Reasons not to upgrade early in Vista's release 1. The first release of a new operating system often has many bugs. 2. Your computer is functioning fine and doing all you need it to do right now. 3. Your computer does not meet the requirements for Windows Vista and you don’t want to invest the time and money in upgrading your hardware. 4. You are very much attached to using old programs that may not work in Windows Vista. Early reports, for example, indicate some bugs occurring in Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (5.0 is now released) and also Microsoft Outlook 2003 when used in Vista. Some old programs may work in Windows Vista, but if they use WinHelp32.exe as their help file, their Help feature may be inaccessible. 5. You subscribe to an antivirus program that is not fully supported by Windows Vista (Even Symantec and McAfee express dissatisfaction that their software, although functional, is more limited in its capabilities in Vista) 6. To start with, many of the touted features, such as better security, instant desktop search and the sidebar gadgets feature, are already available from third party software providers on Windows XP. A host of 2007 edition ‘Internet Security’ packages exist with powerful firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware and other protective features, desktop search software is readily available from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others, and sidebars and gadget clones exist from Google, Yahoo and others already. 7. Other features include quality photo management, better backup and defrag tools, and even parental controls. All of these tools are available elsewhere, with both paid and free software packages available in most categories. 8. Most manufacturers that have still not as yet released Vista drivers for various bits and pieces of hardware, some crucially important, others not so, have relied on the fact that the consumer launch of Vista is promised for January 30. 9. Even so, all the missing drivers will not magically become available on that date, but progressively onwards thereafter, and hopefully with as much consumer pressure as possible, in as quick a timeframe as can be managed after the January 30 date. 10. You don’t have the money you need to purchase the upgrade and/or prefer not to make Bill Gates any richer any sooner than you have to. (If this is not an issue for you, check out the Bill Gates personal wealth clock to see just how much you are contributing already to his luxurious lifestyle). So, should you run out and buy Vista immediately upon its release?