You can upgrade from your current edition of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (including Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center, Windows XP Tablet PC, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows 2000) to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista by purchasing and installing this upgrade copy of Windows Vista. Depending on which edition of Windows you are running and the edition of Windows Vista you would like to install, you have two options for the installation process: You can upgrade in-place, which means you can install Windows Vista and retain your applications, files, and settings as they were in your previous edition of Windows or you can do a clean install. If you are currently using Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional x64, you are eligible for an upgrade copy to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista, but a clean install is required. For versions of Windows earlier than Windows 2000, upgrade copies are not available. These earlier versions of Windows require you to install a full copy of Windows Vista.
Breakthrough Windows Vista Experience
Designed to help you feel confident in your ability to view, find, and organize information and to control your computing experience, all editions of Windows Vista introduce a breakthrough user experience. The visual sophistication of Windows Vista helps streamline your computing experience by refining common window elements so you can better focus on the content on the screen rather than on how to access it. The desktop experience is more informative, intuitive, and helpful. And new tools bring better clarity to the information on your computer, so you can see what your files contain without opening them, find applications and files instantly, navigate efficiently among open windows, and use wizards and dialog boxes more confidently.
Secure and Effective
Windows Vista Home Basic helps people use their PCs securely and reliably, makes it simple to stay better connected, and, like all of the editions of Windows Vista, is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that people use and trust every day. For those who simply want to use their PC to surf the Internet, correspond with friends and family using email, or perform basic document creation and editing tasks, Windows Vista Home Basic delivers a safer, more reliable, and more effective computing environment.
Windows Vista Home Basic helps encourage better personal productivity while providing digital entertainment on your PC through its improved reliability, security, and performance. It also helps you to accomplish tasks faster, with a rich new interface and innovative ways to organize and find the information stored on your PC.
Safer and More Reliable
Specifically designed to be the safest operating system Microsoft has ever delivered, Windows Vista Home Basic frees you from worry about the safety and security of your time on the computer. In fact, every edition of Windows Vista, including Windows Vista Home Basic, provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. In addition, Windows Vista Home Basic includes innovative tools that warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. Additionally, this system comes equipped with up-to-date parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities on your PC that might concern you as a parent.
Easy Set-Up and Operation
As with all of other editions of Windows Vista, Windows Vista Home Basic makes your PC significantly easier to use thanks to helpful tools that let you painlessly move your personal files and settings from your old PC to your new Windows Vista-based PC. Additionally, Windows Vista Home Basic integrates new search tools throughout the operating system to help you quickly find the precise file or program you need. Even if your existing PC seems to be adequate for basic tasks such as reading e-mail and browsing the web, by upgrading your PC to Windows Vista Home Basic or by purchasing a new PC installed with this software, you will benefit from a better computing experience and more peace of mind.
From the Manufacturer
Windows Vista Home Basic is the edition of Windows for basic home computing needs. If you only want to use your PC for tasks like browsing the Internet, using e-mail, or viewing photos, then Windows Vista Home Basic may be the right edition for you. While it won't provide as many benefits as Windows Vista Home Premium, it will help you use your PC more easily and more safely than you could with Windows XP.
Note: This is a Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade DVD-Rom.
Easily Search and Find Everything on Your PC and the Internet
The first thing you'll notice about Windows Vista Home Basic is how easy it is to find the programs and files you're looking for. The instant desktop search feature looks across all of your documents, e-mails, photos, and other files, organizing the results in the way that you want to view them. When coupled with the built-in web search of Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista, you'll spend less time looking for the things that you need and more time on the activities that you care about.
Better Protection for Your PC and Your Family than with any Previous Version of Windows
With automatic defenses against malicious software and fraudulent websites, Windows Vista Home Basic enables you and your family to use your computer with greater confidence. Plus, parents can use built-in controls to help ensure their children's computer use is protected and appropriate.
Simplified Setup and Maintenance
Windows Vista Home Basic makes it easier than ever to set up your new PC, with features that easily transfer all of your data and settings from your old PC to your new one. What's more, you can have peace of mind for years to come with technology that keeps your system running quickly and reliably over time.
Simply put, Windows Vista Home Basic provides you with just the essentials you need for home computing.
Features in Windows Vista Home Basic
Instant Search--integrated throughout Windows Vista.
Internet Explorer 7--includes web searching right from the browser and tabbed browsing.
Windows Sidebar and gadgets--bring real-time information directly to your desktop.
Flexible organization features--view your files any way you want.
Windows Photo Gallery--Download, organize, edit, view, and share your digital photos.
Windows Defender--helps safeguard your PC against pop-ups and security threats.
Dynamic security protection--helps you browse the web more securely.
Anti-phishing technology--helps protect you from fraudulent websites that attempt to steal your personal information.
Internet Explorer protected mode--helps prevent unwanted malicious software downloads.
Parental Controls--manage the rules for your children's computer use including web access and games.
It's easier and faster than ever to find, use, manage and share the
information on your PC or on the Web
Quickly find what you need on your computer or the Internet with Instant
Searching for information on the Internet is easy with Windows Internet
Help keep your PC running at its best with Performance Self Tuning and
Security and health of your PC is automated across everything you do, so
you can focus on the things you enjoy
A more secure environment to help protect you in an unpredictable world
Help protect private information and remove spyware with Windows
Keep your children safer online with improved, customizable Parental
Seamlessly transfer your files from your old to new PC using Windows
Vista Easy Transfer
Help protect your PC and your personal and financial information when
you're online with new Internet Explorer Protected Mode and anti-phishing
Expand your ability to enjoy and share your photos, music and games
Games and music management tools that make your entertainment even
easier to love
Flexibility to connect more easily wherever you are
Organize, edit and share a lifetime of photo memories with family and
friends using Windows Photo Gallery
Rip CDs to your PC, get new tracks with an online music service, enjoy
an easy connection to your portable devices and play music on other PCs
connected to your home network with Windows Media® Player 11
This is the Full Version of Microsoft Windows Home Basic; it does not
require a previous version of Windows for installation
Backup and Clean Install may be required
See www.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor to determine which features and
edition of Windows Vista will run on your computer
A Windows Vista Capable PC Includes at Least:
A modern processor (at least 800MHz)
512MB of system memory
A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable
To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows
Aero user experience, ask for a Windows Vista Capable PC that is designated
Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready
requirements described below
Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such
as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware
A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC Includes at Least:
1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1GB of system memory
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128MB of graphics
memory (minimum), Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel
40GB of hard drive capacity with 15GB free space
Audio output capability
Internet access capability
See www.windowsvista.com for more details on required specifications for