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Vista Home Basic?

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#1
j0 all.

The siblings in the family are about to buy a laptop for our dad as they recently got rid of the farm and he plans on becoming a writer. So a laptop is a good idea.

The thing is, the budget is kinda low, and pretty much every signle computer in the price range is equipped with Home Basic. Is that anything you want on a computer? The only thing he will do is write and play some solitare. And that's actually it. No more games, maybe he'll go online with it like once a month to update virusshields and stuff, but absolutely no more than that.

Another issue is that he's not very good with computers. Not hardware-wise, at least. And as I don't live nearby them anymore (not that far away though, 7 hours by car) it would be nice to by it in a store nearby with good insurance policys. So a used one COULD work, but I really should look at it before we give it to him, and I'm yet to find something decent around here.

So, the basic question is: Is Vista Home Basic OK for "mere mortals"?

Chill

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personally,i would say vista is more user friendly than xp,so yes.
 
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Basic is fine for what hes doing.
 

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personally,i would say vista is more user friendly than xp,so yes.
It is? I tried RC1 and I was completey lost. But I'm sorta used to my sweet system and fear changes. :p
 

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If you can get XP I'd go with that, vista usually doesnt do too well on budget computers, and I've had the chance to upgrade myself but have stuck with XP because I like it better and I'm used to it. The only reason I'd go vista is if I got a DX10 card.
 
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Well all the new laptops come with vista so hes pretty much stuck with it. As long as he can get one with 1gb of ram he will be fine with basic 512mb might even do if ti's just going to be used for word and browsing the internet.
 
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Vista has better power management, so Home Basic would be better than XP for battery life.
 

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Vista is pretty good. I used it in my Celeron 2.66 system.

unfourtinately that system is no more :shadedshu