BBSpot — a site that you might want to think of as The Onion for nerds — has posted a Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart, a small portion of which appears in the picture above. While it’s really meant to be a humour piece, the flowchart’s advice is generally valid:
- If your machine is running something that predates Windows 2000, the best way to upgrade to Vista is to buy a new computer with Vista pre-installed.
- If your machine runs Windows 2000 or XP:
- If it’s an office machine, wait until Service Pack 1 is released before upgrading.
- If it’s a home machine:
- If someone else maintains it, ask that person’s opinion.
- If you maintain it and have money to burn, go ahead an upgrade to Vista.
- If you’re running Mac OS X or Linux, relax.