Vista Is it really so bad?
I am going to step out on a limb here and say no, no its not.
The only problems Vista really has are
1. Its very pretty, this takes memory and processes so either look at eye candy suffer performance loss or turn all that off and have a super fast system
2. Drivers / Compatibility I know they could have made their OS pander to all the 3rd parties out there and do things the same way they did in XP. But then vista would be XP and its not its a bit different. So if you issue is driver or software compatibility related. DONT BLAME VISTA.
3. It looks different. well Duh its a new OS its supposed to look different.
I have used Vista now for about a year SP1 did speed things up a bit and I have fully tweaked out my new DELL XPS 1530 with the Below Guide.Black Viper's Vista Super Tweaks
After doing this and getting a system native to Vista where all drivers and software is accounted for. I have to say this is the best system I have ever owned hands down.