bit-tech (dead link) concludes with overall rating of 9 over 10 that “without considering the gaming advantages of Vista, it’s clear to us that the new MS OS is worth the asking price – providing you can pick up an OEM copy. Full-version Vista is best saved for a) those who don’t mind forking out over hundreds while only getting Home Premium and b) those who buy with new systems. Whether you choose 64-bit or 32-bit Vista will ultimately come down to how far ahead you want to push. Yes, 64-bit is more secure and is a ‘cleaner’ operating system, with less backwards compatibility and more headroom for the future – especially if you’re using more modern hardware. However, 32-bit is the smoother upgrade for most people, and is probably the one we would recommend to almost everyone. When DirectX 10 games start arriving, the avid PC gamer isn’t going to have a choice about upgrading. But, until then, get a disc and start the installation – you’ll never go back to bland old XP again.
CNet reviews Windows Vista Ultimate and concludes with very good ratings of 7.8 out of 10 that Windows Vista Ultimate does improve some features within Windows XP, has fewer system crashes than Windows XP and Windows Vista offers better built-in support options. However, as in all editions of Vista, Windows Vista Ultimate does not put Search on the desktop, is optimized only for the Microsoft Windows ecosystem, and there’s simply too much and not all of it is implemented properly. Beside, no new software yet written exclusively for Windows Vista and there are too many editions of Windows Vista. Overall, Windows Vista is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. 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.
ActiveWin reviews Windows Vista Ultimate and concludes with overall grade of 90% that “Vista I would say is a major improvement over XP in areas such as Security, and after testing Vista for over a year and using the RTM version daily for over two months now it’s definitely an impressive release that brings new meaning to user experiences created with the PC. Windows Vista has brought the term operating system out of an antiquated era in computing of just being known as a traffic cop for your hardware and applications. As I noted earlier, Security is a basis on which the new OS is built but without having the user become a warrior in the process, better management, accessibility, simplicity and visual appeal make Vista something you will want to have on your next PC and in most cases need.”