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I have some sad news to report. I found some SkyLake issues with Vista. I would probably suggest if you want long term survivability you just go with W7 SP1 and try to keep that alive as long as possible.
Seeing how XP 32-bit is = W7 64-bit when it came to major support.
Windows 2000 = Vista when it comes to how MS and manufacturers now view it.
The amount of workload to make everything Windows 7 function in Vista would probably consume so much time it wouldn't be worth it in the end.
When comparing 2000 to XP only the Activation issue is what made it worth investing so much time keeping alive. I can't see the same for Vista.
Porting Vista features missing in Windows 7 would be the best solution.