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Vista Home Premium or Ultimate 64?

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I am in the market for Vista 64 but I cannot for the life of me figure out which one I should get. I have had experience with Ultimate 64 and I found that I did not use any of its "features." I found that the install was WAY too big, around 20GB. It had Media Center, some sort of net-meeting thing or whatever, both of which I did not and will not use. The size is also an issue for me. I have a 74GB Raptor, but I would rather not fill it up with OS.

I have heard issues with networking on the Home versions of Vista, but I'm not sure if Home Premium solves these issues. Are there any problems with networking or any other features of Home Premium that I should know about?

I will be upgrading my RAM to some G-skill 2x2GB PC8000 DDR2 1000 and overclocking it as much as I can. Since it is so cheap I may even get a full 8GB right now. I am not at all happy with my Patriot Extreme.

I was planning on getting the OEM, but a buddy of mine also wants Vista. If we get the retail version (The idea was to split the cost) will I be able to install it on both computers at the same time? If I have read correctly a Retail version can only be installed on one computer at one time, but may be transferred if the first install is terminated. If this is the case then that idea won't work.

Thanks for your help.
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I would just get Vista 64 Premium since you don't use all the features. Media Center is intergrated into the OS.

The network issues, if any, would be identical to those experienced in Ultrimate.

Beaware that the motherboard will NOT overclock 4 DIMMs well. You will max out at around 1066MHz due to the stress on the NB.

OEM = installed on one machine ever.
Retail = installed on one machine at a time.
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You should both get an OEM for a start, it's just easier and cheaper. Go for Home Premium, Ultimate isn't really needed unless you have need for it's features. I have Vista Ultimate x64 just because it's the best there is (unless somebody wants a chat about Enterprise).
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For the sake of Vista's memory hunger, I may deal with the lack of over-clocking ability to have 8GB. I'm not really sure yet. I hardly ever run my full over-clocks anyway. It's just something to do.

I'm going to have to wait awhile before I order it. I am step-uping my 680i to the 780i. I have to wait to send it in though because I have some big write ups to do and I have to have my computer for the next 3-4 weeks. I'll get the OEM version and have it linked to my 780i.
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