Briefing Windows 7
Windows 7 is the latest version of Microsoft Windows and is more like a tweaked version of the earlier version Windows Vista. Windows 7 looks, behaves, and performs almost exactly like Windows Vista but with more improved performance and has tried to overcome all the shortcomings of Vista. Windows 7 is a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal Desktop computers, including Home and Business Desktops, Laptops, Net books, Tablet PCs, and Media center PCs. Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and reached general retail availability on October 22, 2009. Windows 7 is released after less than three years from the release of Windows Vista.
The New Windows 7
Windows Vista was introduced with a large number of new features. Windows 7 was introduced with a view to be a more focused, with the aim of being fully compatible self sufficient with applications and hardware with which Windows Vista is already compatible. Wndows 7 is loaded with a new taskbar now called Superbar. It has a home networking system Home Group. It is not loaded with Windows Calender, Windows Mail, Windows Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, but they are available separately as a part of Windows Live Essentials suite.
Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7 are
For 32 bit Architecture - 1 GHz 32-bit processor, 1 GB of RAM, DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0 (For Aero), 16 GB of available disk space, DVD drive (only to install from DVD/CD Media).
For 64 bit Architecture - 1 GHz 64-bit processor, 2 GB of RAM, DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0 (For Aero), 20 GB of available disk space, DVD drive (only to install from DVD/CD Media)
The Key features of Windows 7 are briefed here
1. Get quicker access to all of your stuff & Quickly find what you're looking for
2. Manage open windows more easily & Share files and printers among multiple PCs
3. Stay entertained effortlessly & Easily create and share movies
3. Connect to networks easily & Do more and wait less
4. Don't leave programs behind & Offers your PC better protection
Ten reasons for Vista users to get in love with Windows 7 and get upgraded -
1. User Account Control has become more user friendly and is now more easy to access things and utilities. By removing the number of unnecessary and redundant UAC(User Account Control) dialogs, making the prompts more informative, and providing users with more control over UAC. Windows 7 maintains many of the benefits of the feature without disturbing the users' computing life and end up user frustrations.
2. Explorer in Windows 7 is no longer a pane in the behind. In Windows 7, the navigation pane stays still, so you no longer risk getting freedom from all the swaying back and forth of the navigation pane.
3. Windows 7 has added support for multiple heterogeneous graphics cards from different vendors and manufacturers. Now this probably doesn't mean you can use a combination of ATI and NVIDIA cards in an SLI-configuration, but it means we can have our multi-vendor multi-monitor setups.
4. Microsoft has removed a number of the extra programs and now offers them as free downloads from the Windows Live Web site. In this way, those who want them can have them, and those who don't want them they won't have to take them as a burden and have troubles removing them.
5. The main goal for Windows 7 is a 15-second boot time, whereas three quarters of Vista users report boot times of more than 30 seconds. It might be possible that many users of Win7 may not have achieved the 15-second mark yet, but still it's substantially quicker than Vista on the same hardware.
6. Windows 7 permits you to customize your computing need by simply clicking the little arrow next to the tray and selecting Customize. In the dialog box, choose which icons you want to appear in the tray. For each application, you can select whether you want to display notifications or hide them.
7. In Windows 7, all the security features have been confined into one icon. When you click it, you'll see all messages related to firewall, Windows Defender, Windows Update settings etc.
8. Windows 7 has a brand new feature by which you can drag windows to each side of the screen and they will automatically size themselves to each take up half the screen when you are ready with the cursor.
9. Home Group in Windows 7 allows all Windows 7 computers on a network to share files, printers, and other resources very easily. It is made possible by the Libraries (collections of certain types of files, such as music, photos, or documents), you can access files anywhere on the Home Group network as if they were stored locally, and you can search anything if available on the whole Home Group network.
10. In Windows 7, the Taskbar preview feature has been improved so that it becomes a more useful function than it was in Vista. Now when you hover over a taskbar icon, you can get actual previews that are placed side by side and are sufficient enough for you to identify your program.