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Item#: N82E16832116211

Pros:

From disc insertion to desktop took about 15 minutes (WAY faster than installing XP), found drivers for every component in my system (including 6 USB devices, one of which was my printer) right off the bat (I love not having to install the motherboard drivers off the CD), tons of useful built-in features that aren't found in XP, supports up to 128 GB of RAM, gets better every month.

Cons:

UAC is annoying (though easily disabled), software/hardware compatibility not as good as XP (has improved drastically over the last 1.5 years and continues to improve w/ each passing month), still requires some tweaks to get rid of some annoyances (i.e. slow shutdowns).

Other Thoughts:

Vista has really turned around since it was released and it is now what I would consider Microsofts best operating system at the moment (and in the near future). I wouldn't consider anything else for a new computer. I know there's a lot of Vista hate out there, but, for the record, I own 4 computers; 1 Vista-based gaming PC, 1 Vista-based laptop, 1 OS X 10.5-based iMac, and 1 XP-based media computer (which used to be my main computer). Based on long-term personal experience, I still say Vista is the best out of all 3.

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