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No. Windows 2000 introduced Active Directory, which was a significant departure from the NT 3/4 domain model. It was much more than the 98 GUI on NT.
I think 2000 was the real high-water mark for Windows and Office both.
More importantly, Vimes is always determined to maintain himself and those under him as officers of the law (even though no one knows what the law actually is) who do not (for example) just kill the accused, even if ordered to. This becomes very important in many books, including Jingo, Fifth Elephant and Night Watch.
He's still the coolest character listed, though.
Actually the US daytime talk show evil has spread. Oprah, Springer