By coincidence, I ran into two stories about miserable experiences upgrading from Windows XP to Vista: a tale of woe from a BBC journalist and a similar story from a PC Magazine columnist. They are stories of hardware incompatibility and lack of drivers and system crashes; even if those things don’t happen, I’ve seen reports of Vista running extremely slowly for no obvious reason on computers upgraded from WinXP.
Just a reminder: we’re not going to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista on a computer you already own. The process would be much more likely to be successful if Vista was installed on a freshly formatted hard drive, but frankly I don’t want to install it on any computer that’s been in your possession more than six months or so – the odds are too high that there will be problems with hardware and drivers. Let’s all experience Vista for the first time on brand new PCs, fresh out of the box.