I have been trying to solve a boot problem here on the Forum, sadly without success, so it looks like I stuck with getting a new PC.
As all of our software is written for XP, I'm reluctant to get a system using Vista (also heard so much negative feedback about it). Can anyone suggest a supplier where I can find good quality/value and XP please?
. . . give Vista a try. It's honestly not all that different from XP which again isn't all that different from 2000, ME, 95 and other varieties. Moving from Win 3.11 to Win 95 was different I will say that.
Anyhow, you'll have a small choice of XP suppliers but someone will advise you where to find it if you're so determined to live in the '90's (OK, 2001 for the pedants).
I've said it before but you don't often get people writing in anywhere to say "I'm happy with Vista" (or anything really), people generally write in with a gripe they want to get aired, often thinking they are unique, have been treated unfairly or can't find their own resolution to their particular problem.
One exception to this general rule is this posting click here on your very own PCA forum. You'll find a lot of "Ayes" amongst a few dissenters.
As for me - 2 Vista PC's since Nov '07 and happy with both. No crashes, no BSODs, everything installs and works, but IMHO you've got to be sensible in what you do or try to do with any OS. I'm sometimes at a loss on these forums as to how people get their computers in such a state as requiring some of the more elaborate fixes and reinstallations suggested.
I agree with your comments re Vista, but as griffo already has XP then the cheapest option is to reformat and reinstall. I am still using XP because I do not have any problems, but if/when the time comes to update my OS, I will have no qualms about getting Vista - at least, no more than I did when changing from ME to XP ... LoL