^ I ran Vista for 5 years up until very recently. I had absolutly no issues with it at all. The only reason I upgraded to windows 7 was because I bought an SSD and wanted the TRIM support for the drive, which is not supported in Vista. I am holding out on Windows 8. I did the open user testing and just did not like it much at all. I can see it's value in a tablet or touch screen, but on a desktop or laptop with keyboard and mouse, it just frustrated me. It also has no start button and no good alternative for it. I like to be able to look at a list of my apps in program files, which is now gone. Sorry for the rant. Vista is still a perfectly fine OS, but $40 isn't that much to try it out.