Today, on the day Windows 7 was released, my Vista installation decided to do me a favor, and remind me why I hate Windows and Microsoft so much. I had booted Vista on my HP Pavillion dv2-1010ez for the first time in several weeks. While I was working, it decided to download Vista SP2 and announced that it was ready to install. Once I got home I decided to go ahead and let it install - if I am going to have to use it from time to time, I might as well let it keep up with updates and Service Packs. It thrashed around on the disk for a long, long time, then announced that it was done and I needed to reboot. When I let it reboot, it thrashed around for another very long time before shutting down, then finally rebooted, and thrashed around for another long time as it came back up again. After all of that... ready... it announced that the Service Pack didn't install correctly, and it was going to be removed again. It then thrashed around for another really, really long time, and asked for another reboot, and thrashed around again, and finally staggered up to the login screen.
So, what is the state of this laptop now? I don't know, and I don't care. I suppose that what all the dedicated Microsoft loyalists will tell me that I should rush right out and buy Windows 7, and I was stupid to have ever bought Vista in the first place (even though it was the only option on this laptop). One thing I can absolutely, positively guarantee you, though. All of this absurdity does NOT make me want to give Microsoft even more money in order to buy what they themselves say is "what Vista should have been". This time I'll wait, rather than set myself up to be called "stupid" by the Microsoft fanboys. We'll see soon enough how totally awful Win7 is, and how the real fixed, superior, absolutely wonderful operating system will be the next release from Microsoft. then I'll pass on that one too, thanks.