Vista Home Basic will probably have been the most popular Vista package, the operating system for the every man (and woman).
The one aspect you will notice about Vista instantly is how good it looks. Whereas XP may have been clunky Vista is sleek and smooth with the covetous 'aero' look. It's sort of a concession for windows trying to attract those who may have been drawn in by Apple's ever tasty graphics.
Another great feature if on the task bar when you have multiple programs open you can open all windows at once and see them all at once to toggle through them. When they are all minimised you can hover over them and see a miniature ghostly version of the window appear (which is very useful if you want to quickly check an installations progress for example). All very useful but hardly a huge step.
Another 'revolution' is the way Windows have changed how your files are indexed allowing easier searching and such. Frankly I never had problems with searching or ever found myself having to search alot anyway. But you have a nice layout of where files are stored now into proper sections rather than folders for things such as pictures and documents which is nice. The problem is all of these changes are nice not necessarily awe inspiring or making me overjoyed I parted with a significant amount of cash.
Now the problems Vista has is such, reliability. For one there are quite a few programs which will not run on vista. Relatively iritating, potentially making Vista unusable for some. I'm no computer expert but when I've had to reinstall Vista 3 times in a period of a year or so it doesn't shout reliability for a piece of software. I can't really go into details of the causes as I really have no idea but I know I'm not alone. Many people have complained of Vista's unreliability. Even going as far as reinstalling XP...
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic in my opinion is OK, if you are thinking of upgrading from XP my advice would be there's no point, i find my XP laptop much faster that the once I'm using which is Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic.
The security is very good for Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, when ever you open a new file or you are downloading something it will ask for you permission first and then they scan the item for viruses if you are downloading something of the Internet.
I find Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic is slightly slower than xp but it its worth getting if you are worried about the security of your personal computer.
In my opinion i think that £80 is a fair price for Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic but don't pay more that £90 for it otherwise you might as go well buy home premium.
This review is a follow up from my review of Vista business and therefore will contain some of the original text which explains some of the features present in both flavours of this operating system.
The dreaded Vista. Many people fall on different sides of the argument. Is it good? Is it crappy?
A lot of the people who outright slate Vista are often those who you see reminiscing about the days when it took 10 minutes to download a picture on the web. If they do not fall into this category they are either those who own a Mac or the dreaded 'I hate Microsoft for the sake of it' bunch that I find seem to grace my Computer Science lectures on a regular basis.
So what is my opinion? Well, I've grown up with computers and they are my biggest interest. I've used Linux (you'll find my Ubuntu review on here) and thought it was very good however when it comes to hardware compatibility it falls short of most of Microsoft's offerings. Then there is Mac. Mac is largely Linux that you pay for and although it can boast being virus free it is only a matter of time before some genius causes its downfall. XP is much loved by many users and a number of those who used Vista ended up returning to the OS they had come to know and love. I on the over hand have stuck with Vista and given it a chance. I can safely say, that I am proud to be a Vista user.
So why does it get such bad press? Well if like me you have a very powerful computer then you will probably be asking this question. Let's get to it, Vista is very demanding on resources in comparison to XP and as many users are operating on 2GB of memory or less then they are of course going to see a performance lag as Vista uses around 1GB during routine operation whereas XP uses 512mb.
Vista is designed for the dual and quad core generation and these systems will obviously feel its benefits. At first, many found that a lot of their original hardware would not work with Vista however since service pack 1 and 2 this problem is now non existent.
In terms of security, Vista Home Basic is not as secure as the Business, Enterprise or Ultimate editions of the OS however, as it is mainly intended for home use by your average users as opposed to superusers (techies) the level of security that Home basic offers is sufficient for your average user. Furthermore, some of the features are more tailored to suit the home use with such features as games and communications such as MSN installed as standard in Home edition whereas they have to be activated in Vista Business.
Vista is visually stunning and the much showed of Aero scheme is a step towards the dizzying heights that Linux OS have achieved visually however Vista Home Basic does not feature this scheme. This means that you cannot perform the windows flip/slide function that allows you to switch between 3d visual representations of active programs and Windows. However, this is purely for show and in no way effects the overall operating system.
Vista is different from XP and takes a lot of getting used to however once you give it time you will see that it is more powerful and altogether smoother to use than the now almost ancient XP.
