Well, for what it's worth... ...I have just bought a new Laptop which has Vista Ultimate onboard. Took me a couple of days to find my way around under the Hood. Made a selection of changes from the default, as I use the machine for photography and videography. So I am not interested in how pretty the OS looks. I want to use the power of the machine for the task in hand. I liked XP, it worked well stripped to the bone...VISTA, I love it to bits. Cold boots in under a minute and Render times are quicker by far. The OLD hardware consisted of P4 3.6GHz, 2 Gig Ram with 256 MB of V-ram. Which ran faultlessly for 5 years. The NEW hardware consists of C2D T7500, 3 Gig Ram with 512 MB of V-ram. And hey, I can even watch TV while I am waiting. Just a personal perspective:- I dont ride the upgrade train. I run a machine with the OS that it arrived with +SPs and UDs. When it runs out of steam, and becomes uneconomical to repair, I replace it. That is the path I have followed since my introduction to PCs, back in those days of Amstrads and the wonderful Locoscript...ok, forget the wonderful bit then.