> i can still run a DOS app on win 7
Yeah but you can't run XP drivers. Which breaks perfectly functional, excellent quality, EXPENSIVE, old hardware which quite a lot of us have.
One of the main reasons many of us had for using Windows was that you almost always used to be able to run your old stuff on the new stuff.
Now they just arbitarily break things on every release, introduce crap that everyone sane hates and release far too often.
My XP machines will be running until I die. In 2038 I'll reset them to 2000 and carry on (assuming I'm still alive). I've got spare motherboards, disks, graphics cards, etc. etc.stockpiled (One of the advantages of the sheeple upgrading when they're told is I get to buy perfectly functioning quality hardware for peanuts)
I run a PC to run the hardware and software I want to use. Not to "experience" the latest desktop metaphor thought up buy some 13 year old hipster who has no fucking clue about what an actual usable, productive interface looks like.
Personally I'd really like a 64 bit DOS based machine which would boot up to a truly minimal set up (kernel, access to hardware and filestore etc.) then just let me run the software I want.