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Windows 7
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
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Developer
Microsoft
Website Official website
Releases
Release date RTM: July 22, 2009
Retail: October 22, 2009 (info)
Current version 6.1[1] (build 7600.16385.090713-1255[2])
(October 22, 2009; 4 month(s) ago (2009-10-22)) (info)
Source model Closed source / Shared source
License MS-EULA
Kernel type Hybrid
Update method Windows Update
Platform support IA-32, x86-64
Support status
Mainstream support
Further reading
.Windows 7 is a version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs.^ Windows 7 is the new Microsoft operating system currently released to the public.
  • Windows 7 Forums 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC windows7forums.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Discuss the new Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
  • Windows 7 Forums 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC windows7forums.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Discuss the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system.
  • Windows 7 Forums 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC windows7forums.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[3] .Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009,[4] and reached general retail availability on October 22, 2009,[5] less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista.^ Wednesday, July 22, 2009 .
  • The EXPTA {blog} 23 September 2009 5:10 UTC www.expta.com [Source type: General]

^ Date: 14 July 2009 22:14 .
  • Windows Seven Transformation Pack 2009 » Megaupload Rapidshare Download Crack Serial 16 October 2009 11:48 UTC www.egydown.com [Source type: General]

^ October 22, 2009 .
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Windows 7's server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 R2, was released at the same time.^ July 22, Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows Server 2008 R2 is scheduled to be released also in October 2009.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ What Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 can do for your business .
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Unlike its predecessor, which introduced a large number of new features, Windows 7 was intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line, with the goal of being fully compatible with applications and hardware with which Windows Vista is already compatible.^ Click here for more news on Windows 7.
  • Windows 7: A better Vista? | Beyond Binary - CNET News 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows 7 has no new "must have" features.
  • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Windows Seven: Enough Already 16 October 2009 11:48 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ Unlike Vista, Windows 7 doesn’t require beefier hardware than its immediate predecessor.
  • Personal Technology: Upgrading From Vista - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

[6] .Presentations given by Microsoft in 2008 focused on multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, referred to as the Superbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup,[7] and performance improvements.^ Windows 7 includes integrated support for multi-touch displays.
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 is the new Microsoft operating system currently released to the public.
  • Windows 7 Forums 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC windows7forums.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Discuss the new Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
  • Windows 7 Forums 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC windows7forums.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Some applications that have been included with prior releases of Microsoft Windows, including Windows Calendar, Windows Mail, Windows Movie Maker, and Windows Photo Gallery, are not included in Windows 7;[8][9] most are instead offered separately as part of the free Windows Live Essentials suite.^ Windows Live Movie Maker leaves beta 1 day ago .
  • Microsoft announces availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live -- Engadget 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.engadget.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Microsoft to offer Family Pack for Windows 7 .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These free applications (including Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, etc) are still supported by Windows 7 and continue to improve the Windows experience.
  • Windows 7 Training, Windows 7 Video Training Course, KeyStone Learning Windows 7 Training | KeyStone Learning Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.keystonelearning.com [Source type: General]

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Contents

Development

.Originally, a version of Windows codenamed Blackcomb was planned as the successor to Windows XP (codename Whistler) and Windows Server 2003.^ Windows Server 2003 .
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ They have Windows Server 2003 too.
  • Microsoft’s Next OS To Be Called “Windows 7″. Seriously. 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It was originally scoped as a version of Windows scheduled to be released directly after Windows "Whistler" now Windows XP version.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

.Major features were planned for Blackcomb, including an emphasis on searching and querying data and an advanced storage system named WinFS to enable such scenarios.^ Over time, Windows Vista also became a major release, taking on many of the features of Blackcomb.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ BitLocker To Go enables you to encrypt data on removable storage devices with a password or a digital certificate stored on a smart card.

^ The Windows 7 Compatibility Center lets you search for your devices and peripherals by name, letting you know whether or not they're expected to be compatible with the new operating system.

.However, an interim, minor release, codenamed "Longhorn," was announced for 2003, delaying the development of Blackcomb.^ It was later announced that an interim version would be released, called Windows Vista (Windows Longhorn at the time).
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 is now at the Release to Manufacturing stage of the development process, which means the retail version of the...

[11] .By the middle of 2003, however, Longhorn had acquired some of the features originally intended for Blackcomb.^ I guess it will include some of the features which were supposed to be part of vista initially, thus being the result of the merge of both 'longhorn' and 'blackcomb' existing ideias.
  • Introducing the Windows 7 UI 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: General]

.After three major viruses exploited flaws in Windows operating systems within a short time period in 2003, Microsoft changed its development priorities, putting some of Longhorn's major development work on hold while developing new service packs for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Development of Longhorn (Windows Vista) was also restarted, and thus delayed, in August 2004. A number of features were cut from Longhorn.^ Over time, Windows Vista also became a major release, taking on many of the features of Blackcomb.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Works fine on XP and Vista (and 2003 of course).
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Q: Will my Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 versions work with Windows 7?
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

[12]
.Blackcomb was renamed Vienna in early 2006[13] and again Windows 7 in 2007.[14] In 2008, it was announced that Windows 7 would also be the official name of the operating system.^ As for Windows 7, great operating system.

^ Windows operating system).
  • Vista successor, Windows 7 to be released next year? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC apcmag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows XP is a great operating system.
  • Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.dedoimedo.com [Source type: Original source]

[15][16] .There has been some confusion over naming the product Windows 7,[17] while versioning it as 6.1 to indicate its similar build to Vista and increase compatibility with applications that only check major version numbers,[18] similar to Windows 2000 and Windows XP both having 5.x version numbers.^ Build numbers please check.
  • Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows 7 is the final name, and yes there are both 32 and 64-bit versions.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Dual boot Windows XP and Vista .
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

[19]
.The first external release to select Microsoft partners came in January 2008 with Milestone 1, build 6519.[20] At PDC 2008, Microsoft demonstrated Windows 7 with its reworked taskbar.^ Windows 7 Build 6519 Screenshot Galleries .
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Four screenshot galleries depicting the first external milestone build of Windows 7...
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Oct 2008 - 20:43 Your not using it and this is a milestone 3 build.
  • Introducing the Windows 7 UI 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: General]

.Copies of Windows 7 build 6801 were distributed at the end of the conference; however, the demonstrated taskbar was disabled in this build.^ Windows 7 pre-beta (build 6801) .
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

^ However I am still able to find some time for doing “real” things such as Windows Embedded Standard 2011 image building.
  • Windows 7 | Tamir Khason - Just code 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC khason.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Andre Da Costa : I am asking persons to refrain from downloading the leaked copy of Windows 7 build 7000.
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

