haha damn, I kinda' get your point.
I miss the customization levels that XP could reach; There are many factors involved for any OS decision, though (like the DX11 Example that you point, and for me;
there are a couple of apps I do still need and drag me back to Win; haven't found precise replacements or Ports to completely migrate to Linux).
I have to agree; Plain 8 was pukable, indeed. Tried the update of "8.1" and isn't that bad after all; -could be better- ...that's for sure, but it still does the work for me at least.
(and curiously I find it much more fast and stable w/apps overall than when I was running 7; anyway that might be just me I guess)