So Vista’s been out for a while and Microsoft is proudly touting that fact that they have sold more Vista licenses than they did of XP in the same period of time. Well marketing numbers aside here’s a bit of advise for those of you looking to make the jump at some point.
Don’t bother with Vista Ultimate – at this point there is nothing on the table for the average user that justifies the excessive price that Microsoft wants for it especially when you see what little you are getting for the money.
At this point Windows Ultimate Extras; the marketing channel for Vista Ultimate goodies, has 3 items available – BitLocker; the encryption package, DreamScene and a Texas Hold ‘em card game to show off the WPF technology. Now in reality BitLocker is something that the average user will never use in my opinion due to its requirements so that really only leaves two reasons to consider wasting your money on the Ultimate version.
Now if you are being silly and considering getting Ultimate based on a card game give your head a shake and save a hundred bucks with a quick look through Google for much better alternatives because what comes as an Ultimate Extra isn’t that special.
But the real selling point of the Vista Ultimate package of course has been the DreamScene add-on that does nothing more that give you a video experience wallpaper for your desktop. I know that sounds cool but the reality is that this expensive feature add-on is nothing more than a resource hogging CPU overdrive piece of uselessness.
Granted the above is a personal opinion but when you stop and look at your work habits on a computer what is the point of enabling such a feature that for the majority of the time you won’t even see. Are you willing to trade off being able to have a moving desktop picture that will for the most part remain hidden behind a multitude of open application windows for a loss of memory and CPU time.
If you really want to be able to do this and really have a great wallpaper to watch here is a hint that will save you a few hundred buck. Go to VideoLAN.org – download the VLC media player (it’s free) – install it – fire up your favorite video and then set VLC to use it’s wallpaper setting. Voila – you know have a fun wallpaper that does more than display a repeating set of images; and without making your machine beg for more memory and faster CPU.
I don’t know what they have down the pipe for the Ultimate Extras but all I can say for now is that nothing there justifies the average user forking over the amount of money they want for it especially when the Home Professional version can be had for a third of the price.
It just ain’t worth it.
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