Actually, if I were starting from scratch right now, I would be doing Mac or Linux. However, I have too much M$ skin in the game.
The worst thing with computers is "You don't know what you don't know." They are intuitive only after you've learned quite a bit. If a new user starts now, he or she doesn't see a Start button that says "start," and without instruction, will be running around the Internet trying to get to first base.
I'm in the energy industry and I take it for granted when mentioning inverters or REC's. No one on the planet who's not in my industry has a clue what I'm talking about no matter how intelligent they are because it's not about intelligence but learning building blocks.
I was certified for NT4, then came Win2000, XP, Win7 and now Win8 with Win9 coming next June. If I looked under the hood today, I wouldn't know where the engine was. I gave up M$ as a livlihood when I had realized I would have to be doing the equivalence of getting a Ph.D every time a new operating system came out (and my job like so many others was outsourced). Now they're coming out every 2 years and it's insane! Having a Ph.D, I think it's harder to pass Microsoft Certifications for MCSE and it's not even that--your basic blah Ph.D is only done once.
I'm all for progress but not for progress' sake. Personally, XP was all I would ever have needed in my lifetime. When I was forced to move over to my Vista computer and make my XP computer into a doorstop because XP security updates stopped 4/8/14 and it would have cost me more in upgrades, programs, memory and cards (as per Windows 7 Advisor) than a new computer, which would still be better no matter how much I fed the dinosaur, I had erroneously assumed that Vista et al would be a simple transition. As you can see by my first post, it's anything but. One's migrational success is relative to how much he/she knows.
Even the help menus are frustrating. They send you to a plethora of internet sites where it's often hard to find your specific topic.
Fortunately, there's BC and I'm impressed how much help I've received here.