Quantcast

How Bad is Windows Vista Home Basic?

Get the WebProNews Newsletter:
[ Search]

Yes, Windows Vista Home Basic is not the world’s greatest operating system. Unlike XP Home, the cheapest version of Vista is actually missing a lot of things Windows enthusiasts will consider necessities.

It’s so bad, Acer is calling it a price hike, saying that Home Basic will be completely rejected and Home Premium is the real cheapest version.

Is that fair?

The features most prominently missing (and most likely to make you sad) in Home Basic are Windows Vista Media Center, the all-in-one interface for recording TV, enjoying music and video, and streaming media throughout your home; and Windows Aero, the slick-looking UI update with live previews, transparency and better performance on the latest 3D hardware.

While the more technically inclined look at Home Basic as not being the “real” Vista, a regular user won’t notice anything missing at all.

The geeks already know to buy Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Vista Home Premium is about the same price. If Home Basic was eliminated, the more “basic” users would lose out on a chance to save a few bucks (and keep commodity PC prices low), and gain little from the better versions of Vista. Plus, Home Basic can become Home Premium by merely entering your credit card number; no difficult work involved.

I think Home Basic is awful, but only for me. I’d never run it. But I know plenty of people who would go for it, and don’t see why they should pay extra for frosted glass borders.

Comments

Tag:

Add to Del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit | Furl

Bookmark WebProNews:

Nathan Weinberg writes the popular InsideGoogle blog, offering the latest news and insights about Google and search engines.

Visit the InsideGoogle blog.

How Bad is Windows Vista Home Basic?
Comments Off
Top Rated White Papers and Resources

Comments are closed.