If you have a copy of Vista I would seriously advise you give it another try. If not, I would seriously recommend that you buy a copy as even if you don't like it you will get a free upgrade to the new Windows 7 OS when it comes out in October this year.
Vista Home Basic is the cheapest version of Vista that is available and is not as feature packed as business and premium however, the underlying OS is the same and therefore if you are not bothered about the flashy visual features then I would recommend you choose this flavour to ensure you are not paying for features you do not need.
So, Windows Vista is the latest Operating System. It came in a variety of formats. These are home basic, home premium, business and ultimate. In that order, there's more features for the various formats (basic has the fewest, ultimate has the most). The truth is that, aside from better search functionality and marginally better security, there's little point in upgrading to Windows Vista Home Basic. Visually, it doesn't have the same streamline appearance as the other 3 versions of Vista. The other's feature Windows Aero. This allows the OS to have the appearance of glass and really looks quite impressive. Windows Vista home Basic doesn't have this and to be honest, Windows XP looks better and more modern than Home Basic. So, if you want to upgrade to Vista for visual appearance then DON'T get Home Basic, you want to get Home Premium or, if you think you'll use all the features and have the cash to splash, you might even want to invest in Vista Ultimate. Ultimately, it's your own choice on what you want but I don't think Basic is worth the money.
Windows vista really makes a big difference compared with windows XP. You will experience new and improved features with Vista. This operating system of Microsoft is i think the cheapest compared to all vista editions. It is the cheapest so for sure it has less features compared to other editions. One of which that i notice with this edition are.
*the elegant windows aero experience which make your desktop viewed in good graphics and animation is not supported with this kind of edition
*don't support secondary screen.. meaning you cannot let your screen be viewed on LCD projector or any other secondary screen.
*not a choice as an OS for laptops...
Although if you want to experience Vista this one could be affordable to buy just for experience for you to try what was vista can do, if what new features are being improved compared to Windows XP
Windows Vista offers the average man or women everything they could posibly need from an every-day desktop interface.
Vista Home Basic offers a range of useful features, aimed to suit the needs of a family's daily activities. This software is indeed very similar to Windows XP which came before it... However, the general look of Vista Home Basic is much more advertising. Shinier bars and a neat (Mac look-a-like) start button have completely transformed this state of the art Operating System.
You can now talk to your computer, making it seem silly to be using a mouse. The Voice recognition feature works a treat once Vista gets to know the in's and out's of your voice!
Ever found it frustrating when selecting various windows on your bottom bar? A superb feature allows the user to scroll through each window with ease, giving a great overview on everything your working on.
Desktop 'gadgets' have been created for the users own amusement and usefulness (though this has been known to slow down your computer considerably). Desktop clock's, temperature gauge's and daily news headlines are some of the unique attributes to Vista's gadget range.
Many other unique features exist withing Vista Home Basic, they're just waiting to be descovered.
My version of Vista seems incapable of playing some of the older games... basically, it doesn't expect users to want to glance back into the past, and therefore will make it very difficult for you to install any software which hasn't been made in the last 6months!
Unless you enjoy spending valuable time scowling the controll panel, disabling this and that, then your going to be extremely annoyed at Vista's in-built security system which asks for your permission on EVERYTHING - Why not just let us install AVG Free Edition so that everyones happy?!
An easy-to-use OP with many great features... but understandably, a list of bad aspects aswell.
Worth a buy, but do read up on how to disable the annoying in-built security system, and download AVG as soon as you can.
Thanks for reading.
I simply prefer to use Windows XP because I have been using it for many years, it seems to be alot more stable now with all the recent updates/patches over the years and it seems to also be most compatible with software I currently use.
I also only have a single processor system with 1GB RAM and worry that if I install Vista, it'll run the operating slower and the applications slower.
However if I were to upgrade my hardware or get a new PC then certainly I'd go for Vista although I may keep a copy of XP to install on another partition in case I have compatibility issues with some of the software I use already. One piece of software I use regularly is open source and has only been developed up to a point so may not be compatible.
I liked the user interface in Vista and it has a very good feel to it, it reminded me of the UI in Linux which I think has a good feel to it. I will still always use Windows as my primary operating system but I do have a copy of Linux installed on another partition (about 20% hard drive space) just to practice about on.
