@ LH - ta, love your "Sarah is a Vista woman !" :)
I have Vista on my main machine, 7 on my second pc and 8 on my laptop (hate that laptop anyway <LOL>).
I can't bear to touch the laptop, will restore an image of Vista on it as soon as I actually need it.
W8 is terrible. Very nice for social media and the likes, but if you actually want to get some work done it's a disaster.
And excuse me but it just looks horrible - doesn't that bother anybody else????
W7 isn't a favorite of mine either. It's actually slower than my Vista (even though I have far more programs installed ánd running on Vista and the W7 pc has more ram) and Vista just looks a lot better. I think a lot of the complaints over Vista result from the fact that people upgraded XP machines to Vista and then got disappointed when their old stuffy machine couldn't handle the new OS. On a machine with the right specs Vista is a dream.
When it wouldn't be possible anymore to run Vista I think with a lot of tweaking W7 will eventually do, but W8 ...
I'll never go there. Curious to see what MS comes up with in the future or maybe some other OS will make a big leap after the MS-failure called W8.