Hey everyone! I thought I'd post my thoughts and opinions on the newest version of you-know-whos next version of Windows, Vista Beta 2 (Build 5384), which I upgraded over my Windows XP Professional installation on my AMD Athlon 64 machine. Installation - Installation went smoothly. Well... almost. A pesky little driver (d347prt.sys) kept hanging up Vista from booting. Its from UltraISO, and I kept telling XP to disable it, but XPs pretty dumb at points. So after deinstalling it, boom, it continued to install then dropped me right into the OS. First Thoughts on the new Aero Glass - Nice. Very nicely polished, and is decent on my Radeon 9600XT, but could probably be snappier, just like everything else. (Geez this card is starting to show its age) I like a lot of the refinements to the UI, even though some of them were ripped straight out of the OSX handbook. Almost all of my hardware works with Vista, save for a 3Com 905 NIC (which I dont really use anyway), and an anicent TV tuner card, that I havent really used either. Mr.iPod and Mr.Shuffle both dock up happily with it and work fine. All of my apps work perfectly except ones described in my annoyances. And now for my annoyances with the OS - -iTunes. -.-' iTunes DISABLES Aero Glass whenever its open, so it reverts to Aero Basic, which looks just like XP with... a black taskbar. >.<' I hope Apple does something about this soon. Then, I had to REAUTHORIZE my machine, for an UPGRADE. WTF?!??!?? Sure, I can boot back into XP, but why does the same machine running the SAME copy of iTunes need to be authorized twice? Seems kinda deedeedee to me. ' - Skippy audio in iTunes. I'm chalking this one up to either iTunes itself, or nVidias craptastic nForce 3 drivers. I'm still using the XP driver. The frigging Vista driver on their site doesnt even work. Hell, it wont even install. Cmon nVidia, I know you're mad at MS for going to ATi for the 360, but gimme some damn correct working drivers! >.< I'll see if it skips in *shivers* Windows Media Player, but I wont have it open for long because I cant stand WMP, I hate it with a fiery passion. >>' Hardware that I can guarantee that does work - ATi Radeon 9600XT 128MB, with full acceleration using ATis Vista driver Apple iPod 4G 20GB Clickwheel using the drivers with the iPod software Microsoft Xbox 360 controller, using XBCD (I dont use the MS driver, its bad) Adaptec 3-port Firewire 400 PCI card nVidia nForce 3 250 Network Controller Promise Ultra66 card (The Ultra66 is a doozy, you use the Win2003 drivers for the Ultra133, but it actually, believely, and I'm telling the absolute truth, works, and even installs as "Win2003 Ultra66 ATA Controller Driver") All of my mainboards hardware, sans the audio being glitchy. Its definitely a beta though. They really, really, really need to work on the setup BADLY. It is clunky as hell. How bout giving us some progress bars that actually are accurate and dont fill up, start all over again, and repeat? That way I know if the computers stuck or not. o.o' How bout making it to where when apps like iTunes who dont get along with Aero Glass, dont turn it completely off? Disk failure.... o.o' I just got a popup for Disk failure... DAMN IBM Deathstar! If anyone else has tried this please post your results. For the record, I still much prefer Mac OS X Tiger. Vista feels kinda like a cheap clone of it.