it to work. Unfortunatly a few bits in most programs had been overwritten while groping around so I started reloading programs, second round to Vista. As I dragged files from my cloned hard drive the pprogram kep flagging, not sufficient memory, even though the files were only around a 300mb size. Now darn it, I payed for 2 GB just so this type of thing did not happen!!!! Now I begin to see a pattern, my programs, most, not all need to have a Vista version to work. Most drivers, the same. Some hardware dosn't have any drivers written for Vista. There are quirks showing up. As I use the keyboard to step through the explorer tree in the left pane, the right hand pane does not display the contents of the folders in the right hand unless I click on the folder with the mouse. I spoke to Dell tech support and requested a copy of XP to replace Vista and they informed me the Vostro 1700 is not compatable with XP. My new gateway may cross paths with the returning Dell. Goodby, good luck Vista. I may revisit in another year but now, no. My fault, I usually allow an operating system to mature at least a full year, maybe two.
Obsessive, obscure, obtuse
by goonboy2 on November 19, 2007
Pros: Can't think of any
Cons: Jeeeez, where do I start?
Summary: IMHO Windows XP is the best, most stable, easiest, most attractive operating system Microsoft has ever written. How could they screw up Vista so badly? I can't find anything, ...
Summary: IMHO Windows XP is the best, most stable, easiest, most attractive operating system Microsoft has ever written. How could they screw up Vista so badly? I can't find anything, I can't easily get to anything, I don't like anything about it. Security, separate user folders. administrator permission - could they make it any more obscure? Why must they keep "fixing" things that don't need fixing? This is an upgrade?Updated
It is hard to describe all the things I hate about this software. It is the exact antithesis of "user friendly". Polite company would say "it's a mess." Most of us would say that it is a "cluster f###". Even when I log on as administrator it does not allow me to add or change information to some user files, change file or folder attributes. I am sick of "access denied" and "you don't have permission" restrictions. As I said in a previous review it is NOT business friendly. It is, however, easy to burn CD's, print pictures and download music. As far as the file system, it too is an abortion making it virtually impossible to find anything or do anything unless you put it in the documents folder. I am downgrading my previous score of "2" to "0".
a living nightmare
by mwilner on November 11, 2007
Pros: um...I guess the "glass" thing is nice, but that's not exactly the main point for an operating system
Cons: Oh, you mean you wanted to use your computer to get work done!!?? Well, look elsewhere.
Summary: The fact that Microsoft isn't embarrassed by this product, and that they can coerce every major manufacturer to recommend it, is proof that its time to move to Linux.
Summary: The fact that Microsoft isn't embarrassed by this product, and that they can coerce every major manufacturer to recommend it, is proof that its time to move to Linux.
Half-baked software - Avoid 'till SP1 or stay away altogether
by llibllik on October 19, 2007
Pros: User interface
Cons: drivers, stability, speed
Summary: My customers keep asking, "What about Vista?" So I finally broke down and attempted an installation using Vista Business 64-bit edition. I offer a few of my thoughts and my ...
Summary: My customers keep asking, "What about Vista?" So I finally broke down and attempted an installation using Vista Business 64-bit edition. I offer a few of my thoughts and my ultimate conclusion.
This has to be about the most attractive windows to date. Appearance and layout is terrific and there is no denying the "cool" factor. Sure, there's a bit of a learning curve. But that's nothing new when switching operating systems. Security is definitely tighter and there are a number of useful features that were heretofore unavailable. And that's about it for the good stuff.
Installation was a nightmare. I have NEVER spent 50 hours trying to get my hardware and software installed and configured for a new O/S. Out of our 4 office printers, only one had updated Vista 64-bit drivers. Two of the others are less than 18 months old. Canon tells me their (almost new) ImageClass D880 may NEVER get 64-bit Vista drivers. Our HPZ3100 doesn't have them yet either although they are promised for the future.
I did not fare any better on the software side. Most antivirus products have a problem with 64-bit Vista. Even installing Microsoft's own products proved to be a frustrating and sometimes impossible task. And forget anything without "signed" drivers (like Hardware Monitor from hmonitor.com). Total software installation success was only about 55%. The rest crashed and burned.
And after installing all the software? Let's just say that garden variety slugs move faster than my computer does. Everything has become a waiting game; wait for the computer to boot up, wait for the application to open, wait for the drive access LED to show something other than solid RED, wait a hole minute for explorer to open up. Wait, wait and more wait. I'm running a Quad Core 2.4GHz CPU with 4GB memory and an nVidia 8600GT video card on an Asus Striker Extreme mobo for gosh sake! Give me a break already!
In the end, I have spent 50 hours only to abandon this ridiculous project. Why waste time on something that clearly requires more development. There is no way I'll touch this thing again before SP1 arrives (now promised for February 2008). Perhaps even then I'll wait for good reviews before I waste any more of my precious time. In the meantime, it's back to XP. It took a few years but most of the little kinks have been ironed out of that O/S.
If Microsoft decides to discontinue distribution of XP in favor of Vista, it'll be shooting itself in the face. Go ahead Microsoft ... Make my day.
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: 66J-00002
- Description: Windows Vista Business is the first Windows operating system designed specifically to meet the needs of small businesses. You'll empower your entire business to work more efficiently with a stunning and improved, simple-to-use interface that makes it easier to search and find the information you need quickly and easily, both on your PCs and on the web. With powerful new safety features, you're in control and can better protect the key information that is the life of your business and that builds the trust of your customers. And, for the growing business that always seems to be on the go, the mobile computing enhancements make it easier to stay connected to the rhythm of your business, both in and out of the office. Windows Vista Business makes all of this work for you while helping you spend less time on technology support-related issues - so you can spend more time making your business successful. Windows Vista Business simply makes it easier to manage how your employees connect to your network and to ensure that they get more out of their PCs, both in and out of the office. Be future-ready and lay the IT foundation that your business needs for today and tomorrow.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Business
- 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 1 GB
- Min Hard Drive Space 40 GB
- Peripheral / Interface Devices Sound card,
DirectX 9.0 compatible graphics card,
128 MB video memory,