.On December 27, 2008, Windows 7 Beta was leaked onto the Internet via BitTorrent.^ Attendees received a Pre-Beta of Windows 7 at the Public Developers Conference 2008, the build number is 6801.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Animesh on Monday, October 13th 2008 at 09:11 PM How I wish I could test Windows 7 Beta for Microsoft for free.
  • How To Download Windows 7 Beta - Windows 7 23 September 2009 5:10 UTC www.windowsvienna.com [Source type: General]

^ Wednesday, November 5th 2008 at 05:22 AM I just signed up here and have a beta copy of windows 7.
  • How To Download Windows 7 Beta - Windows 7 23 September 2009 5:10 UTC www.windowsvienna.com [Source type: General]

[21] .According to a performance test by ZDNet,[22] Windows 7 Beta beat both Windows XP and Vista in several key areas; including boot and shutdown time and working with files, such as loading documents.^ Process creation time and file system performance are the areas I suspect.
  • Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dual boot Windows XP and Vista .
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

^ It was OK in XP, but severely broken in Vista.
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Other areas did not beat XP; including PC Pro benchmarks for typical office activities and video editing, which remain identical to Vista and slower than XP.[23] On January 7, 2009, the 64-bit version of the Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) was leaked onto the web, with some torrents being infected with a trojan.^ Windows 7 pre-beta (build 6801) .
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft Windows 7 beta due out in January 2009?
  • Microsoft announces availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live -- Engadget 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.engadget.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ With Windows 7, it’s a bit faster than XP was and it looks a billion times better than Vista.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

[24][25] .At CES 2009, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the Windows 7 Beta, build 7000, had been made available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in the format of an ISO image.^ Microsoft Windows 7 beta due out in January 2009?
  • Microsoft announces availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live -- Engadget 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.engadget.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On January 7 th 2009 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the public availability of Windows 7 BETA build 7000 .
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 has been available as a free download for months.
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

[26] .The Beta was to be publicly released January 9, 2009, and Microsoft initially planned for the download to be made available to 2.5 million people on this date.^ Release planned for late January 2010 .
  • Windows 7 Training, Windows 7 Video Training Course, KeyStone Learning Windows 7 Training | KeyStone Learning Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.keystonelearning.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft Windows 7 beta due out in January 2009?
  • Microsoft announces availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live -- Engadget 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.engadget.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows 7 beta is available for download .
  • Windows 7 | Tamir Khason - Just code 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC khason.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

However, access to the downloads was delayed because of high traffic.[27] .The download limit was also extended, initially until January 24, then again to February 10. People who did not complete downloading the beta had two extra days to complete the download.^ I used a PC until it got some sort of horrible downloaded spyware and I decided to go out the next day and buy a Mac.
  • Dirt Slingers!: Apple Ad Taking On Windows 7 - Geekologie 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.geekologie.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wednesday, January 14, 2009 10:27 AM by Masta had a Beta a while back, called it Masta.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Putting aside the piracy issue, I think it shows a massive amount of bravery on behalf of the downloader if there are people out there wanting a Windows beta.
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

After February 12, unfinished downloads became unable to complete. .Users could still obtain product keys from Microsoft to activate their copies of Windows 7 Beta, which expired on August 1, 2009. The release candidate, build 7100, has been available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and Connect Program participants since April 30 and became available to the general public on May 5, 2009. It has also been leaked onto the Internet via BitTorrent.^ MS could release a Windows Seven version in 2009.
  • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Windows Seven: Enough Already 16 October 2009 11:48 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 pre-beta (build 6801) .
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft Windows 7 beta due out in January 2009?
  • Microsoft announces availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live -- Engadget 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.engadget.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[28] .The release candidate is available in five languages and will expire on June 1, 2010, with shutdowns every two hours starting March 1, 2010.[29] Microsoft stated that Windows 7 would be released to the general public on October 22, 2009. Microsoft released Windows 7 to MSDN and Technet subscribers on August 6, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.^ For Windows 7 RC , the bi-hourly shutdowns will begin March 1, 2010.
  • The EXPTA {blog} 23 September 2009 5:10 UTC www.expta.com [Source type: General]

^ On May 5 th , 2009 at TechED, Microsoft released Windows 7 Release Candidate Build 7100 .
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ October 22, 2009 .
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.PDT.[30] Microsoft announced that Windows 7, along with Windows Server 2008 R2, was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009. Windows 7 RTM is build 7600.16385, which was compiled on July 13, 2009, and was declared the final RTM build after passing all Microsoft's tests internally.^ Windows 7 RTMs finally .
  • Windows 7 ISO Verifier, for your downloading pleasure - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: General]

^ Wednesday, July 22, 2009 .
  • The EXPTA {blog} 23 September 2009 5:10 UTC www.expta.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 RTM Build 7600.16385 official CRC and SHA-1 Checksums .
  • Windows 7 ISO Verifier, for your downloading pleasure - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: General]

[4] "The launch of Windows 7 has superseded everyone’s expectations, storming ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the biggest-grossing pre-order product of all-time, and demand is still going strong," claimed managing director Brian McBride, Amazon UK on October 22."[4]

Goals

.Bill Gates, in an interview with Newsweek, suggested that this version of Windows would be more "user-centric".[31] Gates later said that Windows 7 would also focus on performance improvements.^ In 2007, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Bill Gates said he wished he had Steve Jobs' taste — more than a decade earlier, Jobs had declared that Microsoft just didn't have any taste.
  • cabel.name: Windows 7 Party 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cabel.name [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows 7 is a valuable upgrade delivering an awesome new user interface, but don’t expect any major improvements in security.
  • Windows 7 | Gadget Lab | Wired.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows Seven said they wont have any spywere and virus’ that mean no more Virus protection !
  • Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[32] .Steven Sinofsky later expanded on this point, explaining in the Engineering Windows 7 blog that the company was using a variety of new tracing tools to measure the performance of many areas of the operating system on an ongoing basis, to help locate inefficient code paths and to help prevent performance regressions.^ As for Windows 7, great operating system.

