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Buying Vista in the US.

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    Bas

    So, I give up. No response from my national Microsoft Office or from the Vista blog on why the price difference between US and EU is so high. I'm willing to pay the $600+ I'm being charged, but I'd like to know why. If telling me that is too much trouble, then forget about it.

    So, I'm ready to just order from Amazon.com. However, I'd like know if there are any differences between these versions, and if I'd run into any trouble when I use it here. Also, is there any legal way to obtain the localised MUIs?

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    ZippyV

    They said you will be able to download an extra language if you have the ultimate edition.

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    Dr Herbie

    Have you investigated any import duties/taxes for where you are?  It's annoying to receive an additional invoice that you hadn't expected when ordering from another country; happened to me once when I ordered from ThinkGeek in the US (I'm in the UK).


    Herbie

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    Ideas Man

    Just got a catalogue here in Aus with Australian prices, and boy are they expensive as hell... unless you opt for the academic versions.

    For example, Home Premium Academic Upgrade is ~$180AUD, that's pretty good in my books. Ultimate full however is insane, around $800AUD, so I'd say most will forget about that.

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    LiquidSpy

    Ideas Man wrote:
    ... Ultimate full however is insane, around $800AUD, so I'd say most will forget about that.

    Do most users need the Ultimate Edition? I thought it was for the serious users, i.e. gamers, developers, and those that think they are power users. Smiley Of course that's just a thought.

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    Ideas Man

    LiquidSpy wrote:
    

    Ideas Man wrote: ... Ultimate full however is insane, around $800AUD, so I'd say most will forget about that.

    Do most users need the Ultimate Edition? I thought it was for the serious users, i.e. gamers, developers, and those that think they are power users.  Of course that's just a thought.



    Honestly, I don't think any home users need it. Unless they're power users who run their own Windows domain, then IMO Home Premium is adequate for most. In fact, that's what I'm recommending to everyone that can run Vista.

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    Bas

    ZippyV wrote:
    They said you will be able to download an extra language if you have the ultimate edition.


    Really? Where does it say that?

    Dr Herbie wrote:
    Have you investigated any import duties/taxes for where you are?  It's annoying to receive an additional invoice that you hadn't expected when ordering from another country; happened to me once when I ordered from ThinkGeek in the US (I'm in the UK).


    Yeah, I got bitten by that once when I ordered a DS Lite from Lik-Sang in Hong Kong. Even with taxes, it's still hundreds of dollars cheaper than buying it locally.

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    cescotto

    I was reading on some italian forums that Vista prices can be discounted up to 60% depending on the vendor. If that is true I don't really understand why MS set such an high suggested price.

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    SmallBiz​Vista.com

    Vista Ultmate edition allows you to use any of 36 language packs.

    And you can do so dynamically.

    Furthermore, you can have a different language associated with each account on a Vista Ultimate computer.

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