With ya' Bear,
Same thing with popups at boot and that sweet female voice that brightens my day. XP is great, but I picked up an ASUS netbook with 7 (bumped it to Ultimate/64) on it and it runs great. For doing this stuff or for using it with the Power Commander, it's small size is a blessing. My old 17' HP (true crap) laptop feels like I have a desktop in my lap. It's huge!
The biggest plus for Avast (other than it's excellent protection) is that it's not a resource hog like Norton. This is a good thing on these netbooks.
Vista working out for ya? I had endless heartaches using it. I'm thinking that's why Micro-shaft ditched it so quickly and went back to Windows. 7 seems to be better than the others, we shall see, eh?
Incidently, CompUSA is running a special at $219 on these netbooks, new. Screamin' deal. (I don't work for CompUSA)
Vista has been ok. The one real pain in the ass problem we've had is getting our older printers to work with it. I HATE effin printers (pardon my language)!! I have at least 5, and none of them are working any more. They seem to be good for about a year or so after you buy 'em, then poof. Some weird little error, or they wont recognize the ink cartridge, or whatever. Anyway, my daughter uses her laptop quite a bit for school, and needs to print things on occasion.
The one printer that has worked up until recently was a lexmark, but it would only print 2 pages, no matter what. But we transfer her file to my XP machine, and the printer prints the whole thing. I've tried different drivers & updates, but nothing fixes the problem. A friend gave me a newer hp printer, which worked great with her laptop (and Vista), but died last weekend & hasn't worked since.
I've been tempted to go buy another printer, but am SO reluctant to do so. They poke you so hard with them, between the price of cartridges, and the printers breaking & being unreliable.
So anyway, long story short (too late??), other than the weird printer problem, Vista has worked pretty good.