jetlagz28 wrote:Windows 7 has been given an October release date and Vista users will get a very affordable upgrade option. If you buy a computer now, you can upgrade in the fall for cheap. Vista won't be around for much longer.
Do you know if the Vista upgrade to Windows 7 will require a full reinstall?
If it's an upgrade, then a full install won't be necessary as the OS will allow you to migrate your data to Windows 7. Although I would recommend a clean install everytime to avoid complications. It could be a little more expensive but worth it if you can afford it.
FWIW, I just got my ThinkPad T400 about a week ago and I couldn't be happier. I was all set to immediately install Win7, given all the negative Vista publicity, until I messed around with it and found that I really liked it--WTF is all the complaining about? I also got the 9 cell battery and although I haven't had a chance to fully test the battery life, its safe to say you could take it to class in the morning, take it to the library after class, hibernate it when you aren't using it, and then take it home in the evening without ever having to plug it in. Pretty effin amazing.
Good for you. One of the main reasons people complain about Windows Vista is its system requirements, where they want 2006 (Windows XP) hardware to fully run Vista without a hitch. Plus, all the bad press really focused on pre-SP1 Vista, which is why you're starting to see less complaints, as a lot of problems and bugs were fixed with the introduction of the Service pack. Vista is not perfect, but neither is XP. Vista just happens to receive a lot of bad press, partly thanks to those silly Apple commercials. I like them myself, but they're still silly and hugely a distortion of the truth.
By the way, if your T400 has Vista Basic, then you should consider getting the Ultimate version for $65 from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/student/discou ... fault.aspx
. You can also get Office Ultimate for $60. Unless you're planning on holding out for Windows 7.