To Vista or not to Vista, that is the question!


First of all, what is “Vista?”  Vista is the next generation of operating systems from Microsoft.  It is replacing Windows XP and will start shipping on new computers very soon.


For those of you who have been keeping up with my recommendations of whether or not to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista, you know my general recommendation is don’t do it!


That is the short version of this article.  If that doesn’t satisfy you then read on….


I know that isn’t enough for some of you so I decided to try to give a little more information in this month’s column to help you decide for yourself.


For those who wish to view a chart comparing the many flavors of Vista, I’ve provided a link to a site that I visit a lot. 


Basically there are six (6) flavors of Vista:  Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise.


Starter is not available in the US and most of those who are reading this will not be able to get Enterprise Edition since it is for volume users.


Now, why do I recommend you not purchase an upgrade, well here is my top ten list of reasons you shouldn’t upgrade to Windows Vista:


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.


You don’t need it.

All kidding aside.  Most of you really do not need it and if your computer is more than a few months old it won’t run very well.  Windows Vista will take a lot more horsepower to run than Windows 98, 2000, ME or XP.  (It is not the much different than XP, but still will require a lot more horsepower to gain the visual improvements you will find in Vista.)



I have read a lot of different reviews about this stuff, from computer professionals who have used Vista and compared it to XP.  There really isn’t enough difference to warrant the cost of upgrading.


Now, if you are in the market for a new PC, and we are a Dell dealer, you may want to consider Vista, provided you have no specialized software running on you’re your current PC, and provided you don’t run any business critical applications with your current PC.


In other words, if you want a new PC and all you do is email and surf the web, and absolutely nothing else, then go for it.  We’ll be happy to provide pricing and we can usually save you about 10% from what you would pay Dell if you bought it directly from Dell.  Seriously!


Please wait until at least January 1, 2008 before upgrading.  And even then, if you have any specialized software please check with your vendor before upgrading or before purchasing a new PC with Vista on it.  This is a potentially serious matter.  I have heard horror stories of businesses upgrading hardware and THEN finding out their business software won’t run on the new operating system that came with their new hardware.  It can be a very costly mistake.


Well, that’s my two bytes!  If you care to comment, please leave a comment on this blog.  We’ll be happy to share your thoughts with others.





4 thoughts on “More about Vista

  1.   Thanks for the input. I was told that VISTA would be a free upgrade on recently purchased pc’s my tower has a sticker on it that says it’s vista capable but I really dont know the difference btwn xp and the like. So if I were to upgrade I’d need more ram which I’m in need of anyway, I’ve been told to hurry up and grab the memory now or else it wont be available once vista is up and swinging is that true or it will just cost more? Well im in no hurry to get vista and iI may need more memory but not for vista.
                                                                                            MS. DIVA

  2. Ms. Diva,
    Thanks for posting your comment here.  With Windows XP our current minimum recommended amount of RAM is 1 gigabyte.  We have not determined what level we will recommend for Vista.  But, you’ve made a valid point that if you’ve been thinking of upgrading your RAM, it might be good to go ahead before the rush is on to upgrade.  There is no way to predict whether the supply will dry up or the price will go up…but it is possible that both will happen.

  3. I really like what I see in windows vista and I do want to upgrade to it! The only thing that is keeping me from upgrading right now is XP is just fine and I’ve already paid for it. I would like to upgrade to home premium for media center, which I don’t currently have, and for the security reasons. I also like the instant search, its much better than XP. Also, I like the new sidebar and the new GUI. I’ve read from Paul Thurrott’s site and he says that there wont be a problem upgrading most computers, you can check it out here:
    Mostly I use my computer for my home videos and for photos using adobe premier elements and photoshop elements, that and internet is pretty much it. I think windows vista home premium would be great for me for security and for fun.

  4. Zeph, 
    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to post a comment.  Please check back in a few days.  I am getting ready to post another article about Vista.  I have run across a very interesting feature that well change my view.  Yes, this one feature is possibly worth it and if what I am reading is right, you won’t have to shell out a lot of bucks for a memory upgrade.

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