Hi All,\n\nSorry if my story goes on.....\n\nOn vistas release I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade, my current pc\nwas not really up for the task so I decided to build a new pc for the event.\n\nHardware:\n\nFoxconn 945 7MC Series motherboard\nPentium D 3.4Ghz Dual Core\n2GB Ram\n250GB SATA Hard Disk.\nSony DVD Writer\nMy current Happague PVR 250 PCI TV Card\n\nI originally wanted to go with Home Premium but due to the fact it did not\nhave remote desktop capabilities (as I remote acces alot) I had to go down\nthe Ultimate route.\nI purchased an OEM version of Vista Ultimate whilst purchasing the hardware\nfor my new computer.\n\nFinally the package arrived, I loaded the dvd into the drive and began\ninstallation.\n\nAll went well to start until the installation got to "Completing\nInstallation" then the nightmare began. At this point the computer locked\nup so eventually I rebooted to be informed\nmy installation had failed, no attempt at recovery at all (oh well, stuff\nhappens). So i retried the installation same thing. After about of day of\nsmashing my head on a wall I finally\ndiscovered that the problem was the APIC setting in the bios, After\ndisabling this the installation completed. I then reenabled the APIC setting\non the bios.\nPhew i thought, until I realised that vista was only using one core of the\nprocessor, even though two processors showed in Device Manager.\n\nAfter another 2 days of scratching my head, I gave up and did a complete\nsystem backup using the new vista backup system, and loaded my retail copy\nof Windows XP\nonto the machine, this time I had no issues and XP detected both cores.\nAfter running XP for a day I realised I had spent alot of money getting a\nvista machine just\nto do what my old pc could of done, and had done well without issue for\nyears.\n\nSo I bit the bullet again and did a restore of my vista (which I must say\nthe whole backup/restore system is top notch!) and my pc was back to where I\nhad left off a day ago).\n\nAfter another day of messing around I finally found the "Detect HAL" check\nbox in MSCONFIG and selected it. On reboot the computer locked up, I reset\nit and voila\nI was running 2 processor cores.\n\nNext came software install day, I had to repurchase my nero to v7.00 for it\nto be vista compatible and I purchased Office 2003 Home Edition to replace\nmy dated Office 2000, at this\npoint I also found out that alot of my previous software tools would not\ninstall, but nothing I didn't expect hay this is a new operating system\nisn't it ????\n\nWell I am at the point where I am installing each piece of software one by\none and one thing is becoming apparent I keep experiencing complete machine\nlock ups when installing certain\nsoftware, a system restore brings it back to live but tracing this is\nbecoming time consuming to say the least (I am nearly a week into the\nprocess)\n\nSurely software that has been 5 years in the making could of waited a few\nmore weeks/months to ensure it functioned correctly before release!!!!\n\nThis is by far the buggiest operating system microsoft have released, and no\nservice pack due to at least xmas ???\n\nIf things continue the way they are I will have to put this down to a VERY\nEXPENSIVE mistake and head back down the XP PRO ROAD\n\nA sadened, now pennyless user!