Windows XP -- Should You Upgrade?

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Oct 25, 2001


Christopher Rice

          I was just watching the Yankee game and saw the new ad for Windows XP.  A man jumping in place eventually jumps out of the picture and the Microsoft music plays on....

I was just watching the Yankee game and saw the new ad for Windows XP. A man jumping in place eventually jumps out of the picture and the Microsoft music plays on.... This is not exactly the reassuring picture that I want to see, but I guess this is the best the marketing folks at Microsoft who got a half a million dollars could come up with. The question that I asked myself was....Is it worth it? When do we say, that's it -- no more upgrades? The reality is, we can't. If you said that when Windows 95 came out, you'd be pretty much screwed now, as you would get no support. Soon to come...dropping of support for 98 and NT.

          This is not exactly the reassuring picture that I want to see, but I guess this is the best the marketing folks at Microsoft who got a half a million dollars could come up with. 

         The question that I asked myself was....Is it worth it?  When do we say, that's it -- no more upgrades?  The reality is, we can't.  If you said that when Windows 95 came out, you'd be pretty much screwed now, as you would get no support.  Soon to come...dropping of support for 98 and NT. 

          So, how many of you are smack dab in the middle of planning your Windows 2000 rollout and are now rethinking?  I bet more than would like to admit it.

          10.25.01  -----   Available everywhere.....

          It's pretty scary to think that I was putting off taking my W2K tests and now I will have to deal with a whole new set.  I still have a Windows 98 machine, and it's only about 18 months old. 

          Should you upgrade?  That will depend on your scenario.  My personal hope is that the "flagship" that XP is supposed to become will actually hold up this time and I will not have to research all new code in another 9 months.  But, you never know....

          You will have to weigh the benefits of the new Operating System against the cost of its implementation and see if the numbers even out for you.  Personally, I'm partial to staying where I am, but I would not want my support to drop off the map, so the decision becomes a little more complex.

          If you want more information about the benefits of XP, see the following page from Microsoft (keep in mind that it is along the same lines as the commercial with the guy jumping around...):

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/default.asp

          Here is a link to another article that might help you decide if your environment is ready to move.....

http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=article&dId=98

          Here is a link to a great article of FAQ's for Windows XP:

http://www.ntcompatible.com/faq3.shtml

          Here is a USA today article that will address the high level questions (not too technical) about whether or not you should upgrade:

http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/review/2001/09/17/windows-xp.htm

          If you want to see listings of the shortcomings of XP, see any UNIX page on the web.

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