^ Measuring Windows 7 performance .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Many tools already support Windows 7.
  • Speed Up Windows 7 – Get the best out of Windows 7 | Windows 7 Themes 23 September 2009 5:10 UTC windows7themes.net [Source type: General]

[33]
.Senior Vice President Bill Veghte stated that Windows Vista users migrating to Windows 7 would not find the kind of device compatibility issues they encountered migrating from Windows XP.^ Windows Vista had driver issues.
  • Microsoft Working on 128-bit Windows - Tom's Hardware 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.tomshardware.com [Source type: General]

^ Peter: What hardware and software compatibility issues should users be aware of if they’re thinking of migrating not from Vista but from XP to Windows 7?
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

^ Dual boot Windows XP and Vista .
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

[34] .Speaking about Windows 7 on October 16, 2008, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed compatibility between Vista and Windows 7,[35] indicating that Windows 7 would be a refined version of Windows Vista.^ Microsoft has said all along that Windows 7 would refine (but not rewrite) the Vista kernel.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 beta - reviews - Software and Services - Operating Systems - PC World 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.pcworld.idg.com.au [Source type: General]

^ For Windows Vista betas, Microsoft also distributed the Ultimate version.
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft confirms 'detailed' Windows 7 exploit .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Features

New and changed features

The new Action Center, which replaces Windows Security Center
When the action center detects a security threat, it displays a thumbnail with problems listed.
.Windows 7 includes a number of new features, such as advances in touch and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, improved performance on multi-core processors,[36][37][38][39] improved boot performance, DirectAccess, and kernel improvements.^ Windows 7 includes integrated support for multi-touch displays.
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

^ See what security features are new and improved in Windows 7 in this slideshow gallery.
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows 7 also supports improved Accessibility and Global Support, handwriting and Ink recognition.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

.Windows 7 adds support for systems using multiple heterogeneous graphics cards from different vendors (Heterogeneous Multi-adapter), a new version of Windows Media Center,[40] a Gadget for Windows Media Center, improved media features, the XPS Essentials Pack and Windows PowerShell being included, and a redesigned Calculator with multiline capabilities including Programmer and Statistics modes along with unit conversion.^ Windows 7 adds several cool, new desktop personalization features.

^ Media Center is Updated with new features.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 has no new "must have" features.
  • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Windows Seven: Enough Already 16 October 2009 11:48 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

.Many new items have been added to the Control Panel, including ClearType Text Tuner, Display Color Calibration Wizard, Gadgets, Recovery, Troubleshooting, Workspaces Center, Location and Other Sensors, Credential Manager, Biometric Devices, System Icons, and Display.^ Instead, you must first Open Control Panel so its icon appears in the taskbar.

^ The much anticipated OS will sport a new graphical user interface, more reliable power management tools, and better search, among other features.
  • Windows 7: A worthwhile upgrade? | Videos on ZDNet 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: General]

^ E-readers' next chapter might not have happy ending There were plenty of the book readers on display at CES, but many question whether the market for such dedicated devices is large enough to support all the new entrants.
  • Windows 7: A better Vista? | Beyond Binary - CNET News 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[41] .Windows Security Center has been renamed to Windows Action Center (Windows Health Center and Windows Solution Center in earlier builds), which encompasses both security and maintenance of the computer.^ Action Center is the new name for the Security Center.
  • Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.dedoimedo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Software & security Computer games Life topics Hillbilly physics Greatest sites 3D art Model planes Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it?
  • Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.dedoimedo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You open the Action Center in Control Panel and then look under the Maintenance options for the "View reliability history" link.

.The default setting for User Account Control in Windows 7 has been criticized for allowing untrusted software to be launched with elevated privileges by exploiting a trusted application.^ User Account Control, or UAC, is back in Windows 7.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

^ Mary Jo Foley: XP Mode is a Microsoft virtualization technology aimed primarily at small/mid-size business users (SMBs), and is designed to allow them to run legacy Windows XP applications on Windows 7.
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You get Windows Defender and an improved firewall, but Microsoft appears to be too scared of the European Commission to do what would be best for users and include anti-virus software as well.
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

[42] .Microsoft's Windows kernel engineer Mark Russinovich acknowledged the problem, but noted that there are other vulnerabilities that do not rely on the new setting.^ Windows 7 kernel, but Microsoft’s Virtualization tech.
  • Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Microsoft made lots of optimisations for netbooks (which are new and slow laptops), and that also pays off for other low spec hardware.

^ Dec 4th, 2007 at 3:19 am This new windows kernel is a load of crap.
  • Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[43] .Windows 7 also supports Mac-like RAW image viewing through the addition of WIC-enabled image decoders, which enables raw image thumbnails, previewing and metadata display in Windows Explorer, plus full-size viewing and slideshows in Windows Photo Viewer and Window Media Center.^ Previewing an image on your desktop or using Windows Explorer.
  • Windows 7 Sins — The case against Microsoft and proprietary software 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC en.windows7sins.org [Source type: General]

^ Hovering over an open window button composes a thumbnail preview; additionally hovering over the thumbnail generates a full size preview.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Preview Party: Windows 7 in a Mac house .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[44]
.The taskbar has seen the biggest visual changes, where the Quick Launch toolbar has been replaced with pinning applications to the taskbar.^ Quick launch provides that but the taskbar doesn't.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 new taskbar is actually Windows quick launch, task bar, and alt+Tab feature all fused together.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Want to quickly launch a taskbar-docked application as an administrator?
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Buttons for pinned applications are integrated with the task buttons.^ I use a double high task bar and pinned applications move all over.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.These buttons also enable the Jump Lists feature to allow easy access to common tasks.^ Some notes: * Obviously, the big news is the new taskbar, which forgoes text for icons and has new "jump lists" of app controls and options you can access with a right-click.
  • Windows 7 details - XtremeSystems Forums 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.xtremesystems.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Taskbar button: Jump List with glass border .
  • Windows 7: Elegant, yes. But too many tiny inconsistencies - SuperSite Blog 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC community.winsupersite.com [Source type: General]

^ After re-enabling the quick launch feature, I'm 1000x happier with the task bar and I like the new features it has.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

[45] The revamped taskbar also allows the reordering of taskbar buttons. .To the far right of the system clock is a small rectangular button that serves as the Show desktop icon.^ You might have noticed a little unused area on the taskbar right next to the clock… this is the new “Show Desktop” icon, with an added twist: if you hover your mouse over it, it will turn all of the open windows to glass, letting you see what is beneath.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ You’ve probably seen the small rectangle in the bottom right hand corner: this is the feature we call “Aero Peek”, which enables you to see any gadgets or icons you’ve got on your desktop.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Right-click the desktop IE icon, click InPrivate and the windows will open in an InPrivate session already.

.This button is part of the new feature in Windows 7 called Aero Peek.^ Here's a look at a new feature in Windows 7 called Libraries.
  • Windows 7 News & Features | PCMag.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.pcmag.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 has no new "must have" features.
  • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Windows Seven: Enough Already 16 October 2009 11:48 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 has a new feature called Core Parking.
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

.Hovering over this button makes all visible windows transparent for a quick look at the desktop.^ Weaknesses: The videos show, as with Vista over XP, lots of window dressing and putting the same things in different places to make it look like it's changed.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 review - PC Advisor 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.pcadvisor.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ But it is nothing like this one, it is total shit all windows are washed away and I can see the fucking desktop from the title of the windows.
  • A Review of the Pirated Copy of Windows 7 I Bought On eBay | Cracked.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Says: October 7th, 2009 at 5:12 am wow, who would have thought we’d make it all the way to windows 95!
  • A Review of the Pirated Copy of Windows 7 I Bought On eBay | Cracked.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[46] .In touch-enabled displays such as touch screens, tablet PCs, etc., this button is slightly wider to accommodate being pressed with a finger.^ Furthermore, Tablet PCs demand a few more drivers than plain vanilla laptops do, not just for the digitizer but also for screen rotation, accelerometer, and the usual extra few buttons.

