It's 2008. Why am I looking at stuff that could have been put together on a IBM PCjr? The file loading screen is one of the first things you see when you install Windows, and it's terrible. OOBE? And, god forbid something goes wrong with Windows...you're immediately staring at 1988.
Look, I'm sure this is hard to fix, but I guarantee if any engineer tried to tell Steve Jobs OSX had to look like this, there would have had a short elevator ride in his future. It's fixable, and that's the level of commitment MS needs to have about the UX of its OS.
I don't have a copy for Win7, but from some screenshots it appears some progress has been made on some of these issues (the windows boot progress bar appears to be 24-bit+ color now, bravo). Just need to take it ALL the way.