Windows 7 Central
Windows 7 is the latest operating system offering from Microsoft. Windows 7 was developed to make working with a PC simpler and more powerful. As with all brand new operating systems there are a lot of changes. Here is some information about Microsoft Windows 7 that may aid you in your decision of whether or not to make the switch.
Windows 7 was designed for ease of use, here are the key new features that Windows 7 offers to boost your productivity:
- Improved Windows Search. Microsoft has improved upon the Windows Search by enhancing it's instant search feature from Windows Vista. For people running windows XP this will be a brand new feature that has the potential to save a lot of time when trying to find files, folders, or programs. Instant Search is built into the start menu and returns results for files, folders and programs as you type making it quick and easy to locate even the hardest to find files on your computer, external hard drives, network and libraries.
- Libraries. Libraries are brand new to Windows 7. Libraries are for organizing documents across multiple folders and PCs. Simply create a library and tie the folders that you need to it and you've got a central place to monitor those documents and folders.
- Pin. Do you have programs that you use every day? With the new pin feature you can "pin" a program to the taskbar by simply dragging it to the taskbar making it easy to find later on.
- Jump Lists. Every program in the taskbar is assigned a Jump List. By right-clicking on a program in the task bar you will be given a list of frequently and recently used items for that program. Your favorite web browser will list your most visited websites for example.
- Snap. Snap is a new feature that allows the user to quickly and easily place 2 windows side by side for multitasking and comparisons by simply dragging the window to either side of the screen.
- Aero Peek. Aero Peek is a new feature that allows the user to see the desktop by turning all windows transparent by simply mousing over the bottom right of the screen. Windows XP users may not see a huge benefit with this but when coupled with Windows Vista's use of desktop gadgets simple tasks like checking the weather or the news is as simple as moving the mouse to the bottom right of the screen.
- Windows XP Mode. To ensure Windows XP backward compatibility with essential XP programs, Microsoft has added Windows XP mode.
There are many more features built into Windows 7. To view a complete list of the new features and compare Windows editions check out Microsoft's list of features.
Windows 7 Editions
Windows 7 comes in a few different editions:
- Windows 7 Home Premium is designed for home use and does not come with features like Windows XP mode.
- Windows 7 Professional is designed for business machines with added features like Windows XP mode, "domain join" for easily accessing an office's network, and network backup.
- Windows 7 Ultimate is designed to provide extra security to Windows 7 Professional by adding the BitLocker data encryption feature to help keep private files private.
To compare Windows editions check out Microsoft's edition comparison chart.
Upgrading from a previous Microsoft Windows version is a cost effective way to make the switch. Any computer running Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows Vista can be upgraded to Microsoft Windows 7, which is less expensive than purchasing the full version and installing. The upgrade process varies depending on which version of Microsoft Windows is being updated. For more information on upgrading to Microsoft Windows 7 check out Microsoft's upgrading page.
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