You say your video is on tape so I presume you are using a mini dv camcorder. Did you use the Firewire connection to connect the camcorder to the computer? If you did then the video should have been captured as an .avi file, which you then edit and when you are happy with the way it looks and sounds (I have never used PowerDirector - I must download a trial version sometime and see what it's like) you then burn it onto a blank DVD. Download a 30 day trial version of Adobe Premiere Elements 3 and see how you get on or any of the popular editors listed on this forum. I've gone back to XP aswell, apart from all the hardware I have connected up to the computer working on XP, it is much faster at starting up and shutting down aswell. It's disappointing that after a year, Vista still hasn't won more people over.