What Version of Windows Vista
Should I Buy and at What Price?
from page four
Windows Vista Home Premium
is analogous to the Windows XP Media Center,
Windows Vista Business, to XP Professional. Vista Ultimate combines the features of both, with
additional options. The N Versions, like Home Premium N, meet the anti-monopoly standards of the European Union, will be sold primarily outside the U.S., and lack many of the
media components of Windows Vista.
Vista Home Premium
has a lot of media center and
mobility features. Its cost at Amazon.com will be $239 for the full
$159 for the upgrade from Windows 2000 or XP. This version does not
of the backup and reliability features of the business version (it
example the ability to do system image backup and recovery, and does
high-end file encrypting, offline file and folder support, or windows
scan). It does however have parental controls, a full media center, a
burner and movie maker.
Business does not have parental controls, or a full media
dvd burner and movie maker. But it does have system image backup and
high end fie encryption, additional windows server capabilities,
and scan. The cost is $299 for the full version, and $199 for the
Windows Vista Ultimate
has all of the
above and more, as well as
additional dvd features and the ability to make podcasts, tweak game performance, and download free media.
It also entitles the
user to better and more expansive (hopefully not expensive) customer
from Microsoft. It is likely to be of particular interest to highend pc
who thrive on games and multimedia. The cost at Amazon.com is $399 for
version or $259 for the upgrade.
Once you own Vista,
you can use its Anytime Upgrade
feature to purchase an
upgrade to a higher version.
are of course subject
to change, and you may of
course incur additional costs for tax, shipping and any necessary
upgrades or technical help.
you purchase a new pc computer with Windows
XP between October 26, 2006
31, 2007, you will
qualify for a free Windows Vista upgrade coupon, which will entitle you
free licensed copy of Windows Vista. Versions may vary however,
your dealer, and the Windows Vista versions you purchase with the
coupon – or at any upgrade price – require a clean
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