So I am working on this certain laptop, and am planning to buy it. However, it came with Vista home basic. Well, the other day I formatted the drive and installed XP MCE. NONE of the essential hardware worked (video, wifi, wired LAN, audio). Yes, I had XP drivers and yes they were a nightmare to find. I put Vista basic back on, and called it good. Later I decided that if I was to keep Vista, I should at least have a better version so I torrented and tried to install Ultimate. The installer froze at “Expanding files – 69%” and no way could I get it to move past it. I put home basic back on. The next morning I discovered that, upon resume from Standby, the resolution was bumped down from 1280×800 to 1024×768. Annoying. I tried everything to fix it to no avail. I put XP on again, and this time got almost everything working. Only thing: it would NOT resume from standby. I rely heavily on standby so I had to go to an OS that at least would resume. Here we go again. Put home basic back on. So far it seems to be working fine.
I hate OSes sometimes.