Quote: Originally Posted by garbanzo
yes, you're absolutely right, OP. i can't think of a reason to keep my software up to date either.
you'd best just stick with Vista for at least another 4 or 5 years, because new software technology rarely has anything to offer...
I think that is being a bit harsh. The hardest thing for most with keeping multiple computers up to date with Microsoft operating systems is the pricing. Prior to the family pack option with Windows 7...it was costly to buy multiple licenses to run on multiple computers. And even with the family pack, $150 is $150. Some people need that money for food, groceries, rent, etc.
As far as not staying up to date...Microsoft will be releasing patches via Windows update for many more years to come. It's not as if the OP would be unsupported if he chose to stick with Vista.
To the OP: Personally, I never made the upgrade to Vista from XP on my machines at home. I didn't feel that the price for the licensing was justified based on the performance of the system and all of the hardware requirements and problems at launch time. While Windows 7 is far more streamlined with great driver support, I'd say if you are happily running Vista and not experiencing a problem...I wouldn't even attempt to try to convince you that spending more money to get to Windows 7 would be a wise move.
The easiest way to know for sure would be to download the release candidate which is free and give that a shot. Personally I loved it when I tried it and will be putting 1 copy of Windows 7 onto a new box that I just assembled. My wife's laptop came with Vista and I have no intention whatsoever or changing this to Windows 7 as I haven't had 1 problem whatsoever and I have the super convenient system restore option right from HP if I decide to use it. My older box running XP, is going to move to Linux as it's free and I don't really have need for another Windows machine.