I've not been into computers for very long. The first operating system I experienced was XP Pro.
I used that for about a year and then went to a new machine and Vista 64 bit.
I just thought it was amazing straight away. It looked much more grown up somehow and it was compatible with all my peripherals so no issues there.
Everybody moaned about UAC but I don't mind it at all. It's a little bit of a hassle but nothing really and I've had no problems that I didn't cause myself in two years.( so it works)
Things got better after SP1 but I was fully up to date anyway so it didn't make that much difference to me.
Other complaints were that it used a lot of resources and was actually slower than XP and I agree with both of those statements.
But. I'd just got a new, much more powerful machine than I had been used to and to me it seemed faster than XP and more stable.
As such the XP vs Vista debate and the keep XP alive campaign were a bit of a mystery to me. I couldn't understand why anyone wouldn't prefer Vista.
For a while I dual booted Ubuntu and it's certainly amazing, very fast indeed, and the Compiz Fusion eye candy make Vista, W7 and Macs OS look fairly ordinairy.
Problem was I still didn't ( and still don't) know enough about Vista so I found the extra learning curve involved with learning to use Ubuntu too much.
I opened in Ubuntu less and less in the end I wiped it.
I hope that the same thing won't happen with this W7 Beta dual boot but for different reasons.
This is not a steep learning curve, it's ok, it's not that much different, it's got a couple of nice touches but nothing "wow" that I've yet discovered.
It fact it's a bit boring and I'm worried I'll stop bothering booting it cos I've got my Vista setup very nicely at the moment (new install).
Also it doesn't seem any faster or less demanding on RAM or CPU
I'm not sure it's even Vista 1.5.
It's more like some Firfox Add-Ons and a couple of new Google Apps.
I suppose moving straight from XP to Vista 64 was a bigger step than previous Windows versions. I don't know, wasn't there.
As I've said elsewhere I'm underwhelmed with W7.
Best wishes, John