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Unread 19-06-2008, 04:38 PM   #11
WSZsr
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Re: Vista Basic...the Right Choice?

Just curious. What is Basic lacking? I've run Business, Premium, and
Ultimate and they have much more than I need. Mostly bloat. Basic has
everything I need and is fine for "basic" computing on my laptop.

"Hank Arnold (MVP)" <rasilon@aol.com> wrote in message
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>
> I see no use to Basic. It is so limited as to be almost useless. Get the
> Home Premium and you'll be OK.
>
> --
>
> Regards,
> Hank Arnold
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows Server - Directory Services


 
Unread 19-06-2008, 06:25 PM   #12
Tom Lake
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Re: Vista Basic...the Right Choice?


"WSZsr" <nospam*************> wrote in message
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> Just curious. What is Basic lacking? I've run Business, Premium, and Ultimate and
> they have much more than I need. Mostly bloat. Basic has everything I need and is
> fine for "basic" computing on my laptop.


One of the main things the home versions are lacking is that
people are complaining about is FAX support.

Tom Lake

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Unread 19-06-2008, 07:32 PM   #13
Daddy
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Re: Vista Basic...the Right Choice?

Whether Basic is "limited" depends on what you want in an operating system.

The most detailed description I have found (so far) of the differences among
Vista versions is Microsoft's Windows Vista Product Guide, published
3/21/2008.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

Below I list the features which Vista Basic lacks, according to this
document, and why I think it's no big deal for me and for many savvy home
users. Briefly: For the non-gaming, non-Tablet PC owning home user who's
already invested in third-party software, I think Vista Basic is an easy
choice. Unless you really want Aero and are willing to give up the system
resources to support it, why not avoid the bloat of unneeded features, which
can conflict with your third-party apps, and save yourself a few bucks?

Daddy
[continued below]

Backup - I have third party software that does all of this (and more):
* Scheduled backup of user files
* Backup of user files to a networked PC or device
* Incremental backup
* Automatic backup scheduling
* Complete PC Backup and Restore (image based)
* Shadow Copy (restore previous versions of your documents)

Other features I already have in third-party software
* Themed slide shows
* Native DVD playback
* Windows Media Center
* Windows Movie Maker HD
* Windows DVD Maker (Video DVD Authoring and Burning)
* Small Business Resources
* Windows SideShow
* Windows Fax and Scan
* Wireless network provisioning
* Encrypting File System & Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption

Features I am not interested in:
* Windows Aero user experience
* Two processors (two processor sockets) support
* Offline Folder support
* Windows Meeting Space
* Various desktop deployment features

As a non-gamer who doesn't plan on buying a Tablet PC, I have no need for:
* Support for Media Center Extenders, including Xbox 360
* New premium games
* Tablet PC features


"Hank Arnold (MVP)" <rasilon@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Daddy wrote:
>> I'm interested in hearing from people who have knowledge of how the
>> different varieties of Vista compare. If you don't like Vista, please
>> don't hijack my thread.
>>
>> Daddy
>>
>> "Daddy" <daddy@not.valid.net> wrote in message
>> news:yImdnYAXE90yzcXVnZ2dnUVZ_gadnZ2d@comcast.com. ..
>> Vista Basic might just be the right choice for your next desktop
>> computer:
>>
>> *If you're not into eye candy, why should Aero suck the life out of
>> your hardware?
>>
>> *If you're already using your favorite third-party software, why
>> bloat your footprint with Microsoft's DVD maker, backup, encryption, etc.
>>
>> Seems to me that Vista Basic is a step in the direction of what many
>> people have been wanting for years--a slimmed-down version of the OS.
>>
>> Of course Vista Basic won't work for everyone, but unless you have a
>> tablet PC; or you're heavily invested in Microsoft applications like
>> Movie Maker or Media Center; or unless your employer is moving to
>> standardize around Microsoft utilities like Meeting Space, it seems to me
>> that Vista Basic could be all a savvy user really needs.
>>
>> Agree or disagree?
>>
>> Daddy
>>

>
> I see no use to Basic. It is so limited as to be almost useless. Get the
> Home Premium and you'll be OK.
>
> --
>
> Regards,
> Hank Arnold
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows Server - Directory Services



 
Unread 20-06-2008, 11:22 AM   #14
Hank Arnold (MVP)
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Re: Vista Basic...the Right Choice?

Tom Lake wrote:
>
> "WSZsr" <nospam*************> wrote in message
> news:g3dupg$7cu$1@registered.motzarella.org...
>> Just curious. What is Basic lacking? I've run Business, Premium, and
>> Ultimate and they have much more than I need. Mostly bloat. Basic
>> has everything I need and is fine for "basic" computing on my laptop.

>
> One of the main things the home versions are lacking is that
> people are complaining about is FAX support.
>
> Tom Lake
> ** Posted from http://www.teranews.com **


See for yourself...........

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...ns/choose.mspx

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Regards,
Hank Arnold
Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Directory Services
 
 

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