mobile_bob is right on the money. No, you are not alone. I, too, remember the furor over XP. I remember certain tv people calling the interface 'fisher price' like, I remember the fuss over video card drivers, I remember people just hating XP. "Windows 2000 forever!" Right. I'm sure those are the same people singing the same tired song now. I'm with you, Bob: I have four Vista machines-one running Basic, two running Premium and one Ultimate and the one running Ultimate is the only one I've had blue screen on me and that was due to the video driver (Blast ATI!) The Basic machine, btw, is the fastest one in the house and it only has 512mb of ram too. We have one piece of software that will not work with Vista: SimThemePark. But, that game would not work well under XP either. The really amazing thing is that Vista was made available to device makers long before it went gold so you would think they would have had their drivers up to snuff already. Vista is not perfect, though. It totally sucks when it comes to filecopy. The recent updates help, but try copying to an SD card...snoring will ensue.
Ok so why do I feel like I was the only one around when XP came out. Doesn't anyone remember that many of the things people are complaining about with Vista happened when XP first came out! Peripherals not working is not Microsoft's fault but the company that makes the drivers! If there are no drivers it won't work! I remember having a printer and a webcam not work on XP and the hardware company flat out said it would never support XP for that hardware... I have been running Vista on three computers for many months and have not had major problems. Every time there is a major operating system upgrade there are the same problems with the same complaints, I think the major difference with Vista is that there are fewer gains in upgrading so people are not as quiet about the problems. Oh and remember the upgrade from Win95 to Win98? Nothing worked the same but Win95 was so bad no one cared because they just wanted off it!