^ Windows 7 also includes multi-touch technology, which lets you control what happens on the screen with more than one finger.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ New touch APIs enable natural interactions through multi-touch and finger-panning, and manipulation and inertia APIs enable impressive visual effects.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

[47] .Clicking this button minimizes all windows, and clicking it a second time restores them.^ The greatest Windows tips of all time .
  • Windows 7 | ITworld 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.itworld.com [Source type: General]

^ I actually have to click on the window to activate it, and then minimize or dismiss it, or click BACK on the window I was working on to finally get it back in the foreground.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Simply hit Win+Home to minimize all the non-active background windows, keeping the window you’re using in its current position.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

.Additionally, there is a feature named Aero Snap, that automatically maximizes a window when it is dragged to either the top or left/right edges of the screen, similar to Linux.^ By now, you’ve probably seen that Windows 7 does a lot to make window management easier: you can “dock” a window to the left or right half of the screen by simply dragging it to the edge; similarly, you can drag the window to the top of the screen to maximize it, and double-click the window top / bottom border to maximize it vertically with the same horizontal width.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ There are really too many to get into here, but the best of the new shortcuts allow you to maximize a window by dragging it to the top of the screen, minimize it by dragging it to the bottom, maximize to half your screen by dragging it to either edge, or (our favorite) minimizing all other windows by shaking the one you want to focus on.
  • Windows 7 Review: XP vs Vista vs 7 in 80+ Benchmarks | Maximum PC 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.maximumpc.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows is already stuffed with features with less than self-explanatory names and the random style to write them hardly make them any less easy to understand.
  • Windows 7: Elegant, yes. But too many tiny inconsistencies - SuperSite Blog 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC community.winsupersite.com [Source type: General]

[48] .This also allows users to snap documents or files on either side of the screen to compare them.^ Files containing specially crafted 'Escape codes' allow for arbitrary user-defined function code to be run when displaying the image files.
  • Windows 7 Sins — The case against Microsoft and proprietary software 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC en.windows7sins.org [Source type: General]

^ It can be quite handy if you want to compare two files side by side.
  • Introducing the Windows 7 UI 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: General]

^ Explore the Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7 The Problem Steps Recorder will record each and every step a user takes and document the entire operation in both screen captures and step-by-step details....

.When a user moves windows that are maximized, the system restores their previous state automatically.^ Still, once a system is patched and a user shuts off Windows Update, there's really not much Microsoft can do - or is there?

^ If you've used Windows since, oh, 1995 or so, you know the maximize, minimize, and restore buttons like the back of your hand.
  • Windows 7: A worthwhile upgrade? | Videos on ZDNet 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: General]

^ The new version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, Windows 7, has the same problem that Vista, XP, and all previous versions have had -- it's proprietary software.
  • Windows 7 Sins — The case against Microsoft and proprietary software 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC en.windows7sins.org [Source type: General]

.This functionality is also accomplished with keyboard shortcuts.^ Great list - I am always on the lookout for keyboard shortcuts, and lesser-known functionality.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The 14 Best Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts The Windows key now performs a wide variety of functions.

.Unlike in Windows Vista, window borders and the taskbar do not turn opaque when a window is maximized with Windows Aero applied.^ Features: Taskbar and Aero Peek Although the look of Windows 7 may seem to be nothing more than some polish applied liberally to the Vista Aero theme, make no mistake: This is a full replacement operating system, and more than just "Vista done right."
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Window reviews - CNET Reviews 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC reviews.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ In Windows Vista, hovering the mouse pointer over an application's Taskbar icon produces a thumbnail window view known as a Live Preview.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 review - PC Advisor 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.pcadvisor.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ (Windows Key + arrow) Aero Shake - Grab a window title bar, shake it and all windows will minimize to the Taskbar, shake it again and all windows will return to the screen.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

Instead, they remain translucent.
The Windows 7 taskbar.
.For developers, Windows 7 includes a new networking API with support for building SOAP-based web services in native code (as opposed to .NET-based WCF web services),[49] new features to shorten application install times, reduced UAC prompts, simplified development of installation packages,[50] and improved globalization support through a new Extended Linguistic Services API.[51] At WinHEC 2008 Microsoft announced that color depths of 30-bit and 48-bit would be supported in Windows 7 along with the wide color gamut scRGB (which for HDMI 1.3 can be converted and output as xvYCC).^ Microsoft Working on 128-bit Windows .
  • Microsoft Working on 128-bit Windows - Tom's Hardware 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.tomshardware.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 has no new "must have" features.
  • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Windows Seven: Enough Already 16 October 2009 11:48 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ See what security features are new and improved in Windows 7 in this slideshow gallery.
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The video modes supported in Windows 7 are 16-bit sRGB, 24-bit sRGB, 30-bit sRGB, 30-bit with extended color gamut sRGB, and 48-bit scRGB.[52][53] Microsoft has also implemented better support for solid-state drives,[54] including the new TRIM command, and Windows 7 is able to identify a solid-state drive uniquely.^ Microsoft Working on 128-bit Windows .
  • Microsoft Working on 128-bit Windows - Tom's Hardware 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.tomshardware.com [Source type: General]

^ Video: Windows 7 demo: Windows XP Mode .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows Vista, 7, and Singularity: The New Copland, Gershwin, Taligent Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard: Microsoft’s comeback plan Exploring Windows 7 for Mac users .
  • Why Windows 7 on Netbooks Won’t Save Microsoft — RoughlyDrafted Magazine 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.roughlydrafted.com [Source type: General]

.Microsoft is planning to support USB 3.0 in a subsequent patch, support not being included in the initial release due to delays in the finalization of the standard.^ It was initially planned for Win7 but is not supported in the shipping version of Win7 due to delays in the USB 3 specification.
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

^ MS has a knack for releasing year-named OSes towards the very end of that year, and it can’t be good for the credibility of the engineering and planning that supports it all.
  • Microsoft’s Next OS To Be Called “Windows 7″. Seriously. 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.techcrunch.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Heheh, Microsoft just released a piece of software with ZERO distribution cost, other than the initial seeding of the file!
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

[55]
.Internet Spades, Internet Backgammon and Internet Checkers, which were removed from Windows Vista, were restored in Windows 7. Windows 7 includes Internet Explorer 8 and Windows Media Player 12.^ Windows Media Player 12 .
  • Coffeestops 2.0! » Blog Archive » Guide: Windows 7 x64 Build 7000 on a Macbook Pro 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC ourcoffeestops.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Seriously you are concerned about spelling inconsistencies, when there are serious usability issues with the shell/Windows Explorer ever since VISTA debuted?
  • Windows 7: Elegant, yes. But too many tiny inconsistencies - SuperSite Blog 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC community.winsupersite.com [Source type: General]

