The bad press on Vista continues this time with complaints of confusing and incomplete upgrade paths for existing Windows users.
A recent editorial in the April issue of Maximum PC describes on man’s frustration with the upgrade process. Specifically how several logical upgrade paths simply do not exist but instead require a clean install with the purchase of a much more costly OS. (As upgrade versions are traditionally discounted when compared to any stand alone version.)
Blogs are popping up on a daily basis poking holes in the Vista PR machine. One post dated Feb 4 at the TechRepublic joked about the “Vista Ultimate Bill Gates Limited Edition” saying there are already enough versions of Vista without Bill Gates having his own.
To fight back Microsoft has put up a page to help explain the upgrade options and in the interest of the consumer CNet has compiled a nice chart of Vista features.
To make sure you are ready for all this fun Microsoft has a very useful Vista Upgrade Advisor to help determine if your system can run Vista in the first place.
For those of you in the SMB community that might be without a fully staffed IT department that has already issued an edict on the subject we would urge you to call an Authorized Microsoft Partner to better help understand your options and your need for Vista.
Andy Wendt is an IT Consultant and a Technology Writer for CSN1 Technologies
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