We got a new laptop at work with Windows XP. Our company like so many others wouldn't touch Vista with a 12-foot pole. Not sure how much good that policy is doing us; I got three BSoD's in 15 minutes. Thanks, Microsoft!
Yesterday one of my coworkers asked me to look at her laptop. Power was on, but there was a nice black screen and no response from mouse or keyboard. I put it out of its misery and rebooted. Thanks, Microsoft!
Couple days ago, I turned on yet another laptop and was greeted with some kind of "RESUME FROM HIBERNATION FAILED" message as the laptop froze. Took it out back and shot it and rebooted. Thanks, Microsoft!
I came in to work this morning and my desktop machine gave me a screen on which my desktop wallpaper showed, my mouse cursor was present and responsive, but there was no login window. Wouldn't respond to keyboard commands, CTRL+ALT+DEL, ALT+F4, nothing. I ended its life and rebooted. Thanks, Microsoft!
I ended up teaching everyone at work the "If your computer is completely unresponsive, hold the power button down for 10 seconds" lesson. How sad that this should be necessary. All of our machines at work run XP and are kept quite up-to-date on patches. Some are old, some are new, and they span a wide variety of brand names and hardware configurations. Our IT guys seem very competent and on top of things. And yet, the computers are fickle and crash-prone and I often hear complaints about how unresponsive and unreliable they are.