In 2005 I purchased a well specified Windows Media Centre 2005 computer based on Win XP. It sometimes works well, but usually is flakey. By this, I mean it does not work like a normal item of consumer electronics - it works like a computer (which is what it is, so why am I surprised ). Having said that, the interface is a DREAM compared to the clunky old fashioned look I get even with a modern Panasonic HD/DVD Recorded. I am tolerant of the quirks, picture freezing, updates and other issues, but for family use I found it to be totally unsuitable - they were less than thrilled to miss 3 mins of Dr Who due to reboot. To solve the problem I added a Panasonic HD/DVD recorder and everyone except me just used that and lived happily ever after. I put the problems down to the Media Centre concept with XP software not being ready for ordinary users. I am now thinking of changing to a new Sony Media Centre (i.e 301 or 302)running Vista but before I do, is the experience of users here that the new operating system resolves the problems that I experienced - I should reiterate that it was not a bad experience (I actually liked tinkering with it) but it was just not suitable as the centre piece of a family Home Cinema system. Is it all working now with Vista or do you still need brace yourself for problems and angry users?! Are there any other pre-built big-brand media centres that can be recommended - systems that looks like a hi-fi/cinema component not a computer. I hesistate to say budget no object, but I will pay more for better/more reliable. Thanks for any help.