I wouldn't myself touch either even with a 10 yard pole, I've drawn my personal line in the sand at Win 7... but that's me.
Two or three OS releases late , but still acceptable .
You can however use slightly shorter poles safely, in case:
Fair comparisons, on the other hand, are always interesting, even exciting, and allow one to take better informed decisions.
Fair comparison of things that make sense tend to make sense. (but are often boring)
Fair (or unfair for that matter ) comparisons of senseless things or comparisons between something that makes sense and something that doesn't, hardly so, but they can be fun alright.
Windows 8 (8.1) is probably the first (and hopefully last) OS targeted to Media Center that requires an additional license to play a DVD....
Like, you know, compare a QNX RTOS against a with a 8.1 Media Center edition and see which runs smoother on a PC with the minimum requirements:
Back to topic/idea, there is no "real" reason to make a "forensic sound" image, one can make it a much simplified (and smaller) backup through a number of approaches, it could be an idea to start a new thread on how exactly this can be done. (still it will be mostly boring and non-exciting IMHO).