Tony, Win 7 is a fine system If you think MS is having a hard time getting rid of XP, wait until the try to get rid of 7.
But Win 8 is not another Vista. Vista actually IS better than XP if you have a powerful enough computer--and most people didn't. 8's problem is the huge learning curve with the Metro desktop, but once you learn that, it is a good OS. And it is easy to bypass Metro completely and use the classical desktop.
Part of the reason vista failed was the fact that the current time of PCs weren't powerful enough since not everyone wants to buy a new PC or parts for a new operating system. However, Windows 8 has a learning curve. The question is, will an initial learning curve be trumped over versus buying new hardware?
Computer Type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number ASUS OS Windows 8.1 Pro CPU AMD FX 8320 Motherboard Crosshair V Formula-Z Memory 16 gig DDR3 Graphics Card ASUS R9 270 Screen Resolution 1440x900
Keyboard Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard Mouse Microsoft Touch Mouse PSU OCZ 500 watt Case A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic. Cooling Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes Hard Drives 1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
x2 3 TB Toshibas
Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB Browser Internet Explorer 11 Antivirus Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
And that, Coke Robot, is why MS has released this beta version so early. They want people to get used to the Metro Interface while there's still time. And, I predict that they will make it even easier to get to the classic desktop, which will greatly lessen the learning curve for 7 users.