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I'm building my first PC, and I've maxed out my budget with hardware, and I don't know what to do about an OS.

I have a legit version of Vista Business that I downloaded through Microsoft's ImagineCup program. I saw in a chart somewhere that Vista Business really hogged up a lot of memory compared to other versions of Vista. Any advice? Aren't there student programs (I am a student) that sell OSs for cheap? I would hate to have to spend another $100, but I don't see any other options other than installing Vista Business.

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I don't think business hogs any more than standard Vista. I'd get ultimate though as it looks much cooler (I'm sad)
I think you can get acedemic versions cheap on eBay, but I didn't pay for my Vista
    
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I'm building my first PC, and I've maxed out my budget with hardware, and I don't know what to do about an OS.

I have a legit version of Vista Business that I downloaded through Microsoft's ImagineCup program. I saw in a chart somewhere that Vista Business really hogged up a lot of memory compared to other versions of Vista. Any advice? Aren't there student programs (I am a student) that sell OSs for cheap? I would hate to have to spend another $100, but I don't see any other options other than installing Vista Business.

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If you're a student, you need to check with your school about MS programs.


Vista Business is identical to Vista Ultimate with a few entertainment features removed. Movie Maker, Media Center, etc are not included.
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Business works just fine. The only drawbacks come from a lack of media center and no standard DVD playback. You'll need to get a decoder from somewhere.
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Hi there, my name is reality. Let me enlighten you about the different versions of Vista in the simplest possible way.

Basically, the only difference between Home Premium and Business is the fact that Home Premium has Media Centre features and a better built in Movie Maker, and a built in DVD codec. Business has a built in Terminal Services Client for remotely accessing your PC and the ability to use more than one physical CPU and up to 128GB of memory. When chooseing between the two it really is a case of picking the one that has the features you're most likely to use. Either way, the core operating system itself is exactly the same.

Now when it comes to Ultimate this version simply has the features of Home Premium and Business plus a few oher little tools but costs much more.

Now ask yourself this;

Is it ever worth pointlessly paying extra to have a few tools built into an operating system, that I'll probably never use anyway, when I can very easily find free open source alternatives on the internet and go for the cheaper offering?

Answer that question and you win a cigar. Ok, not really, but I think you get the point I'm making here.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 7/7/08 at 12:49pm
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Thanks the advice everybody. After doing some more research, yeah I've noticed that Business will be fine. The only thing I might miss is Media Center, but I doubt I would even use it that often.

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I got the Business edition for free from a campaign Microsoft was running. I actually sorta wish I had Home Premium. I want Media Center, dangit!
 
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Hi there, my name is reality. Let me enlighten you about the different versions of Vista in the simplest possible way.

Basically, the only difference between Home Premium and Business is the fact that Home Premium has Media Centre features and a better built in Movie Maker, and a built in DVD codec. Business has a built in Terminal Services Client for remotely accessing your PC and the ability to use more than one physical CPU and up to 128GB of memory. When chooseing between the two it really is a case of picking the one hat has the feaures you're most likely to use. Either way, the core operating system itself is exacly the same.

Now when it comes to Ultimate this version simply has the features of Home Premium and Business plus a few oher little tools but costs much more.

Now ask yourself this;

Is it ever worth pointlessly paying extra to have a few tools built into an operating system, that I'll probably never use anyway, when I can very easily find free open source alternatives on the internet?

Answer that question and you win a cigar. Ok, not really, but I think you get the point I'm making here.
Actually... Vista Business is more like Vista Ultimate. It has networking options, backup features, and allows for 2 processors.
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Actually... Vista Business is more like Vista Ultimate. It has networking options, backup features, and allows for 2 processors.
I said that Business supports more than one physical CPU.

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Originally Posted by t4ct1c47
Business has a built in Terminal Services Client for remotely accessing your PC and the ability to use more than one physical CPU and up to 128GB of memory
I'm reasonably clued up on Business edition as I've been useing it since mid January 2007.

The way I look at it there's simply Home Premium and Business. Ultimate simply has the features of both Home Premium and Business plus useless toys such as Dreamscene. The core operating system is all people need to be concerned about. For example, those that own business and need a DVD codec need only install PowerDVD, which doesn't cost much and is ofen packaged with most hardware these days.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 7/7/08 at 12:50pm
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