Windows 7

Windows 7 from Microsoft is stable, smooth, and extremely sophisticated Operating system. With this OS Microsoft is introducing new graphical features and a new taskbar that can race closely with the Mac OS X dock, and device management and security enhancements make it more secure and effortless to use. The good thing is, it doesn’t have any need of hardware upgrades like Vista thus Windows 7 is reachable to masses.

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However Windows Vista presented a gaudy new interface, but its pitiable performance, compatibility issues, and shortage of convincing features made some people rethink upgrading and many rejected to leave Windows XP.

Windows 7 is barely faultless! Some age-old issues remain intact. Some features look unfinished and many others don’t recognize their full potential without third party help. However the final release seems to be the praiseworthy descendant to Windows XP that Vista was certainly not.

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  Positive points

  • Plug and play facility with hardware and peripheral devices
  • Live thumbnails
  • Jump lists and window snaps make Aero helpful as well as striking
  • New methods of organising files with libraries
  • enhanced backup
  • Less irritating notifications
  • totally customizable task bar
  • Jump lists and Windows snaps make Aero useful as well as attractive
  • Home group networking
  • Low memory footprint
  • superior performance
  • Pinned icons

Limitations

  • XP Mode isn’t an integrated alternative up till now.
  • Microsoft backed off on libraries and Ctrl-E command pops up ‘My Computer’ instead.
  •  NAS drives to libraries can’t be added. 

Windows 7 Users might take some time to adapt to the new taskbar and Aero Peek, but they both are a delight to employ. In Windows 7 Performance is still random and Windows XP still seem to be performing better in many areas.

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Microsoft is offering six versions of Windows 7: Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, OEM and Enterprise. The three most heavily promoted and popular versions are Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate .

Windows 7 works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processor. Minimum requirements for the 32-bit system are 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of hard-drive space, and a DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver.

64-bit systems need minimum 1 GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 20GB of free space on hard drive, and a DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. To use the native touch features, touch-screen monitor is also required.

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Some of the key features of Windows 7 are described in detail below-

1. Windows 7’s version of the Taskbar is not jumbled as compared to Vista’s taskbar, both running and non running apps are handled with equal ease and smoothness.

2. Now with Windows 7 you can see an open application in an efficient, quicker Taskbar Previews.

3. Jump Lists are context-sensitive taskbar menus which let you start getting things done in applications before you open them.

4.  New controls put a stop to the System Tray from unwanted apps and disturbing you with obstructive, irrelevant communications.  Windows 7 has a more media-savvy Windows Media Player.  New file-format support facilitates Windows Media Player 12 to playback unprotected audio and video from Apple’s online store.

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6. In Windows 7’s version of Security Centre, system messages get queued up so that you can take action on them according to your schedule.

7. If you had problems with security feature’s rapid-fire prompts in Vista, You can tune Windows 7’s version to make them less fearful and disturbing. Windows 7’s Libraries feature allows us to assign folders with correlated content for fast access, without considering their physical location on hard drive.

8. Windows 7 allows one-click easy access to files and folders, now users can collect folders from all the locations across hard drive into Libraries, from the left pane of Windows Explorer to related files.

9. It has quite reasonable hardware needs. Previously, new versions of Windows have gulped almost twice the amount of CPU power and RAM as compared to their ancestors. But Windows 7 works pretty well than windows’ previous version (Vista) on the similar system and netbooks.

10. However Windows 7’s support for multitouch input doesn’t revolutionize anything, but it surely lays a basic foundation for third-party vendors to build their own software.

Whether it is driver support or multitouch foundation for the future Windows 7 has left no stones unturned to make it better than Vista. With Better battery management and the most user-friendly interface, Windows 7 is surely a better OS than its ancestors.