Wednesday, January 03, 2007

XP to Vista upgrade, is it worth it?

Upgrading from Windows XP to Vista is it really worth it? That's for you to decide. I've been using the Vista RTM for development/testing. It's not that bad, though there are some quirks to get used to. If you're thinking of upgrading, I'd recommend a clean install. Things have changed way to much, and your in for a world of hurt if you believe Microsoft and think most software will work on Vista out of the box. It won't. If you go into the upgrade realizing most things won't work, mentally, you'll probably be better off.

Recommended path of Upgrade:
  • Make a list of all the software you use
  • Verify that each software product you use works with Windows Vista
  • Backup configuration information for each of your products
  • Install Windows Vista on a brand new computer
  • Install the software you use
  • Import over configuration information
What you can look forward too:
  • Enhanced security
  • Better eye candy
  • User Access Control (UAC) prompts
  • Gadgets
Things you may miss:
  • Lack of UAC prompts

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