^ Reply chandra mohan singh says: December 12, 2009 at 8:51 am need window7 urgent so window vista is very slow .
  • Windows 7 Downloads | Windows 7 Center 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC windows7center.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Users are also able to disable many more Windows components than was possible in Windows Vista.^ Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go.
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been — it's where Microsoft needed to go.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

^ Over time, Windows Vista also became a major release, taking on many of the features of Blackcomb.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

.New additions to this list of components include Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows Search, and the Windows Gadget Platform.^ Media Center is Updated with new features.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows Media Player 12 .
  • Coffeestops 2.0! » Blog Archive » Guide: Windows 7 x64 Build 7000 on a Macbook Pro 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC ourcoffeestops.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Yeah, Internet Explorer 8 comes with Windows 7.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

[56] Windows 7 includes 13 additional sound schemes, titled Afternoon, Calligraphy, Characters, Cityscape, Delta, Festival, Garden, Heritage, Landscape, Quirky, Raga, Savanna, and Sonata.[57] .A new version of Microsoft Virtual PC, newly renamed as Windows Virtual PC was made available for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions.^ For Windows Vista betas, Microsoft also distributed the Ultimate version.
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ Find out what's new in the RC version of Virtual PC and XP Mode for Windows 7...
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Microsoft is offering six versions of Windows 7: Starter, Home Premium , Professional, Ultimate , OEM and Enterprise.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Review - Operating Systems 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cnet.com.au [Source type: General]

[58] .It allows multiple Windows environments, including Windows XP Mode, to run on the same machine, requiring the use of Intel VT-x or AMD-V.^ Video: Windows 7 demo: Windows XP Mode .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sony laptops can't use Windows 7 XP mode .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Mary Jo Foley: XP Mode is a Microsoft virtualization technology aimed primarily at small/mid-size business users (SMBs), and is designed to allow them to run legacy Windows XP applications on Windows 7.
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Windows XP Mode runs Windows XP in a virtual machine and redirects displayed applications running in Windows XP to the Windows 7 desktop.^ And it would not run on Windows XP SP2, forcing me to play it virtualized .
  • Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.dedoimedo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Please do not say it runs Windows applications.
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ If youre willing to pay for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition, you might be able to use a clever solution to fool that old code into running in the new OS. Windows XP Mode lets you run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine right on the Windows 7 desktop.
  • Windows 7: A worthwhile upgrade? | Videos on ZDNet 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: General]

[59] .Furthermore, Windows 7 supports the mounting of a virtual hard disk (VHD) as a normal data storage, and the bootloader delivered with Windows 7 can boot the Windows system from a VHD, only in the Professional and Ultimate editions however.^ VHD and it can only be mounted via Disk Management.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7 incorporate support for the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file format.
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

^ Virtual hard disks .
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

[60] .The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) of Windows 7 is also enhanced to support real-time multimedia application including video playback and 3D games, thus allowing use of DirectX 10 in remote desktop environments.^ I kinda like all the UI enhancements and I'm happy to see that MS is actually concentrating on adding more then 3d window switching and basic transparency, but all stuff that's been around for a bit on most Linux desktop environments.
  • Windows 7 details - XtremeSystems Forums 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.xtremesystems.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Software & security Computer games Life topics Hillbilly physics Greatest sites 3D art Model planes Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it?
  • Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.dedoimedo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This donation-requested utility allows you to mix together a variety of remote control applications, including Citrix Independent Computing Architecture (ICA), Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Virtual Network Computing (VNC), Secure Shell (SSH) and rlogin.

[61] The three application limit, previously present in the Windows Vista Starter Edition, has been removed from Windows 7.[62]

Removed features

.A number of capabilities and certain programs that were a part of Windows Vista are no longer present or have been changed, resulting in the removal of certain functionality.^ Weaknesses: The videos show, as with Vista over XP, lots of window dressing and putting the same things in different places to make it look like it's changed.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 review - PC Advisor 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.pcadvisor.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7 makes far subtler changes than Vista did, which gives it an opportunity to refine features by the ship date.
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

^ A: Ultimate Extras will no longer be available after an upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

.These include the classic Start Menu user interface, Windows Ultimate Extras and InkBall.^ A: Ultimate Extras will no longer be available after an upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ You get Windows Defender and an improved firewall, but Microsoft appears to be too scared of the European Commission to do what would be best for users and include anti-virus software as well.
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ This includes Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos, with Windows 7 sorting things into these "shell folders".
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Four applications bundled with Windows Vista — Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Calendar[63] and Windows Mail — are not included with Windows 7, but are instead available for free in a separate package called Windows Live Essentials which can be found on the Microsoft website.^ Windows Live Movie Maker leaves beta 1 day ago .
  • Microsoft announces availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live -- Engadget 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.engadget.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Microsoft is removing a number of bundled applications from Windows 7 and making...
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The other thing to note is that Windows Mail, Calendar, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Contacts have been removed from Windows 7 and are now part of the downloadable Windows Live Essentials .
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

Antitrust regulatory attention

As with other Microsoft operating systems, Windows 7 is being studied by United States federal regulators who oversee the company's operations following the 2001 United States v. Microsoft settlement. According to status reports filed, the three-member panel began assessing prototypes of the new operating system in February 2008. Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Jupiter Research said that, "Microsoft's challenge for Windows 7 will be how can they continue to add features that consumers will want that also do not run afoul of regulators."[64]

Editions

.In order to comply with European antitrust regulations, Microsoft has proposed the use of a "ballot" screen, allowing users to download a competing browser, thus removing the need for a version of Windows completely without Internet Explorer, as previously planned.^ Q: Why did Microsoft remove them from Windows?
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Yeah, Internet Explorer 8 comes with Windows 7.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ The commission's decision will allow the company to continue incorporating its Internet Explorer browser into the operating system, so long as it addresses antitrust concerns by distributing a "ballot screen" letting Windows users.

[65] .In response to criticism involving Windows 7 E and concerns from manufacturers about possible consumer confusion if a version of Windows 7 with Internet Explorer were shipped later after one without Internet Explorer, Microsoft announced that it would scrap the separate version for Europe and ship the standard upgrade and full packages worldwide.^ Confused about what's new in Windows 7?
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Part one of my Windows 7 upgrade series is updated for the final, shipping version...
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A car manufacturer would do a recall, but not Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

[66]
.As with previous versions of Windows, an N version, which does not come with Windows Media Player, has been released in Europe, but only for sale directly from Microsoft sales websites and select others.^ Q: Is Windows 7 a 64 bit release only?
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft's Windows 7: how does it look?
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The same way IE7 is installed in Vista by default, and previous versions of IE are always installed in Windows.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

[67]

Reception

.In July 2009, in only eight hours, pre-orders of Windows 7 at Amazon.co.uk surpassed the demand Windows Vista had in its first 17 weeks.^ Sunday, January 18, 2009 3:17 PM by John I used your suggestion to make the windows explorer start with the computer drives.
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ July 17, 2009 8:23 pm John “This is an excellent tutorial!
  • Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ I have also installed Windows 7 (pre-release version) but could not see anything better in it than XP or Vista.

