Unless you’re a Vista user and facing with loads of regular annoyances currently, then perhaps Windows 7 is your shining white knight, galloping in the horizon and on its way to whisk you off your feet into greener pastures.
But if you’re an avid XP devotee, like me, who sees no point in upgrading an already workable system and determined to avoid a situation where the justification of the upgrade is to simply get a taste of Windows 7, then you’re better off sticking with XP.
Save your money. And time.
Wait, did someone say Performance increase? But even a RAM upgrade or a CPU upgrade WILL result in an immediate performance increase. Flashy graphics and yummy eye candies? Nah, I’m just interested in a lean, mean system with as little lag as possible and with as much control too.
Anything that’s new usually has flaws waiting to be discovered, and I’m not anxious to be the one discovering them.
No doubt I am excited and anxious about the arrival of the new system from Microsoft, which some notoriously dub as Windows Vista: Service Pack 2. Still I’m just not that excited and not that anxious enough to go and get it anytime soon, because if I do, it’s probably a costly upgrade, and upgrades takes too much time generally.
Comparing the costs, in the currency of time, I’ll probably spend hidden expenses, such as searching and installing new drivers, face with situation with incompatible useful tiny applications (like STG Thumbs, Sprint32, Everything, WordWeb32, Stickies and the list goes on…), and of course if you’re the designated IT guy in the office, all these amounts to a whole lot of time.
A WHOLE LOT OF TIME, and time = money. Nah, I’ll rather save the money and the time.
Unless Windows 7 allows me to radically and substantially improve my work processes and output, then maybe I’d give it a consideration, but only after a 1year period, because only then would there be many other users who would have tried and tested it and probably expose more than enough flaws for me to decide if it’s all worth it.
I suppose a 1 year period is a safe bet, and while I await those precious, uninhibited and genuine user reviews (and not those commercially hyped up articles from online news sites) then I’m going to be perfectly fine with XP.
I’m just not convinced that Microsoft’s latest offering is a ‘Must-Have, and though I’ve not even started with Microsoft’s insistance in coming out with layman-confusing price-cum-software structure, you don’t have to install it to give it a try to tell your friends what’s it like, because these kind of people do it for you already.