Microsoft Windows 7 is an operating system that builds on the core architecture of Windows Vista and provides application and device compatibility. It provides a less cluttered desktop with improved navigation. Share files and photographs, communicate with friends and family and access files and media. New features include multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition.
Microsoft Windows 7 is available in the following editions:
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Edition: Create a home network and share photographs, videos and music or watch, pause, rewind and record television
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition: Set up projectors, printers and networks. Enhanced backup options provide automatic backups to a home or business network. Use Windows XP Mode to access Windows XP programs in Windows 7
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition: Run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode and encrypt data using BitLocker and BitLocker To Go.
Please note that support for Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) ends on July 12th, 2011 and for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) ended on July 13th, 2010. Security updates for Microsoft Windows are not available after the end of support date.
It is possible to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), a free update, if running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2). It is possible also to upgrade to Windows 7.
- Improved Taskbar and Full-screen Previews: Pin any program to the taskbar and re-arrange the icons by clicking and dragging.
- Jump Lists: View recently accessed the files by right-clicking on the icons on the taskbar.
- Desktop Enhancements: Increased options for opening, closing, resizing and arranging windows.Use Snaps to take a window, pull it to either edge of the screen to fill half the screen and snap windows to both sides to compare them.
- Windows Search: Click on the Start button to see a search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Windows 7 uses libraries to show all content of a particular type in one location. Search Libraries using filters to customise the search.
- Internet Explorer 8: Includes innovations to the address bar, search, tabs and the Favourites bar.
- Instant Search: Relevant suggestions from the selected search provider appear during typing with images when available. Search uses the browsing history to narrow down suggestions.
- Accelerators: Highlight information on any page, click on the blue Accelerators icon and select the service. Accelerators are available for e-mailing, blogging, searching, translating and sharing information.
- Web Slices: Use a web slice for, for example, auction items, sports scores, entertainment columns and weather reports. Changed content displays in the Web Slice in the Favourites Bar
- Improved Device Management: Use a single Devices and Printers screen to connect, manage and use printers, telephones and other devices.
- HomeGroup: Enables home networks to share files and printers. It is set up automatically when the first PC running Windows 7 is added to the network.
- View Available Network (VAN): View and connect to networks regardless of whether they are based on Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, dial-up or a corporate VPN.
- Improved Performance: The operating system is more responsive and simpler to use. PCs start up, shut down, resume from standby and respond more quickly.
- Power Management Improvements: Improves battery life by adding power-saving enhancements such as adaptive display brightness to dim the display if the PC is not in use.
- Compatibility: Most of the products that work with Windows Vista will work with Windows 7. Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate will run many productivity and business programs designed for Windows XP.
- Reduce Interruptions: An Action Centre icon appears in the event of an alert and is integrated into the Control Panel
- Improved Television, Film and Video: Includes a streamlined user interface and support for new content types and digital television in certain editions of Windows 7.
- Play To: Open Windows Media Player, right-click on the content, select Play To and select from a list of devices and PCs on which music can be played.
- Internet Access to Home Media: Use the entertainment on a home PC from an internet connection.
- Windows Live Essentials: A free option that provides features that were previously included in Windows Vista and other Windows operating systems including programs to manage multiple e-mail account, organise digital photographs and use IM.
- Windows Touch: Use a touch-screen monitor to scroll, resize windows, play media and pan and zoom.
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