Upgrading to Vista:  Why it’s a spendy proposition

April 2 2008

What makes upgrading your existing systems to Vista an expensive project?

1. The upgrade itself.

An upgrade license (from XP Pro — anything else is more complicated) can be had for roughly $200. Then there’s the time it takes to install it (not trivial), and the time it takes you and your employees to learn to use the new system effectively.

2. You might need a new computer to run it.

Vista is a resource hog. Its acclaimed pretty graphics take lots of computing power, and they’re built atop the boneyard of Windows code from older versions. Overall, you’ll need twice the computing speed to do the same amount of work you could do with XP Pro. Not only that, but...

3. Your other applications and hardware might not like it.

Many third-party applications and devices will not be compatible with Vista or not have drivers available for Vista. This means you might need to replace them, too. Finally,

4. It’s not tried & true, yet.

First versions are notoriously unreliable. Before Vista even hit the market, Microsoft had started compiling its first “service pack,” or batch of patches and improvements. No business owner wants to be the guinea pig (or foot the bill) for a software-development project!

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