An interesting observation I've made after a while. And that is, for any number of reasons, Vista is less reliable under OS X hardware. I have hardware of very similar capability and essentially the same platform running Vista, either natively on Windows hardware or via Boot Camp / Parallels in OS X. Macbook Pro <-> Dell Latitude D630. Both Santa Rosa based. Mac Pro <-> Dell Precision 690. Both 5000X-based. A note again: I'm comparing like for like - not an older budget machine for example. It's not enough to be right in front of your face. But the instances of 'application stopped responding' and other potential intermediate-level annoyances of Vista do seem to be more prevalent under the Pro and the Macbook Pro in either Parallels or Boot Camp. I was wondering if it was the inferiority of the OS X hardware in terms of robustness - and it is certainly a concern in absolutes - which was causing this. But counting the Kernel Panics / Beach Balls Of Death and those Vista annoyances, it becomes apparent to me that no, that probably isn't the reason.It is probably down to ever so flaky drivers / etc, but either way it actually serves Apple well, if you think about it. Perhaps this is not a surprise for some of you, but I was wondering - Could it be that Apple users are further conditioned to their supposed superiority of OS X over Windows by using a machine that doesn't run Windows as well as 'dedicated' machines? And are Apple aware of it, or even intending it (which I very much doubt)? Discuss... or not. Just my observations as of late.