Though I surely have been happy with Vista, things came to a head today and the answer to the problem in my case of not being able to validate my software is very very simple. Here's why. I purchased Windows Vista Home Basic and then Windows Vista Home Premium via the Digital Locker on the Windows Anytime Upgrade Site. Turns out that I can not upgrade from Windows Home XP to either of the two Windows Anytime Upgrade purchases I made over the Internet. Windows Vista Upgrades are (believe it since thats the word straight from Microsoft) are for people who Vista retail and then want to upgrade their copies of Vista to a hiugher version. Sound dumb?? It sure is because as I pointed and Microsoft admitted they do not say that anywhere on their site. This ends up being half the problem. Microsoft finally got Arvado (a Microsoft Services Company on conference call) and Microsoft told them in no uncertain terms to refund my period no questions asked. Then Microsoft says I have to go out and buy a retail copy of either Windows Home Basic or Windows Home Premium as the retail copies are the only ones that can upgrade from XP to Vista. What this sounds like to me anyway, is someone was asleep at the wheel when the homework was assigned, as this really is rathera large embarrassment to Microsoft. Since the obvious question I asked, was I the only one this has happened to??????????? Answer, not hardly. So for those who may not know this, if you own XP and want to upgrade to Vista the only way this can be done is to buy the retail box of the Vista you wish, and no other way will work period according to Microsoft themselves. It's not the formatting and reformatting and installing and reinstalling that gets me, it's the obvious that gets me and thats that in way shape or form is ever explained anywhere on the Web Site where I purchased this from. So I hope in the long run this will help others to get the right thing the first time, cause I sure made a big mess for myself.