I never understood the hype about Vista. I used it since day one (literally - Febr. 1, 2007) and never had any problems that I could not manage. Not a single BSOD in all these years and I am still running 3 Vistas. My wife even refuses to use Windows 7. She has never had a single problem - maybe because she does not use anything exotic. I think all you have to do with Vista is to use it straight forward and stay away from tweaks and "optimizations".