Windows 7 is nice and it's been long overdue after the mud we had to drag ourselves through with XP and Vista but I'm wondering why don't people buy the software they use to support a good company OR help develop other operating systems that are free and open.
I think the answer lies in how people feel ripped off by microsoft. I myself have been victim of the WGA "False Negatives" in two xp copies (one came with my gateway laptop) and even in my one vista ultimate license. I was not going to buy my vista again to make it genuine. I paid for it. So I hacked it instead. It cost me a lot of money and I was going to use it dammit.
I think people are getting cracked copies of Windows 7 because they feel they are victims of losing money in previous operating systems. Those same people I see getting Windows7 illegally are the same people who buy every game they own and had bought previous operating systems. They are not hardened criminals, just victims with no legal recourse.
I use windows for gaming and linux for everything else. One day there will be a sane operating system and a drive towards multiplatform development (ChromOS anyone?). Until then I'll keep using Windows for gaming.