Yuck new Windows Vista Ultimate Extras

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 23, 2008
Updated • Jun 19, 2015
Windows, Windows Vista

There were basically two editions of Windows XP for home users, namely Home and Professional. While this was confusing for some it turned out to be a minor problem.

When0 Vista launched, Microsoft decided to publish additional editions: Windows Vista Home Basic & Premium, Vista Business and Vista Ultimate.

The list does not take into account the Enterprise editions nor special editions like the one created for the European Union.

Vista Ultimate was designed to be special. As the name suggested, it was designed to the one true edition that offered all features of all other editions and extra features that only it offered that Microsoft called Windows Vista Ultimate Extras.

Microsoft promised cutting edge programs, innovative services and unique publications just for Windows Vista Ultimate users.

If you take a look at what they have delivered after more than one year: DreamScene, Language Packs, BitLocker, a poker game and sound schemes.

What you get is a video screen saver, a game, some sounds, new languages (wonder how many need these) and Bitlocker which is a drive encryption software. Does that look like cutting edge programs, innovative services and unique publications to you?

I wonder how many users who made the purchase thinking that they would receive some great add-ons and bonuses will pick up  the ultimate edition of Windows 7 once it comes out. Are you a Vista Ultimate user? What are your thoughts about the extras so far? Oh, in case you are wondering what new extras have been released: Two new sound schemes and a third Dreamscene pack.

Update: Windows 7 shipped with an ultimate edition which basically offered the same advantages over other editions of the operating system. It is interesting to note that this will be the last operating system with an ultimate edition. When Windows 8 gets released, Microsoft will have cut down on the editions it is offered in significantly. Retail customers can select Windows 8, a standard edition, or Windows 8 Pro, a professional edition.


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  1. V said on November 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Vista ultimate hs some features that I hadn’t found in other versions. (like ability to enable “administrator” user account in MMC computer management)

  2. Kevin said on July 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I could wait to be among the first to purchase Vista Ultimate. No bonus discount for upgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate is simply uncool and terrible marketing. I will hold off and wait for windows 8 which probably will be out in 10 months for another public screwing anyway.

  3. ramie said on April 16, 2009 at 8:54 am

    vista ultimate is a waste of money… good for nothing..

  4. FuckMS said on December 5, 2008 at 11:21 am

    a reply to moe

    yeah well ms does that constantly they just play monopoly and have been investigated for that and there also doing the same shit with all the xbox bullshit

    another thing there doing is making people think that windows Mojave is another OS and all it is, is vista.

    this is all the MS queers think about $$$$$$$$$$$ instead of performance and for helping people

  5. Anders said on August 24, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    The only thing that I found missing in Home premium was the remote desktop server feature, but I found (using google) a workaround to enable that. Basically copying in the files from Ultimate.


  6. GHynson said on August 5, 2008 at 1:09 am

    They forgot Windows Shitsta Ultimate Suc @$$ ed.

  7. moe said on July 17, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Microsoft always finds a way to get more money and one of them is to confuse the users with name tags like Premium and Ultimate, Windows Basic is more stable then Home Premium and u can notice that while booting and thats one out of many.

  8. Henrik said on July 16, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Vista Ultimate have some features i would not be without, but the “extras” is not this what was originally included with XP and earlier?

    On those editions you got a couple of games included.

    Anyway, good blog, love it!

  9. rikk said on July 13, 2008 at 5:36 pm


  10. Zakir said on June 27, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I m using win vista ultimate it s a good window but extras are not

  11. Zakir said on June 27, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I think It is not neccery It is just wasting of time.

  12. Dinos said on June 23, 2008 at 10:57 am

    perfect thanks

  13. LORD RAHAB said on April 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I think that all the extra features sucks, nothing really interesting
    or useful

  14. Roman ShaRP said on April 26, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I hope, that I never will be neither Vista, nor Win7 user. One thought about them giving me creeps. I bought somewhat old PC and when I have some free time, I run Xubuntu on it. I hope that once I’ll master it well (it’s not hard to install, but I still haven’t managed integrate well in my home Windows network). And when I do – Hasta la Vista :)

  15. Ed said on April 24, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    From a slightly different point of view, if you’re using it as a primary development machine then you can get away with Home Premium but Ultimate offers (from what I can gather):

    IIS7 (not restricted like the others)
    Remote Desktop (as a server)

    For me it also includes Media Center which is useful because I use it for a lot of development plus a normal desktop computer.

  16. rruben said on April 24, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Or see it from another point of view…
    I have just vista home premium and I don’t miss anything. This is the biggest problem for MS, because the not-ultimate users don’t have any reason to upgrade.

  17. yourlo said on April 24, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Yeah right

  18. Jonathan said on April 24, 2008 at 2:07 am

    I have ultimate installed and, I also just got the new Sound and Dream scenes. The dreams scenes (that just were released) are not that good, I get better ones for free from http://dreams.wincustomize.com/

  19. johan said on April 23, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Nothing is better, less hdd space used on useless “extras.” I have Ultimate and I have chosen not to install any extras. Some waste of money so far.

  20. darkkosmos said on April 23, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I guess it’s better than nothing :)

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