Posted by Ben Simo
I have not yet made the jump to Windows Vista on any of my personal machines.
We have installed Vista on some machines in the test lab where I work. When we started playing with a Vista beta, Vista was not allowed on our network but our customers were using Vista; demanding that we test our products on Vista. There were numerous technical and political battles that had to be fought to get Vista installed in our test lab.
We quickly discovered that Microsoft's minimum system requirements are just the minimum to install the OS. I can't imagine any user being happy with Vista on a machine that just met the minimum requirements.
We encountered incompatible DVD drives from a major PC manufacturer. We followed Microsoft's instructions for copying the DVD to a hard drive for installation from the hard drive instead of the DVD only to have the Vista install inform us that it cannot be installed as Microsoft instructed.
We've had to call Microsoft for permission to reinstall failed installations.
I have decided that I do not need this trouble at home. I have not yet seen any feature worth the upgrade. I would rather not have to buy new hardware. For now, I am going to stick with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Linux.
For those that really want to make the leap, I suggest you watch the following video to see what kind of machine is compatible with Vista ... or is it?
Vista install in 2 minutes
Please let me know how your install goes.