As a quick introduction, I have been using computers since MSDOS, I spend hours on my computer most days, my living room contains more computers and parts than I can find time to play with, and I pick up new programmes very quickly and easily.
Having said that, I do believe the switch from XP to Vista is trickier than with previous upgrades as the interface and set-up is noticeably different. I bought a new computer recently which had Vista Home Basic installed, as always I was looking forward to trying out a new operating system and with a dual core processor and twice as much RAM as my creaky old Win2k box I usually end up using I thought that I would actually be able to surf quickly enough to *win* ebay auctions rather than screaming in frustration as the computer takes 5 minutes to load the confirmation page for my last minute bid...
I know my old computer had way too much junk installed on it, so having installed the absolute minimum to get online I started playing. Where to start...
The first thing you notice is that virtually everything pops up a security alert - this is to prevent spyware from doing stuff without your permission - it interrupts whatever else you might be doing, dims the screen, and asks for permission to do whatever you asked it to do. Which gets on my nerves, as there doesn't seem to be a way of telling it to always allow certain programmes.
Another thing is the compatibility issues. I'm sure many of these will be resolved with the imminent release of SP1 but for now I have uninstalled the Acer software that came preinstalled, have to run Windows Live Messenger as "Administrator", and put up with Windows *repeatedly* telling me it has blocked certain start-up programmes - but because they've changed Windows so much it's a major task to ferret out these processes and change them.
And I am getting a lot of windows "Not Responding" although they usually sort themselves out if you leave them, anywhere from a few seconds to maybe a minute, but I think that is due to lack of RAM. It seems the important thing with Vista is not processor speed, or having a dual core processor, but cramming in as much RAM as possible. I did check the maximum for my new computer, and it's 4Gb so when I can afford it that will be my first upgrade.
I did quite like the new GUI but as the computer was running so slowly I was seriously wondering if I should take the computer back and get a refund, and go with Plan B - build a superfast computer and launch into the world of Linux. I want to upgrade the memory as 512Mb is apparently the absolute minimum to run Vista but the warranty seals are putting me off despite not having found Acer too interested in helping when I had a query. However, there are a couple of things to speed up the computer. Adjusting for performance in the control panel helps a lot - you lose the pretty interface so it looks like Win2k till you start wading through the start menu, explorer, etc. Talking of which, I like the start menu - no more sprawling lists of programmes, everything is contained in a scrolling menu that expands like the left explorer pane. The "Run" function has disappeared from the start menu but is still accessible by pressing Windows+R.
Another thing that should help is a new feature called ReadyBoost. Certain pendrives can be used by Vista as a sort of virtual RAM - google for the details but basically as long as the spec of the pendrive is high enough (and my no-name cheapo novelty drive is ok) Vista can use it to improve performance. Reviews of this feature suggest the difference is only worth the effort on computers with smaller RAM, and with a pendrive 1-3 times larger than the amount of RAM installed on the system. My pendrive is quite small so I can't tell the difference, but when funds permit I intend to get a larger pendrive and use that until the warranty expires and/or I feel like opening the case and splashing out on 4Gb of RAM...
And it appears not all peripherals are compatible either - even down to keyboard and mouse - I connected up the keyboard and mouse I was using on my old computer and neither of them worked, thankfully my graphics tablet works, but my bog standard keyboard had to be replaced by the bog standard keyboard that came with the PC - why this should be I have no idea. I managed to get Vista drivers for my modem, this is one thing I made sure to check before I bought the computer.
So in conclusion (because it's very late and I want to get to bed cos my shoulders ache) my instincts were right - it's nice but needs a lot of RAM to be worth it, and I would recommend (as with all software) waiting for a bit until (hopefully) the majority of the bugs are sorted out. And maybe someone will come up with a workaround so I can just tell my computer to start up, get online, and load up messenger and firefox, ready for another day of surfing facebook/email/random sites instead of getting on with what I should be doing...
Making the transition from Windows XP to Windows Vista, it was not a verdict I wanted to make lightly when it came to giving my final opinion on this new product, and that is why after now having experienced Windows Vista Home Basic it is about time to finally tell you about it.
