Find one that adds DX10.
Find one that adds support for SSDs and not just trim.
Sure they alter the core but this would be an overhaul and a half!
Windows 98 vs 98SE. Windows ME for god's sake!! Vista isn't unusual and nor is it half as bad as people make out.
In fact if people had stopped whining right from the start then the real tech support would have worked. The problem with Vista wasn't anything to do with the tech it was the media trying to make a quick killing. If they'd STFU then people would have been looking for a solution instead of a scapegoat.
Vista has been fine since service pack 1.... similarly to XP in fact. There's no good reason it shouldn't work perfectly fine now.
Errm huh? I hadn't heard that Vista was up for the chop imminently.
Oh and if you'd bought XP64 then you'd still get updates well into the future thanks to it being server 2003 under disguise!
Ah well that's where you're most wrong, Windows 7 is like Vista version 2. It keeps a whole slew of the features, just made lighter and less "new".
Basically Vista was all new, all shiny. People screamed they couldn't find their arse with both hands and a flshlight so they made Windows 7. It keeps the shine... well most of it but it also is easier to adapt to.