CNet (link dead) reviews Windows Vista Home Basic and concludes with a very good editors’ rating of 7.0 out of possible 10.0 that Windows Vista HB does improve some features within Windows XP, has fewer system crashes than Windows XP and offers better built-in support options. However, Windows Vista Home Basic does not put Search on the desktop (it’s buried within applications, within the Start Menu), no Aero graphics system, no new software yet written exclusively for Windows Vista, and it’s optimized only for the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (for example, RSS feeds from IE7 get preferential treatment). Most important of all, there is little reason to leave Windows XP. Windows Vista Home Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3. If you’re currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.