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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic English Upgrade [DVD]

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows XP
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • User-friendly software features search and organize innovations as well as improved networking opportunities
  • Designed for users with the most basic computer needs
  • Helps people use their PCs securely and reliably, makes it simple to stay better connected, and is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that people use and trust every day
  • Rich new interface, innovative ways to organize and find the information stored on your PC, and a multitude of entertainment options with live and recorded TV on your PC
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 20.3 cm ; 136 g
  • ASIN: B000HCZ9AC
  • Release Date: Jan. 30 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,053 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Product Description

Windows Vista Home Basic is designed to be easy to set up, to help people use their PCs securely and reliably, to help people stay better connected, and, like all of the editions of Windows Vista, to be compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that people use and trust. For those who simply want to use their PC for tasks such as surfing the Internet, corresponding with friends and family using email, or performing basic document creation and editing tasks, Windows Vista Home Basic delivers a safer, more reliable, and more effective computing environment.

From the Manufacturer

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.

Note: This is a Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade DVD-Rom.

Easily Search and Find Everything on Your PC and the Internet
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.

Better Protection for Your PC and Your Family than with any Previous Version of Windows
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.

Simplified Setup and Maintenance
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.

Features in Windows Vista Home Basic


  • Instant Search--integrated throughout Windows Vista.
  • Internet Explorer 7--includes web searching right from the browser and tabbed browsing.
  • Windows Sidebar and gadgets--bring real-time information directly to your desktop.
  • Flexible organization features--view your files any way you want.
  • Windows Photo Gallery--Download, organize, edit, view, and share your digital photos.
  • Windows Defender--helps safeguard your PC against pop-ups and security threats.
  • Dynamic security protection--helps you browse the web more securely.
  • Anti-phishing technology--helps protect you from fraudulent websites that attempt to steal your personal information.
  • Internet Explorer protected mode--helps prevent unwanted malicious software downloads.
  • Parental Controls--manage the rules for your children's computer use including web access and games.

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When WinXP came out I refused to abandon my reliable Win98SE until SP2 was released and WinXP finally became an operating system (from the experimental eye-candy it first was). Experts advise us to do the same with WinVISTA - yet I do not think this is ever gonna happen...

WinVISTA is far WORSE than the initial release of WinXP: NUMEROUS and MAJOR compatibility problems with most third-party Software, Games (well, all games except...HALO2), GFX-Cards, Scanners & Printers, Cameras & USB-Peripherals. Not to mention Microsoft Software!

Even MICROSOFT Software (such as STREETS & TRIPS 2007, ENCARTA 2007, PICTURE-IT or MONEY 2007) refuses to work with WinVISTA! If they did not care to support their own Software, why should anyone else! And all this trouble just for the cool Aero effect (which, by the way, may be NOT supported on your 2007 PC!) and DirectX10 (for which, you do know, there is not one affordable GFX-card compatible with?)?
I don't think so!

Windows is an OPERATING SYSTEM! Why is it pretending to be able to DO EVERYTHING? It canNOT! Sure, it is nice to be able to listen to music, burn CDs, browse the Internet. But that is why there are so many Specialized Software availle! And, what is even worse, WinVISTA will not let exactly these Software titles function as intended!

I had WinVISTA on my Laptop for about a week. I could not format quick enough! There is NOTHING WRONG with my WinXP-SP2. WHY CHANGE THEM?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f6cac8) out of 5 stars If you have everything working with XP, stick with it. March 28 2007
By C. Viray - Published on
I got a hold of a Windows Vista Ultimate disk. It gave the choice to install Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate. I installed Vista Home Basic, because I only have 512 MB of RAM.


I like the new wallpapers and the way it looks. My Documents and My Music folder remind me of iTunes.


Don't like that my less than 6 month old HP printer doesn't work with Vista and my USB net link cable doesn't work with Vista. When you install something screen slowly fades out and then a window comes up asking you if you want to run the program and trust it. It's a little annoying because it forces you to stop what your doing and answer the question before you can continue.


