Nearly six months after it launched, gripes over what doesn't work with Vista continue, eclipsing positive buzz over the program's improved desktop search, graphics and security.
With Vista now shipping on most new computers, it's all but guaranteed to become the world's dominant PC operating system _ eventually. For now, some users are either learning to live with workarounds or sticking with Vista's predecessor, Windows XP.
Chris Pirillo is geekier than the average user. He runs a network of technology blogs called Lockergnome, and was one of several "Windows enthusiasts" Microsoft asked for Vista feedback early on.
Still, Vista tested even Pirillo's savvy. He fixed the hobbled printer and other problems by installing VMware, a program that lets him run XP within Vista. But when his trial copy expired, he decided the solution was too clunky _ and too expensive.
He "upgraded," as he called it, back to XP.