Editors' Note: This downloadable version of Windows Vista is an upgrade only. Users can only upgrade to Windows Vista Home Basic from Windows XP Home version.
Windows Vista Home Basic is the edition of Windows for just the essential home computing needs, such as using e-mail, browsing the Internet, or viewing photos. While it lacks many of the features of Home Premium, it is easier and safer than Windows XP.
Instantly find information on your computer--including documents, e-mails, photos, and even music files--with Instant Search, which is integrated throughout Windows Vista. See the information you care about instantly with Windows Sidebar and gadgets, which bring real-time information, like weather and news, directly to your desktop. With Windows Photo Gallery, it's easier to download photos from your digital camera and then organize, edit, view, and share them with family and friends. Windows Defender helps automatically safeguard your PC against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. With Parental Controls, you can manage the rules for your children's computer use. You can set time limits and manage their access to the web and to PC games.