Vista Business vs Vista Home Premium

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by AppleGuy1980, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. AppleGuy1980 macrumors member

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    I can get either the Business or Home Premium editions of Vista for the same, relatively cheap price. I need to run Windows on my MBP for just a few applications, nothing especially fancy. Which version of Windows should I buy? Does it make a difference?

    Basically, it seems to me that I wouldn't use any of the "special" media-related features of Home Premium, since OS X can do those better, right? On the other hand, some of the Business features sound interesting, particularly the faxing capabilities, and the ambiguously labeled "Protect against hardware failure".

    Ok, so which version?
     
  2. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Home Premium, if it has the ability to play dvds.

    Business doesn't have any media codecs whatsoever. So you can't play dvds on it out of the box.

    It doesn't seem like such a big thing, but to me it's enough to warrant the Home Premium version.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Business = domain access, security goodies
    Home Premium = burning DVD movies, media center

    I'd go with Business in your case as you've already stated.
     
  4. AppleGuy1980 thread starter macrumors member

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    Really? By not out of the box, I assume you mean you can install something to play DVDs?
     
  5. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    TBH I would just get Basic. All that comes with the rest is some fancy crap no one ever uses.
     
  6. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    The "protect against hardware failure" is basically Windows Backup and Restore Center. It's kind of similar to Time Machine (and before anyone mentions how "Microsoft ripped it from Mac," it's basically shadow copy that was present in Windows Server 2003). It's not the same thing as system restore though.

    As far as the faxing stuff, I really don't know anything about that.

    I do have Vista Business though, but I got it for free through my school and MS themselves.
     
  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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  8. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    You can install a 3rd party solution which normally isn't free, or buy the codecs from Microsoft.
     

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