I'm dense for not believing him? His story sounds like he may of gave it a go once or twice but to never have it work on the first try? I can't believe that and you shouldn't defend him just to troll unless you're some champion of Gabe's character , shut it. Eh with the 3D stuff I concede there is a rage of potential pitfalls but my experience has been somewhat easy since I don't use wasteful desktop effects using my computer for work and all.
I don't see anything about Windows 8 in your post you shouldn't troll.
I really think Windows 7 is going to be around for a LONG time I think 8 is going to be more of a tablet thing. M$ probably thinks so as well considering the extension in support and the half hearted metro/classic integration.