Taking the Broad View on Upgrading to Windows Vista

Arthur Cole

The slow but steady march of Windows Vista into the enterprise is causing many IT managers to ponder a question that hasn't come up in quite a while: Which operating system should I use for desktops and laptops?


With Windows being dominant for so long, the simple upgrade from one version to the next has taken place as a matter of course over the years. But that is changing now that hardware upgrades, data migration and other requirements make upgrading to Vista just as difficult as any other OS.


Which is why we were not surprised to see much of the Web chatter these days parsing over Vista's hardware requirements and simply asking the question: What is the best OS option out there today? One of the best in recent days was on Tom's Hardware Guide right here.


The sad fact is, though, that recent surveys indicate that upwards of 80 percent of existing enterprise machines are not Vista-capable, meaning that hardware requirements will have to be increased across the board, or a lower-cost alternative must be found.


But if not Vista, then what? Much of the online community has elevated Mac OS to the role of Vista-killer, by virtue of its newfound Intel compatibility and enterprise-friendly capabilities, like virtualization and clustering.


Still, with many people complaining about third-party support and networking problems on the Mac, is there a way to bring Vista on board without breaking the bank? Lifecycle management firm PS'Soft says there is. Check out the company's five tips on maximizing your existing infrastructure while still getting the most out of Vista.

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