My 5315 now boots up in 30sec. compared to >2min. for Vista. and runs much faster. I have yet to see the 'hourglass'. only using <4gb on drive. Granted , I don't use very many app's, just Works 9 and some audio book programs.
I tried to delete all the bloatware, even then it is/was slow. I guess the Acer epower software and its associated monitoring software takes up a lot of overhead. Plus Vista monitoring your every move. Feels like 'Big Brother'.
OK, maybe I'm just used to XP and opposed to change. I went kicking and screaming from DOS to Windows, so maybe I just like things simple. By the way, I'm 70 years old and worked on the first PC's. I paid 50$ for the 120gb HDD, I remember when a 20mb HDD was > $200. How times have changed.
That's what I think afflicts most people, too. I liked moving from DOS to Windows. The errors were kind of annoying, but they went down over time. I remember when I upgraded my computer to 24k RAM. Man...I couldn't even run Firefox on that, now.
I finally replaced my 50lb HP desktop with a Dell mini9. It has 8gb SSD, 2 gb Ram, wireless kbd & mouse, 19" vga monitor and Canon printer. I paid $211 for the mini refurb, $9 for the 2gb ram with rebate. Can you believe the computing power for that kind off money? Holey Moley Batman!