after nearly a year with vista pro 64, I had to do an OS reinstall, and vista never worked right again, doing a microsoft update, then rebooting undoing it, then redoing it.
I bit the bullet and put in win7 pro 64.
Everything is fine, but the NIC goes into error mode with every sleep and every boot. I can turn off all sleep options, but I have to delete the nic in device mgr, do a scan for new hardware, and then it all comes back. Not acceptable because I need a perm IP address and not dhcp. I am not on site except when called in, and it seems stupid to try to teach non-techs how to delete the device and rescan for it.
So, I believe it's a driver issue. This is the driver details from device manager
Intel PROSet Version 184.108.40.206
Wake on Magic Packet is checked
This pc acts as a peer file server so should really never go to sleep or idle. I've changed the powerplan to never sleep.