Would you believe? This computer writer may be encouraging
you NOT to jump on the upgrade bandwagon – at least not before 2008.(Indeed, I am about to custom order t-shirts
with the words No More Upgrades. Feel
free to contact me if you wish to order one!).
Indeed, there are many
good reasons for you NOT to upgrade
to Windows Vista, at least not in the first year of its release. Much,
however, depends upon your existing hardware, budget, available time,
and the nature of
the software that you use. Some of these will be explained in more
the next sections of this article.
not to upgrade early in Vista's release:
first release of a new operating system often has many bugs. Why not let
other people be the guinea bug swatters and install the new operating
system after it has been more thoroughly tested and “cleaned up”? Or do
you perhaps like to attract bugs because they make an interesting topic of
conversation at cocktail parties or because you can prove how quick you
are at swatting them?
computer is functioning fine and doing all you need it to do right now. No, you really don’t need to watch that new online Michael
Moore video online……
bought a new high-end computer last year with Windows XP and you just
finished reinstalling your programs and locating your files and you really
need a few months to reacquaint yourself with your family.
plan to buy a new computer in another year or so. You’re going to have to
reinstall your programs anyway then. Why not wait?(see later in this article for
information on clean install
versus in-place install).
don’t have the time necessary to deal with upgrade issues. You may not
even have the time available to read this article in which case you’re not
likely to read any further (see you next year!)
don’t want to make the time necessary to deal with upgrade issues. Having
a few nights off a week for the next few months is more important to
you…..even if Lost IS on hiatus
the next few months and the current Survivor
is BORING and no one wants to spend time with you this coming weekend
don’t have the money you need to purchase the upgrade and/or prefer not to
make Bill Gates any richer any sooner than you have to. (If this is not an
issue for you, check out the Bill Gates personal wealth clock
to see just how much you are contributing already to his luxurious
computer does not meet the requirements for Windows Vista and you don’t
want to invest the time and money in upgrading your hardware. (See section
on hardware requirements on next page). Or perhaps, you’ve been loping along with
Internet Explorer 4.0 for a long time now because you never learned how to
download the later versions. Time for a computer class?
don’t have any geek friends willing to give you their time in exchange for
your delicious chocolate chip cookies without charging you an arm and a
leg, and of course, you KNOW you need someone to hold your hand or to call at
when you can’t sleep and you can’t get your computer to work properly.
are very much attached to using old programs that may not work in Windows
Vista. Early reports, for example, indicate some bugs occurring in Adobe
Photoshop Elements 4.0 (5.0 is now released) and also Microsoft Outlook
2003 when used in Vista. Some old programs may work
in Windows Vista, but if they use WinHelp32.exe as their help file, their
Help feature may be inaccessible.
Or maybe you still
aren’t willing to lose your scorecard on an early release of Tetris, which simply does not work on Windows XP, andtherefore you will NOT upgrade to Windows
XP and will not upgrade until Tetris for Windows Vista is
subscribe to an antivirus program that is not fully supported by Windows
Vista (Even Symantec and McAfee express dissatisfaction that their
software, although functional, is more limited in its capabilities in Vista,
but undoubtedly will come out with updates if any are necessary). On
the other hand, if you’re using the free 1999 antivirus program
that you came with your computer seven years ago and don't know you
need to subscribe to an update service, well…..it IS time to
take action at least on that front, if you still have a functioning
computer, that is.
not want to lose the features of Windows XP which have been deprecated
(discontinued) in Windows Vista. These include: Hyperterminal, Windows
Messenger, the Messenger Service for Networks, and MSN
Net Meeting has been replaced Windows Meeting Space, and
although Telnet is not automatically installed with Windows Vista, it can
be installed from the Microsoft site.
Fear of giving up your pet software
may be a viable reason for not risking an operating system upgrade, but then
again, you may have Sun or Moon in Cancer or otherwise have a tendency to cling to the old and
familiar until you are forced by circumstances to float unanchored in new vistas of cyberspace……