You raise an interesting point. Seems as though when we finally get the OS the way we want it, M$ comes out with a new one and we have to learn/configure all over again.
When new OS's come out, we all go kicking and screaming to it, firmly convinced that the last was better.
In the old DOS days, when Windows 3.1 came out, I was firmly convinced for the first several months that DOS was better. Since the IT guys at work transitioned to Windows 3.1, I HAD to get used to it. And eventually I did. Then M$ came out with 95 (which I'm still convinced was the crappiest iteration). So I went kicking and screaming to 95, but eventually when the "b" update came out, I got it the way I wanted it.
But then 98FE came out just when I had finally gotten 95b the way I wanted it.
In that particular instance, I was glad that 98FE had come out and embraced it. However, they soon came out with 98SE, and that, as far as I'm concerned was the most stable, with the exception of XP.
I was very pleased with 98SE, and fortunately I didn't go to ME, which IMO was a disaster.
But then XP came out, and again I went kicking and screaming to it, and for the first few month I didn't like it at all. Finally, I got XP the way I wanted it and am still happily camped with it.
I haven't yet gone to VISTA, but will be forced to it when I get a new machine. Likely I won't like it at first, and will become one of the many VISTA bashers. But I suspect I will get used to it . . . maybe even like it . . . and then just as I get VISTA configured the way I want it, 7 will come out for public use, and that painful cycle will start all over again.
It's human nature to always fantasize about the "old days". Somehow we always think they were "better", but that often turns out not to be the case.
"I don't know what's wrong with these kids these days . . . I don't know what this world is coming to."
My parents said that about my generation when we watched Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan show. And I said the same thing when my kids were growing up. Now my kids are saying it about their kids. Seems as though every generation says it about the next.
In reality, things always wind up better, though they do take a crooked path sometimes.