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  Windows Vista
  good star The Good  
 
  • Improved Security
  • Great new look
  • Music/Video improved
  • High-Definition support
  • Up-to-date drivers
 
  bad The Bad  
 
  • May need new hardware
  • Slightly slower than XP
  • UAC (User Access Control)
 
 

Our Summary
After using both XP and Vista for over a year, we find harder and harder to return to XP. When given up-to-date hardware Vista is more stable and runs better.

 
 
Windows Vista Top
     
  Jump to bottom for price comparisons...  
     
  Also available is our Windows 7 Comparison guide.  
     
  Comparison of Windows Vista Editions  
     
 
 General
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Home Premium
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Ultimate
Type
Retail
Retail
Retail
Corporate
Retail
Suggested Retail Price (SP1)
$199
$239
$299
n/a
$319
Suggested Retail Upgrade Price (SP1)
$99.95
$129
$199
n/a
$219
Jump below for Upgrade Price Analysis
 
 Performance Enhancements
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Enterprise
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ReadyDrive
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ReadyBoost
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Number of CPUs supported
1
2
2
2
2
Cores supported per processor supported
unlimited
unlimited
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unlimited
unlimited
64-bit CPU support
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Max RAM (32-bit CPUs)
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
Max RAM (64-bit CPUs)
8 GB
16 GB
128+ GB
128+ GB
128+ GB
Automatic hard disk defragmentation
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Windows SuperFetch
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 Included Applications
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Windows Calendar
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Windows Contacts
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Windows Explorer
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Windows Sidebar
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Premium Games
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Backup and Recovery - Real-time
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Windows ShadowCopy    
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System image backup and recovery    
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Windows DVD Maker  
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Multimedia Features
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Basic
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Business
Enterprise
Ultimate
Windows Photo Gallery
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Photo Slide Shows with Themes
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Windows Movie Maker with HD support
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Windows Media Player 11
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Windows Media Center with HDTV support  
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Xbox 360 Media Center Extender support  
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Security
Home
Basic
Home Premium
Business
Enterprise
Ultimate
Windows Security Center
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Windows Defender (Anti-Spyware)
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Windows Firewall
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User Account Control
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IE7 Security Improvements
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Parental Controls
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Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption      
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Encrypting Files System (EFS)    
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 Internet
Home
Basic
Home Premium
Business
Enterprise
Ultimate
Internet Explorer 7
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RRS support
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Anti-Phishing
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IE7 Protected mode
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Windows Mail
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 Networking
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Enterprise
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Network and Sharing Center
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Improved power management
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Improved file and folder sharing
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Offline files and folders support    
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Windows Meeting Space
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Network projector support  
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Windows Mobility Center
Limited
Limited
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Sync Center
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Join domain    
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IIS Web Server    
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 User Interface
Home
Basic
Home Premium
Business
Enterprise
Ultimate
Windows Aero UI  
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Windows Flip
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Windows Flip 3D
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Live Taskbar Thumbnails
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Live content organization in Explorer
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Instant Search
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Tablet PC functions
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Touch Screen support
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Presentation Settings
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Windows Sideshow (multiple displays)  
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 But wait! There's more...
Home
Basic
Home Premium
Business
Enterprise
Ultimate
Speech recognition
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Welcome Center
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XPS document support
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Upgrade anytime to Ultimate
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Windows Fax and Scan    
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Windows Ultimate Extras        
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* Also can upgrade to Home Premium
 
  Windows Vista Home Upgrade  
     
   
  Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade  
     
   
  Windows Vista Business Upgrade  
     
   
  Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade