I know, I took almost 100 shots before the battery ran out. But I got an extra battery for when we go on trips. I still have a lot to learn about the camera - but I'm enjoying even that.
Unfortunately downloading directly into the computer from the camera is exactly my problem - it just won't let me do it. I have, literally, spent hours on the phone with Nikon, got their updated software and it still will not work!! It's extremely frustrating. But I have talked to several of the computer specialists in the area (who want upward of $175 to come over and hook it up) and they tell me even they are having a difficulty with it. BTW, I have read some of the input from other camera - brands - owners who have said they have had the same problem with XP.
"It takes two people to do a painting - one to do the painting - the other to kill him before he ruins it!! (source unknown)