Why the sad face about something only for Windows 7? Ya, I know Windows 7 ONLY means you have to shell out tons of cash for Windows 7, but this operating system is actually pretty good for a Microsoft product. Not long ago, I wouldn't use any Windows OS unless it was XP. I began using Vista only out of convenience of hardware support but didn't like the slow down that accompanied it. When I upgraded to faster hardware, I began to forget that Vista was even slow at all and began to like it somewhat. Now that I have Windows 7 on my computers, I realize that this version of Windows is where Microsoft actually got it right.
I have found LOTS of cool things about Windows 7. You can run any program in compatibility mode for almost any other version of Windows. This means XP-only drivers and software WILL RUN FINE! Windows 7 is faster than XP. It is more feature-rich than XP. MUCH MORE SECURE than XP. Beautiful interface that can be modified and customized heavily or even dumbed down to Win98-style for performance on older hardware.
With Windows 7 you get Windows XP FREE. If your hardware supports virtualization, you can download a free copy of VirtualPC with Windows XP loaded on it.
My Acer Aspire 5535-5018 got a 3.8 for Gaming 3D Graphics in the performance index with ATI's drivers. With Microsoft's drivers, I got a 5.1 in Gaming 3D Graphics. Both with Windows 7. 99.9% of the hardware in my two brand spanking new laptops is supported on reboot from a fresh Win7 install. In Vista, I had to install a dozen drivers just to get everything working.
Win7 is the way to go folks. I hate saying it, but I am using it more than Linux lately because "it just works" like it should. XP was good, but XP is also a dinosaur. I feel like I am using Windows 95 when I use XP now. Time to upgrade and hop on the new technology. Microsoft is not even selling XP at all anymore except for Netbooks. Once Win7 is released, XP will be only a memory as will Vista.