I think reason 2 is a good thought because I work with laptop drives on a constant basis and I always pop those drive into my desktop puter so I can boot from that laptop drive so Windows can take advantage of the faster hardware. Sometimes activation issues have come up, generally if I haven't put the drive back into the laptop after 30 or so days. That could help, but then again, there is a window of 30 days so....More support for older (read XP) programs and device drivers. No need to have to buy new peripherals each time MS decides a new OS is due.
Ability to swap hardware and stay activated without calling MS.
Will take advantage of multi-core CPU's.
Lower minimum hardware requirements.
Built-in Star Trek channel.
#1 Apple does not provide any backward compatibility and that is why in many respects they are more successful. I for one do not want any more backwards compatibility. MS finally stopped supporting DOS and Windows 3.11, now let’s drop Windows NT, Window 2000 and XP so we can move forward to new things, faster, safer, better search, etc. in other words a better operating system.
#2 MS does the hardware change re-activation to slow people down from stealing the OS or miss-using it. They will not stop that unless you can get everyone to use the OS correctly, Oh wait you must not want to use it correctly or you would not be asking for this.
#3 Windows 7 does use multi-core CPU's and uses them well, however most of the software does not. So I think this should be directed to the software vendors.
#4 Lower the standard hardware, are you kidding me, they have already done this because of the disaster with Vista. No, No, No, with hardware so cheap now-a-days it is as low as it needs to be.
#5 Again, no, we have the internet, no need for Star Trek Channel. I don’t want the OS with too many extras, even though I am a huge Star Trek Fan. (and yes I am sure this was a joke).
Just my 2 cents - WS
I think navigating could be reduced. I installed the Developer Build on a friend's laptop and they were asking why you need to do all that just to shutdown. It's a little much honestly.