Thinking of my first real experience with a personal computers operating system, we must be talking Windows 95 now when my brother bought my households first PC. From there we have seen the improvements such as 98 and ME, but it wasn't until XP that things really started to get interesting. When I first used XP it seemed very familiar to 98, but just leaps and bounds better in quality. Hearing of the release of Windows Vista it was going to be interesting to see what the team at Microsoft had done, but I was never expecting to experience it until a year or more after its release. I'm not the sort of person that would buy Vista, just for the hell of having an up to date computer, it just so happens though that my mum decided to buy a new desktop computer for the house so that the computer literacy of the house could expand further than the under 40's that live here. This computer would come packed with Windows Vista, and that was going to be the most interesting thing about this new buy.
Set up was really simple, and Vista seemed to work at a fairly good pace until my brother has decided to start screwing with the computer. I typically use my laptop, but I use the desktop computer for writing reviews as I find it so much simpler relaxing in my chair with a keyboard to type up reviews rather than having to stretch forward on a smaller laptop keyboard. The fact that my brother has managed to slow down a new computer already probably doesn't say much for Vista, or maybe it just says a lot for his ability to screw things up. Whilst I found XP just looked like a smarter version of 98, with everything spruced up, Vista does look completely different - a fresh look with a lot of things presented in different ways to what they were before. Maybe it is because I got used to XP that I found it so simple, but I do think that Vista is a harder transition than swapping operating systems on Windows has ever been before.
We all know that security is paramount when it comes to computers nowadays, especially with the amount of things people do on the them and the lengths that some people will go to in plans to hack into all sorts of private information. I do have to wonder who really is sad enough to try and create computer viruses, and Microsoft probably aren't doing enough to prevent all this but Vista is a step in a furthering direction. Pretty much whenever you try to install something you won't just get one security warning about something being installed, you'll probably get about five, that you will have to click yes to all of them before you can move forward. This was pretty irritating when I was first setting up the computer and putting the obvious things such as MSN Messenger on to it, but I guess now that I only install new things once in a blue moon it's not so bad.
I don't know the ins and outs of computers, and I'm not going to try and sound like a computer expert so I'm not going to, but one thing I do know about Windows Vista is that the first thing that struck me about it was how the Windows logo is presented differently down the bottom of the screen - and there is a risen button on the keyboard to match. The Windows logo is now circular, and it all looks very posh. Now lets hope my non-technical term review can help a few people who are like me and don't know all that much either, but then main things they want to use their computer for include their documents and the internet. When looking through your programs as you access them from the start menu, you know longer get lists coming out of your eyeballs and stretching across the width of the screen, now each menu just takes over from one another so that it is all presented in the same area. There is a division between documents like never before, with pictures and music in different places with no real overview which makes it harder for me to really find what I want to look at. The games have had an overhaul, and there is no pinball, but computers aren't really about the games anyway. And well, the internet isn't really all that different on Windows Vista - it all depends what version of Internet Explorer you have - but of course everything on Vista comes pre-installed with the latest updates.
Overall I am not Windows Vistas biggest fan, and whilst it does look all fancy and it did get a lot of hype when it was first released earlier this year, I am still happy to use XP on my laptop and am not really ready to move on with this new generation just yet. I can't get my head around why on the start menu either they have a big button for locking the computer and another button for putting the computer on standby, but you have to press a little arrow to get to the most often use options such as log off and shut down. How big do they want our carbon footprint to be?
when vista was coming everyone said it would be a fast and reliable operating systems. But when i installed it it made me cry to do my work .Even though my ram is 1GB i could not manage to work as fast as previous o.s. The side bar has got some problem to open when i got to open by tools. I could not understand why it could not open if it was not a bug. I definitely suspect to have a serious work on this o.s. by the microsoft corporation.
On the contrary to JayCG's review, I personally find Vista extremely useful, totally free of bugs so far and definitely far better than XP. Might I enquire, JayCG, whether a) you have even used Vista yet and if so b) have you ever come across any bugs? I have been a demanding user of the new Windows opsys since a month ago and have had 99% less problems than I did with XP. I assure you, faithful consumers, Vista has alot to offer, and as a fairly experienced user who utilizes alot of types of programs, I have had no trouble. The only thing wrong with Basic is that it isn't home premium!