So the good news is that my taiyo yuden disks just arrived, and I can now make error free copies of my home movies. what joy. Not sure why the disks that i have got with phillips embossed on them should be so appalling, but I got 100 of these super ones for 40 quid incl p&p from verity systems (£27 before).
The bad news is that I just discovered that windows dvd maker is good at making my machine reboot, often requiring a safe mode start up to recover from the shock, but not much use at making anything else, certainly not a 160 picture slideshow.
I understand that I can do everything, including slideshows and burning DVDs with my vegas 9 which should be landing any second now. Home videos are great of course, but you can get people who dont even like you to watch your slideshows with some decent backing music, and they take minutes to knock out, as long as you dont try and use microsft media tools to do it!.
70 quid on an oem edition of vista home premium, easily the worst buy of this whole upgrade proceedure.