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OWA
01-21-07, 03:49 PM
Maybe old news and if so, just delete the thread.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/MICROSOFT_VISTA?SITE=VAWOO&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will make its new Windows Vista operating system available for sale and download online, marking a new step for the software company, which has previously sold Windows only on packaged discs or pre-loaded on computers.

A relatively low number of computer users are likely to get Vista by downloading it from the Internet. But the mere availability indicates that Microsoft is fiddling with distribution methods for the extremely profitable franchise at the core of its business.

The download program, announced late Wednesday by the Redmond, Washington-based software maker, will also include the Office 2007 line of software when both are released for consumers January 30.

At least initially, the huge downloads will be available in North America only.

Far more commonly, consumers will get Vista already installed on new PCs bought after January 30.

The download process is targeted at people who are running the prior operating system, Windows XP, and want to get Vista without having to buy a new PC. However, Vista imposes hardware requirements that not all Windows XP machines can meet.

Bman212121
01-21-07, 04:06 PM
Thanks for the info, I haven't seen anything like that yet. I was wondering when it was finally going to be officially available, and I guess that is Jan 30th.

The download process is targeted at people who are running the prior operating system, Windows XP, and want to get Vista without having to buy a new PC. However, Vista imposes hardware requirements that not all Windows XP machines can meet.

Heh, maybe ones made last century. :) Actually, I'd bet that the average pc would probably fail due to ram requirements, but almost all would pass on the processor. I can't tell you how many pc's I've seen with 256MB of ram running xp.

grey_1
01-21-07, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the news. I wonder if retail Vista will lose any weight from the rcs? That's a heck of a download either way.

crainger
01-21-07, 04:28 PM
Nice!

If it's US prices I could save a bundle :D

Mr_LoL
01-21-07, 05:04 PM
Would you be able to fit it onto a standard 4.7gb dvd?
Anyone who wants to move up the chain - from Home Basic to Home Premium for another $79, Home Basic to Ultimate ($199), Home Premium to Ultimate ($159), or Business to Ultimate ($139) - will be able to click a new "Windows Anytime Upgrade" function, pay for the upgrade online and then receive a coded license "key" that will unlock the more expensive edition (lee63)

Q
01-21-07, 05:09 PM
Would you be able to fit it onto a standard 4.7gb dvd?
(lee63)

The Technet downloads, separate 32 and 64 bit ISOs, each fit onto a standard DVD. The 32 is over 2GB and the 64 is over 3GB.

Mr_LoL
01-21-07, 05:20 PM
The Technet downloads, separate 32 and 64 bit ISOs, each fit onto a standard DVD. The 32 is over 2GB and the 64 is over 3GB.
Thanks for that. I see its exclusive to US residents only. Typical.

crainger
01-21-07, 05:54 PM
Thanks for that. I see its exclusive to US residents only. Typical.

Doh!

Bearclaw
01-21-07, 11:51 PM
What sites can the download be found on, just microsoft right now?

einstein_314
01-22-07, 12:59 AM
Would you be able to fit it onto a standard 4.7gb dvd?
(lee63)
I would think so....the release candidates fit on a DVD just fine...

FastRedPonyCar
01-22-07, 09:20 AM
I can't tell you how many pc's I've seen with 256MB of ram running xp.

We installed XP on a dozen government pc's that were old Dells with 700mhz PIII's and 128 megs of ram.

The installs and patching took hours and we had to disable all the graphic goodies and effects and what not and they were still unbearably slow.

All it took was one high ranking air force officer's visit and encounter with one of these PC's for that organization to magically discover money in their budget for new PC's to replace them.