I just installed the Microsoft-leaked beta of Windows7, and its pretty much just like Vista so far. At least, as far as I can tell. Its pretty fast, but no bells and whistles are turned on because I havent even installed the proper display drivers yet.
Im installing hardware updates now, and then hopefully Ill have a better idea. The install is on whats left of my last machine, not a VirtualBox like my Ubuntu and XP installs. I mean, I may throw it on a VirtualBox later, but I figured itd be good to try the new OS on a distinct system.
update: lookin pretty good – Windows just found the proper drivers for the video card and autoconfigured the monitor properly. Good Job. And its still pretty speedy on this old system. Seems, at least as far as the Explorer goes, as fast as XP.