This weekend I uninstalled the RTM of Windows 7.
Whilst I could have probably got the glide pad and sound card working with Vista drivers (had I spent enough time on the Dell website lying about what system I had to find the current versions of drivers, rather than just the aged XP ones listed under Inspiron 9300), what killed it was my Kaiser Baas Dual DVB USB tuner wouldn’t play ball: driver appeared all ok, device recognised etc… but it just wouldn’t detect any TV channels anymore. And for a media centre PC that’s just not on. And with a limited window before it’d miss recording Play School and earn me the scorn of my sons, I pulled the plug and dug out the Vista RTM disk (yeah: do you think I could successfully download the with-SP2 version from MSDN this weekend? Of course not).
This is the only time in living memory I’ve upgraded a PC without pulling the old HD as a fall-back, and predictably it’s the one that bit me in the arse…
Mind you, a fresh install’s made it feel pretty snappy again, Vista or no.