[68] .It became the highest-grossing pre-order in Amazon's history, surpassing sales of the previous record holder, the seventh Harry Potter book.^ Pre-ordered copy of 7 Home Premium arrived from Amazon today.
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Pre-order on Amazon now and save 37 percent!
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To order from Amazon Please buy this book to support and fund this BLOG. Thank you.

[69] .After 36 hours, 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions sold out in Japan.^ Q: Is Windows 7 a 64 bit release only?
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ The 64-bit version has been really solid .
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The leaked build is for the "Ultimate" version, but 32-bit only; not 64-bit.
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

[70] Two weeks after its release, it was announced that its market share had surpassed that of Snow Leopard, released two months previously as the most recent update to Apple's Mac OS X operating system.[71][72] .According to Net Applications, Windows 7 reached a 4% market share in less than three weeks.^ Mac is less secure than Windows.
  • Dirt Slingers!: Apple Ad Taking On Windows 7 - Geekologie 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.geekologie.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He’s running a “minimal” Windows Kernel, which still uses no less than 33 Megs of RAM for doing… nothing, really.
  • Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A well-seasoned sampler of how Windows 7 will fare when it reaches the consumer market next week.
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In comparison, it took Windows Vista seven months to reach the same mark.^ Weaknesses: The videos show, as with Vista over XP, lots of window dressing and putting the same things in different places to make it look like it's changed.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 review - PC Advisor 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.pcadvisor.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The same way IE7 is installed in Vista by default, and previous versions of IE are always installed in Windows.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ How about Vista SP2 intregated with new wallpaper, and renamed "Windows Seven."
  • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Windows Seven: Enough Already 16 October 2009 11:48 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

[73] .As of March 4, 2010, Microsoft announced that they had sold more than 90 million Windows 7 licenses.^ Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go.
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They are more than 4 times better than Windows 7.
  • A Review of the Pirated Copy of Windows 7 I Bought On eBay | Cracked.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ ZyXEL announces that the company will provide updates and supports to Windows 7 – the latest version of Microsoft's operating system.
  • ZyXEL - Windows 7 Support 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.zyxel.com [Source type: General]

[74]
.Reviews of Windows 7 were mostly positive, praising its usability when compared to its predecessor, Windows Vista.^ Seriously you are concerned about spelling inconsistencies, when there are serious usability issues with the shell/Windows Explorer ever since VISTA debuted?
  • Windows 7: Elegant, yes. But too many tiny inconsistencies - SuperSite Blog 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC community.winsupersite.com [Source type: General]

^ Says: October 7th, 2009 at 2:57 pm Great review, and I bailed out of using Windows when Vista was about to be released.
  • A Review of the Pirated Copy of Windows 7 I Bought On eBay | Cracked.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They will appreciate the changes Windows 7 brings compared to Vista.
  • Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.dedoimedo.com [Source type: Original source]

.CNET gave Windows 7 Home Premium a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars,[75] stating that it "is more than what Vista should have been, [and] it's where Microsoft needed to go". PC Magazine rated it a 4 out of 5 saying that Windows 7 is a "big improvement" over Windows Vista, with fewer compatibility problems, a retooled taskbar, simpler home networking and faster start-up.^ Microsoft shouldn't say more than what Shipping Seven does.
  • Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Windows Seven: Enough Already 16 October 2009 11:48 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ Watch the Windows home page for more.

^ Windows 7 is prettier, simpler and more efficient than its predecessor.
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[76] .Maximum PC gave Windows 7 a rating of 9 out of 10 and called Windows 7 a "massive leap forward" in usability and security, and praised the new Taskbar as "worth the price of admission alone".[77] PC World called Windows 7 a "worthy successor" to Windows XP and said that speed benchmarks showed Windows 7 to be slightly faster than Windows Vista.^ With Windows 7, it’s a bit faster than XP was and it looks a billion times better than Vista.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Finally, Microsoft releases a successor worthy of Windows XP .
  • Windows 7 Review: XP vs Vista vs 7 in 80+ Benchmarks | Maximum PC 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.maximumpc.com [Source type: General]

^ Mac is less secure than Windows.
  • Dirt Slingers!: Apple Ad Taking On Windows 7 - Geekologie 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.geekologie.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[78] .PC World also named Windows 7 one of the best products of the year.^ It's truly one of the better products in Windows 7.
  • Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.dedoimedo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Windows 7 in the real world with real PCs .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The ZyXEL devices have been tested to ensure the best performance on Windows 7, and the company will continue to offer new compatible products to the customers.
  • ZyXEL - Windows 7 Support 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.zyxel.com [Source type: General]

[79] .In its review of Windows 7, Engadget said that Microsoft has taken a "strong step forward" with Windows 7 and reported that speed is one of Windows 7's major selling points particularly for the netbook sets.^ Microsoft said the majority of netbooks will have Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed.
  • Why Windows 7 on Netbooks Won’t Save Microsoft — RoughlyDrafted Magazine 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.roughlydrafted.com [Source type: General]

^ Security in Windows 7 is very multi-faceted and we have never advised customers to rely on just one specific feature in the OS,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said in a statement.
  • Windows 7 | Gadget Lab | Wired.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ Long Zheng said: @Saijo George: I do not have any non-disclosure agreement with Microsoft about Windows Mobile 7 or a...
  • Windows 7 ISO Verifier, for your downloading pleasure - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: General]
  • Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin - istartedsomething 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.istartedsomething.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[80] .LAPTOP Magazine gave Windows 7 a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and said that Windows 7 makes computing more intuitive, offered better overall performance including a "modest to dramatic" increase in battery life on laptop computers.^ Windows 7 is more stable and has better performance than XP. 2.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Makes me love Windows 7 even more!!!
  • Tim Sneath : The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ The ZyXEL devices have been tested to ensure the best performance on Windows 7, and the company will continue to offer new compatible products to the customers.
  • ZyXEL - Windows 7 Support 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.zyxel.com [Source type: General]

