Win98--OK after the patches
Win Me--A disaster
Win XP--OK after patches
Win Vista--A disaster
Win 7--Pretty damn good right out of the box
Win 8--A looming disaster
Microsquish is batting about .500 and sort of abandons a lot of legacy programs.
Fortunately for me, my experience with Microsoft's OSs are: 3.11, 95, 98, and XP. Appears I tend to skip the crappy ones and adopt the reliable older version only when I get a new 'puter....