I've never been really happy with Windows XP and, as far as possible, I try to operate it in a similar way to Windows 98.
When Microsoft were developing Windows 7, I was advised that it would be better for photo editing and desktop publishing, etc; while XP and now Vista would be aimed more at the Home Entertainment market.
I have been offered a Windows 7 update package for £45 or around double that for the pro version. There may possibly be even better offers around.
So does anybody have any advanced information about how this system will work, with particular reference for photographers.