I would agree with Ninjaboi, I never really found anything wrong with Vista, other than small things like the obvious missing "Videos" link in the start menu, and a couple other very minute aspects of the OS that I didn't like, but it's not at all as bad as people have been saying about it everywhere. Lots of people just download all possible Windows updates and do whatever they want with their system from a lack of understanding with their computer knowledge at the time, along with programs, etc... I don't think Vista does well when it's in a bulky state, but otherwise not having SP1 I too noticed was worse than when the system was running with it installed.
Those are all Windows updates though, what I do when I first install an OS, is run Windows updates and get all that I can installed for the important ones, reboot, install basic programs, reboot, install whatever new Windows updates show from downloading the first pack of updates as well as the ones that show up with the programs installed (for example MS Office, etc) and keep doing that until whatever programs are needed are installed, and updates as well. Then start using the system, after creating whatever backup disks or repair disks need to be created.
I've had and used virtually every last Windows version since Windows 3.1 -> 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7. Now there's about 7 computers in my house including one that i'm fixing for a friend to take on vacation the end of this month. All in the range of 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7, including a Macbook.
I'm glad that i'll still have support for the 4 Windows 7 Computers in this house though lol come April 10, 2012 :grin1: