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Hey all,

So, I am finally looking to buy Windows Vista Ultimate. I don't beleive the school I go to offers it (offers home) so I am wondering where I might be able to get a good deal on the full version of Vista Ult. I checked newegg and the dang thing is 290 dollars. I'm also unwilling to buy an OEM copy due to the fact that it's tied to that specific machine.

Any help would be much apreciated!

Thanks,
Elyaas

EDIT: I would also like to know if it would be a good idea to upgrade my ram to 4gb...I have read up on vista, and apparently it's quite the ram hog.
    
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why not get the home premium from your school and the upgrade to ultimate?
    
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No, the way to go is to get the upgrade version, it can still be used for a clean install. Only $185 at

(not sure why this is showing double?). Microsoft is aware of this and has not changed this in the SP1 disks. I should note that using this method if you DO NOT own a legitimate license for a previous qualifying version of Windows is a violation of the Windows Vista EULA and therefore illegal. The method is to first install without entering a license key, which is perfectly allowed to evaluate any version of Vista with your disk. Then you upgrade over the evaluation install by double clicking the DVD icon in My Computer & proceed entering the license key when prompted this time.
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No, the way to go is to get the upgrade version, it can still be used for a full install, Microsoft knows & acknowledges this so it is perfectly OK. Only $185 at Amazon.
Oh, so I can buy the upgrade version and upgrade from XP pro?

Sweet! That will save a bit of cash.
    
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Most definitely. I would recommend doing the clean install as stated, though. BTW I love your avatar, Princess Bride is da bomb!
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Most definitely. I would recommend doing the clean install as stated, though. BTW I love your avatar, Princess Bride is da bomb!
Agreed, haha. It's a classic. Anyone have an opinion on the ram, though?
    
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post #7 of 12
Go for 4 gigs for sure on the ram, Ram is cheap right now and it'll help with Vista. Are you going to get the 32 or 64 bit version?
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4GB is not necessary as Vista 32bit only recognizes 3GB.

You don't need it. Especially with a Core 2; you're fine.

Btw I'd recommend Vista Ultimate OEM over the Upgrade copy... The upgrade copy is a pain in the ass if you want to reformat and you should NEVER use the upgrade function through XP; Always use the "upgrade" trick that lets you use it as a clean install, legally (you can find it online).
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Yeah you will need more RAM for ultimate. Are you getting the 32bit or 64 bit edition?
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4GB is not necessary as Vista 32bit only recognizes 3GB.

Btw I'd recommend Vista Ultimate OEM over the Upgrade copy... The upgrade copy is a pain in the ass if you want to reformat and you should NEVER use the upgrade function through XP; Always use the "upgrade" trick that lets you use it as a clean install, legally (you can find it online).


32 bit Vista will regognize between 3.0 to 3.8 gigs of ram depending on how much vram you have on your vid card and some other factors. If it only regognized 3 I'd still take the extra gig.
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