For everyone who echoes the “every other version of Windows” meme is good, have you actually owned every version of Windows up to now, at least back to 95?
ME and Vista both were vastly conflated, though they were ripe with issues, absolutely.
Living in the mentality that XP will live forever is foolish. Do you still use your first generation iPod from 2002? The laptop from that era? A desktop from that era? A television from that era?
In terms of Vista, the only point to be made there is that it’s been at least five years since that came out, many of the bugs were ironed out during that timespan, plus two new operating systems were released which mitigated the issues as well.
Now with 8, yes, the new environment is made for touch, but you know what? If you go into a store, many, many of the desktops and laptops now include touch. It’s amazing, the idea of hardware made for the OS.
Sidenote: If you did use Vista, ME, and you did indeed have issues, I can relate (at least with Vista) and don’t mean to undercut you if this sounds that way.