Going from 98 to XP produced many issues as well, where as XP to Vista 64bit was a smooth transition. All of my programs worked.
My thoughts exactly. Most either don't remember what it was like when XP came out, or weren't around to have to worry about it. Remember when SP1 came out? Most people didn't even know what a firewall WAS much less why it was keeping so much software from working. LOL
Also, going from 98 to XP and having it run well meant you needed almost 10 times the memory, which for many people meant a new pc. That wasn't nearly as bad when going from XP to Vista.
The speed increase between Vista and 7 isn't noticeable, as is the memory use improvement. I've run both on my netbook just fine. Of course, with Win7 we got the dumbed down Windows Live suite, the annoying Libraries and Homegroups.
I'm fine with W7, it's just laughable when people think it's much more than Vista. It's Vista with a couple of years of patching, they're practically the same.