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Chapter 2. Choosing and Installing a Windows Vista Edition

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entertainmentapplications.

Enterprise:Includesadditionaltoolsandfeatures

specificallyforlargebusinesseswithcomplexcomputerand

technologysystems.ThiseditionofVistaisn'trealistically

availabletoconsumers;it'sonlyavailabletoVolumeLicense

customerswhohavePCscoveredbyMicrosoftSoftware

Assurance.

Tip

ThepricesshowninTable2.1arethesuggested

retailpricesinUSdollars.Withsomesearchingon

theInternet,youcanfindmuchlowerprices.







Table2.1.RecommendedSystemRequirements

Home Home

Business Ultimate

Basic

Premium



Fullprice



$199.00 $239.00



$299.00



$399.00



Upgradeprice



$99.95 $159.00



$199.00



$259.00



Saferforfamilieswith

ParentalControls

Bettersecuritywith

WindowsDefenderand

WindowsFirewall

Newandimproved

user-friendlyNetwork

andSharingCenter

Newsearchingtools

withInstantSearch

andMicrosoftInternet

Explorer7

Organizeanddisplay



pictureswithPhoto

Gallery

Enhancedappearance

andlivethumbnails

withWindowsAeroand

Flip3D

Laptop/notebook



featureswithWindows

MobilityCenterand

TabletPCsupport

Abilitytoconnect,



communicate,and

sharewithothersusing

WindowsMeeting

Space

Supportformultiple



displays/monitorswith

WindowsSideShow

Easybackupoffiles

anddatawithWindows

AutomaticBackup







Easybackupoffiles,



data,applications,and

operatingsystemwith

WindowsCompletePC

BackupandRestore







Advancedsharingand

displayofmediawith

WindowsMediaCenter







CreateDVDswith

WindowsDVDMaker











Createhighdefinition

(HD)movieswith















WindowsMovieMaker

Havefunwithnew



premiumgames:

ChessTitans,Mahjong

Titans,andInkball

Playpokerwitha

WindowsUltimate

Extra:Windows

Hold'em



















WindowsFaxandScan







RemoteDesktop

Connection











Abilitytorestore

previousversionsof

documentswith

ShadowCopy











Enhanceddesktop



backgroundwithfullmotionvideowith

WindowsDreamScene











Protectsdataon



lost/stolenharddrives

withWindows

BitLockerDrive

EncryptionandSecure

OnlineKeyBackup











Usemultiplelanguages

onasinglePCwith

Languagepacks











Table2.1givesyouabettercomparisonoftheparticular

featuresbetweenthefoureditionsavailableforconsumers.



FormoreinformationonthespecificfeaturesfromTable2.1,

refertoChapter3,"IntroducingWindowsVista."



2.ChoosingandInstallingaWindows

VistaEdition

UnlikepreviousversionsofWindows,whichcameinoneortwo

basicflavors,Vistacomesinawhoppingfiveflavors—each

offeringdifferentfeaturesandanentirelydifferentpricetag.As

youcanimagine,makingthischoicecanbedaunting.This

chapter,however,willhelpyoudecidewhichversionisrightfor

you.Regardlessofwhetheryouareupgradinganexisting

computertoVistaorshoppingforanewcomputerwithVista

preloaded,thischapterwillhelpyoumakethebestchoice.



12.CompareVistaEditions

Asyoumighthavealreadydiscovered,therearefivedifferent

editionsofWindowsVistayoucanchoosefrom,whichare

summarizedinthefollowinglist:

HomeBasic:Includesonlythenewbasicfeaturesandis

bestforlighthomeuseonPCsmeetingonlytheminimal

systemspecs.

HomePremium:Allowshome/small-officePCusersto

takeadvantageofneweffectsandenhancementstothe

desktopandspecialmobilityandentertainmentfeatures.

ThiseditionisbestsuitedfornewerPCsthatexceed

minimumsystemspecsandforthoseuserswhousetheir

computersdaily.

Business:Comeswithbetterbackupandrestorefeatures

thanhomeeditions;however,insteadoftheentertainment

applications,itincludesmorebusinessapplications,suchas

RemoteDesktopConnectionandWindowsFaxandScan.

Ultimate:Forpowerusersinhomesandbusinesses,this

editionprovidesevenbetterdataprotectiontoolsand

desktopenhancements.Thiseditionisagoodchoicefor

thosewantingthebusinessfeatureswithoutsacrificingthe



entertainmentapplications.

Enterprise:Includesadditionaltoolsandfeatures

specificallyforlargebusinesseswithcomplexcomputerand

technologysystems.ThiseditionofVistaisn'trealistically

availabletoconsumers;it'sonlyavailabletoVolumeLicense

customerswhohavePCscoveredbyMicrosoftSoftware

Assurance.