I like it, but the incompatibility issues are enough for me to want to stick with XP. I wouldn't buy Home Basic. If you really want Vista, buy a new computer with Vista preinstalled or install a trial version of Vista to make sure everything works. I'm going back to XP, until HP releases Vista drivers for my printer.

I'll write reviews on Home Premium, Business, and/or Ultimate if I ever get more RAM.

My Computer

2.8 GHz Pentium D

512 MB RAM

128 MB Video Card
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f6c9d8) out of 5 stars A good upgrade experience Feb. 11 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
After reading some of the lukewarm press Windows Vista has been getting I was a little hesitant to upgrade, but I love to noodle around with computers and took the plunge more or less for the heck of it, to play with newest thing. My system has a 2.93 GHz processor and 1 gig of ram, with a slightly older video card, so I went with Home Basic. So far I am really quite impressed. I think my computer is running just a tad slower than under XP, but only a tad. I think the system overall is smoother, and much more attractive. People have complained that Vista is only `eye candy,' and not a significant upgrade, but after reading about the extensive new features and new underlying technologies on Wikipedia I was convinced that the upgrades in Windows Vista are both far-reaching and positive. As for the eye candy - well, I think if you spend a lot of time on the computer you want the interface the look good. XP, to me, was a bit too gaudy, and Vista seems smoother, not subdued but classier, more polished than XP. I have had no problems with programs or peripherals or drivers. I've got nothing exotic but everything works. The upgrade took forty minutes or so, with very little interaction. I'm very pleased with Vista, quite a bit more so than I expected.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa39e9810) out of 5 stars XP Professional Cannot be Upgraded with Vista Home Basic Feb. 4 2007
By D. Marshall - Published on
Please note that the notes under "Product Features" are incorrect. You cannot "upgrade" from XP Professional to Vista Home Basic with this DVD. You will be prompted early in the upgrade process that XP Pro can only be upgraded to Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate. You are however given the option to do a "clean install" of Vista Home Basic, thus wiping out all your software and files.

Not good Microsoft -- people want to know the details before they order!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa444d6e4) out of 5 stars Time will tell Feb. 6 2007
By Thomas Lucas - Published on
I like this so far but it takes time to get use to.I ordered this from amazon and formated a hard drive ahead of time and loaded windows 2000 profesional before I got vista in the mail to get it ready but when I got vista and tried to install it the vista said it could not install from this make a long story short I hade to install XP over again plus it would not install with out downloading sevice pack 2. I have high speed internet but it made me feel sorry for people with dial up it would take them all night before they could even install vista.when I did get it installed I was disappointed because it did not have all the cool features like they showed on tv like the I hade to upgrade to premium to get it.I think they should have put it all in one like XP and windows 98 did. its only a way of getting more money out of everyone I think.maybe in the future microsoft will give aero as a free update download. all that said I like vista. people use to say bad things about windows XP when it first come out. it takes time to grow on you and get use to plus im sure they will get more updates for drivers and such.but if your going to order vista from amazon get the better one the premium or you will not get all the cool features like aero.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa444cdbc) out of 5 stars Excellent Upgrade Feb. 19 2007
By Colin Dailey - Published on
I was hesistant to upgrade to vista for a while but I decided to invest and see what the hype was all about. I have a P4 HT 3.0 Ghz with a good video card and after upgrading my current desktop to 2 GB of ram, I found that vista runs really well on my machine. I bought the home basic because microsoft advised it and I dont need any of the other features offered in premium. I love the graphic capabilities of vista and the functionality is really nice. I had no problems using any of my programs and had to only upgrade my video and sound drivers after installation. Vista installed all of my updated device drivers for me as well. This is definitely a solid OS and I would highly recommend upgrading to vista if you have the recommended hardware requirements.