another Windows version is getting ready to roll, and maybe you've downloaded the beta version. If so, what do you think of it? Demand for the public beta software has been heavy - so heavy in fact that Microsoft has suspended the 2.5 million limit on downloads and will continue to offer the software for a further two weeks. If you fancy putting it through its paces take a look at this click here and see if your computer meets the minimum specifications.
If you're one of those people who think beta software is best left well alone perhaps you'll be interested in what the intrepid downloaders have to say - either way we hope you'll find this a helpful, informative addition to our forums.
I was going to go down that route but somehow I don't really get the feeling you are trying it out proper. So I created a partition and will install it there and dual boot with XP....well thats the plan anyway :)
pcmags... you can't say your computer doesn't run properly with Vista when you install on a Virtual Machine such as VMWare as its running within (XP?) and you can then assign it more resources (as standard it assigns 512MB RAM etc).
If you got a "Vista Ready" laptop i'm assuming its sold as a simple home or business laptop and wont be amazing specs (especially when the say its Vista Ready, as that means... it should just about work) so to try run a VMW computer running Vista from XP (or even Vista again) is generally quite a feat for a little laptop. (This is if i've assumed correctly). I dont mean any offence, i'm just saying as if thats all you've tried, then try again.