Share your Vista horror stories, win a Gigabeat MP3 player

Microsoft was forced to release a slew of embarrassing internal e-mails last month as part of a class-action lawsuit claiming that "Vista Capable" labels on computers sold before Vista was released were misleading. You can download all of the original e-mails here (pdf format), but the gist of them is clear: even Microsoft executives had trouble upgrading their computers from XP to Vista. While some were upset that their "Vista Capable" computers would only run Windows Home Basic, others had the same problems with non-compatible peripherals that the public had last year.

Are you a potential plaintiff in this lawsuit? You may not see any resolution (or money) for years — last week Microsoft attempted to postpone the lawsuit by appealing its class-action status. But if your story is horrific (or funny) enough, we're ready to ease your pain with a brand new 2GB Toshiba Gigabeat MP3 player (shown after the jump). Just leave your comment below by Friday at 5 p.m. EDT (be sure to leave your e-mail address in the required field). Best Vista sob story (it doesn't have to be about a "Vista Capable" computer) gets the player. Bonus points if you have a Microsoft corporate e-mail address.

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Thanks for all your entries and stories! We'll announce the winner soon. In the meantime, we wish you better computing karma in the future.

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Via The New York Times