Downgrade Your Vista If You Want To

You may have heard by now that Microsoft is offering downgrades to Windows XP for people that bought PCs with Windows Vista installed. For business users and professionals that use applications that have not yet been updated to work with Vista, this is a very good thing. I can’t imagine that large enterprises are even thinking about migrating to Vista yet, though. All of the large corporations that I have worked with so far are very risk averse, and they do not usually migrate to new versions of software until at least one service pack has been released. In some cases, it takes two service packs to make them feel comfortable about going through a huge migration project.

In the case of home users, I’m not sure I see the need to go through the trouble of downgrading. My wife and I have had a Windows Vista PC pretty much since Vista was released, and it has been reliable for the most part. It runs pretty quickly which is to be expected from a Core 2 Duo processor, a ton of RAM, and a good graphics card. I suppose if the machine was running XP, it would really fly, but we’ll stick with what we have.

I do have to add a caveat to this post. When the beta of Mac OS X came out, I installed it right away on my Power Mac G4, and I never went back to OS 9. I guess I’m trying to say I don’t mind going through a few growing pains. For the record, Windows Vista is a lot more ready for prime time than Mac OS X was when it first came out. Of course, Windows Vista is not a complete rewrite like OS X was so I can see why people expected more from Microsoft.