My Advice? Still Don’t Upgrade to Windows Vista, Get a New Computer!

One of my favorite Microsoft Bloggers is Keith Combs. He’s bright, speaks his mind, and doesn’t wear Microsoft Tinted Glasses.
    • Why aren’t people upgrading existing Windows XP machines to Windows Vista?
    • Don’t people know about the great new Windows Vista features?
    • Why wait to purchase a new computer with Windows Vista?
Wow, I’m amazed these questions are still being asked at Microsoft!
Over a year ago,  I.T. Professionals stated they were NOT going to upgrade to Windows Vista. Why? Because most office applications simply do not work with Windows Vista’s User Account Control (UAC).  Microsoft’s response? “Yep, many third-party applications are written wrong – and vendors should rewrite their software to comply with UAC!”
But I digress – Keith is talking about the SMALL PERCENTAGE of companies that actually could upgrade to 100% Windows Vista Compatible software.  This required purchasing updated software – and in some cases, the need to change software vendors (which requires additional staff training). 
YEAR AGO RECAP: There were a variety of good reasons to NOT upgrade:
    1. Cost of purchasing Windows Vista
    2. Cost of losing the old (non-transferable) Windows XP License
    3. The Time & Cost to determine if a comptuer(s) could be upgraded.
    4. The Time & Cost to (possibly) purchase & install memory upgrades.
    5. The Time & Cost to (possibly) purchase & install additional computer hardware.
    6. The Time & Cost to (possibly) purchase & install peripherals.
    7. The Time & Cost to research & download drivers
    8. The Time & Cost to migrate user settings
    9. The Time & Cost to deploy upgraded applications
    10. The Time & Cost to deploy upgraded utilities & tools
    11. The Time & Cost to actually upgrade to Windows Vista
    12. The Time & Cost of troubleshooting (possible) “bad” upgrades
    13. The Time & Cost due to the disruption of work
    14. The Time & Cost to I.T. Department for NOT doing something more productive
    15. Possible rejection of Windows Vista by end-user, due to “less-than-ideal” Vista hardware
So now it’s a year later – and these are still valid reasons. Besides, these are the same computers that didn’t get upgraded . . . and they look even slower after another year’s time has passed!
Microsoft tends to think the only costs associated with upgrading to Windows Vista . . . is Windows Vista.  But there are too many (“hidden”) costs  – which still leads me to the same recommendation I made well over a year ago.

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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5 Responses to My Advice? Still Don’t Upgrade to Windows Vista, Get a New Computer!

  1. Keith says:

    I’m confused?  Hardly.

  2. Blake says:

    Oh well, so much for “transparency” — Here Microsoft (Keith Combs) has the opportunity to explain that despite this long list “hidden” costs, he still thinks it’s a sound business decision to upgrade existing Windows XP computers to Windows Vista.
    Living in the “real world” means NOT upgrading computers simply based upon the timeline set by Microsoft!

  3. Ralph says:

    Bought my wife a computer and it came with Vista…I still run XP.  All my perihial work with mine…She can’t use our laser printer because Canon does not support Vista….I like Vista, but I also like XP…..guess I will wait till I get a free copy of Vista thru a vendor…who doesn’t like it…..bill gates still get richer…

  4. Keith says:

    How am I not being transparent?  And when did I say it was a sound business decision?  Please don’t put words in my mouth.

  5. Blake says:

    I’m actually rather pleased — while Keith didn’t at first articulate this possition, I never thought someone outside of Microsoft would agree that upgrading an exisiting Windows XP computer to Windows Vista is not a sound business decision.
    Of course, you should be replacing older XP computers with Windows Vista — and donate the old computers to a charity or school.
    Thanks for the dialogue Keith! (^_^)

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