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Should you upgrade from Vista to Windows 7?


After recently writing about the ‘joys’ of upgrading from XP to Windows 7, I was mildly surprised to here from Vista users who wanted to know if they should upgrade to Windows 7. The answer is: “Probably.” Here’s are the issues you need to consider as I see them.

First, let’s get this out of the way while I’m not saying whether Vista is good or bad, “Vista was a less good product for Microsoft.” Oh, and by the way, that’s not my opinion, as someone who’s known for preferring Linux, that’s the opinion of Charles Songhurst, Microsoft’s general manager of corporate strategy. So, I don’t want to hear any whining from Microsoft fan boys about how misunderstand Vista was and how, by Vista SP2, it was actually a good operating system. It wasn’t, it still isn’t, and Microsoft knows that as well as I do.

That said, if Vista is working for you, good for you. You don’t have a reason to move to Windows 7.

But, if you’re unhappy with your Vista’s computer’s performance or you find Vista’s worst five features ticking you off, then you should switch. Personally, I find Vista’s UAC (User Account Control) as enjoyable and useful as those speed-bumps on some streets that make you slow down to five MPH or take a chance on leaving your exhaust system lying on the road behind you.

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