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:
- Cost of purchasing Windows Vista
- Cost of losing the old (non-transferable) Windows XP License
- The Time & Cost to determine if a comptuer(s) could be upgraded.
- The Time & Cost to (possibly) purchase & install memory upgrades.
- The Time & Cost to (possibly) purchase & install additional computer hardware.
- The Time & Cost to (possibly) purchase & install peripherals.
- The Time & Cost to research & download drivers
- The Time & Cost to migrate user settings
- The Time & Cost to deploy upgraded applications
- The Time & Cost to deploy upgraded utilities & tools
- The Time & Cost to actually upgrade to Windows Vista
- The Time & Cost of troubleshooting (possible) “bad” upgrades
- The Time & Cost due to the disruption of work
- The Time & Cost to I.T. Department for NOT doing something more productive
- 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.