Compared to windows 8, 7 is a dream. We bought a machine for tHe brewery that came pre-installed with 8 and OMG it is a nightmare. It is a huge, clunky mess. Huge bugs that don't have any fixes. And we tried to install 7 on the machine but you can't get the particular drivers you need. They are forcing you to move onto windows 8.Yeah, I'd love to hear the thought process behind Windows 8. They finally made a decent version with 7, why try to reinvent the wheel at that point?
Every time MS comes out with a decent OS, they release a new version that is largely an update to the previous version, but just works worse. 95 > ME, XP > Vista, 7 > 8. Glad my hardware (and software) should be stable long-term so I can stick with Win7 for a while.
Microsoft is stuck in a mindset that makes it believe it is competing directly with Apple. Windows 8 is another step down that path. They are convinced everyone wants a gesture controlled interface on every platform but what works on your phone isn't likely to be a good fit on your PC.
In the old days, we always said "never trust and even numbered DOS. Not much has changed except it's more difficult to identify the crap now. You just have to figure out where you are in there product cycle.
Win98 (Pretty good)
WinXP (After the first year - Very good, very stable)
Vista (calling it crap is too kind)
Windows 7 (good OS, Stable)
Windows 8 (I can't imagine who thought this was a good idea)
Maybe project Blue will fix it again.