1. After wrestling with bluescreens due to Symantec Antivirus incompatibility, Aero transparency goes away soon after every startup, and I don't know how to get it back.
2. The operating system itself is less reliable than applications. Explorer is crashy. The IE7 beta is mildly crashy; I've had it quit once in four days of intense usage, which was typical for IE6. Firefox 1.5 is solid as a rock.
3. Applications compatibility is pretty good, with isolated exceptions. WinZip 10.0b works perfectly. PowerArchiver 2006 doesn't. Symantec AntiVirus.
4. Vista is quite the memory hog, draining about 1% of the 6-cell battery on my Dell Inspiron 6000 per minute. This is a notebook with wireless networking (802.11b) and WUXGA (1900x1200) at full brightness, but I don't play music or video when I am not plugged in.
5. The GUI is less cumbersome than I first thought, but it still opens folders in the same window instead of in their own windows, and I can't find the option to change this. (This used to be in "Folder Options" for every folder.)
6. There is one problem that is driving me nuts: I call it the "jumping cursor" phenomenon. As I type in web forms (e.g., LiveJournal), every dozen lines or so, my cursor will spontaneously jump to some other spot in the form. At first, I thought this was related to the "cursor lock" problem on Dell Inspirons, where the touchpad just stops functioning in Windows for a few seconds, but this typing problem happens even if I have a USB mouse plugged in.
Edit, 12:00 CST Sat 04 Feb 2006 - I'm still trying to get the IT Helpdesk to get back to me. They never answer my e-mails, you know. DCE not only doesn't answer, but tells me when I cc other people and then phone them that they figured the other person would take care of it! Grr. Time to republish the User-Centric Manifesto, I guess.