Re: New Wheeze
" It was designed and implemented for single CPU single core 32 bit PCs with less than 1GB of RAM"
XP worked fine with multi-core CPUs. The NT kernel had always been designed to support multiple CPUs. The 64bit criticism is more valid, XP 64bit is actually fine, it's based on Server 2003 (OS version 5.2) and server 2003 64bit is a decent OS. The problem as you've mentioned is drivers, hardly anyone published drivers for 64bit XP.
I'm personally fine with using Windows 8 on my home PCs. I like how quickly it starts up and I like the changes made to the desktop UI, particularly around dual monitor support. However anyone that claims the start screen is OK is either working for Microsoft or only has 5 programs installed. It's fine if you can remember the name of the program, you just hit windows and type same as you do on 7. When you have no idea about the name and all you can remember is which sub folder of the menu it's supposed to come under, you are in trouble also using the whole screen isn't a good thing when a menu is spread over the entire screen it takes longer to move your mouse from one side to the other.
All in all Microsoft have kind of ruined Windows 8 by reputation. They've fixed it up as best they could in 8.1 now they need to draw a line under it and get Windows 9 out