I think nostalgia's getting the better of you. Don't remember the joys of MS-DOS configuration, Windows 3.1 and Word blowing up and taking your document with it, Windows 95 crashing when you plugged a USB device in, or XP using much more memory than 2000 for some unfathomable reason (themable GUI?) and driver BSODs? I do.
In fact, out of the early lot, I'd even dare to say that Windows ME was probably the most reliable for me. I might have had the one computer configuration it worked well on.
However at least you could control what happened. Windows 10 just updates and takes your work with it and spaffs adverts in your face.