I agree that Win 7 is perhaps too flashy, but it easier to use than older versions because it rarely blue screens or locks up, and is fairly intuitive. The best OS for stability use was Windows NT; I could leave mine on at work all the time, and the only time it needed to be rebooted was when IT needed to do software updates. However, when doing more than the simplest operations it was not intuitive. Most people only need to understand the basic file handling operations in Win 7, and can skip all the advanced stuff; I rarely use any of the fancy display options except for the Show Desktop icon. Stability is the big bonus for Win 7. Both XP and Vista were terrible.