May 5, 2007

Vista Light. Tastes Great, Less Annoying

Vista is out now, and it is a really pretty operating system. Lots of bells and whistles, and even less intuitiveness that ever before. It has more security features, than any previous distro from Redland. So what's the big deal?

If you decided to upgrade to Vista today, you have to take a look at your current hardware. Many people would have to buy a whole new computer in order to get the full benefits that Vista has to offer. You also have to look at your current software situation. Many applications that are running on your Windows XP or Windows Vista system are not Vista compatible, so you will have to upgrade your software as well. What does that all mean? Money! You need to have a lot of money to upgrade to Vista.

Like most IT guys, I'm not planning on upgrading until Microsoft gets most of the bugs out. I am content to wait. Especially since Windows XP is still a pretty good operating system, and If I really want to work on something better than XP I have the latest version of Ubuntu in VM Ware. However, no one can deny that the look of Vista is really pretty and attractive. So what can you do to tide you over until you have enough to upgrade? You transform XP is what you do!

You can make Windows XP look almost just like Vista complete with the gadget sidebar for free with the Vista Transformation Pack. It changes you icons, boot screen, welcome screen, tool bar and everything else so you get the full look and feel of vista. All of it, without upgrading anything else.

So check it out, and be patient. Wait for some of the major Vista bugs to be worked out before you upgrade.

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