There are a lot of Vista haters, a lot of people who still use XP, and a lot with Win7 as well. Which do you prefer and why?
I like XP the best, mainly because I never upgraded to Vista due to all of the known issues, and I never got around to getting Win7. Overall Win7 may be the best Windows OS however, because I don't hear much wrong with it.
Vista is better than people think it is. Besides being a little clunky, it is still the basis for 7, and everybody loves 7! XP, at this point, is being phased out and doesn't support some newer software. It can't do DirectX 10 and 11, which are essential for the latest games. Also, Vista and 7 look cooler and have many additional features, along with easier networking.
My order of OS prefernece: 1. Win7 2.Vista 3. XP 4. Mac OS X 5. Win2K
To be completely honest though, I base my opinion of Vista on my experience with one computer. My friend had a Vista that he was kind of locked out of (long story) and I played with it for like a year before we finally just put XP on it xD That is, aside from the ones we've had in the shop, but all I've done on those were installed drivers and freeware... (and the OS itself)