Link: Parent’s Guide to Windows Vista

Parent’s Guide to Windows Vista (Via Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson.) I’m usually not one for locking down a computer to limit what students can do with it… and I’m still not in this case, but with so little “Vista in Education” news out there, this caught my eye and I’m passing it on. Also, this somewhat relevant to the Internet Awareness and Safety workshops I lead for parents from time to time. In any case, I remember being so excited about Windows XP back when I was implementing it in schools (especially as we integrated it with OS X in our Active Directory infrastructure), but I don’t sense much excitement about Vista in schools at all right now. Is anyone experiencing anything different?

8 Responses to “Link: Parent’s Guide to Windows Vista”

  1. Scott S. Floyd Says:

    We are staying away from Vista until at least SP2 hits. We are going to take a machine that crashed recently and install XP back on it. Then we are going to use the Vista upgrade on it and see how it reacts within our network, but we are not hopeful based on what we are hearing from other districts in Texas. Seems it has lots of network issues. No need to upgrade for the sake of upgrading, but we are more worried about new machines we are buying. At this point it is almost worth it to pay to have them come with XP instead of the “free” install of Vista. I think there is a $50 per machine install charge to revert back to XP. That is a first for me. I cannot recall a time when people were demanding the old version of OS software much less when they would pay extra to get it.

  2. Mark Wagner Says:

    Wow, Scott. I hadn’t heard of schools paying more for XP yet. That’s eye opening and good for me to hear. I have a relatively new… well almost two years old now… machine I put Vista on, and it was quite a bit slower than XP. Slow enough that I went back. Other than that, though, I found little meaningful difference between the two. Vista seems to be XP with new clothes and few new bells and whistles… not unlike the relationship between XP and Windows 2000 really. In any case, I hope to stay on top of this topic despite not really having my hands in it right now, so thanks for the feedback.

  3. Scott S. Floyd Says:

    I’ll let you know how the upgrade version works out for us, but the IT is in no hurry to get there. I am betting he stalls until August.

    As for the charge, we were looking at new machines to replace old ones. We asked for XP and they told us all machines had Vista already, but they would put XP on them for $50 each. I am betting it is a small price to pay right now considering the amount of time our IT would put into trying to make Vista work in its current form.

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