One more update:
All printers and scanner drivers have been loaded, tested, and work great!
CS3 loaded and works great!
MS Ofc 2003 (Word & Excel) loaded and works great!
Reloaded Avast and it works great!
Now for the other stuffÖ.
Eye-one display 2 failed Ö.
Spyder 2 failed Ö.
Thereís no way in hell that I like the ďnew improvedĒ email and will just continue to use the old system on my XP Pro machines. Very minor problemÖ
Did some more research and found that Spyder 3 has been released (yes it runs on VISTA 32/64) so just ordered it $198 w/shipping.
All told this little experiment has cost me the price of VISTA Ultimate ($250) and a new color calibration tool ($198).
The system has been up and running now for 2 days and it appears to be running faster than it ever did in x64. I opened CS3, loaded all the updates, set my preferences, open a couple images and just generally kicked the tires a bit this afternoon. Iím impressed! If thing keep going the way they are I think Iíll finally have a decent stable system to do my work on.
Tomorrow I still have to load LR and 1 or 2 other programs.
One of the great things that happened when I ordered this system from Dell last year is that it came without any bloat-ware Ė I installed all the programs I wanted and didnít have to uninstall any that normally comes with the computer. Might have helped that I ordered this through their small business sectionÖ..
Okay enough for now. As I told a good friend of mine earlier this evening Iíd rate the experience so far at around 9.25 out of 10.
Thank you all for all the responses and advice given, it looks like Iíll be sticking with the PC after all!
Best to all
I thought that eye-one had new vista 64 drivers available?