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...just today, according to the NPD groups' weekly tracking service, Windows 7 software unit sales in the U.S. increased 234% over Windows Vista's first few days of sales. "A combination of factors impacted Windows 7 PC sales at the outset, but the trajectory of overall PC sales is very strong leading into the holiday season," said Stephen Baker at NPD.
no you couldn't install vista on your 8 year old computer and expect it to run as fast as your 8 year old OS on your 8 year old computer.
vista was made for more modern hardware, and if you didn't have it you shouldn't be running it.
I guess with w7 MS decided to keep those people at bay this time by making 7 more friendly to slower hardware.