Posted 06 May 2009 - 08:20 PM
As a general idea, you may need to upgrade your graphics drivers, and check the games' sites for Vista patches.
1. XP and wait until W7 (and its first service pack) have been issued.
2. I prefer Firefox, but you can use both then decide which you like better.
3. See the tab at the top of the page "Startup List." This offers guidance about which is needed, optional,etc. When in doubt about an entry, leave it alone and post about it in the Vista forum. Many applications have "quick launches;" these certain speed up opening a programme when you need it, but at the cost of part of it running constantly in the background.
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.