Game Plan

Five pointers to help guide your Vista rollout
Five pointers to help guide your Vista rollout

Upgrade mobile workers first, followed by analysts who work with lots of structured data. Then do the rest of your PCs as they come up for replacement.

Be prepared to spend $100 to $200 per PC,
excluding the Windows license, to cover migration costs.

Use a brand-name software distribution product to track the apps that users are entitled to and install them remotely.

Sign up for Microsoft's beta program to start seeing how Vista performs in your shop; a feature-complete beta release is due this spring.

Aim to run Vista only on new PCs with at least 512 Mbytes of RAM. Install Vista on older machines only if you can do it for less than $100.

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Illustration by Dale Stephanos