Do you have Vista?

“Do you have Vista?” a friend recently asked.

“Sorta,” I replied a bit too flippantly.  He shot me a sideways glance, with a slightly irritated sneer.  I knew that I needed to quickly clarify.

“I bought my laptop just before Vista was released,” I explained.  “I made sure it was Vista compatible and prepaid for a copy of Vista when it was released.  I have the CD, but haven’t installed it.  That is why, I ‘sorta’ have Vista.”

Although I had really intended to install it, I’ve changed my mind.  As it stands at this time, I have no desire to install it.  My laptop is working oh so good on XP and I don’t want to ruin a good thing.  Besides, I don’t have time to learn a new operating system.

Over the years, I’ve used many versions of Windows: 3.0, 95, 98, 2000, and now XP.  Each one was a vast improvement over its predecessor.  But for Vista, I’m just not seeing it.  Apparently many of the corporate IT departments are feeling the same way.  From what I understand, the adoption of Windows Vista has been much slower than expected.  In response to this Dell Computer is still selling select systems with XP on them.  I guess this is because of buyer demand.

At the end of this year, I plan on buying a new desk top computer.  In all likelihood I will buy it with Vista.  That would be a good time to install Vista on my laptop, too.  Neither decision will be because I want to, but out of necessity because of Microsoft’s planned obsolescence of the older XP operating system.

And then there’s Office 2007 to contend with…

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