I bought a Gateway referbished laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium. I have heard horror stories about Vista, and one of the reasons I chose this particular laptop is it came with a free upgrade to Windows 7. I am waiting for it to be shipped to me, as the Gateway web site says of my shipment: "Fulfillment in process."
In the meantime I figured I would give it a real try before succumbing to the bandwagon of Vista haters. In the past week, Vista has not been totally horrible. It looks a little slick, and feels a little like a Mac or Linux in it's differentness. But there are three things that bother me:
1. Vista misreports my hard drive size. My hard drive is 320 GB. Vista reports it at 289 GB. And, yes, I do have it set to show hidden folders and have unhidden system files. There is no other partition, and I have reset the shadow file size to 10 GB. That is a missing 20 GB. I understand they round up when hard drives are marketed, but not 60 GB of rounding. Well, it is a referb after all - maybe they messed up the hard drive formatting and it isn't a Vista problem?
2. Vista has new updates every day, and they usually require a restart.
3. Every time I start certain programs there is a nag screen that says Windows needs my permission to start this unidentified program. It happens with DreamweaverMX 2004, for example. I thought that once you told Vista it was a safe program, the nag would go away. But it hasn't. And I can't find a way to tell Vista that I don't want that warning to display.
So far, I have one piece of hardware that is incompatible; a web cam. I have not tried my printer or scanner with Vista yet, but that point is moot because this laptop doesn't even have a parallel port. I will be using those peripherals from my older desktop.