In (slightly) better news.
Vista is being replaced this month, and with literally two weeks to go, I've finally worked out that it is Windows Defender that causes the network cards on my machines to crash, while copying files from one machine to another.
Removing Defender, and Search, and less a dozen other services makes it run tolerably. (Mark you, they're only 4Gig Ram monsters of boxes.) Alas, being Acer's, the arcade deluxe BD player's gone tits up, just before I could watch Blu-rays without them stalling due to other processes coming in and hanging the box to see if I'm allowed to watch it.
Will I get a Windows 7 box? Well Messrs Ballmer and Gates, the answer is the same as will I buy Office 2007 with that stupid as fvck interface? **
No. I won't. I'm in the process of building super fast XP based hardware because despite loving microsoft at one time, I now fvcking hate them and spell their name with a lower case m. Until they remove all that stupid DRM crap, and make the VS IDE actually usable, I'll survive. I'm so fed up with some vanker at MS who at one time would have been a cleaner, having a say in what HCI should be because the government leans on big companies to take up the slack as far as unemployable single mothers are concerned. They should be in cleaning, the sex and food service industries, and journalism, not IT.
** Office 2007 - The product that even its writers admit will take 5 years to master if you use it one day a month (and have total recall to remember what you learned last time.)