Purchasing an operating system used to be simple because your choices were very limited. You could choose between this version or that one. With Windows XP, we saw four different versions of the operating system and now Windows Vista things get a little more complicated. The latest release of the Microsoft Windows family comes in five different versions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise and Ultimate.

So which one do you choose? It all depends on what you plan to use it for or what type of environment you are in. For example, a business will likely not want to install the Home editions on their company workstations. If you plan to take advantage of features such as BitLocker Drive Encryption, you will need to install the Enterprise edition or Vista Ultimate. What it comes down to is you need to do some research and find out what Vista features you need (or want). This will definitely help to narrow down your choices.

[tags]Diana Huggins, Microsoft, Windows, Vista, Vista version[/tags]