I've never understood the Vista hate to be honest. Other than the fact that it comes in 8 or so different versions, it works great for me.
I used to love Vista, but now it is becoming annoying, plus it keeps BSoD in sleep mode for some reason.
Also with adding a partion, I came accross a problem with shrinking my OS (C:) drive, and also are Recovery (D:) and the two blank partitions needed?image is xbox hueg!
i wouldnt delete that recovery partion. when you get a virus that destroys windows on you its your last option. without it you would have to go and purchase another copy of windows (if you couldn't fix the problem of course), or try and get a recovery disc from your system manufacturer.