With the introduction of Vista, Microsoft’s new operating system, the question naturally follows, “Should we upgrade?”
Short answer – “Not yet.”
When you selected the computer to drive the graphics and images for your church you chose a machine capable of handling the software you’d selected. As of this writing (Mid-April, 2007) software programs like Easy Worship, MediaShout, Live Worship, Sunday Plus etc. are in various stages of preparing Vista-compatible updates — but not yet.
Remember that when your machine chokes in the middle of a service, everyone notices, worship and teaching/preaching are interrupted, and everyone stops to turn and look at the poor soul in the booth. When you upgrade you want to be absolutely sure everything will run smoothly. I say “not yet” for that reason if no other!
Be patient. Remember how long it took everybody to transition from Win-98 to XP or Win2000? That’ll give you a few hints about how long this transition might take.
Of course, new Mac computers are capable of running windows… that adds another dynamic to consider.
Hang tight a while longer, frequently clear your computer’s cache and run defrag after church every Sunday while you’re putting mics and cables away. In so doing your machine won’t have to dig through files scattered everywhere when you need it to be quick about it. You’ll be fine.