Jay, I would not install Vista straight away.
I have a quadcore PC with a 9600gt nvidia and 8gigs of ram, and to be honest, Vista is never as stable online as XP was.
Also like it or not the NC10 is built around XP Service Pack 3. Which is the most common and one of the best OS available IMHO.
Do what you want but you should see how happy you are with XP first. Don’t forget installing more ram and the Vista cripples your warrenty.
I would seriously take my advice on this and wait and see how you like XP and what the machine is designed for. 😉
I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, and granted, the first sentence is all your opinion. I’ve been running Vista since RC2 and it has come a long way. I feel no difference in speed between Vista or XP. Also, why would you have 8GB of RAM? Are you running a 64-bit operating system? Because that’s a waste of 4-6GBs and money. I also don’t understand why you’d say that Vista cripples the warranty – if you need warranty work, you open the slot and exchange the RAM and format back to the old OS. It’s honestly not that hard, and not as bad as you make it sound.
So Jay, I would seriously recommend that you choose the OS that you’d prefer to run. I preferred Vista and I’m not have ANY problems.