hi to you all, Thanks for all your help,i have not installed vista yet,i think i will wait awhile till microsoft have cleared some of the bugs that i believe some people have found to their regret,i am quite happy with xp at the moment, thanks, freeland.
"cleared some of the bugs" - Vista is fine, very stable, and no more buggy than XP. I wish people would stop spouting this line: it's nonsense. The issues you might have are with drivers, which is not Microsoft's fault; and for some reason doing an upgrade install isn't guaranteed to succeed.
Must support Kate B on this. I have been running Vista since January. It was a clean install and I have had no problems at all with it. You often find in this forum that just a few people are making a lot of noise about Vista while the silent majority are quite happy.
Certainly your RAM is a bit on the small side for Vista but when I used XP I had at least IGB RAM to get the best out of it.