We'll be honest. Vista came along and brought us no convincing arguments whatsoever to upgrade
our consistently stable workhorse XP PCs at our offices here on Unplggd. Now, after giving their beta a shot (and being quite impressed that we were able to run it just fine off an old Pentium III collecting dust in our closet), we feel like our 8-year old XP deserves a befitting upgrade...
This chart pretty much simplifies the upgrade process in case you need it. We like the Professional edition since it allows you to emulate non-supported Windows 7 applications and run them like they're still in XP. Otherwise, sticking with the Home Premium edition would be your best bet.
Officially announced a few days ago, Vista and XP users will need to pony up $119.99, $199.99, or $219.99 on October 22 to score their Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate upgrade. Full retail will run you $199.99, $299.99, or $319.99.
The good news? Amazon (as well as numerous retailers around the country including Best Buy, Costco, Fry's Electronics, Office Depot, Office Max, Sam's Club, Staples, Tiger Direct, Walmart, and more) is allowing you to preorder the upgrade bundle for cheap.
So, given supplies haven't dried out yet, you can grab the Home Premium Upgrade and Professional Upgrade packages right now for $49.99 and $99.99 though July 11th. It's the cheapest OS upgrade we've ever seen and has our thumbs up of approval. So, what are you waiting for?