Have to say in passing Vista is a truly awful operating system.
I intend to agree with you lxndr. I went from good 'ol XP and upgraded to Vista. My experience was nothing short of "strange". Things suddenly not working, blue screens, unable to log on to standard accounts and this:
Windows Update one day just did not work. The service would not start or would start then stop. The only way to fix it was to uninstall my firewall. That worked, temporarily then the problem started again.
One day, it just fixed itself.
I swear to you, this is what happened. A truly strange operating system...from the same makers as Windows ME.
Go to Windows 7, it is what Vista should
have been. Stable and fast (if you have the right hardware) and never had a problem.