Windows 7 is the newest, and by far, the best operating system developed by Microsoft. It incorporates loads of utilities, for which other versions of windows need third party software. Although the system requirements are a little higher than others, it is good to know that almost every PC out there which isn’t older than 8 years can run Windows 7.
First,let’s have a look at the system requirements .Unlike windows xp, windows 7 (as well as vista) have a better support for x64 systems. In case you are wondering, a 64 bites based system is capable of using more than 3.5 GB of RAM. However, the system requirements are a little different from the x32 version.
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) procesor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit)or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Here’s a helpful tip for those of you using an x64 system with only 2 GB of RAM. It is a good idea to increase the paging file, which would normally be 4GB, to 8GB. This will significantly speed up your system.
Windows 7 has full support for the x64 system, allowing the use of over 3.5 GB of RAM and 256 cores for multi core CPU, as well as dual physical processor.
Most people are reluctant to get a new operating system. This is understandable. Windows 7’s predecessor, Windows Vista had a pretty rough time at the beginning, with serious stability problems and a lot of bugs. Most problems have been fixed though, in vista’s two service packs. The new operating systems are also a little costly. But no worries! You can purchase an upgrade key, which will keep all your files and most settings unchanged. They are also significantly less expensive.
Now that we know all the work around, we can get to study the new features.
Windows 7, although it may look very similar to windows Vista, is actually very different. For starters, Windows Vista is a step in between XP and 7. Microsoft originally planned to release windows 7 after Windows XP, with no vista in between. However, the development of Windows 7 too much longer than anticipated, and so Vista was released with features from both XP, and 7.
It is important to note that Windows 7 is the second system written from scratch (the first being Windows NT, on which all systems from 95 to vista are based). This is an advantage, as it allowed the developers to get rid of some old and obsolete mechanism in memory allocation which caused a lot of bottlenecks and creative errors. As such, Windows 7 is regarded as a very stable operating system.
New security features have been added, and improved from the previous versions. The User Account Control (UAC) can now be set on different levels, where as in vista it can either be turned on or off.
UAC makes it very hard for hackers or other malicious software to install applications on your PC. It temporarily disrupts all communications between your computer and all non-server platforms.
Windows Explorer is now capable of writing data to discs. Although this feature is also present in Vista, XP users need to install third party software.
You can now organize your files and folder into libraries, allowing quick access to desired files, and you are no longer forced to use the “My documents” type of folder, which would get erased in case of an emergency system reinstall or repair. You can index any folder in a library, regardless of it’s location on the hard disk, regardless of it’s contains. By default, there are four libraries, adapted for videos, music, pictures and documents.
The infamous windows taskbar has a new look and now is completely customizable. You can move items all around the taskbar; you can see a program’s window without having to switch between simply by keeping your cursor over the button in the task bar.
Any given window can now be resized at will, minimized or maximized, simply by snapping said window against the edge of the screen. Windows also has full support for touch screen and voice recognition. The Start menu and taskbar now sport larger, fingertip-friendly icons. All your favorite Windows 7 programs are also touch-ready. You can even finger-paint in Paint!
Worried about compatibility with your older software? No problem. Windows compatibility mode tricks old programs into thinking they are actually running on a different system. Compatibility mode supports all the previous version of windows (even older service packs of windows 7).
Play To, new in Windows 7 , makes it easy to stream music, video, and photos from your computer to other PCs, TVs, or stereos on your home network. You can stream music from your PC to your home entertainment system or stream slide shows and videos to another computer or to your TV. Just right-click the tracks you want to enjoy, or add them to your Windows Media Player 12 playlist, and click Play To . Now you’re hearing'”or watching'”what you want, where you want it.
Nostalgia of the good old times with XP is giving you compatibility headaches? No worries. Windows XP mode comes as a separate download, and allows the user to run programs which compatibility mode couldn’t handle. Windows XP mode comes as a separate download, and requires an additional 1 GB of RAM.
Setting up network connections is easier than ever before. Windows is now able to automatic register on a network, even if you are using a static IP. If you are using a laptop, it quickly displays all available wireless networks, connection being possible with just a handful of clicks.
Start Up Repair, system restore, windows update, windows defender and windows firewall have all be optimized for best performance and ease of use. Start Up repair gives you the opportunity to do a system restore without having to use the windows installation disc, as well as a system restore (or rollback) before you even boot windows, to prevent malicious interference. Windows Security Essentials, a free antivirus product is now available from Microsoft, to further increase the level of protection for your system.
All in all, Microsoft managed to create a system which suppresses all others currently on the market. The long years of hard work and experiments paid off by setting a new standard in software and hardware production. If you haven’t got the windows 7 system already, I suggest you do it soon, it worth every cent.
Thanks to Microsoft Knowledge for inspiration.