Maybe you're right... With luck, things will get better with the 1st of what will probably be a long line of service packs. I've been using it for a few months on a laptop that shipped with it, and other than being surprisingly sluggish on what should be a very fast system, it has worked fine.
I was a systems admin when ME came out, and agree that it was a total disaster -- after a few encounters, I just refused to work with it. ME equaled reformat. I don't have that impression with Vista.