Top Five Reasons Why Upgrading To Vista Might Not Be A Great Decision

Gnomie Time2Rock from our chat room writes:

Hey Chris,

I love your videos. Here are some suggestions, based on my personal experience, why some people shouldn’t rush out to grab Vista. I’m really into the latest and greatest technology and got Vista without doing my homework. I hope some of these are helpful.


  1. Your USB/FireWire devices might stop working.
    Chances are that you have a lot of USB devices lying around and if your device, whether it is a printer, scanner, digital camera, etc. is not compatible with Vista, it could take months or might never be updated with the correct driver. I’m pretty sure you do not want to spend $100 or $200 buying Vista compatible devices. In my case my wireless mouse and joystick were not recognized by Vista. Check around the manufacturers’ Web sites to see if your devices are compatible.
  2. If XP already works, why change it?
    If you already have a fully functioning computer that does all the tasks you need it to do, then you shouldn’t risk the chance of hardware failures on Vista. Don’t think that you will be one of the lucky ones and your upgrade experience will go smoothly. This is what I initially thought going in, but I ran into many hardware problems on my brand new laptop.
  3. Don’t get sucked in by advertising!
    I was first drawn to Vista by an ad on a Web site saying “the wow starts now!” and “see the revolutionary user interface in Vista.” Adverting usually tends to stick to the positives rather than the negatives. Do your research and see what other people are saying about your system with Vista before you buy.
  4. Looks are not everything.
    If you want to upgrade to Vista, a big reason might be because of the stylish, cool look of Aero with its glassy windows and sleek looking UI and, basically, just because it’s new. I was tired of the blue look of XP (which I have been using ever since I can remember) and I wanted a change. When I saw that dreaded blue screen of death in Vista, I really didn’t care about the pretty interface — I just wanted it to work.
  5. Say goodbye to some of your favorite programs.
    One of my biggest issues was giving up some of my favorite games and having issues with Adobe Photoshop. You get so used to using a program (or device) that when all of the sudden it doesn’t work, you have no place to go. This is terrible if you require that program for a job or school.
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