I bought this stick and was very sceptical about getting any digital reception, as I've no external ariel access in my bedroom. I I've tried other digital sticks before, but the lack of signal has let me down more than anything. Recently, I got a new PC with Vista (32 bit) and my old Pinnacle PCTV no longer worked, as I couldn't find a Vista driver. So I bought this, then realised it doesn't say it's Vista compatible - well, let me assure you it is. I never installed the software, however downloaded the latest driver - it also asks for the disc. I use it with Windows Media Centre and it picks up loads of channels. Windows Media Centre has lots of timer options, which I use regularly. The ariel I use was a tenner from Tesco and has a mains booster built in, which you can adjust the booster gain strength - I always have the booster strength turned right up.