Is Windows Vista Right For You?

Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows Vista, has received a bad rap on Internet forums and software review sites since its launch. So should you buy it?

Microsoft has done its upmost to strip XP back to its best features, pack them into Vista and add some extra fandangle bits to deliver an operating system that will inspire Windows users to upgrade. Unfortunately, there have been a few hiccups along the way. Lots of applications simply do not work and many users report the operating system to be rife with error messages.

The main argument against using Vista is its hefty price-tag for an operating system that doesn't really do anything you cannot do with XP. If you already own a PC, upgrading to Vista might cost you big-time as you may need to upgrade your actual hardware just to run the OS. Be sure to check your specs against what Vista requires before you buy, and be prepared to come across problems when it comes to finding Vista-friendly drivers for your hardware.

On the other side of the argument, Vista has a bunch of great functions and features. There is a sidebar on the desktop for quick access to important programs and files, backing up data is painless and restoring files is a breeze. Once you have become accustomed to the foreign interface, Vista can be easier to use than XP and enables the user to access programs, documents and help files quickly.

Vista is very pleasant on the eye, especially when compared to XP. The classic Windows green-hills-blue-sky default background has been replaced by inoffensive swirling colors, and the windows look very swish with a translucent effect.

The main argument for Vista is that you will "have to" upgrade eventually anyway, so why not bite the bullet and get a grip on the operating system now? Our suggestion is to wait for the next version which is Windows 7 and should be released by the end of 2009.

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