Tip

ThepricesshowninTable2.1arethesuggested

retailpricesinUSdollars.Withsomesearchingon

theInternet,youcanfindmuchlowerprices.







Table2.1.RecommendedSystemRequirements

Home Home

Business Ultimate

Basic

Premium



Fullprice



$199.00 $239.00



$299.00



$399.00



Upgradeprice



$99.95 $159.00



$199.00



$259.00



Saferforfamilieswith

ParentalControls

Bettersecuritywith

WindowsDefenderand

WindowsFirewall

Newandimproved

user-friendlyNetwork

andSharingCenter

Newsearchingtools

withInstantSearch

andMicrosoftInternet

Explorer7

Organizeanddisplay



pictureswithPhoto

Gallery

Enhancedappearance

andlivethumbnails

withWindowsAeroand

Flip3D

Laptop/notebook



featureswithWindows

MobilityCenterand

TabletPCsupport

Abilitytoconnect,



communicate,and

sharewithothersusing

WindowsMeeting

Space

Supportformultiple



displays/monitorswith

WindowsSideShow

Easybackupoffiles

anddatawithWindows

AutomaticBackup







Easybackupoffiles,



data,applications,and

operatingsystemwith

WindowsCompletePC

BackupandRestore







Advancedsharingand

displayofmediawith

WindowsMediaCenter







CreateDVDswith

WindowsDVDMaker











Createhighdefinition

(HD)movieswith















WindowsMovieMaker

Havefunwithnew



premiumgames:

ChessTitans,Mahjong

Titans,andInkball

Playpokerwitha

WindowsUltimate

Extra:Windows

Hold'em



















WindowsFaxandScan







RemoteDesktop

Connection











Abilitytorestore

previousversionsof

documentswith

ShadowCopy











Enhanceddesktop



backgroundwithfullmotionvideowith

WindowsDreamScene











Protectsdataon



lost/stolenharddrives

withWindows

BitLockerDrive

EncryptionandSecure

OnlineKeyBackup











Usemultiplelanguages

onasinglePCwith

Languagepacks











Table2.1givesyouabettercomparisonoftheparticular

featuresbetweenthefoureditionsavailableforconsumers.



FormoreinformationonthespecificfeaturesfromTable2.1,

refertoChapter3,"IntroducingWindowsVista."



13.FullorUpgradeVersion?

AsshowninTable2.1,theupgradeversionsoftheWindows

Vistaeditionsareabout$100cheaperthanthefullversions.

Youcanusetheupgradeversionsifyou'regoingtoinstalliton

aPCcurrentlyrunningWindows2000orWindowsXP.PCswith

otheroperatingsystems(suchasWindows95,98,orMe),

however,don'tqualifyforanupgradeandafullversionofVista

isrequired.

Tip



IfyouhavemorethanonePConwhichyouwanttoinstallWindowsVis

mightbeabletopurchaseadditionallicenses(afterbuyingyourfirstWin

Vistapackage),whichareabitcheaperthanbuyinganotherfullWindow

Vistapackage.

Formoreinformation,visittheMicrosoftwebsiteat:



www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/add



14.UpgradeIn-PlaceorCleanInstall?

Ifyou'replanningtouseanupgradeversionofWindowsVista

(see#13,"FullorUpgradeVersion?"),youshoulddetermine

whetheryoucanperformanupgradein-placeinstallationorif

youhavetodoacleaninstallinstallation.Thiswillhelpyou

figureoutwhattypeofpreparationyouneedtodobefore

installingWindowsVistaandmightalsoinfluencewhichedition

youchoose.

IfusingafullversionofWindowsVista(see#13),you'llhaveto

dothecleaninstallinstallation.

Anupgradein-placeinstallationistypicallyeasierand

technicallybetterbecauseitwillkeepallyourexistingsoftware

applications,files,andsettings,whereasthecleaninstallwon't.

Nevertheless,youmayexperienceproblemsduringtheupgrade

in-placeinstallationofWindowsVistaandlooseallyourdata.

YoumayalsohaveissuesdowntheroadbecauseyourPCdidn't

haveafreshstartwhenyouinstalledVista.Therefore,you

shouldspendabitmoretimethoroughlybackingupyourdata

(discussedinthenextsection)beforeproceedingwitheither

installationmethod.

YoucanreferenceTable2.2toseeifyou'reeligibleforthe

upgradein-place,basedonyourcurrentWindowsversionand

yourdesiredVistaedition.

Table2.2.DeterminingtheInstallationType

YourCurrentWindows

TheVersionofVistaYou've

Version

Purchased





Home Home

Business Ultimate

Basic Premium



WindowsXPHome



InIn-place

place



WindowsXPProfessional Clean Clean



In-place



In-place



In-place



In-place



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