Well I installed Windows 7 x64 today. Didnt spend alot of time with it yet. But I will say if you dont like the Vista interface you will despise the W7 interface as well.
The install took half an hour maybe 40 minutes. I can install xp on the same machine in about 15 minutes on a formatted drive. The install was easy and without much user input needed. Naturally after getting to the desktop there was already 15 updates that downloaded automatically. I know theres more as well that need to be downloaded manually. After installing the autoupdates the machine stopped at a black screenwith a working mouse cursor. A hard shutdown and reboot fixed it. The start menu uses the same silly system as vista. Some options that should be easy to find are not. They are still protecting people from themselves. Everything opens pretty snappy, but hey what fresh install doesnt. I tried to use remote assistance for kicks and it told me it was broken and asked if I would like it to try fixing it. Naturally I agreed. After a few minutes it reported that perhaps a firewall was blocking it and asked if I would like it to try fixing it…um ok You would think it wold be smart enough to open and close the firewall as needed. Anyhow it reported back that it had repaired the firewall and remote assistance should work. Well it didnt…Ill try again tomorrow