Gomvents. Everything you say there can be said of
WFWG, Win95, Win98, 98ME, 2000, XP, XP MCE ...
Every new release promised that you could do things better. But when you think about it: browsing, using a spreadsheet, emailing, poking and tweeting it really is just a cosmetic change. In reality Windows upgrades are like boob jobs and bottox.
SSDs being improved with W7 does not mean that W7 is a miracle cure. It just means that previous versions just didn't have the right software and there was no desire to create them.
It's exactly the same with plug and play printers which was the big feature of Win95.
With WFWG / W3.1 you had to plug in a printer and load drivers up else the O/S would not know what to do with it.
With 95 you could plug it in and W95 would say
'Found Epson MX-80 ... insert driver disk'
This was seen as cool and that the O/S was an all seeing, all doing wonder. How did it now what a 10 year old printer was when connected to it's parallel port? Magic!
The truth is that the O/S was doing nothing special. If the coding was there it could have been done with early versions of windows. But then there would have not been another candy treat for upgrading.
I don't mean to go off on one about this; I don't mean to rain on the W7 parade. But this 'way better than Vista' line which is going round is just like a film trilogy.
Make a great film, then a rubbish sequel, follow up with one as good as the first and everyone is happy.
Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengenace
Oceans 11, Oceans 12, Oceans 13
XP, Vista, Windows 7