I never touched Vista for obvious reasons. Went from 2000 pro to XP pro (purchased an upgrade & full version for two scratch built machines) and now have 7RC loaded on a dual boot. This new OS is very good so far & I intend to switch over after service pack #1 has been released (don't like being a beta tester). Hear me loud and clear Microsoft... give me credit (some kind of $ price break) for being a loyal OS customer or I'll ignore Windows 7 just like I ignored Vista. No kidding folks!! Don't care if a clean install is needed, I'll copy my important files as I have always done. But work it out so that during the install, I pop in my disk from the old copy of Windows XP and the clean install proceeds as an upgrade at a lower price. This may be a problem for some, but let's face it, most of your new OS sales for 7 will be OEM versions on new machines anyway. Don't make us suffer because the folks in Redmond had their heads up their buts for a short spell. It will be wrong to try and recover your losses on Vista, on the backs of the consumers, JUST WRONG!