Purchasing New Laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by RH, May 3, 2007.

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    RH Guest

    I am purchasing a new laptop for my daughter to begin college in the fall.
    I've been given the option from my employer to buy a new Dell from them that
    has Vista Basic - along with Office 2007. What's the difference between
    Vista Basic and Vista Premium?
     
    RH, May 3, 2007
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    Eric Ewing Guest

    Eric Ewing, May 3, 2007
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    R. McCarty Guest

    Comparision chart:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx
    Most colleges sell software at significant discounts. Also many colleges
    use a "Domain" or Enterprise type IT setup. If that's the case then the
    notebook will need Business or Ultimate to be able to join a domain.
    I'd check with the school for their requirements and if she can purchase
    software from the school. If so, get Vista basic and then upgrade to the
    higher tier products once she gets to school and get purchase it for much
    less.
     
    R. McCarty, May 3, 2007
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  4. You need Vista Ultimate, Vista Business or Vista Enterprise to connect to a
    domain, the likely scenario at a college. I suggest you check with the
    institute of higher learning to find their requirements on this matter.

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    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
     
    Richard Urban, May 4, 2007
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  5. Vista Basic is not worth you time. Go for Premium. Basic is really what it
    says - BASIC. Also make sure the laptop you want to buy has enough juice to
    handle Vista. You want at least 1GB RAM and at least 128MB of graphics
    memory - not shared. Best advice is to carefully read over the program's
    hardware requirements before letting yourself be talking into buying
    something that will turn out to be completely inadequate.
     
    David Hankinson, May 4, 2007
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    Lang Murphy Guest


    One thing to watch out for... regardless of the differences between Basic
    and Home Premium, is that every PC I've seen thus far that is sold with
    Basic comes with 512MB RAM. This is generally considered to be underpowered,
    even for Vista Basic. I think most folks here would agree that 1GB RAM is
    the acceptable minimum for running any flavor of Vista. I'm not saying you
    shouldn't buy the Dell from your employer, but you should be prepared to
    shell out some extra cash to bring the RAM up to 1GB if the laptop comes
    with only 512MB RAM.

    Lang
     
    Lang Murphy, May 4, 2007
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  7. If you're buying laptops from Dell save yourself some grief and just go
    XP:

    http://news.com.com/Dell+brings+back+XP+on+home+systems/2100-1046_3-
    6177619.html

    I just got Vista Basic on a laptop because it was on fire sale for $300,
    Acer 3680, new, Celeron M 430, 512 M RAM.

    What they advertise as being on Home and Home Premium is not entirely
    true.

    For example, Remote Access, Tablet PC and Windows Mobility center is in
    Basic. Not that any of these, but its the same as in Ultimate.

    Basic has good wifi support. I haven't tried direct cabling yet.

    There is a simplified version of Backup that cannot be scheduled but does
    the job very well. You can easily get an Open Source alternative for
    this as well as stuff not included, but was available in XP Home: Fax,
    DVD burner and HD DVD editors. Basic comes with XP Home level Movie
    Maker. Acer threw in their version of a backup, and I use that, it makes
    bit images too.

    Basic has the same kernel as the big versions, but without the bell and
    whistles that also needs more horsepower to run, such as Aero.

    Now, the other 'features' I don't have I wouldn't even use since 3rd
    party work better, e.g. why get BitLocker? I use truecrypt. Why use
    Defender? I use Spybot. Why use mediaplayer? I use gmplayer etc., all
    freeware.

    I have mine configured with the Window Classic Interface, so it looks and
    works nearly identical to my XP box, and it works with 512M. In the end,
    I got it up to 1G, and its sings better.
     
    Joseph Johnson, May 4, 2007
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  8. For students I'd suggest looking at tablet PCs. For taking notes they are
    wonderful and there are many student tools for tablets.
     
    Cheryl D Wise, May 8, 2007
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