xp continually should be the alternative, that is merely the great abode windows o/s in laptop heritage and opposite to what many unwell-recommended noobs imagine, has prolonged help plus the possibility of a sparkling service p.c.. until eventually april 2014!!!...vista become an finished turkey and is keen to acquire the sluggish and painful lack of existence it rightly advantages!!!...as for abode windows 7, I have abode windows 7RC on a twin boot gadget with xp, that's ok, already far advanced of ''noobies fave'' vista, yet continues to be in that's Early degrees, keep in mind that those those who've 7RC are truly sorting out on behalf of microsoft, that's no longer waiting, and with slightly of luck by making use of the time it hits the cabinets the insects we are sorting out for would were eliminated. as someone who has used all microsoft operating structures, i can say with self assurance, xp continues to be the only to bypass for, vista become garbage, 7 will be more suitable, yet no longer yet. on my twin boot i nonetheless use xp 95% of the time, i in uncomplicated words use 7 at the same time as i'm sorting out. wish this helped. solid success.