Lots of people gave Vista a bad rep because -- get this -- they didn't know how to use their damned computers!
I'm sure that must be it. I've only personally owned computers since 1982, taught myself assembler to write faster games on a C=64, hacked hardware on an Amiga, switched to Linux in '98 or so, got a Slashdot login some time the same week, picked up FreeBSD a few months later, snagged a degree in CompSci, built the home server sitting next to me from Newegg parts, and turned an HP Mini into a Hackintosh last month. That must be why my wife's dual-core laptop with 2GB of RAM and Vista ran like crap from the day we bought it, even after I stripped out the OEM junk and have almost nothing running at startup: because I'm a technophobic newbie who doesn't know how to use my damned computers.
Yeah, Ditto to that. Vista's UI is a mess IMHO. I hate it. Windows 7 is a vast improvement, and if the past is any indicator, this will be Vista's death lurch. People will be buying new PC's with 7 and Vista will slowly wither on the vine, much as ME did. Even old-timer's are ready to move forward with it.
If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.