The conventional wisdom promulgated successfully now by Windows 8 defenders is that Windows XP was a terrible OS for the first two years after its release and was widely hated.
Nice bit of historical revisionism, but I was there. Windows XP was very much appreciated and many people looked forward to it and were not disappointed. After the vast failure of Windows ME, the stability and ease of use of XP was a major relief.
Being the first consumer release of the NT kernel to the masses, XP brought a lot of changes, nearly all of them good.
People didn’t care much for the Fisher Price interface, but unlike Windows 8’s Metro interface, it was easy to change.
Interesting how things become common knowledge that are utterly, utterly false. It happens in politics, too, but rarely do I get to see it so close up.