Well if you look at past trends, there has always been an "upgrade" edition of everything for a reduced price. You could have started with say, Win 98 and bought upgrade disks thru the OS's to XP, or Vista if you would've upgraded the hardware. I definately see a Windows 7 upgrade disk on the shelves when it comes out. Also, Vista isn't terrible or anything. It's just...ahead of it's time in a sense. People just don't like the fact that the computer they bought back in 96 can't run everything. And they believe everything they see on TV (Mac commercials). Also, the different flavors are supposed to be for different budgets, and the "basic" editions will run smoother on your economic machines, and you wouldn't really care for "media center" or "home edition" in a business environment just the same as you don't need domain joining capabilities at home unless you feel the need to run a server at your house, in wich case you probably would be smart enough to know the differences. XP had more than 2 flavors also. You had XP Home, 2 versions of XP Media Center edition, XP Professional, and XP 64 bit edition (yes, it was separate). Win2k had different versions, aswell as Win2k3, WinNT, 98, and I think ME did too, however I never touched it. It's to be expected that Win 7 is to be better than Vista, because it's newer. Also, just because it came out so quick doesn't mean it's because Vista stunk, XP was an enigma, a failed business model. Remember back in the day that Microsoft was shooting OS's out like a gumball machine, XP just managed to go on for 8 years because, at its birth it was supposed to be the end. You were orignially to pay an anual subscription fee for activation and updates like SonicWall or Norton or McAfee. They just gave up on that and decided to see how far they could go, then Longhorn came into business and evolved to Vista. And to add to that, did anyone pre-beta Vista? Totally different system. It's still possible for Win 7 to flop, remember we gotta year to go and we are several builds behind. We boot fast because we have stripped down versions, wait until the water wieght fills in.