When Microsoft released Windows Vista, everyone expected to upgrade and be happy about it. But moving from one operating system to another is never an easy task and many users have held back to see how it would go before trying it for themselves. This may have proven to be a good idea, but mostly for businesses and users who tend to get out of the ordinary with their computing habits. Most users who simply use their computer for standard stuff like surfing the web, reading emails and a few office applications, will have very little or no problems at all migrating and using the operating system.
Gamers and Businesses are the ones with the most problems, as it was expected. Gamers always need specific drivers, versions of DirectX, and businesses always have some weird legacy applications or badly coded applications that require ridiculous rights on the machine to work properly.
The problem is that Windows Vista is getting closer and closer to being the only choice when you purchase a new system and less drivers are being developed for Windows XP on new systems. What this means is that after a certain point, we won’t be able to buy a system and rebuild it with Windows XP if we want to, simply because there will be no drivers to support them anymore.
Luckily, a lot of the problems and kinks that were in the original releases of Windows Vista have been or are being worked out and with the coming of Service Pack 1, Microsoft has announced significant price cuts for the operating system. Windows Vista Ultimate, the most expensive edition, and, naturally, the one that contains all the bells & whistles, will go down to 319$us from it’s original 399$us. All the other flavors will also go down accordingly and the upgrades as well.
So, if you are planning on going to Windows Vista without buying a new system, you may want to wait for that Service Pack release. Windows XP is slated to be removed from availability in June 2008.