dear blue, please do not link opinion pieced that do not offer any comments section so that we can properly inform the editor they are wrong.
Windows me was a bit of an unstable mess. I liked it in some cases because it featured all the updates in a single install. windows update took for ever to work, if it did.
On the other hand to think windows 8 was bad is just plain retarded. No seriously that editor needs to be fired. You MAY not have liked the Metro touch interface, even though to this day we still have laptops with touch displays who are hobbled by the LACK OF.. but under the hood Windows 8 had everything good about windows 7 and more. If you ignored METRO, it was still a faster and more stable windows 7 with new features.
As I have lived through them all, Windows ME was probably the lowest point, but honestly windows 95 and 98 rounded the entire year out into what was actually a pretty horrible OS. For all the features it brought to us, it had just as many bugs and exploits. Things were soooo bad that people actually turned to windows 2000, which was NOT a consumer level OS, it was the next version of NT for businesses. However because businesses needed something that wasnt going to crash every 15 minutes they had to make the OS a little more robust. XP came out of the gates and fell on its face, but recovered and finally beat out windows 2000 as a better OS (my conversion point was a strange performance issue on need for speed underground 2 that did not fix itself with a fresh install. I decided to go to xp and never turned back).
When vista came out it was eventually windows 7 beta. A lot of windows was re written and it featured much needed security updates, but stability took a hit. I personally had no problem with it, but I won't ignore the many others that I read about. Windows 7 was the final version of vista, windows 8 added an interface as well as features under the hood that made windows a good tablet usable operating system (Boot times that didnt suck and more low power modes supported. FAST BOOT! )
Honestly windows 10 is just windows 8 with the metro screen shrunk down, and just the usual incremental updates like dx 12 and a much better update program.