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Understanding Vista Business & Ultimate Editions

written by: Regina Woodard•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 1/19/2011

Vista Business Edition and Vista Ultimate are the feature rich versions of Vista that are designed to help make work around the office or home more efficient. Each has its own set of new and handy capabilities and skills. A check of the features of each will help determine which is best for you.

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    Microsoft's operating system Vista Business comes with the complete feature set of that of the Vista Home Basic Edition, along with a set of handy features designed to implement business in small, medium and large corporate settings. The OS comes with the ability to implement faxing, scanning, remote features that allow for interaction with your computer from locations other than the office, and the ability to hook-up to a domain for administrator control over a company's user accounts.

    Vista Ultimate, on the other hand, has the largest set of features available with Microsoft's Vista operating system and is designed for the power computer user who wants to get the work done or for the computer guru ready for some fun downtime after a day's labours. Users coming from the Home Premium edition will enjoy this version, has it the updated multimedia features that were offered in the Home edition.

    Developers have added helpful additions, like a subsystem to implement Unix-based capabilities, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and ultimate additions that make Vista Ultimate the best solution for power users.

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    The features common to Vista Business and Vista Ultimate

    The features common to both Vista Business and Vista Ultimate Editions are listed below.Understanding Vista Business & Ultimate Editions 

    • Aero Interface
    • Top shelf games
    • Small business support
    • Windows Fax
    • Windows Scan
    • Wireless networking
    • Windows Tablet computer support
    • Windows SideShow
    • Computer to computer synchronization
    • Network Projection
    • Presentation settings
    • Windows Small Business Server domain join
    • Offline files and folder support
    • Travelling user profiles
    • Ability to use Folder Redirection
    • Can support two processors
    • Schedule the backup of your files
    • Backup your files to a network device
    • Windows ShadowCopy
    • Computer image-based backup and recovery
    • A file system that encrypts the data
    • Device driver installation control
    • Integrated smart card management
    • Maximum 4GB of RAM supported in 32-bit systems
    • Windows Instant Search
    • Organize your computers content using file properties and tags
    • Internet Explorer 7.0
    • Automatic hard disc defragmentation
    • Windows Mail
    • Windows Calendar
    • Windows Sidebar
    • Windows Photo Gallery
    • Windows Media Player 11
    • Windows Games Explorer
    • Ability to use any game controller
    • Windows Speech Recognition
    • Abiltity to work with XPS documents
    • Network Center
    • Computer and network diagnostics and troubleshooting
    • Windows Sync Center
    • User Account Controls
    • Windows Remote Desktop
    • Windows Mobility Center
    • Simultaneous SMB peer network connections
    • Backup and recovery of your files and folders
    • Speedy shutdown and startup and Sleep mode
    • Wiindows Easy Transfer
    • User Account Controls
    • Windows Security Center
    • Windows Defender
    • Windows Firewall
    • Windows Update
    • Windows ReadyDrive
    • Computer self-tuning of performance and hardware diagnostics
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    Features included only in Vista Ultimate Edition

    The following features are included with Vista Ultimate Edition, but not Vista Business Edition.Understanding Vista Business & Ultimate Editions 

    • The ability to create and view slide shows involving your favourite themes
    • You can record and watch high definition TV and is cable supported
    • Windows Movie Maker
    • Windows DVD Maker
    • Windows Media Center
    • The ability for you to put controls on your kids computer usage
    • Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption
    • Simultaneous installation of multiple computer operator interface languages
    • Windows Ultimate Extras

Comparison between Vista Basic and Vista Ultimate Editions

Vista comes in four different versions, from Vista Basic versions to Vista Ultimate versions. This is a comprehensive comparison between the various basic and ultimate versions and what each can do to help you be more productive around the office.
  1. Understanding Vista Basic & Home Premium Editions
  2. Understanding Vista Business & Ultimate Editions