I finally got around to installing my Windows 7 beta and while visually it owes a great deal to vista, under the hood some nice features have been added, and more importantly, they seem to work - especially in the areas of home networking, media streaming and file management. Also, the UAC has been tamed! Of more interest to me, system management has been enhanced and the 25 minute hands off install was nice too. Thus far it runs stably and surprisingly quickly. Whether it will reverse the damage caused by Vista is another question of course.