I know at least two people who’ve recently bought laptops with Windows Vista pre-installed who returned them that very day. When we realized what a PITA installing XP can be on some of these new laptops (with new hardware and unknown drivers, etc.), it was the only thing left to do.
Toshiba, it seems, feels our pain, as the new Satellite T31 laptop that just debuted comes with recovery disks for both Vista and XP recovery disks, which means drivers for both OSes. Awesome.
The laptop itself isn’t too shabby, with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo proc from Intel, a 15-inch 4:3 LCD, and support for up to 4GB of RAM. The other options are build to order.
Toshiba T31 [Akibahara]