Out of curiosity, what do you require of Ctrl-Alt-Del? I don't even use
it anymore at home and at work I do the three-finger-salute only at boot
time to log in to the corporate domain.

Regarding "I can isolate the bad things in XP pretty fast. In Vista it
will likely be a task I don't have time for.", while things have been
rearranged in Vista, it is mostly just a matter of finding them once and
realizing the new arrangement makes sense. If that's too much bother,
hit the Windows key & start typing. The search-as-you-type finds things
quickly. Example: Event viewer: Win-Event should bubble Event Viewer to
the top of the list or the traditional way: Win-Control Panel-System and
Maintenance-View Event Logs. Of course you can always switch Control
Panel to Classic View.

BTW, you could set up an XP/Vista dual boot. That would not be
destructive. Here's how:
http://www.windowssecrets.com/2008/02/14/01-Make-your-computer-dual-boot
-Vista-and-XP

For your Word issue, install the Office Compatibility Pack available at
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941b3470-3ae9-4
aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en


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