Why do people who are happy with XP upgrade to Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Neil, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Neil

    Neil Guest

    I have Vista and am almost completely happy running the 64 bit version of it
    on this computer here. But there's no way in a million years that I would
    have taken up Vista if I hadn't been building a new machine. On my last
    machine, I kept going with Windows 98 right up until updates and support
    were stopped before moving to XP. If I had been simply upgrading parts of
    that, for sure it would still be running XP. It was working and it didn't
    seem to me that I would be able to do more with XP than I could with 98,
    certainly nothing that was worth the extra license fee. I think that must
    be even more true with Vista and XP, on both counts. Given I was about to
    pay for another OS license for a brand new machine, I thought I may as well
    have the new one; I did consider buying another XP license with an upgrade
    coupon inside, but in the end got an almost give-away deal on Vista.

    I really find it odd that most people posting in this group appear to be
    people who are changing OS on existing machines with little or no change in

    Neil, Jun 15, 2007
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    Bill Yanaire Guest

    Because they can :)

    All kidding aside, I was using XP for my development work and when Vista
    came out, I installed it on a test machine. When I got all the bugs out,
    printer drivers working, programs tested, I finally moved over to Vista and
    got rid of XP. I have a new machine, dual core, 4GB memory, multiple hard
    drives, updated Video card, so I just decided to go for it.
    Bill Yanaire, Jun 15, 2007
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  3. Neil

    Mac Guest

    They don't understand the utility curve?
    Mac, Jun 15, 2007
  4. Neil

    Neil Guest

    Seems to me like many of them can't, at least not reliably.
    Neil, Jun 16, 2007
  5. I really find it odd that most people posting in this group appear to be
    So are you saying that if something works satisfactorily it can't be
    improved upon?

    I find XP perfectly OK, and still use it on my laptop, but I upgraded my
    workstation to Vista for a number of reasons:

    1/ Better engineered under the hood, giving the *potential* for greater
    security, reliability and stability (only partly fulfilled at this early

    2/ Curiosity - I like experiencing new things

    3/ Improvements to the user interface (in my opinion Vista's UI - whilst not
    perfect - is improved in most respects over XP)

    My old house kept me warm and dry just fine, but I moved anyway because I
    wanted more rooms. My old car took me around the place and never once broke
    down, but I bought a newer one anyway because it's more comfortable and
    quieter. And so on.......

    I appreciate that some people prefer to keep things the same. But perhaps
    this gives you a part-way answer to your question.

    Steve Thackery, Jun 16, 2007
  6. Neil

    Brightbelt Guest

    iven I was about to
    I can understand where you're coming from in a way. But I think in terms of
    security Vista is far superior to XP. And if I can quote another person, it's
    nice to get rid of XP's"Fisher-Price color scheme".

    I still have XP on my laptop for 3rd party applications. But now after
    Vista, I can't help but feel bored by the simplistic graphics on XP when I'm
    using it.

    People say the User Interface on Vista is just eye candy. Well.... Aren't
    cool-looking graphics part of what computing is all about? It's neat to see a
    flash animation in the window when I'm copying a file. I love seeing my
    Vista log on screen in the morning when I wake up.

    Also it's just human nature for people to want to have the latest and best
    version of a product (of course the assessment of 'best' is up for

    But I'll go with the opposing side for a bit. My Dad, being 75, made a very
    perceptive statement about the technology field. He said:
    "The trick is NOT to be first" He meant that it's always good to wait
    because the second release of a product or of software is always better. The
    bugs are more worked out, or the product has been improved upon. Some of
    this is more applicable to products (ie, MS will give us the SP1 of Vista),
    but when you jump in first and buy a new tech product right away, you're left
    with a slightly deficient version when the "new and improved one" comes out
    on the market.

    So you are smart to want to wait. Others like being on the front lines as it

    Frank B.
    Brightbelt, Jun 16, 2007
  7. Neil

    Neil Guest

    But you could pretty much guarantee that the house you chose to replace it
    was at least going to have more rooms by having a good look at it
    beforehand. You didn't get that with your Vista upgrade. More like a
    situation where the vendor told you it had five bedrooms, you didn't get the
    opportunity to view the house before buying and two of them turned out to be
    under-stairs cupboards. There may well be things you find out about a house
    after buying it, and they may be dreadful or they may be annoying, but the
    chances are you will have seen most of it coming and understand beforehand
    how much of a struggle it's going to put up before you have it the way you
    want it.

    I think I'm saying I'm surprised that people who have working systems which
    did everything they wanted, but were speculatively upgrading because of the
    advertised benefits, didn't wait first to see how much of them panned out in

    Nothing will stop the people who have to have the latest everything, but
    those aren't the people I'm talking about.

    Neil, Jun 16, 2007
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