Well you have proven some very interesting points in which I did not know about. You are right about what you talk about, I do not use these features and never had a hardware problem so I had no idea by what you mean't. There are always things MS overlooks and its true that they should keep on improving their systems over time instead of abandoning them. I do have some great IBM Thinkpads though, and they are built rock solid. Lenovo took over and they still make some damn fine laptops, one of them I have and I am using right now with great performance. Don't get too upset though, find something that works for you and try to stick with it. If you like Xp and it works better for you then use it, XP is still a very nice system and I know many people who still use it today. MS could be much better I think, but I'm glad they are not much worse. Their are many factors at play, hardware and software is the main two, but also they must think about what people will use the system to do. MS must get everything right and remember to carry on their work into future systems. Success depends on it.