Unless I'm missing something (and I sure could be), XP seems vastly superior for a typical netbook. - Drivers: XP is seems to be much better, for example my HP 3015 multi- function printer will not fully work with win7. I don't know if I would trust older apps with win7 either. - System requirements: Why worry about running more than 3 apps on win7 starter? It seems like most win7 netbooks will be straining to run even run one. XP requires 64mb or RAM, with 128mb recommended, win7 requires a minimum of 1GB of RAM. XP requires a 233mhz processor, win7 requires a minimum of 1ghz. I have also read that Win7 burns up batteries faster. - Support: Msft has promised to provide support for XP until August 2014 - That's about 4.5 years from this writing. BTW: I still use win2k, I think it's the best OS msft ever developed. But msft dropped support for win2k many years ago. - Win7 does not seem to provide any "must have" features. Please correct me if I am wrong about any of that.