I musta missed a hell of an OS with Win7 but when I've touched it I haven't felt that way.
Pure nostalgia glasses. We went from WinXp (shit) to WinXP Service Pack 2 (FANTASTIC OS!) then to Vista (SHIT) where they tried to change everything all at once and fucked up networking, sharing, filesystems and USB plug and pray. Windows 7 came out and they took a step back and fixed a ton of shit, held the bloat down and compared to Vista it looked as if the pure embodiment of light that was Steve Ballmer touched you and blessed you. Hell I had Win7 running on original Pentiums it was that slick; no way Vista was going to pull that one off. Win7 also went easy on admins and people running big networks, fixed a shit ton of security stuff and thankfully killed Vista once and for all.
Windows 7 was great and did good things. But the fuckup that was Vista is what people remember more than the stuff that Win7 fixed. If you ever used Millenium Edition, then went to XP, same thing. Me sucked. XP on release was not much better, but it was not ME so people liked it and put up with it.
I pay extra for Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows. I should not have to fight my software every fucking update cycle. Those of us here in this thread? We are not the normal people using this stuff; we need our computers to do actual work and be productive. The people I work with? Some days I wonder how they can operate a car or turn on a TV much less navigate a computer. Most people, the extreme majority don't give a shit about Windows, Apple, Linux. They want to punch a clock, do whatever it is they do to grind for a paycheck then go home and watch netflix and do facebook. How many people build their own machines? 1% of the user base? Maybe up to 5%? We are a rounding error, at best on a good day.
And since Silicon Valley is out of any and all ideas that do not involve throwing ads and "play stores" in your face to maximize stock value, we get an ad platform that also works as an OS.