I recently bought a new laptop with Vista. Doesn't seem to be any problems and it doesn't seem to work much differently from XP (Changes appear to be mostly cosmetic to the non techie user). It even came with Elements pre-installed (The fact that I went out and purchased it a month earlier is neither here nor there! ) and when I first went to run it, it told me it was not compatible with Vista, but it directed me to where I could download the relevant patch and all was well! On the debate of self build v off the shelf - Self build ain't much good if you don't know how to (Which the vast majority of the PC buying population don't) and especially if you're a laptop user!