Vista basic or Premium better for gaming.

By HPCE_Larry
Jun 6, 2007
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  1. Considering that vista basic lacks the aero interface (if I've read things correctly) and has lower system specs than home premium will it slow down a computer as much as home premium? I say this because I want to upgrade to vista for various reasons, but I've seen the performance hit that can do to your computer (tomshardware, other places).
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    The Basic version has less features, therefore less services running in the background by default.

    However, you can use the classic interface in Home Premium, as well as tweak it by disabling unnecessary services etc., so I'd still pick Home Premium.
  3. HPCE_Larry

    HPCE_Larry Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 189

    Are there features that are part of Home Premium that are not in Basic that are good enough to justify the large increase in price? Cash is not something I have in abundance.

    Essentially my question is thus: If I buy home basic will that be sufficient for standard office use and heavy gaming, with some but not tons of media related usage.
  4. RamenNoodles

    RamenNoodles Newcomer, in training Posts: 108

    My vote would be none for gaming. If you are looking to game, go with XP that comes with a free upgrade to Vista.
  5. HPCE_Larry

    HPCE_Larry Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 189

    The thing is, I bought a nice dx10 8800gts and I really really want to play halo 2 vista, and i figure most of the new games are going to be coming out for Vista anyway.

    Not to mention, I can get home basic for the price of an oem xp off ebay. I deffinitally understand that there is a performance drop, but unfortunately what choice do I have to play future games? Unless someone manages to emulate dx10 for xp or Linux, I'm sorta stuck.
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