I can get Windows 7 Professional upgrade for 30 bucks using student discount. Is there enough of a performance, compatibility friendliness, and quality difference for me to make the switch? I do like the general layout and flow of Windows 7, but that's probably not enough alone to make me switch.
For $30, its hard to say no.
I don't subscribe to the notion that its better than XP. Its not. Just has more bells and whistles. But Vista is a different story. And even with XP, just buy it and save it for later. I don't think you will ever see a better price than that.