Yes, but the last time I looked, I had 400GB+ of HD space .. The last timer I looked, new PC's were coming with 160GB+ HD's, and 1GB of ram.
5GB OS is bloat, but that's not much of a valid argument anymore.
You can't expect to run a brand new OS on 10yr old hardware. Even KDE (linux) has alot of fancy stuff included by default .. and takes awhile to load, on recent hardware.
Similarly 400MB or ram isn't huge either. It's new OS, and like WinXP it has higher requirements than the previous OS. XP was an exception, it had a rather long life, since Vista was so much more complex. Obviously hardware caught up in the 5years since it was released.
I also remember 98lite & xplite before it, for those those who's hardware wasn't quite up to the task to run it fast enough.
Why would you turn it off? It's an excellent feature to prevent unwanted changes to system variables/fies.. although I am curious why it needs to ask you several times for the single program execution.
I will point out that Linux requires you to enter the administrators password, rather than just clicking OK, for any changs which affect the OS/user settings. Are you disagreeing with linux? And what would you propose as a solution to all these nice little hacks & worms which seem to be reaching out into technophobes computers?
I think the OK button is an excellent idea.
Same as XP. We've just had it good, Since development time of Vista has been excessive (for an M$ OS).
I will point out that I have repeatedly installed ATI drivers on Kubuntu Linux, one of the most user friendly, apparently, to find that's its using default Mesa drivers, a step up from Vesa drivers, but not much, or the monitor resolutions are incorrect, or the desktop size is larger than the monitor resolution ... all problems which require getting down & dirty with a command-line to resolve- > No happy point & click to do it for you.
Vista is certainly NOT a mature OS yet, not that I'm suggesting winXP is either, and Vista is not for the faint hearted or technologically illiterate, but it certainly seems at least as stable as WinXP, and if you have decent hardware, will not harm you.