You admit your reasoning may be associated with the concept "If its not broke, dont fix it".
Very commendable to admit that. I wont debate whether or not 8 bytes (intentional misspelling for intentional pun) or not. I like it. Others dont. I will say, however, that the very reason you state, may be why many dont like it.
Many dont remember why they hated XP. Initially. It happens to be, because most games no longer worked. People did not know where things were relocated at. Most printers and hardware did not work. It was not until probably the second service pack it gained it's status of likability. Before at least the first service pack, everyone was saying how they were sticking with Windows 98. 98 lasted 6 years. So, people got used to it. Btw, it was supposed to be the last OS ever. Just continued updates. MS realized they couldnt do that, because thered be no reason to buy the software. So, they came out with Vista, which was hated. (For the same reasons XP was hated. A service pack and long shelf life would have cured that). So, MS created Windows 7, three years later. Since people were already beginning to upgrade, 7 worked right out of the box, for the most part. Now, here we are, and three years after 7 comes out, 8 is released. Those who hate it, hate it for the same reasons they hated XP. So, we have had windows 8 for about a year, and in two years, windows 9 will be released. Unless MS realizes three years is too soon. Every five years is good. By then, new technology is out, and a new OS is good for working with that. But 3 years? Too soon. The betas come out, within months of the latest release, and everyone is talking about the next generation, and yet they barely have the new one released.
I do agree, however, that change just to change is indeed asinine. Windows Millennium Edition and 7 and 8 seem to be exactly that. "We wanted to make one last OS before the end of the millennium". They did. Windows 98. Should have left it there, rather than rushing to get it through. Windows Vista was good to do, but, with it's failure, they announced they would be releasing a new OS every three years.
Now that is asinine.