[81] .Techradar gave it a 5 star rating calling it the best version of Windows yet.^ Windows 7 is simply the best version of Windows you can get.
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Windows 7's many small changes add up to a much better product – the best version of Windows you can get, in fact Review: Ubuntu 9.10 v Windows 7 .
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Wu_Tang_Burger Says: October 27th, 2009 at 12:05 pm I’m am still crying over here…best review yet, on Windows 7 .
  • A Review of the Pirated Copy of Windows 7 I Bought On eBay | Cracked.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[82] .The New York Times,[83] USA Today,[84] The Wall Street Journal,[85] and The Telegraph[86] also gave Windows 7 favorable reviews.^ LCD TV PlayStation 3 Printer reviews Security software Wii Windows Vista CNET sites CNET Site map CNET TV Downloads News Reviews Shopper.com Other CNET sites .
  • Windows 7: A better Vista? | Beyond Binary - CNET News 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There’s a whole bunch of other features in Windows 7 that we don’t really have time to cover today… .
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Now with that said, as I review the new Windows, I feel certain features in the new version need to be implemented into the exsisting Vista version.
  • Introducing the Windows 7 UI 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.neowin.net [Source type: General]

.Some Vista Ultimate users have expressed concerns over Windows 7 pricing and upgrade options.^ Windows 7 upgrade pricing is too expensive Windows 7 activation ...
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Price £200 ultimate upgrade - laughable!!
  • Microsoft Windows 7 review - PC Advisor 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.pcadvisor.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ A: Ultimate Extras will no longer be available after an upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

[87][88] .Windows Vista Ultimate users wanting to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 must either pay $219.99[89] to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate or perform a clean install, which requires them to reinstall all of their programs.^ OS does require a clean install.
  • 7 Reasons to Avoid Windows 7 | Gadget Lab | Wired.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows Live Esssentials is a must-have companion for all users of Windows...
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Windows 7 with all necessary software installed.
  • Windows 7 | Tamir Khason - Just code 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC khason.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[90]

Editions

.Windows 7 is available in six different editions, but only the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions are available for retail sale to consumers in most countries.^ A visual look at Windows 7 Home Premium, the most compelling Windows 7 choice for consumers worldwide.
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Q: How many editions of Windows 7 are available?
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ The Windows 7 Beta will be only available in one edition, which is roughly equivalent the Ultimate edition of Windows Vista.
  • Microsoft announces availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live -- Engadget 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.engadget.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[91] The other editions are aimed at other markets, such as the developing world or enterprise use.[91] .Each edition of Windows 7 includes all of the capabilities and features of the edition below it.^ Windows 7 new taskbar is actually Windows quick launch, task bar, and alt+Tab feature all fused together.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Finally, a feature-by-feature comparison of the various Windows 7 product editions...
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It includes most of new features of new OS with explanations and screenshots to make your learn and understand what can your future application do with all those new features.
  • Windows 7 | Tamir Khason - Just code 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC khason.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[91][92][93][94][95] .All editions support the 32-bit (IA-32) processor architecture and all editions except Starter and Home Basic support the 64-bit (x86-64) processor architecture.^ Also, what’s the difference between 32 and 64 bit?
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Win7 will be in both 64- and 32-Bit.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ GHz processor 32 or 64 bit .
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

.The installation media is the same for all the consumer editions of Windows 7 that have the same processor architecture, with the license determing the features that are activated, and license upgrades permitting the subsequent unlocking of features without re-installation of the operating system.^ The qualifying Windows operating system must have a genuine license (product key) and it must be activated.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Windows XP is a great operating system.
  • Windows 7 Beta - Is it worth it? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.dedoimedo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Upgrades to Windows 7 from the following operating systems are not supported: .
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

[96] .This is the first time Microsoft has distributed 2 DVDs (1 DVD for IA-32 processor architecture, the other DVD for x86-64 processor architecture) for each edition of Windows 7 (Except for Starter and Home Basic).^ Windows 7 Starter edition introduces genuine "Microsoft tax" .
  • All about Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC news.zdnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Here's a first look at the RC version of Windows 7 Home Basic...
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ GHz processor 32 or 64 bit .
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

.Users who wish to upgrade to an edition of Windows 7 with more features can then use Windows Anytime Upgrade to purchase the upgrade, and unlock the features of those editions.^ I wish you Windows users well.

^ I would recommend against using the upgrade feature unless you are very brave (also note that it only supports upgrading from Vista SP1)” .
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Here's another common Windows 7 upgrade scenario: You want to upgrade a Windows XP-based netbook to Windows 7 using Upgrade media.
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[92][96][97] .Some copies of Windows 7 have restrictions, in which it must be distributed, sold, or bought and activated in the geographical region (One of the geographical regions can be either: Southeast Asia; India; or Latin America and the Caribbean) specified in its front cover box.^ You just looked at some screen shot, and you go “OMG big icons at the bottom… they must have copy Mac OS! LOLOLOLOL!!!!”.
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ Mjhieu on Sunday, November 2nd 2008 at 08:33 PM I hope I will get a key, so I can unlock some features which is only unlock when windows 7 activated!
  • How To Download Windows 7 Beta - Windows 7 23 September 2009 5:10 UTC www.windowsvienna.com [Source type: General]

^ So I just bought a release copy of Windows 7 on eBay...
  • A Review of the Pirated Copy of Windows 7 I Bought On eBay | Cracked.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.cracked.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Microsoft is offering a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (in select markets) that allows installation on up to three PCs.^ Windows Family Pack licensing .
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ And the rememedy was install fresh XP. You know whenyou buy a pc from the store, you're getting a frankenstein installation of windows...
  • Windows 7 Review: XP vs Vista vs 7 in 80+ Benchmarks | Maximum PC 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.maximumpc.com [Source type: General]

^ A visual look at Windows 7 Home Premium, the most compelling Windows 7 choice for consumers worldwide.
  • Windows 7 @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.winsupersite.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[98] .The "Family Pack" costs US$259.99 in the United States[99]; it was available at a cost of US$149.99 for some weeks when it was first introduced.^ The Windows 7 Family Pack will be available on October 22, 2009 until supplies last.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Gartner says that the average netbook cost $450 in the United States in the fourth quarter [of 2008], but that will drop to $399 by the end of [2009].” .
  • Why Windows 7 on Netbooks Won’t Save Microsoft — RoughlyDrafted Magazine 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.roughlydrafted.com [Source type: General]

^ It only works with Windows 7 machines, which I expect will sell a few family packs of Windows 7 (three copies of Home Premium for £149.99).
  • Windows 7 review: like Vista, but good | Technology | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

[98]
.On September 18, 2009, Microsoft said they were to offer temporary student discounts for Windows 7. The offer ran in the US and the United Kingdom, with similar schemes available in Canada, Australia, Korea, Mexico, France and Germany.^ September 30, 2009 @ 7:18 pm .
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

^ Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea and Mexico can participate in this offer on October 22nd (Windows 7 GA).
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Microsoft today confirmed that users can apply a workaround trick to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a blank hard drive as long as they toe the licensing line.
  • windows 7 upgrade | ITworld 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.itworld.com [Source type: General]

Students with a valid .edu or .ac.uk email address could apply for either Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, priced at $30 or £30.[100][101] This offer has ended as of January 5.

