my English might be a bit suspect at times but when I read in the link "Lacks features such as xxxxxxxx" that are available in edition yyyyyyyyy then IMO it's not a FULL version (or have I mis understood something).
It appears that it can't make DVD movies which was one of the features I think the OP wanted.
Actually Nero 7 still works on W7 (x-64) included. Any later editions are just bloatware of course. If you are used to NERO then stick to V7 and don't get any later release.
Note that if you need to mount "Virtual CD's / DVD's" then the Nero drive image doesn't work -- hasn't since VISTA. For this type of software use something else like ultra iso (or plenty of others).
When I need to encode a video file to burn to DVD I use "ConvertXtoDVD". I don't like menus. I like for movies to come on as soon as I put them in the player so I disable them. It's not free but it works great.
Using Nero 9 atm and like all of you i hate their smartstart feature.
Never was much of a fan for the nero express either, but its always possible to open up the regular Nero in the start menu and from there i can't see that Nero has made any significant change since around v7
And in several versions you can disable the smartstart installation and get rid of it altogether aswell as select what parts you like to get the burning software you want.
But as said, if you like v7 and wish to stick to it, by all means, do, but v9 isn't that different if you set it up right which again isn't that hard doing a custom installation.
However the free Nero out there (yes Nero has released a free v9 Nero called Nero Essentials) it SUCKS, don't get it. Its like Photoshop Elements, its a nerfed version missing just about everything which makes Nero good. Better to buy a proper version and get something good than go for something bad.
I wonder if there is any good opensource burning software out there though.
If you want just burn the basic, Windows 7 has the utilities to burn audio and MP3s (WMP), Data (Explorer) or ISOs (Windows Image Burner), If you want some advamced tools, I recommend you use Ashampoo Burning Studio!.
I was using XP x64 Edition at the time. I set it up to encode and burn a movie then went to bed. The next morning when I tried to shut off the program I got the BSOD. It actually happened twice. I haven't left a movie encoding and gone to bed since.