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    Can Vista be purchased from US and installed in UK?

    Can you purchase Vista Home Premium from the states and install it on a machine in the UK? When you convert the cost of the US version to the UK version there is something like a £90 difference between the two. UK always get swindle with everything we pay higher for nearly every single thing on the planet

    I did a quick price conversion using the listed £219.00 price of amazon.co.uk for Vista home premium and the result was:

    (Full RETAIL verions)

    UK £219.99 = US $435.32

    Now its gonna be pretty obvious that in the US they aint gonna be charged $435.32 to buy home premium heck i'll be suprised if they get charged that for Ultimate. Makes me mad

    This was the price that Amazon.com had for Ultimate edition: -

    1. Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate DVD-Rom (Windows XP)
    Buy new: $399.00 Available for Pre-order

    So yea as i thought you can get Vista Ultimate from the states and it would be still cheaper then buying Windows home premium here in the uk, now WHY!? Grrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyweb View Post
    now WHY!? Grrrrr
    Because we are the UK, we'll have "green taxes" applied to the CO2 we breathe out before long. Anything that can be taxed will be taxed in this country.

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    ha ha dont give the government more ideas!

    I think as well they get classed as 'grey imports' which has something to do with have no support or something.

    Looks like we are just getting 'cattle prodded' into buying full blown retail tag thats twice as much as anywhere else on the planet.

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    your not getting cattle prodded into anything.

    the price is what microsoft set for their versions.

    pay the cheap price - get the less featured product.

    If you don't want to pay any price - then don't buy any of the products and stay with XP or what ever your running now.

    People seem to be moaning about the price so much, if its that bad - don't get it

    Its not twice as much as anywhere else on the planet, It seems cheaper because the doller to pound ratio is stacked in our favour.
    It is Inevitable.....


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    In answer to your question yes it would work!

    Personlly im gna stay with XP Pro for another year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikonia View Post
    your not getting cattle prodded into anything.

    the price is what microsoft set for their versions.

    pay the cheap price - get the less featured product.

    If you don't want to pay any price - then don't buy any of the products and stay with XP or what ever your running now.

    People seem to be moaning about the price so much, if its that bad - don't get it

    Its not twice as much as anywhere else on the planet, It seems cheaper because the doller to pound ratio is stacked in our favour.
    Well to be honest if you buy the cheaper versions of Vista, or indeed any microsoft product, you find you are walled out from good features that you don't really notice until you need it. For example, Administrator tools in XP Pro... I will be getting Ultimate just because it has everything and I want to be able to do everything, but at the same time I don't expect to pay the equivalent of an overpriced hardware upgrade for it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikonia View Post
    your not getting cattle prodded into anything.

    the price is what microsoft set for their versions.

    pay the cheap price - get the less featured product.

    If you don't want to pay any price - then don't buy any of the products and stay with XP or what ever your running now.

    People seem to be moaning about the price so much, if its that bad - don't get it

    Its not twice as much as anywhere else on the planet, It seems cheaper because the doller to pound ratio is stacked in our favour.
    Do you work for microsoft?

    Vista Home is a joke and shouldnt be on the shelf. (There goes the cheaper option)

    Vista Home Premium is around the same price as an XBox 360. Also you could buy a full PC with Vista installed for around the same price. Yet you still dont think its overpriced??

    Don't buy it? How else do you expect to use DX10?

    PC users who put Microsoft where they are now and yet they price an OS at the same price as a full hardware console...
    Last edited by dannyweb; 07-12-2006 at 09:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyweb View Post
    Do you work for microsoft?

    Vista Home is a joke and shouldnt be on the shelf. (There goes the cheaper option)

    Vista Home Premium is around the same price as an XBox 360. Also you could buy a full PC with Vista installed for around the same price. Yet you still dont think its overpriced??

    Don't buy it? How else do you expect to use DX10?

    PC users who put Microsoft where they are now and yet they price an OS at the same price as a full hardware console...
    so buy the console then?

    pc users put microsoft where they are now by eliminating the competition. monopolies lead to high prices - that's why they're bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyweb View Post
    Also you could buy a full PC with Vista installed for around the same price. Yet you still dont think its overpriced??
    You're comparing OEM to retail there. You'll be able to buy OEM licenses for a lot less than the retail prices we've seen quoted (as you can with XP). The price of XP Home retail is £170 on Scan, and doesn't feature the Media Center the Vista Home Premium comes with.

    We aren't even sure of the retail prices yet, so it's all based on conjecture and couple of pre-ordering locations, that if history taught us anything, are generally not particularly representative of what the final prices will be.

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    So what are people willing to pay for OEM versions then? or how much do you
    think each of them will be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumagoro View Post
    So what are people willing to pay for OEM versions then? or how much do you
    think each of them will be?
    £12

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