Say what you want about Windows Vista. Say what you will about Microsoft. One thing is for sure: they are trying to shake the bad image and doing whatever they can to do it. Is it working? So far. Someone came up with the great idea of having Windows 7 house parties. In my case, I decided to have ours at the Personal Computer Museum on October 24th. Will it work? It has already peaked the interest of many people who want to come out and take a look. It's always better to get a product view from someone you know directly and trust, than to read a review from a stranger online.
The other thing we are going to do is show Windows 1 (and just because they are already there, Windows 2, Windows 3 and Windows 95). The entire slew of early Windows programs will be there, just to show how far we've come. Which is a lot in some ways.... and not that much in others.
Don't take my word for it, come out to the museum from 10-4 on October 24th. At the very least, have a coffee on me.