I need to upgrade to Vista. So early this morning, I started googling around for system requirements and to find out what would be involved in the upgrade. I stumbled across Microsoft’s page about its Window Vista Advisor and downloaded a copy. While attempting to install it, it alerted me that it “Requires .Net Framework”. I stopped the installation, downloaded a copy of the framework and began to install that.
After agreeing to endless end user licensing terms, the installation began. Nearly an hour later, I had to leave and drop the kids off at school while it was still installing. As I left, I noticed it rewriting my system registry and installing hundreds of megabytes of updates. Upon returning from my errands, the installation was finally complete.
I then launched the Advisor installer, agreed to its terms, and waited another 10 minutes for that to finish installing before I could launch it.
Once launched, it took another 15 minutes to tell me what I already knew–I needed another 256 MB of memory installed on my inherited laptop–and what I didn’t know–that other than memory, the laptop was Vista compatible.
So I started doing some math. To upgrade the laptop’s memory would cost me about $50-$100 depending on how much memory I added plus the cost of Vista itself, say another $100-$150 for Vista Home Basic. Alternatively, I could go to Walmart and buy a cheap-o desktop unit without monitor but with Vista Home already pre-installed for about $400 or less.
I’m really hesitant to go the bootcamp or Parallels route with this because (1) my Mini already has 2 partitions on it, neither of which I can get rid of at this time; and (2) I need native peripheral support.
So what advice do you have for me? Should I go the add-memory-and-upgrade-the-laptop? Should I shell out for the low-end desktop? All of this is for a 3-month project, after which I will no longer need much of this technology.