Microsoft announced last week that all versions of its upcoming Windows Vista OS will be included on a single DVD, simplying the upgrade process when used with Vista’s built-in Windows Anytime Upgrade feature. Users will soon be able to click on an icon corresponding to the Vista version they’re interested in, purchase a product key, and then simply use the DVD to install the file.
Businesses can expect to receive Vista beginning in November. The rest of us, including any UX180P/UX280P users anxious to put those tiny "Windows Vista Capable" and "Windows Vista Premium Ready" stickers to the test, will have to wait a bit longer. And since TechWeb recommends at least 1GB of RAM (2GB being the better choice) to run any version of Vista, all us UX180P owners with our paltry 512MB of memory may want to hold onto Windows XP for a bit longer. For more on Vista-ready PCs, click here.
The six versions of Vista, including known full-version and upgrade costs, are as follows:
Vista Starter – prices unknown
Vista Home Basic – $199 ($100 upgrade)
Vista Home Premium – $239 ($159 upgrade)
Vista Home Ultimate – $399 ($259 upgrade)
Vista Business – $299 ($199 upgrade)
Vista Enterprise – prices unknown