Some of the amazing features of Windows 7:
Preview open programs by thumbnail.
Let Windows know that you are only interested in one window by shaking it and the others all disappear. (Will keep me on track and avoid my getting distracted lol).
And if you DO want to remember something going on in the background, pin it to your task bar :) Sweet.
You can look at two windows side by side, to compare or research more easily rather than clicking on two open windows back and forth.
The search is amazing. You can instantly find anything on your PC using a few keywords in the search field.
Personalization helps you to make your Windows look however you like!
Easily edit photos. ( I can see my old photo editing software becoming history..)
Create DVD's from pictures or home videos stored on your computer.
Record and watch TV from your PC. ( I have TWO different programs for that.)
Control how and when your kids use the PC.
So many of these features are available but as additional software. This is amazing that everything is really at your fingertips.
Before you buy a new computer, consider what you plan to do with your old one. If it is still in working order and you think someone else can use it, then you might want to donate it to a reputable reuse organization. Make sure any reuse organization is accepting donations for local reuse and not sending overseas. Also, Apple will only offer trade in's to educational institutions.
Here's who offers what services and how to get them to recycle your old computer for free.