and, there are actually many reasons not to switch to w7
other than government snooping (yes I believe in conspiracies, call me tinfoil hat. I don't care.), what else makes XP superior to 7?
I was a fierce advocate of XP, and skipped Vista entirely.
I got 8 gigs of ram and W7 x64, and minus a few annoyances, most of which can be fixed, I've determined that it's as fast or faster than XP in every aspect.
-The new taskbar is horrid. I don't want a giant cluttered quicklaunch/OSX dock. Easily fixed, I reverted back to the classic style.
-The annoying UAC permissions system from Vista is back and annoying as ever. The good news is that this time, unlike Vista, it can be completely
disabled just by pushing a single button.
-Easily my largest complaint, mainly because you can't fix it yet, is that there is NO WAY TO TURN OFF AUTO-ARRANGE IN WINDOWS EXPLORER. Infuriating if you're a professional that deals with thousands of images and doesn't want to rename every single one. Desktop still allows custom arrangement of files.
Those issues aside, W7 is fantastically stable, fast, and the x64 version suffers absolutely no compatibility issues at all.