I am currently running vista on a "vista ready" laptop. I don't use the laptop as I bought it for an old contract, and figured I would download a vista release off bittorrent and run the 30 day trial of Ultimate to see if I wanted to buy it. First off, the install is a breeze. It took a little while, but it requires no interaction once you get it going, which is a nice change. After install, I noted it is much prettier than XP, but not necessarily $300-$400 worth. After playing around with it a bit. It really seems to me like XP with a paint job. I realize that deep down, the OS has some fundamental changes, but looking at this from the perspective of the average user, I simply do not see the difference. It just looks like skinned XP. The best thing to me is the handling of larger icons. For my aging eyes, this has really helped and made using windows a bit better. The scaling is much better than in XP. That said, I will wait to buy it until I buy a new computer with it preloaded, or build one and get it at OEM cost. But even at OEM cost I may debate it. So, if you have used Vista, what is your though on it? Even if you haven't, do you plan to upgrade to it if it costs you money?