I absolutely agree with your first point, Jeff. I actually editied my post to include both system functionality and aesthetics; I inadvertently focused on the visual aspects of Windows 7 in my original post. Unfortunately, you replied just before my edit was submitted.
I just wanted to add in that if anyone had a chance to read my post from page 6 I mentioned that I have all 3 OS'es in use presently and even though I do consider W7 my most liked Windows, I really do like W10 very much as well. Its vastly superior to W8 and reminds me a lot of W7. The only things that bother me are few minor things like Windows Sounds are off by default, the confirm dialog for deleting (recycle bin) which I turn back on (because I hit the del key sometimes accidentally and delete files without confirm) but these are minor gripes I can live with. Some people need sounds and confirm delete dialog. I am not sure why MS decided to have them off by default ... very strange.
The only beef I have with W10 right now is the unavailability to remove APPS at ease, without using PowerShell Kari method and risking corrupting something in the O/S. My goal is to be able to remove Xbox, Music, Photos, People, and etc as I will never use these apps and I worry about their vulnerabilities as well. If the PRO W10 version allows us to defer Windows updates then the Pro/Enterprise W10 should allow us to remove these unwanted APPS. I hope this is true in the RTM of W10. I am sure business are going to want to suppress the Windows Store APP in the business environment, so I believe if you upgrade or purchase W10 pro as a home/avid user you should be able to remove these. I submitted a request, I hope Microsoft has something in store.
I want to use an OS that was made this decade.
8.1 has been amazing. I've began to warm to 10.
I always hated 7.
I take back what I said, initially, about Windows 8.1. I have just installed it on my main PC as a dual boot with Windows 7 to assess its true performance (instead of installing it on a Virtual Machine only). I've also installed the Classic Shell program and I have undertaken a few other interface modifications to make it feel more familiar. In essence, I now believe that it's definitely superior to Windows 7 in terms of operational functionality; moreover, I actually prefer the user interface, too. I'm a convert!