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Windows Vista Ultimate

By Microsoft $70.19
This downloadable version of Windows Vista is an upgrade only. Users can upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate from Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center, or Windows XP Tablet PC.

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Editors' rating

Very good

7.4

out of 10
The good: Windows Vista Ultimate does improve some features within Windows XP; fewer system crashes than Windows XP; Windows Vista offers better built-in support options.

The bad: Windows Vista Ultimate does not put Search on the desktop (it's buried within applications, within the Start Menu); optimized only for the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (for example, RSS feeds from Internet Explorer 7 get preferential treatment); there's simply too much and not all of it is implemented properly; no new software yet written exclusively for Windows Vista; and there are too many editions of Windows Vista.

The bottom line: Windows Vista is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use. Reviewed by: Robert Vamosi; Reviewed on: 1/23/07; Release date: 1/30/07
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.0 (Build 6002: Service Pack 2)

General

Release December 5, 2008
Date Added January 29, 2007
Version 6.0 (Build 6002: Service Pack 2)

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 778,871
Downloads Last Week 37
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Developer's Description

When you want to have it all, choose Windows Vista Ultimate. It's the most complete edition of Windows Vista--with the power, security, and mobility features that you need for work, and all of the entertainment features that you want for fun.

Take advantage of all Windows Vista safety features to help protect your computer, your information, and your family from accidents and malicious software. Take advantage of comprehensive productivity features including Instant Search, Complete PC Backup and Restore, network support including domain join, and Windows SuperFetch. Windows Vista Ultimate includes Windows Media Center so that you can enjoy your entire digital entertainment library on your PC or on your television. Windows Mobility Center, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and Tablet and Touch Technology are just some of the features that make staying productive on the road easier, and safer, than ever.