I “used” Vista for the first time yesterday. Norton Internet Security was doing its usual trick on a friend’s laptop (i.e. completely preventing internet access – secure, admittedly, but annoying). I disabled it, popped on Windows Firewall… and then found that no major “free” firewall software yet works with Vista. Hey ho.
Vista *looks* good, but a) software compatibility is lousy, b) hardware compatibility is lousy as you’ve discovered and c) it does everything that XP does, it just needs twice the hardware to do it and make it look pretty at the same time. So what’s the point?