Originally Posted by j2037
David, install Vista. Join the new generation and feel the superior OS, you will never go back.
I have to agree with this. I have converted most of my PCs in the house to Vista - most of them Vista 64 but my HTPC is Vista 32 to ensure maximum compatibility. As I will point out below most of the anti-hype about Vista is simple nonsense. It works very well now and is the current OS. If you can get your system to work without reinstalling any OS then great, stick with what you have. On the other hand...
Originally Posted by myAV
Reinstallation of windows will most likely fix your issue.
If you end up resorting to this then by all means grab a copy of Vista 32 and give it a go. The idea is that if you are going to do this much work you might as well make it worth your while.
Originally Posted by captain_video
That's like telling him to cut off his arm because he has a splinter in his pinky. I tried Vista Ultimate 64 and it wouldn't let me install all of the same apps I had been running happily under XP Pro (PowerDVD 7.3, for instance). I tried everything I could but it still refused to load. I wiped the drive, reinstalled XP Pro from scratch and let it update to the latest version, and now everything is running the way it's supposed to. I gave Vista a shot and it turned out to be every bit as buggy as everyone said. I've currently got Vista on a prebuilt HP PC I bought for my wife (she hates it) and also a laptop I bought for my son (he also hates it). My advice, don't drink the Kool-Aid.
Perhaps you should have tried Vista 32 instead of Vista 64? To make the statements you make above with the obvious implication that your experience applies to Vista 32 is a disservice to all. It is true that there are some compatibility issues with V64 - not many, but there are some. That being said, V32 is the OS that vendors write drivers for first now for the most part and it is the mainstream OS from a support perspective.
Given that you did not say when you did all this it is also possible that you jumped in too soon. I waited until the end of last year to give the ecosystem time to stabilize and I have had no issues whatsoever on... let's see... 4 systems so far. My HTPC is working quite well, my main desktop is fantastic - gotta love the 6 GB I can run under V64 as I use memory heavily.
The point here is that Vista hating is much more of an emotional than a rational experience. In fact, most of the hating has to do with change, not anything actually wrong with Vista itself. As such, imposing your personal opinion on others is not very useful.
I would say that if the OP of this part of the thread can get it working without reinstalling the OS they will be fine and should do that. Failing that they need to seriously consider purchasing Vista Home Premium and installing it as a 32 bit OS. While it is very likely that MS will release Win 7 this year sometime and it is shaping up to be one of the best if not the best OS MS has ever shipped we still do not know if it will truly be as good as it seems nor do we really know when it will ship. Then there is the old 'wait for SP1' adage which has many dimensions to it; truth is the adage has merit in many ways. That puts Win 7 out more than a year or so before it can truly be said to be 'certified'. As such there is no real downside to migrating to Vista now even if Win 7 is as good as it looks like it will be.