Vista Upgrade?

July 25, 2007 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Computers | Leave a comment

Thinking about upgrading to Windows Vista?

Most tech’s are recommending you upgrade when you replace your computer. Vista requires a new type of hardware driver and many devices don’t have one, leading to compatibility problems. The hardware requirements are also much higher. So buying a system designed for it gives you the least headaches. Otherwise you may find yourself having to replace components to do the upgrade. And some have found their printers and scanners can no longer be used.

Also, be warned that Vista has built-in DRM file protection technology.  For example, if you plan to play movies on your computer, every component, including sound card, video card, and monitor will have to be DRM supported to play the flick. Your monitor is DVI? Too bad, only HDMI has DRM support.

Which version to buy? Vista comes in 5 main “flavors”.  If you see a computer deal with Home Basic, forget it. Its a downgrade from XP Home. Home Premium is the minimum to consider. Is the extra cost of Business or Ultimate worth it? Many are now saying no.

Heres an article on how to get Vista Business features in Vista Home Premium. Or with XP.

And on getting much of Ultimate on Home or XP.

(ps – the FileHamster recommendation is very cool if you need realtime version control backups of key files – and its free)

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