That's right, after battling against the Vista demon for a couple of months, I slay the dragon by writing right over the top of it with a dual-boot XP/Ubuntu configuration. Vista went down howling, screaming and blowing fire from its nostrils. I emerged triumphant and the townspeople were grateful. Once again their software worked, their machines stable, more than 5% of their CPU power available, and their power management once again functional. Rest in peace evil dragon. May you never again terrorize the Earth with your fancy interface and DRM.