Summary: In keeping with Microsofts habit of producing a hit after each miss. Win98 after 95, XP after Millenium. MS unveiled Win7 after Vista (and, obviously, before Win8...) After living with it for going on two years now I'm still happy with the product. In fact I just bought another copy for a new machine I'm building even though Win8 is the newer, shinier OS.
Pros: Solid OS, Odd numbered, Not Windows8
Cons: Needed to upgrade a lot of software & hardware because of the difficulty in obtaining updates or drivers compatible with the OS., Difficult (but not impossible)to run Litestep (or other replacement shells) due to the revised structure of the OS
Summary: I recently bought parts for my new rig and I was trying to decide which Windows to buy. Win8 is praised for its quick boot times under SSDs, but some users seem to dislike it when it comes to its looks and crash issues. I pulled the trigger on Win7 again because it has a much wider Internet knowledge database, lots of time behind it that allowed for fixing and patching many issues, a non-tactile design, and overall, it's supposedly a more stable operating system than...
Pros: Reliable, Older database of knowledge than Win8, Fast when installed on SSD