What's the difference between Windows Vista Basic, Premium, Business and Ultimate?




you asked me to differentiate b/w the four Windows Vista versions i listed yesterday. i tried to compile what i could...



Windows Vista Home Basic
the counterpart of Windows XP Home
- has better security and search than Windows XP
- does NOT include the much-touted "Windows Aero" visuals that enable transparent window borders, live previews and animations
- no Windows Media Center or DVD Maker
- for lower-end PCs with at least 512 MB of memory and an 800-megahertz microprocessor
- $199 for full version, $99.95 for upgrade

Windows Vista Home Premium
the counterpart of Windows XP Media Center Edition
- improved security and search
- includes the "Windows Aero" user interface
- has Parental Controls, Windows Media Center, Movie Maker and DVD Maker (integrated DVD burning)
- also has Windows Tablet PC technology
- for higher-end PCs with at least one GB of memory
- $239 for full version, $159 for upgrade

Windows Vista Business
the counterpart of Windows XP Professional
- all the features of Home Premium with some extra stuff (Windows Fax and Scan...) for business desktops and mobile PCs
- does NOT have Parental Controls that the Home versions have
- does NOT have Windows Media Center, Movie Maker or DVD Maker
- $285 for full version, $192.00 for upgrade

Windows Vista Ultimate
- all the features of Home Premium and Business
- for those who want the best available (hard-core gamers, those who are serious about manipulating images and video, et al.)
- lets you download Microsoft's Ultimate Extras, w/c are tools for advanced image editing, for animating the desktop background, etc.
- $399 for full version, $259 for upgrade

Vista will automatically turn off features that can't be supported by your computer's hardware. So if you have just 512 MB of memory, Vista will not run its "Windows Aero" visuals, even if it's in your version.

Again, it's my recommendation that if Windows XP works fine for your needs now, just wait till you get your next computer to upgrade to Vista. (To fully enjoy Vista's features, you need a powerful computer w/ a processor faster than 1 GHz, more than 1 GB of RAM and an advanced graphics card.) Geeks, fans of Microsoft products and those eager to try new stuff right away were the ones lining up to get a copy of Vista.

If you feel like investing your cash in something to improve your productivity, instead of Vista, get Office 2007, which is a major improvement over Office 2003. Office is the Microsoft suite that includes combinations of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and/or Access.


You don't need Windows Vista for Office 2007; it works with Windows XP.


Office Home and Student - full versions of Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and OneNote 2007 (electronic notebook)

Office Standard - Outlook 2007, Word 2007, Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007

Office Small Business - Accounting Express 2007, Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager, Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007

Office Professional - includes the same six programs as Office Small Business edition with the addition of Access 2007

Office Ultimate: Access 2007, Accounting Express, 2007, Excel 2007, InfoPath 2007 (electronic forms), Groove 2007 (info sharing), OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007 and Word 2007