Which is Windows A? Assuming it's XP Pro...
* Flashy new features nobody wants
zzz searching is ridiculously easy now, hardly use start menu at all, memory management works a treat, is much more stable than XP in my experience, and much more secure.
* Ludicrously expensive
Yup, still cheaper to buy a high-spec PC independently and Vista than a similar spec Mac.
* Free media shackles, you can't use HD unless you buy a new HDCP compliant monitor.
Yup, this will end up down the drain though, it's the main stumbling point for most techies I think, plus I can watch HD quite happily off my HDD.
* New performance features throttle your network speed if you play mp3s
? I play online while listening to music all the time, haven't noticed this and haven't heard of it before. Interested if it's true.
* 3D Interface to make managing the god awful Windows GUI a little easier, at the expense of buying a powerful 3D card and causing even more climate change.
As someone who games I have a powerful 3D card anyway. With the cost of 3D cards, it's dirt cheap to get a card that will handle Vista, you should really have a decent card anyway. That's of course if you can't be arsed stripping the eye candy out anyway which makes sense.
* New activation process, activate or we cripple your machine dramatically, even if you have a valid key that has been already used by a pirate. Unless of course you use Windows B SP1, which isn't released yet as that doesn't work either.
XP had activation which disabled Windows after 30 days, gives an incentive to activate quicker which is no bad thing. You would have the exact same problem if a pirate stole your XP key.
* Support for almost none of your hardware that hasn't been purchased in the last week.
Maybe true when Vista first came out, almost utter bollocks now for mainstream hardware.
* Annoying popups that appear all the time to reassure you that Microsoft understands the need for security.
No, because people constantly complained about insecure Windows that let users do a stupid amount of things without even warning them it might be dangerous. Whether or not you think this is actually a valid criticism it can be turned off in less than half a minute. Hardly a problem is it?
* Completely rearranged interface which is now more logical, even though you've become used to the illogical Windows ways of old. Don't worry, if you find it hard to use you can pay us to retrain all your staff, family etc.
So you're criticising it for having a better interface? Surely you'd have exactly the same problem migrating to a different OS completely? Try sticking a user in front of 3.1 if they've only used XP, then stick them in front of Vista, which will they find easier to use? Going from 3.1 to 95 was difficult, Vista's a baby step.