Lets just say I’ve never added the cost of an OS into the equation when purchasing a pc. In the past, this hasn’t been a problem. But I’m growing more and more complacent with frequent updates and security patches, and it’s a nice feeling to not worry about that shit. In other words, I’m not paying for Windows – that can be found online – I’m paying for the piece of mind. Does this resolve the issue? Well no, in fact it creates more issues for me to contend with. Windows 7 will come sometime soon and I want it. The rumor mill suggests we’ll see her debut in October, but Microsoft have stated the release date will be determined by “product quality”; I guess they’ve learnt from Vista. Of course I could install the W7 beta that’s floating around, but I don’t want to run a beta OS on my brand new machine, so where does that leave me for the interim?
From my vantage point, my only recourse is to ‘borrow’ a copy of XP for use until W7 is released. Fuck it’s going to be strange asking for an operating system for Christmas. But that’s cool, and might actually get me into a routine of formatting annually or so, keeping my pc in tiptop, and by using external storage I avoid a majority of the data loss issues that make formatting such a kick in the nuts.