A very pleasant surprise Previous Windows versions I've used have almost always turned up with problems in the first week or so, but 7 has been very smooth. It's different from what I was using so there's been a learning curve, but that's been the case with every upgrade except maybe 95-to-98. And while 7 seems not to have as full-featured a search utility as, say, XP (if 7's search has a way to look for text inside files, I haven't found it), filling gaps like that is what shareware is for. In a way it brings back the days of Win95, before Microsoft thought they needed to cram every conceivable utility and functionality into the operating system. I actually like it better that way, but I can imagine most users might not agree.