I thought Microsoft and HP were supposed to be friends. Microsoft acts like it. HP claims to be all about Vista. The Windows sticker on the front of every HP box would lead you to believe it. Yet their software doesn’t play nicely with each other.
My folks have an HP machine and printer. Recently when trying to launch the HP Director software (Director is a portal to all the printer settings and functions), the cursor icon would show busy for a few seconds but then nothing ever appeared to launch. CTRL+ALT+deleting to the task manager shows the application running yet no icon appeared to access it from the taskbar. It was running in the background but in no way was Windows going to let you access it.
IE7 hates Director. There was a comment on the posting announcing the Virtual PC image for IE6 to the effect of if the browser wasn’t so integrated with the operating system such a thing would never be needed. It was then mentioned that IE7 wasn’t as integrated as previous versions. Well, it’s apparently integrated enough to break other applications. Not like pressing ALT+space then minimize (twice!) to taskbar just to get access to a program isn’t inconvenient at all.