visual? if that's what you care about, just install classicshell on Win7 or Win8. I haven't found any software that runs on XP that doesn't run on WIn7 and Win8.
The only exception (or headache) comes with some really old software and 64bit versions of 7 or 8. In that case, it's usually a registry entry that you need to move to the wow64 section and all is well.
Just broke my personal record for number of consecutive days without dying!