Exactly :) I never used Vista, so Win7 took me a few weeks to get used to. I did read a few articles about the main points and differences, which made the transition easier. XP was good if you made the effort, Win7 is considerably better if you make the effort.
Incidentally, your default restart option is only one click if you take the trouble [approx 15 seconds] to set it. R-click Taskbar, Properties, Start Menu tab, Power Button action.
Win8 "on everything" is MS marketing at its hypiest. I assume they got screamed at by their hardware customers for an alternative to iOS and Android for the tablet market. But of course they'll try to max revenue from it.