Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or Windows XP SP2

April 16, 2008

One of the most asked questions from my business clients, with less than seventy-five employees, is should they upgrade their present systems running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 to Vista with Service Pack 1. On April 10, 2008, in a presentation at a Gartner-sponsored conference in Las Vegas, analysts Michael Silver and Neil Mac Donald said Microsoft has not responded to the market. They contend, “Most users do not understand the benefits of Microsoft Vista or do not see Vista SP1 as being better enough than Windows XP SP2 to make incurring the cost and pain of migration worthwhile.”

System migrations are expensive. The cost of new software, hardware upgrades, lost productivity, and consultant labor is significant. Furthermore, software compatibility issues are ALWAYS a concern. As an example, one of my clients, Paneling Factory on Tchoupitioulas St. in New Orleans, uses ACCPAC as their accounting system. ACCPAC is flawless in their XP SP2 production environment; however we’ve experienced software compatibility issues when testing ACCPAC on Vista SP1 test systems.

According to Computer World, April 10, 2008, “Other analysts, including those at Gartner rival Forrester Research Inc., have highlighted the slow move toward Vista. Last month, Forrester said that by the end of 2007 only 6.3% of 50,000 enterprise computer users it surveyed were working with Vista. What gains Vista made during its first year, added Forrester, appeared to be at the expense of Windows 2000; Windows XP’s share hardly budged.”

In keeping with a simple truism, “… if it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” we’re presently advising our business clients to avoid the migration from XP SP2 to Vista SP1 in their business production environment. Vista with its new features and benefits has lots to offer to home users; however the features and benefits that are attractive in the home don’t offer the same productivity enhancements in the business environment. Stay tuned… change is upon us!

If you’re searching for computer consulting, repairs or service of your Microsoft based system or network in the New Orleans area, then call the knowledgeable, reputable Microsoft specialists at Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans 504-469-6991.

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Services post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at On-Site Computer Services, Inc. serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District.  Please visit our website at


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