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So maybe this is a newb question but I was wondering what the actual performance difference is between Windows Vista Home edition and Windows Vista Ultimate.??. I heard rumors like Ultimate has faster load times and is overall quicker, but like I said, I'm not sure if those are true or not. Anyone??
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No, if anything Ultimate would run slower because of the added features...especially if bit-locker or dreamscene is enabled.
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...I'm not going to say it has faster loading times or anything but ultimate is essentially the full version of Vista w/ Extras whereas Home and Home Premium is the watered down version made just for people who want a new OS. Nothing special about it. Home doesn't have the Aero Desktop, Media Center capability, and a few other things. Here's the official MS list of the differences.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...ns/choose.mspx

Here's a better list in graph form.



Here's the website it was taken from: http://www.cucirca.com/2006/12/07/th...ista-flavours/
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Thank you very much guys!(I love the chart) Rep+
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You need to separate between the 2 different Home versions but I guess you mean the Home Premium anyway

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...ns/choose.mspx

So the question is Premium or Ultimate?
If you are primary for speed in benchmarks, crossfire, sli etc. then you should perhaps think of a 64 bit Ultimate otherwise the Premium 32 or 64 bit should serve your needs, while saving you at the same time some hardly earned bucks that could be invested in some additional hardware for example.

    
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post #6 of 17
you can find the ultimate extras for free with home premium...like the moive backrounf thinggy...for free. just get home premium, ultimate is not worht the extra $80.
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Originally Posted by RAMDAC View Post
You need to separate between the 2 different Home versions but I guess you mean the Home Premium anyway

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...ns/choose.mspx

So the question is Premium or Ultimate?
If you are primary for speed in benchmarks, crossfire, sli etc. then you should perhaps think of a 64 bit Ultimate otherwise the Premium 32 or 64 bit should serve your needs, while saving you at the same time some hardly earned bucks that could be invested in some additional hardware for example.

Ya I've been wondering(sorry I didn't clarify, but yes I did mean the Home Premium edition vs. Ultimate). I picked up a retail version of Ultimate 32bit and 64bit from a friend the other day for a sweet deal. So I've been kinda wondering why ultimate seemed to be the gamers choice of the Windows Vista OS's.
edit: I would like the best performance and benchmarking possible and was very curious which
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I hate when people act like everything below Vista Ultimate is watered down...its not, the software is different to suit your needs. In a business environment and need to implement certain group policies? Get Business or Enterprise. Need enhanced security? Get Enterprise or Ultimate with BitLocker. Just need an OS for music, movies, and games? Get a Home edition.

The reason they charge extra for Ultimate is because it comes with BitLocker, don't need it? Don't pay for it. Its like if a copy of Vista came with Photoshop and was $650 more than a copy without it, would complain that the other version is watered down?

Ultimate IS worth the extra money if you are going to use the extra software that comes with it!!! Dreamscene and Ultimate extras are not the only things separating Ultimate from Home Premium!

EDIT: Never heard that Ultimate is gamers choice...but I know that some people always have to have the best whether they need it or not. Heck, Home Basic will game just as good as Ultimate.
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Ya I've been wondering(sorry I didn't clarify, but yes I did mean the Home Premium edition vs. Ultimate). I picked up a retail version of Ultimate 32bit and 64bit from a friend the other day for a sweet deal. So I've been kinda wondering why ultimate seemed to be the gamers choice of the Windows Vista OS's
cause it makes us look kewl
    
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I hate when people act like everything below Vista Ultimate is watered down...its not, the software is different to suit your needs.
Essentially, it is watered down. Certain things are taken out of the OS to better suit the needs of it's targeted audience. That's essentially watering it down. It's not a new thing either. MS did it with XP as well but they realized they could make more money by having 4 different versions instead of 2. 1 for businesses to use which is stupid IMO because they actually have a Vista Enterprise (though it's still hilarious because the company has to also get MS's KMS activation server and install it on a server that will do nothing but answer continuous queries of "Am I Genuine") but enough of that, 2 to be sent to people to use when they purchase their PC's (Home and Home Premium in case you didn't get it from the start) and then Ultimate which is the full version of Vista w/ MS extras to make you feel all warm and fuzzy for the $400 you just spent buying the retail copy of it.
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