For a variety of reasons, I’m switching from Linux to Windows as my primary operating system. I’ve never used Windows at home, and very rarely at school, so I don’t know much about the software choices available. There are a lot of guides for people doing the switch in the opposite direction, but nothing for me.
I really like the “spatial mode” provided by the Nautilus file manager for Linuces — that's when a file manager opens a new window for every folder, does not open a new window for folders that are already open, and remembers all view settings for every folder. Like old Macs did (an eloquent defence of this approach can be found here). Is there anything similar for Windows 7? It seems like most of my workflows depend on it, and this is a constant source of frustration.