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Windows Vista Comparison Chart

Figured it is time to take some of the confusion out of the different versions of Microsoft Windows Vista. Every time we sell a new system we find ourselves repeating the same answers to customers. Many consumers are confused and have no idea what the differences are between Home Basic – Home Premium – Ultimate – Business and Enterprise. We have compiled a handy little chart to assist you in your buying decision. You will notice we have left out Home Basic because it really serves no purpose in the market place in our opinion.

Home Basic doesn’t have; Aero – Tablet PC – Media Center – DVD Maker – Movie Maker – Scheduled backup and Premium Games. Not having the Aero UI and Media Center makes it an unattractive purchase, but if money is that tight then I guess it will do. You will also notice that we didn’t include Enterprise because most enterprises will need it and everyone else on the planet isn’t interested, plus most major companies have IT staff that are savy with the product and know what they are buying.

VISTA VERSION HOME PREMIUM ULTIMATE BUSINESS
Aero YES YES YES
CPU’s Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Volume Shadow Copy XX YES YES
Media Center YES YES XX
Premium Games YES YES YES
Rights Management XX YES YES
Fax and Scan XX YES YES
Remote Desktop Limited YES YES
IE7 Phishing Filter YES YES YES
Media Player 11 YES YES YES
User Account Control YES YES YES
Bitlocker XX YES XX
IIS Web Server XX YES YES
Windows Defender YES YES YES
Scheduled Backup YES YES YES
Ultimate Extras XX YES XX
Super Fetch YES YES YES
Fast Search YES YES YES
Picture Gallery YES YES YES
MAX RAM 32BIT OS 4GB 4GB 4GB
MAX RAM 64BIT OS 16GB 128GB 128GB
Backup and Restore YES YES YES
Movie Maker YES YES XX
Offline Files XX YES YES
Speech Recognition YES YES YES
DVD Maker YES YES XX
Tablet PC YES YES YES