As an example read the next link and notice that on many machines you must install the MSUAA after the motherboard drivers but before the audio driver.

-> http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7587_102-2699006.html

My question is this. Given how arcane the Windows XP install is, has it's relevancy passed? That is, given how unfriendly the install is and how many posts you read about it, is it time for something better?
Bob