Windows Vista Home/Pro/Etc Under One Roof…sort of.

Microsoft will be getting rid of the different “images” of the Windows operating system by releasing one version of Windows Vista with every feature on one DVD release.  Before you start jumping up and down, though (how many times have I told you not to do that), keep reading…it’s not going to be as light on your wallets as you might think.

For, you see, Microsoft will be releasing only one Vista version but features that would only be available with a Pro/Media Center/Tablet PC edition of Windows will only be available when you “unlock” them.

So, for instance, you can purchase Windows Vista for “x” amount of dollars but you’ll have to fork over an additional “x” amount of dollars for “Pro” features or “x” amount of dollars for Tablet functionality.  Of course, once you acquire Vista, you can just plop down “x” amount of dollars and get every Windows feature known to man…even a screensaver featuring video of Microsoft CEO cursing Google and throwing a chair across his office.  That’s just a rumor, though.

One of the biggest ramifications, though, of this whole new process is the fact that Microsoft partners and resellers will be feeling a little bit of a hit.  For example, a reseller would be able to sell you Microsoft Windows Vista but any upgrades that you’re going to buy will be purchased directly through Microsoft’s site.
That’s basically all of the details in a nutshell but you can find a more well-written, polished article at Pro-networks.org.

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2 Responses to “Windows Vista Home/Pro/Etc Under One Roof…sort of.”

  1. envelope Says:

    If all of the features are provided on the DVD, it won’t take very long at all for someone to extract them and post them up for download, or post a tutorial on how to do it yourself. Even if they require activation, that too can be bypassed, just as with XP now.

    But no need to worry about all of that… as with the last versions of Windows there will be a Corporate edition, and in the case of Vista this will likely be the “Ultimate” edition with all features unlocked.

    The copy protection on Windows is there to stop the average customer copying an install CD and giving it to the neighbour. For the minority of people who know what they are doing, activation is best bypassed by using a copy that has no activation.

    Or, for XP, just grab a CD key off the back of a company machine, seeing as they have a volume license and all of those Pro keys are going to waste. 🙂

    But overall, it’s an interesting shift towards paying extra for functionality. It will be interesting to see if any basic functionality requires an upgrade, or whether it really will be “extra for extra.” If the base system does everything you need, and comes in at a reasonable cost, people may find pirating less appealing – if they charged £30-50 for Windows not many people could complain.

    I wonder if they will move towards a Steam-style delivery method. All your details are held on their server, if you want extra it’s downloaded and decrypted, and any updates are taken care of automatically as and when they become available.

  2. something Says:

    “I wonder if they will move towards a Steam-style delivery method. All your details are held on their server, if you want extra it’s downloaded and decrypted, and any updates are taken care of automatically as and when they become available.”

    That’s what I’m afraid of…

    Although, I must say, I’m looking forward to Vista. Extremely quick search, beautiful interface, excellent Windows Explorer navigation and new Start menu, brilliant integrated media player. Basically, everything I SHOULD have had with XP.


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