Here are the issues that I am most concerned about:
1. Recognition of hardware.
2. Use of 64-bit - I have heard that use of the 64-bit versions simply makes the issues compounded
3. Being able to use the following titles:
A. City of Heroes
B. World of Warcraft
C. Neverwinter 2
D. Unreal 3
F. Any of my older legacy games
How real were the compatibility/driver issues?
How is the 64-bit version?
Is Microsoft moving quickly to address the issues that have been reported, in your opinion?
Also, which of these versions should I get? Why are they so goofily divided and expensive? Am I missing out on much if I just go with the Home Basic -- just to be clear, I now run XP Home/Pro with pretty much all of the eye candy turned off. I'd like a very minimalist sort of desktop. I like the functionality of Vista, but I would like it to basically feel as much like 2000 as is possible.