The new Content, Restriction, Annulment and Protection (CRAP) subsystem built into Vista is another reason to stay away from it.
Leaving aside the political issues of CRAP, this is what users of Vista will be treated to:
Executive Executive Summary
The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history.
This document looks purely at the cost of the technical portions of Vista's content protection. [...] However, one important point that must be kept in mind when reading this document is that in order to work, Vista's content protection must be able to violate the laws of physics, something that's unlikely to happen no matter how much the content industry wishes it were possible.
Read the whole piece, its hilarious.
The "remote shutdown" capability for device drivers, if true is a reason enough to not buy Vista in any form or shape.
Microsoft: Shooting itself in the foot. One toe at a time.