Yes, actually. Hours upon hours on any given day you'll most comonly find me staring at my laptop, with a sick-looking grin on my face as I slowly lose my mind to the pretties of Aero... But in reality, vista is designed to give up its resources FOR other applications, to enable them to run faster. Most of what vista is using of your system is actually to speed your programs up. For instance, on my lappy ALL my programs start drastically faster in vista then they ever did under XP. There is zero wait time between double-clicking the FF icon and it being open. It litteraly takes longer to DL the start page (BT, obviously!) then it does to open the program up. This is true across the board for the programs I use. Plus I just don't even bother with an AV or firewall, as vista takes care of everything itself (the UAC has stopped more than one virus, which I was able to just go and delete without hastle). That is why I switched all my computers over.