Marketing

Microsoft has marketed the whole of Windows 7 as "making your PC simpler." However, the different editions of Windows 7 have been designed and marketed toward different types of people. .Out of all the different editions (Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate), the Starter edition has been designed for netbooks, Home Basic for the developing world, Home Premium designed and marketed for normal home users, Professional for businesses, Enterprise for larger businesses and corporations, and Ultimate for enthusiasts.^ Plus, the Ultimate edition is packed with extras like media recovery software, professionally-designed creative content and a 2 GB USB flash drive.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 review - PC Advisor 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.pcadvisor.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Q: I purchased the upgrade to Windows 7 Professional, but I discovered that I cannot do an in place upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium, what I am suppose to do?
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ Peter: We talked when Vista came out about User Account Control and particularly audio-specific tasks that required elevation or different handling of permissions in Vista.
  • Create Digital Music » Obsessive Windows 7 Under-the-Hood Guide for Music; Can You Finally Dump XP? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC createdigitalmusic.com [Source type: General]

.TV commercials advertise Home Premium's use in the home.^ Or purchase an Anytime Upgrade key online that allows you use the built in Windows Anytime Upgrade assistant to do the upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional simply by entering a licensed key.
  • ActiveWin.com: Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide - Microsoft Windows 7 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.activewin.com [Source type: General]

^ I preordered Home premium for $50 and I have been using Win 7 RC for a while.
  • 7 Reasons to Avoid Windows 7 | Gadget Lab | Wired.com 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

Hardware requirements

The Windows 7 sticker is affixed to most PCs that meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7 purchased on or after October 22, 2009
.Microsoft has published their minimum specifications for a system running Windows 7.[102] Requirements for the 32-bit version are much the same as recommendations for premium editions of Vista, but the 64-bit versions are higher.^ Also, what’s the difference between 32 and 64 bit?
  • What You Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta - the How-To Geek 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.howtogeek.com [Source type: General]

^ For Windows Vista betas, Microsoft also distributed the Ultimate version.
  • Microsoft Watch - Windows 7 - Who Leaked Windows 7? 28 January 2010 1:10 UTC www.microsoft-watch.com [Source type: General]

^ Mac 64 bit apps will be much faster than Windows apps on the same computer.

Microsoft has released an upgrade advisor that scans a computer to see if it is compatible with Windows 7.
Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7[102]
Architecture 32-bit 64-bit
Processor 1 GHz 32-bit processor 1 GHz 64-bit processor
Memory (RAM) 1 GB of RAM 2 GB of RAM
Graphics Card DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0 (For Aero)
HDD free space 16 GB of available disk space 20 GB of available disk space
Optical drive DVD drive (only to install from DVD/CD Media)
Additional requirements to use certain features:[102]

See also

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Windows 7
(Part of the Microsoft Windows family)
Developer
Microsoft
Web site: www.microsoft.com/windows7
Release information
Current version: 6.1 (build 7600) (22nd October 2009)
Source model: Closed source / Shared source
License: MS-EULA
Kernel type: Hybrid kernel
Support status
Mainstream support
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Windows 7 is the newest version of Microsoft Windows, which is an operating system for computers. Microsoft says Windows 7 is faster, more reliable and more compatible, and that it is a refinement of the previous version named Windows Vista.[needs proof]

The beta version of Windows 7 was released on January 9th, 2009, and the release candidate was released on May 5th. The final version of Windows 7 was sent to PC makers on July 22nd, 2009, so that they have three months to change it and include it with their computers. Windows 7 was released to the public on October 22nd, 2009.[needs proof]

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Development of Windows 7

First, a version of Windows codenamed Blackcomb was planned as the successor to Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Big features were planned for Blackcomb, including an emphasis on looking for data and an advanced storage system named WinFS to enable such situations. However, an interim, minor release, codenamed "Longhorn" was announced for 2003, delaying the making of Blackcomb.[1] By the middle of 2003, however, Longhorn had gotten some of the features meant for Blackcomb. After three major viruses exploited flaws in Windows operating systems within a short time period in 2003, Microsoft changed its development priorities, putting some of Longhorn's major development work on hold while they made new service packs for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Development of Longhorn (Windows Vista) was also "reset", or delayed in September 2004. A number of features were cut from Longhorn.[2]

Blackcomb was renamed Vienna in early 2006, [3] and again to Windows 7 in 2007.[4] In 2008, it was announced that Windows 7 would also be the official name of the operating system.[5][6]

Builds

Milestone 1

The first known build was called Milestone 1. It was just a customized version of Windows Vista and it had a send feedback feature since it was a pre-release version.

Milestone 2

The next build was called Milestone 2. It had a new taskbar.

Milestone 3

The third Milestone was released in September 2008. It looked like Vista, but it had a new Action Center instead of the Security Center. The action center shows messages for many more stuff, not just security for Windows.

Build 6801

Build 6801 was a customized version of Milestone 3 that was shown at the Professional Developers Conference and was given to the people that were there.

Pre-beta

Build 6933 was shown at PDC but wasn't given to its attendees. In December 2008, a leaked version of build 6956 was available for download on Peer To Peer networks.

Beta

On January 9th 2009, build 7000 was released as a public beta. According to the engineering Windows 7 team, they had a lot of feedback from users.

Release Candidate

The Release Candidate was made available on May 5th, 2009 and the build number is 7100.

Final version

Windows 7 was launched on October 22nd, 2009.[7]

New and Changed Features

Windows 7 includes a number of new features, such as touching the screen, supporting virtual hard disks, being faster on multi-core processors and the taskbar is the biggest improvement. The taskbar allows users to pin most frequently used programs. Also, the glass user interface, Aero, has been improved.

Windows 7 have removed InkBall, Windows Ultimate Extras, classic Start Menu, Windows Mail, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Calendar.

Editions

The four main editions of Windows 7 are:

  • Starter
  • Home Premium
  • Professional
  • Ultimate

Two editions are not released worldwide, for example Home Basic, which is only released in emerging countries; while Enterprise is only available to Volume Licensing, and Software Assurance.

References

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  2. "Microsoft cuts key Longhorn feature". Todd Bishop. Hearst Seattle Media, LLC. August 28, 2004. http://www.seattlepi.com/business/188339_msftcuts28.html. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. Thurrott, Paul (14 February 2007). "Windows "7" FAQ". Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows. http://www.winsupersite.com/faq/windows_7.asp. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  4. Foley, Mary J (2007-07-20). "Windows Seven: Think 2010". ZDNet. http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=592. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  5. Fried, Ina (2008-10-13). "Microsoft makes Windows 7 name final". CNET. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10064971-56.html. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  6. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (October 2008). "For Microsoft's Windows, 7th time's a charm". http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/10/14/tech-windows.html. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  7. Windows 7 to launch October 22

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