Real men use XP. They keep bloating the whole OS since Vista...more background processes doing god knows what sneakily in the background and hogging your system, more bloat in the video department w/ that pesky Aero hogging the VSYNC, more bloat in the audio engine...like forcing you to set a fixed sample rate, now who came up w/ such a retarded idea?? m$ are just doing it wrong, they wanna market the MacOS ppl. Not to blame them, these are the ppl paying for software....they want a dumbed down GUI, m$ delivers.
Many ppl prefer KS in XP over WASAPI in W7, duh.
W8 should be out soon enough, maybe they won't screw up again...many ppl prefer Vista over W7 too hah. I'm the local admin of my box, I want to control each and every background process running on my system.
Real men DON'T use XP, seeing as it has no more security updates. Also, you can turn off Aero, and control every process. I should know, since at one time I had only six running on my netbook. Also, you keep talking about having to set a single sampling rate in Win7. But, WASAPI bypasses that. Mine's set to 24/96, but I've tested it to output 16/44.1 when I had a file playing via WASAPI.
Many people? o.O Who are these people? Were they blind tests from the exact same hardware? Not through emulation layers?
Windows 8 should enter beta in July 2011. Also, polls have shown that many people prefer Win7 over Vista/XP. And you can control each and every background process. It's called the services applet.