I hope you can solve your problems but considering the relatively small community here compared to the whole of the interweb and the fact that this is a photography forum I doubt that you will find the answer here. But I hope I'm wrong.
Late December 2006 I was sent an article from here: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/p ... _cost.html
The version then was dated 28 December 2006. It has been updated since.
It was written by someone who had done his homework by reading the full specs (at least of the whole DRM part) of Vista so the guy knew what he was talking about. And early in the article he wrote:
"The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history."
An excellent line that succeeded in grabbing my attention and that helped to make me read the whole article. I am glad I did. It is definitely worth reading.
It became clear to me that the DRM functionality that was so deeply embedded throughout the OS and had nothing to do with making it run better (quite the opposite) would totally cripple Vista and would introduce innumerable problems that didn't need to be there. It is an OS that simply is not designed for/in the interest of the computer user. Period!
After having read the full article the future of Vista was clear to me. I made a few predictions at the time, even before Vista had actually been released, to the sender of the article about how the big manufacturers (Dell, HP, etc) would pressure Microsoft into keeping XP in production because they would want to sell PCs to their customers with XP instead of Vista. Which is indeed what happened.
So when I tested Vista, I guess a little less than a year ago, it didn't come as a great surprise to me that I was hugely unimpressed with it. I had taken the precaution of installing it on a separate freshly formatted disk with which I temporarily replaced my regular drive which I didn't want to be messed up. I kind of expected Vista to be wanting to do all kind of unspeakable things to my hard drive and all the signs were there that indeed it did. So I'm not surprised that LahLahSr tells us how much trouble he had getting rid of Vista. It is the nature of the beast that it wants to take full control of your system and doesn't want to let go. So I didn't expect it would play nice with the other operating systems already on my HD. All my systems are multi-boot.
It is highly unlikely that I will ever use Vista. If Microsoft comes to its senses (which will take a while) and produces a normal OS again that will be in with a chance but otherwise I can live with XP for many years to come.