I'm glad that the one computer I have running Windows 7 is using the release candidate version. Why? Because, I wouldn't pay for an operating system that is obviously still in beta testing.
I was in the electronics section at Wal-Mart last night looking for gift ideas when I happened upon the only laptop that was powered up. It was running the all-new, shiny, latest and greatest Microsoft OS - Windows 7. In front of God and everyone, I simply clicked the "start" menu and waited... and waited... and nothing happened! I clicked it again and the darn thing locked up. I walked away.
I know I'm not the originator of this analogy... but... if you were at a car dealership, the salesman gave you the key to demo a brand-new car, and it just simply wouldn't start... would you buy it? Mind you, the battery works just fine, the radio sounds great, and there is plenty of gas in the tank... would you buy it? Unfortunately, I know in my mind, that there was a high probability that someone in that crowd was still going to buy that computer. Why? I suppose ignorance, stupidity, or both are to blame.
I'm just thankful that I have the mental capacity to install a known, working OS on any computer I end up selling to another person. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Microsoft. XP works just great for me. I'm sure they'll fix 7 eventually like they did XP after it first came out, which is the reason I didn't buy it until 2 years after it hit the market. But, I definitely frown on this shoddy business practice of shelling out a new OS before all of the major bugs have been ironed out. Whats even more sad is the fact that I don't have these problems on my other two computers that are running on free operating systems.
It is what it is, I guess. What do you do about it?