What's the difference between Windows Vista Home Basic and Premium versions?




What is the difference between Microsoft's Windows Vista Home Basic version and Windows Vista Home Premium version?




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


What is the upgrade about?

If you currently have Windows XP Home, you can easily upgrade to any version of Windows Vista. In fact, you can install Windows Vista and keep your applications, files, and settings as they were. This is called an "in-place" installation.

If you currently have Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE), you can only easily perform the "in-place" upgrade to Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate.

If, for example, you have XP Media Center and want to just upgrade to Vista Home Basic (but why would you want to do that?), you have to do a "clean install." Your hard drive has to be wiped clean before installing the Vista upgrade.

*If you have an older version of Windows, like Windows ME, then you need to buy the full version of Vista.



How do I know what version of Windows I currently have?

Go to Start. Right-click on My Computer.
Click on Properties.
Under the General Tab, you will see what your System is.


How do I know if my computer has enough memory to support Vista?

Go to Start. Right-click on My Computer.
Click on Properties.
Under the General Tab, look at the bottom half.
You should see how many GHz and how much RAM you have.


512 MB of memory
- the very minimum for Windows Vista Home Basic

1 GB of memory
- the very minimum for Windows Vista Home Premium


MY RECOMMENDATION

I don't see the point of getting Windows Vista Home Basic unless all you do is e-mail and web surfing. And if that's all you do, why not just stick with your current operating system? Getting Windows Vista will only slow down your system because it puts a large burden on your computer's resources.

The Vista version most people get for their home computer is Home Premium. You want to have some fun with music, pictures and making DVDs, right? Check out the screenshots!