Both Win7 and 8 have their upsides and downsides. I moved onto Windows 8 back in December from Windows 7 and I don't regret it (my work laptop still uses 7). People moan about the new start menu, but in reality, you don't have to use it (I've always pinned my applications to the task bar since Win7. I've also downloaded a start menu replacement app called Pokki which does a great job of being a start menu - although I very rarely use it because everything I use constantly is pinned. With Windows 8.1 coming (I've tried the preview build - but my Anti-Virus killed it due to incompatibilities so back on standard 8) it gives massive improvements to the desktop experience. Something as simple as seeing your background through the new start menu makes this so much better. Along with allowing smaller icons and renaming groups, 8.1 certainly makes the desktop experience better. The biggest upside to Windows 8 is performance. It's far, far better optimised than Windows 7 (which after SP1 overtook Windows XP as my OS of choice). Those still on XP really do need to move on as their systems are almost definitely being held back by it. By the time 8.1 comes it may overtake Windows 7 as my favourite OS.