Walt Mossberg says his Vista startup experience was pretty horrid because of the tons of ads and other things that OEMs load onto the OS. They do that to try to make a few extra bucks on each machine sold. Microsoft can’t stop them because the DOJ made it impossible to push around the OEMs and keep them from ruining the startup experience.
Solution? Buy a Macintosh. Buy Parallels. Buy your own copy of Vista straight from Microsoft.
That’s what I did and I had none of that junk. I also paid a lot more than Walt did for his Sony.
I wish OEMs offered “Naked Vista” for, say, $50 more than if I took all the advertising. I would recommend such a machine to all my friends who can’t afford to go (or who don’t want to) go the Macintosh route.