Thank You Mouser!
Your posts have given me a lot of insight into Vista from a coding perspective. It will probably prove near invaluable in the future, as I'm pretty certain there will be more apps down the road that will need some effort to get working... So far every program I've tried that was designed for Vista has had major issues getting the thing installed and working properly.
As far as Vista being good or bad I'm a complete realist, & don't mind any extra effort staying that way.
Vista will take over eventually or it won't, & I hope to be prepared either way. Linux doesn't offer the apps I need, and Apple's too expensive, so either Vista will be another ME and Mouser's lifespan will remain stable, or it'll be the next XP & I can only hope he'll develop exceptional stress management skills.
I think Vista having 2 install scenarios borders on insanity, but what do I know? I have only had to deal with turning UA whatever on to get a program to install -- not write the D*** thing to install whether it's on or off... Unfortunately in at least a couple of apps the programmers failed.
I do want to also thank those who've posted about being slammed for speaking out against Vista. For a while there threads in other forums got a wee bit carried away, with folks challenging one another to see who could get shrillest just to see their words on screen. I hadn't realized the pendulum had swung the other way, so I will no longer ignore (with an expletive or three) most threads with the word Vista in the title.