I love my 7.
I liked Vista-- never used it before they fixed it with the later service pack, so I didn’t get to experience the horror stories. But earlier this year I downloaded the 7 demo, and was hooked from the get-go. Streamlined, intuitive, faster, easier… *better *(and nooo, not just a “service pack” for Vista; far from it).
Alas, my computer’s hard drive crashed, and I ended up getting a new computer that had Vista on it until I could get my 7 upgrade disc in the mail, so I was back to Vista for two months.
Lemme tell ya, that SUCKED. Vista is fine if you’re using it up from XP; going from 7 back to Vista is painful (I couldn’t even imagine going back to XP… got XP at work, that’s plenty punishment enough, thank you very much).
Anyway, there are a few quirks here and there that could probably stand to be fixed or tweaked in the coming months, but the functionality out of the box is probably as good as you’ll get with any software, if not better (heck, most PC games I have need three patches to be even playable– 7 worked great from the moment I installed it).
The only downside? The HP “free” upgrade disc I got in the mail was defective. After a couple hours trying to get work, I finally said screw it, and bought a new copy through the MS site. Just over an hour later, everything was installed, my Vista was upgraded to 7, no issues at all.
So, since I paid $120 for my copy and am very happy with it, I’d run out the door now for a $30 copy…