I decided that I wanted a Windows 7 machine. I ditched Windows about 4 years ago and went to Mac. But Windows 7 promised to be everything that Vista wasn't. Intrigued, I dusted off my Dell 9100 Pentium D 3ghz 64bit system with 4 gigs of RAM which was retired to the closet about 3 weeks after installing Vista on it (Vista is the reason I went to Mac). So I bought my shiny new copy of Windows 7 and raced home to upgrade my old Vista installation. I drop the disc in the drive and it won't boot from it. Ok, no problem... I start Vista and double click on the drive to begin the install routine. Of course I get some cryptic error saying my version of Vista isn't upgradable with my Windows 7 Pro software. WTF? Frustrated, I call my buddy who works in IT. He comes over. After taking my machine apart, messing with the jumpers on the DVD drives (changing the master and slave) and making no progress... he whips out his thumb drive which is bootable and where he keeps various versions of OS's for work. He boots from the thumb drive (after going into the BIOS and adding it to the boot order) and mysteriously it starts to read from the DVD drive while it's installing Windows 7. He doesn't know why it did this, but we're happy all the same. Wow, talk about a great user experience. Typical Windows... that hasn't changed. Next comes the installation of my work applications (Office). That goes pretty smoothly until I launch Outlook. It prompts me for an exchange server and mailbox name. I enter it and it gives another cryptic error and closes. Today I spent about an hour working with our corp IT to get it working. Again... typical Windows. That hasn't changed. I try to find drivers for things like my Creative Labs Live! webcam... none are to be found for Windows 7. It feels like Vista all over again. I tried to install our corporate Cisco VPN client, of course that doesn't work with Widows 7 so I have to download some obscure open source VPN client that hobbles along in W7... but works. Then I decide to hook up my ColorMunki and calibrate the monitor before I install my photo editing software. Surprise... it recognizes the ColorMunki, then about halfway through the calibration it decides it can't find it. I reboot, try it again, and now it won't find the ColorMunki at all. I uninstall the software, disconnect the Munki, start over and finally it works... it gave some odd error while starting but I hit cancel and it continued on. Jesus. What a f'in nightmare. I am so used to not dealing with incompatibilities, cryptic errors and lack of drivers now that I've been using Mac's for a few years that I was ready to punch a hole in the wall. Then I realized, it's the same crap I dealt with when using Windows 3, 95, 98, XP, Vista and now W7. Little has changed. I think I will buy that 27" iMac after all. I was delusional thinking that Windows 7 might actually be as well thought out, streamlined and reliable as OSX 10.6... I had high hopes as I was thinking of buying a new Alien Ware system instead of the new 27" iMac. Nope, I'm sticking with Mac. I will say this, when it's running it's much faster than Vista. Vista killed my Dell, but Windows 7 runs quite quickly.