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    Ad Vista Home Premium Upgrade - Academic Price is $71 Shipped

    Bestbuybusiness.com has the Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium upgrade for $65.98 + shipping ($5.02) if you are a student.

    - Bestbuybusiness.com
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    Vista Home is the underpowered version, so this is not a great deal for anyone - particularly students who might actually NEED the advanced features of the operating system.

    If you DO tumble for this, though, be careful, because everything I have read so far says that Vista upgrades are NOT clean. Make sure you've backed up EVERYTHING.

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    I thought it was the Vista Home Basic that was the underpowered version, not Vista Home Premium.

    As far as operating systems go, I don't really see a need for students to have Vista Ultimate, even those who are computer science majors (as I was). This is a good deal, but the schools who have software agreements with MS will eventually have a downloadable Vista for free.

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    Clean Install with this!!

    Home Basic is the lame version not worth it....Home Premium is much better...PLUS....you can do a clean install with the upgrade version...check it out..www.dailytech.com/article.asp?newsid=5932
    It works...it took about 40 minutes instead of 20 because ithas to install the files twice...but it saves major $$ from having to buy the full install version and a clean install is the only way to go...some academic software places will let the parents of K-12 students buy it...just have to show proof they actually go to school....$70 for a new operating sytem is a whole lot better than $159 or $239!!!

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    Home Premium is somewhat better than Home Basic, true. But my recommendation to clients is to avoid anything with "Home" in the title. No, not everybody needs Ultimate, but if you're going to upgrade to Vista, almost everybody will make better use out of Vista Business or Vista Enterprise than they will out of Home Premium.

    One man's opinion only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shifty View Post
    Home Basic is the lame version not worth it....Home Premium is much better...PLUS....you can do a clean install with the upgrade version...check it out..www.dailytech.com/article.asp?newsid=5932
    It works...it took about 40 minutes instead of 20 because ithas to install the files twice...but it saves major $$ from having to buy the full install version and a clean install is the only way to go...some academic software places will let the parents of K-12 students buy it...just have to show proof they actually go to school....$70 for a new operating sytem is a whole lot better than $159 or $239!!!
    Doing a clean install with an upgrade version is a violation of the EULA. But assuming you don't care about that, as frankly I don't, the issue I was referring to is that the in-place upgrade process simply doesn't WORK very well. A clean install is (IMHO) always the best way to go.

    And you're absolutely right on the academic upgrade version. Pure gold, if you qualify for it or can find a careless vendor to sell it to you anyway.

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    So, is this the one thats tied to a specific MB once you install it, or is that only the OEM version?

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    1) Vista Home Premium is the best for home users, not Business, because they would make better use out of the features in Home Premium. Honestly, go look up a comparison of the flavors, it's not hard to find.

    2) Vista "upgrades" migrate user settings, data, and junk to Vista but it is actually a clean install. It's more like a "wipe and reload" according to this technet article:

    Windows Vista Installation

    Now that you know a bit about ImageX and the WIM image format, I bet you're wondering what the disk-image deployment process looks like. Installing Windows Vista, whether doing an in-place upgrade or a complete wipe-and-load, is a new, completely image-based process. In fact, Windows Vista ships exclusively in the WIM image format.

    In fact, the in-place upgrade process works better than it did in Windows XP. The reason is that upgrading to Windows Vista is really a clean installation with the migration of user settings, documents, and applications from an older version of Windows. The in-place upgrade process is better named wipe-and-reload.

    The following steps describe how you use these tools to deploy a Windows Vista disk image:

    1. You can enhance a Windows Vista image by using the desktop-engineering tools that Microsoft provides for selection of device drivers and optional components such as languages.
    2. You install the image on a test computer, add applications (e.g., Microsoft Office or a Line of Business Application), and then save the image to the network.
    3. You deploy the image to the user by using tools that Microsoft provides. You can completely automate the installation by using the new scripting and answer file capabilities that Windows Vista provides. If you are upgrading a computer from an earlier version of Windows to Windows Vista, then the setup program will migrate users' documents, settings, and applications without prompting the user for input.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/w.../aa905070.aspx

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    Do they check if you are a student???

    I tried just going through the payment process (you know, set up your account and all that), except for the last step(place your order). I didn't do that because I already got my vista. I did this, however, just to see if at any time I would be asked to provide evidence that I am a student.....and it seems throughout the whole process, there is no sign of it at all.....

    Well,.....sometime later, I am gonna try getting one from this website....
    And if at the end, I will need to provide evidence, I will post here to let people know (although, common sense says that I will probably have to provide evidence since the version I am trying to get is the academic version after all...).

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    Its now showing as Not Available so I guess they realized any one could buy it at this price, not just students.

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    Now $82.94 plus ~$5 ship +tax ($3.50 in MO) = $91.46
    A bit steep w/ full OEM (upgradeable) at Newegg for $119, or xp MCE for 114 and upgrade to Vista HP. Not a great deal. In most cases Academic versions are not upgradeable to next OS (or to ultimate if you want it).

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