Public will buy which version?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Hark Agin, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. Hark Agin

    Hark Agin Guest

    Of the many versions of MS Windows Vista that will be available in January,
    which version will the majority of the public buy? And then which of them
    will be next? Will the price be the deciding factor in most purchases?

    When will the new computers with Vista installed be available in retail
    stores? And which version will the OEMs be installing on their machines? 32
    and 64 bit?

    Anyone care to speculate or give an educated guess? I'm betting that the
    cheapest will be the bigger seller with the public and OEMs.
     
    Hark Agin, Dec 16, 2006
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Rick Rogers, Dec 16, 2006
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  3. We will tell you in February. Vista will not be available at retail until
    Jan. 30. Are you trying to ask what you should buy?
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 16, 2006
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  4. Hark Agin

    Hark Agin Guest

    Are you trying to ask what you should buy?

    No, I'm going with 64 bit. What are the OEMs putting on the 32 bit machines?
     
    Hark Agin, Dec 16, 2006
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    Scott Guest

    Hark Again spake thusly on 12/16/2006 7:50 AM:
    *dusts off crystal ball*

    I see no wait..OK.... I see the pubic clamoring for a pretty GUI.. yes! Yes!

    I see a public that's poverty stri--..no wait. I see them flush with cash!

    Therefore I predict everyone will buy Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. :)

    But another guy here says I'm full of it and predicts that Windows Vista
    Home Premium will be the top seller with consumers followed by Windows
    Vista Home Basic.
    If it's anything like Windows XP was at launch it you'll see some right
    after the launch date and more later as the old stock clears out.
    and 64 bit?

    I'm betting on 32-bit (at least in most cases). Besides 64-bit ain't
    gonna be much good unless the CPU is also 64-bit.
    Naah, everyone loves to spend money, I'm sure it will be the most
    expensive version. Screw this other guy here.
     
    Scott, Dec 16, 2006
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  6. Depends on the OEM and the machine. Basic machines will get Home Basic,
    media center machines will get Home Premium. Business machines will get
    Business. Some OEM's will give options via configurators.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 16, 2006
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    Dale Guest

    I'd bet money that Home Basic will be the hottest seller. OEMs like Dell
    and HP are only concerned with being able to offer the lowest price on TV
    advertisements or their home pages. And the average user doesn't know to do
    anything except buy that lowest priced package.

    Dale
     
    Dale, Dec 16, 2006
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    Marty Guest

    Most all the computers that you see advertised now are XPMCE2005.
    So my guess would be Home Premium.

    Marty
     
    Marty, Dec 16, 2006
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  9. Besides, folks have heard about Glass and want it. They will need Home
    Premium for that.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 16, 2006
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  10. Hark Agin

    Marty Guest

    I think that's what I'll buy for my other two computers that I tested on.

    Marty
     
    Marty, Dec 16, 2006
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    BChat Guest

    I am going with Home Premium, now in this "poll'', and later on my machine
    BChat

    Of the many versions of MS Windows Vista that will be available in January,
    which version will the majority of the public buy? And then which of them
    will be next? Will the price be the deciding factor in most purchases?

    When will the new computers with Vista installed be available in retail
    stores? And which version will the OEMs be installing on their machines? 32
    and 64 bit?

    Anyone care to speculate or give an educated guess? I'm betting that the
    cheapest will be the bigger seller with the public and OEMs.
     
    BChat, Dec 16, 2006
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    drygnfyre Guest

    I think the x86 (32-bit) edition of Home Premium will be the most popular,
    although I intend to use Ultimate myself. I don't have a 64-bit processor,
    though.
     
    drygnfyre, Dec 16, 2006
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    Dale Guest

    Ultimate all the way for me. I don't want to spend hours trying to do some
    obscure task only to find out my version didn't support it. But there is a
    difference between me and the average user (perhaps not between me and many
    users here). I make my living off my computers. Every penny I have ever
    spent on PCs has been repaid manifold in increased wages as my skills
    increased.

    Hmmmmm. Thinking about that, perhaps I should make a home basic and a home
    premium machine just to learn the limitations... but I'm not going to. :)

    Dale
     
    Dale, Dec 16, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    That's exactly what I plan on doing. I have enough spare laptops around
    here that this is feasible.

    Mike
     
    Mike, Dec 16, 2006
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    Brian W Guest

    Yes that's what I'll be getting. Full version, not the Upgrade.
     
    Brian W, Dec 16, 2006
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    Saucy Guest

    If there is a big diff between the Basic and Prem price that Microsoft sets
    for the "white box" market, my guess is that you will see a lot of Basic.
    The name brand PCs probably will get better deals because of volume but even
    then, the name brand low-ends will have Basic nevertheless .. however with
    any model with multi-media stuff etc. a name brand will probably sport Prem.

    The white box local yocal market is fiercely competitive and being able to
    advertize low low prices is partly what it is all about. If Basic is
    cheaper, it will be used.

    But like said elsewhere, we will know more in February.

    Saucy
     
    Saucy, Dec 16, 2006
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  17. If you just want to see what the differences between the editions look like,
    you can do that with same Vista dvd that you purchase and install on your
    computer. After you install Vista on your computer you sign up for VPC 2007
    beta on Connect, download, and install the program. Then you set up a
    virtual machine.

    It turns out that if you do not enter a product key during Vista setup, you
    get to pick which edition to install from a drop down list. You can use it
    for up to 30 days without activating. So you install the edition of your
    choice in a virtual machine on your Vista desktop. You can try one edition
    for a few days and then install the next and so on. Do not activate any of
    the virtual machines and you can do the try-outs with the same dvd you
    purchased. When done with all the try outs simply delete the virtual
    machine.

    So there you sit running Vista on your computer with this window on your
    desktop that just happens to be a virtual computer also running Vista.

    Then you will be an expert on the differences between the different editions
    of Vista and can come back and tell us all about it.

    Just remember to uncheck that box on the first Setup screen that says to
    automatically activate after 3 days.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 16, 2006
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  18. Sadly, Glass is not supported in Basic. A lot of folks are going to be
    miffed.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 16, 2006
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    Dale Guest

    Very good idea, Colin. Thanks.

    Dale

     
    Dale, Dec 16, 2006
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    Kevin Young Guest

    Doesn't the Vista EULA prevent you from running certain versions of Vista in
    a Virtual machine Colin?
     
    Kevin Young, Dec 17, 2006
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