Forget about it.
I bought four new machines with vista factory installed. Brands were HP for desktops and Toshiba for notebooks. All the machines are now HP.
All four had various and sundry problems from crashing, to blue screen, to dumping files like crazy, to not running properly with any other hardware we had, even newly purchased hardware designed for vista out of the box.
We would reinstall the printer/copier/fax/scanners one day, the next day the files would dump and we would have to reinstall again, every time, not just sometimes before we used the printer. These same printers never had a problem on the xp machines, and still work lovely on them.
I have all machines on a wireless printer/copier/scanner/fax now and reinstalling on every machine every day was a pain in the neck. So, I had to begin installing other printers on other machines. That is a pain in the neck for the laptops and we had printers all over the place.
All four new Vista machines had 4+ gig RAM and 160+ gig hard drives with 3+ghz processors.
All four went back within two weeks of purchase, and I then went on the hunt for XP machines to replace them. It wasn't easy, but at last I have seven machines all with XP. My life is perfect.
EVEN those XP machines had problems every single time I got my 3am winxp update. So, I have taken automatic updates off. I will run these machines (without updates) until somebody can prove to me there is a microsoft product that exceeds the perfection I have now, WITHOUT glitches. Using win since 3.0, I have never seen such a rotten piece of software as Vista.
I work hard, 18 hours a day, and NEED to unwind a bit at the end of the day before I go to sleep. I NEED my internet spades.
My biggest complaint on the Vista and XP after recent update machines, was I could not play internet spades on the MSN Zone Game site. All the vista worked fine on MSN Zone, until the first Vista update, then, immediately, I couldn't get back in.
2:30am spades working fine. XP update 3am, spades doesn't work, I'm booted out of game and can't get back in. Recovery back to 2:30am, spades works fine. I'm playing again. It is pretty clear.
How pathetic is it, when a Microsoft product has glitches that keeps users from accessing features on a MSN site?
You could NOT pay me enough to run a Vista machine. Time is money and working on 7 machines constantly so I can run my websites is NOT an option.