I bought the *61 with Vista Business and have been using it for a couple months. As you see with "*61", the handwriting still has a lot to bam. Team. Learn. (see?)
I have suffered lock-ups almost daily and suspect Vista, although I only today reseated my memory.
Journal came with Vista, and my daughter with an XP tablet likes the new Journal a little bitter. I re-wrote better 10 times just now and Vista never recognized it accurately. Finally I printed it. 0 K, maybe I write like a doctor, but the handwriting recognition learning feature in Vista is overrated, I'm telling you. Forget about handwriting recognition as any replacement for keyboard entry except for short, structured tasks.
If I had it to do again, I'd wait for XP to come back.