I have windows Vista and i'm definitely not going to upgrade to 7, not with having to reinstall everything. I don't like the theme of windows 7 either, i prefer Vista because it gives you the icon and the title in the taskbar rather than just the icon. It looks like they are all just quick launch icons when some of them are genuine open windows, so it's hard to set aside which is which. i prefer a smaller task bar at the bottom, and if the operating system doesn't give me a boost on FPS actual in-game performance then i'm not interested, and i'm talking about 10 FPS + not 2 -3 FPS more. I have 4GB of ram so i overcome the ram bottleneck that Vista taxes the ram so i have plenty of ram when playing games.
if you want icon and the title in the taskbar then you just right click taskbar and tell it to never combine in
properties--you can also tell it to use small icons there as well