I have been using Windows 10 for some years now and have never seen "desktop level advertisements". I feel like I am missing out on some H8 here. Where are my desktop level advertisements?
Seriously though, I am gonna miss, well, did miss, Windows 7, sort of. Some really old hardware I was using did have vendor driver support for Windows 7 but not for Windows 10. To be fair, the vendor pulled driver support for Windows 8 because the hardware was 12 years old then and failing in ways people were constantly attributing to driver problems. So the vendor just gave up on the old stuff and focused on drivers for the fast-moving Windows 8 to Windows 10 infrastructure changes. Same thing happened with other hardware in that same computer when I went from Windows 2000 to Windows XP then again from Windows XP to Windows 7. ISA Ethernet and sound cards gave way to PCI replacements, Then the AGB video card gave way to a PCI Express replacement, which needed a motherboard change and that needed a CPU and RAM change. Etc., etc....
I considered using one of the many Linux distributions but the "support" there was saying "You have to use the right hardware, so piss off loser." Yeesh. I asked around and one of the, now former, Lindens told me that less than two tenths of one percent of Second Life login sessions were made from Linux Kernel operating systems and about half of those were ending abnormally. I TRIED IT ANYWAY. It worked. Second life worked fairly well on Slackware Linux when I tried, years ago. Sound worked. Heck, even Voice Chat was working for me but I was told that was because I cheated. I don't know what I cheated with though. I just installed and ran. My problem with that Linux setup was NOTHING ELSE worked. Well, nothing else that I wanted to do. Sure, there were "replacements" for most of it, but I didn't want to go that route. PERSONAL PREFERENCE at work there.
Anyway, back to the Windows 7 thing. Yup. It's time for developers to move on. And that Steam statistic quoted earlier in this thread is weird in that it's including a bunch of Windows 7 installations that it did not include on the previous run. Don't just look at the summary, as the H8ter wants, look at the trends. I don't know what is going on there but it shows more Windows 7 systems being used to complete the survey than completed it the previous run. I wonder if some significant user base that was not participating began participating on this run? (This is VOLUNTARILY PROVIDED data. It is not automatic. It is not compulsory. One has to initiate the submission and manually complete it.) I rather suspect Linden Lab is still collecting data on what OS is hosting Viewers logging in to the Second Life service. I do not, however, expect Linden Lab to divulge that information. It is for them to use in deciding where to commit their manpower.
Use what you want. Ignore the hate and vitriol here unless you are trying identify those people to filter them out of the potential pool of givers of good advice.