Vista is not crap. Good lord. It needs some fixes, but that doesn't make it crap.
I've never heard of that problem, its probably not the fault of the operating system since the time and date are kept in the BIOS.
I've been running it since I got this laptop in February, right after Vista was released. I've only had ONE major problem with it, and that was from a program conflict. I've fixed it since, and have no problems at all.
I've heard rumors that it affect mostly people who've upgraded. Another one is its caused by Nortons... or some other flavor of the day vendor.
I've never seen it myself but then my experience with Vista is limited. To me its like listening to juicy gossip "Did you hear that so-n-so did xxxx What trash!" LOL
Honestly the few machines with Vista on it that I've dealt with worked fine once the hardware was fixed, but they were all nearly brand new HP'* too. (I do not work for HP - LOL)
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a few fixes? they managed to make it a bigger resource and storage hog than XP, with worse performance, and hardware/software support, along with the useless interfaces and warnings. with no real new features that i don't have in XP...