ok i want to ask for input as im really consdering an upgrade
having been on 98 for so long and given my vision woes i want to make best choice i can. i learned long ago newer does not always mean better. but im still hopeful
some of my concerns not in order except for the first one are
-will any of the newer allow any dos so i can run my old masters of magic/orion cd games?
-most assistive/adaptive for a low vision or blind user?
-what it might cost for legit s/w for the upgrade?
-should i wait for full vista deplyment?
thanks very much , john
are you wanting to jsut upgrade the software or are you looking to do hardware as well? And as far as an "upgrade" if you mean just software and want to keep the programs etc on your current install intact you only real option is windows xp at the moment, unless you can find a 2000 upgrade. I wouldn't recommend an me upgrade even if you can find one. 2000 probably will have trouble with your old software ( dos ) but you MAY be able to get it going in xp via the compatibility settings.... Another option is using a program called dosbox, that is still in development and doesn't work with everything but is quite usable. your other option would be to go to linux but there can be a steep learning curve... your best bet there is to get some of the live cd's and try them... if you find one you like there is also a dosbox for them ( not to mention wine for some windows software. )
as far as the hardware what do you have now? Are you also planning on upgrading it or just the software.?
As far as low vision/blind user, do you have software to assist in that or do you just use built in windows software? I believe xp has some stuff for that.... not 100% sure but I know microsoft started integrating there own versions of various programs of that nature.... They are usually options not defaults however...
Windows xp home upgrade is around $100 and pro is probably around $200....
If I have time later I'll look a little into some of your requirements but knowing what hardware you have would make things a little easier...
as far as waiting for vista....can't say, though from the last I heard ( awhile ago now ) unless you get the bottom end version the hardware requirements are gonna be kind of stiff for vista...