Improved Aero Desktop by wuyunyi


									   Windows 7
Valdemar Bøttern
                   Windows 7 Requirements

Windows Vista
1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
512 MB of RAM (for Home Basic); 1 GB of RAM for all other versions
15 GB of available disk space
Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory (for Home Basic);
128 MB of graphics memory plus WDDM support for all other versions

Windows 7
1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
1 GB of RAM (32-bit); 2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
16 GB of available disk space (32-bit); 20 GB of avaiable disk space (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
                 Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 Starter Edition
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Ultimate
                                 New Features

Action Center
While previous versions of Windows included a feature called Windows Security Center
that monitored the various security features of the system, Windows 7 takes this
functionality to the next level with Action Center. In addition to monitoring security,
Action Center also monitors the OS's maintenance features and consolidates alerts from
numerous Windows features into a single interface.
                                 New Features
Aero Peek
This replacement for Show Desktop in Windows 7 lets you "peek" behind all of the
open windows on your desktop and easily view and Windows Gadgets or files on your
desktop. You can also peek into the contents of specific open windows.

Mouse over “show desktop” or “windows + space”

Aero Shake
Windows 7 includes a unique new way to minimize all windows except for the currently
selected window: Just grab it by the title bar and shake vigorously. It's called Aero

Aero Snaps
By dragging open windows in certain ways, you can "snap" them to the edges of the
screen, maximize, or minimize. This obviates the need to click tiny onscreen elements,
making these features more accessible to users.
                                 New Features

Bitlocker To Go
The full-drive encryption feature that first debuted in Windows Vista has been updated
in Windows 7 to support removable USB storage devices like flash memory drives and
portable hard drives.
                                 New Features

The Windows Calculator utility inexplicably receives a major upgrade in Windows 7 with
calculation history, unit conversion, calculation templates, data calculations, and other
new features.
                                 New Features

Styles and Desktop Slide Shows
In Windows 7, Microsoft combines various system preferences--including the desktop
background, the Aero glass window color, the system sounds, and the screen saver--
into styles you can customize, save, and share with others. You can also enhance your
desktop with slide shows that change the desktop image on a set schedule.
                               New Features

Windows Gadgets
The Windows Sidebar disappears in Windows 7, but the Gadgets continue on and are
integrated with the desktop.
                                  New Features

Windows Taskbar
The Windows Taskbar has been dramatically enhanced in Windows 7 to minimize
clutter. New Taskbar features like Jump Lists, fly-over and full-screen icon previews, and
                                New Features

Backup and Restore. Windows Vista's stellar backup and restore features have been
streamlined and simplified in Windows 7. Like its predecessor, Windows 7 supports
both data backup and image-based system backup, but now the UIs are more
                                New Features

Blu-Ray support. Windows 7 natively supports Blu-Ray optical discs and enables you to
write to Blu-Ray recordable media.
                                 New Features

Device Stage. This Longhorn-style user experience will be made available for multi-
function devices such as smart phones, multifunction printers, portable media players,
and the like. Through this UI, you'll be able to access the features that are unique to
each device. Each Device Stage page can be extensively customized by the device
                                New Features

XP Mode. Run XP programs virtual directly on Windows 7.

Free to download and run on Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate
                               New Features

DirectAccess. This feature is aimed at business users who need to securely access
corporate network resources while away from the office. Essentially a simple
replacement for VPN connections, DirectAccess requires Windows Server 2008 R2 on
the server-side.
                                                         Internet                            Intranet

                                                                               server         Corporate resources

                                                                                           Internal traffic
                                                                                           Internet traffic

                                                         Internet servers
                                New Features

Display improvements. Windows 7 includes numerous improvements related to
computer displays, including integrated display color calibration, improved high DPI
support, ClearType, and improved support for external displays. A new Windows Key +
P keyboard shortcut helps you easily switch between connected displays.
                                 New Features

Branch Cache. In a nutshell Branch Cache
is very much like a DNS cache. For
example, when you do a lookup of via DNS the resulting
IP address for the server is stored in your
cache until the TTL expires. Branch Cache
does the same thing only with data that
you have transferred the remote
site. There are two types of configurations,
peer based and server based.
                                  New Features

Getting Started. This replacement for Windows Vista's Welcome Center no longer
appears the first time you boot into the Windows desktop, but it still provides a central
location for discovering new features, personalizing the system, transferring data from
your previous Windows PC, and discovering and launching other common tasks.
                               New Features

HomeGroup. Microsoft has consolidated the most common network-based sharing
tasks into a single simple interface called HomeGroup. Computers in a HomeGroup can
easily share documents, digital media files, and printers over a home network.
                                 New Features

Internet Explorer. Windows 7 ships with the latest version of Microsoft's Web browser,
Internet Explorer 8.
                                   New Features

AppLocker. Restrict program execution on user desktops based on publisher signature
Example: Allow all versions greater than 9.0 of the program Acrobat Reader to run if
they are signed by the software publisher Adobe

Software Restriction on steroids
                                  New Features

Libraries. In Windows 7, Microsoft has realized a long-term goal to replace the static
special shell folders from previous Windows versions and replace them with virtualized
shell locations that aggregate content from a variety of physical locations. Libraries are
implemented as virtual folders and the views they present are the results of search
queries. Libraries are also the basis for HomeGroup file and digital media content
                                  New Features

Location-Aware Printing. Windows 7 utilizes different default printers for each of the
network locations you've configured on the system so you won't mistakenly print a
child's school project to the work printer. When you're at work, you'll print to the work
printer, and when you're at home, you'll print to the home printer.
                                  New Features

Paint. The Paint utility that's been in Windows from the very first version receives its
first significant upgrade in decades, and now sports the new Scenic Ribbon toolbar.
                                 New Features

Parental Controls. The parental control functionality that debuted in Windows Vista is
updated in Windows 7 to support multiple games rating systems and parental control
                                 New Features

Problem Steps Recorder. Windows 7 includes a new utility called the Problem Steps
Recorder that captures screen shots of the steps a user is taking so that help desk
personnel can provide a fix without physically having to visit the desktop.
                                New Features

ReadyBoost. ReadyBoost first appeared in Windows Vista, providing users with a way to
cheaply and easily improve the performance of their PCs by utilizing a USB memory key
as a memory cache. In Windows 7, ReadyBoost is improved in numerous way: It
supports multiple memory devices, can work with USB memory keys, Secure Digital (SD)
memory cards, and other internal flash devices, and supports over 4 GB of storage.
                               New Features

Sensor support. Windows 7 includes support for hardware-based sensors, including
GPS-based location sensors.
                               New Features

Start Menu (Enhanced). The Windows 7 Start Menu is an enhanced version of the Start
Menu that debuted in Windows Vista.
                                  New Features

Startup Repair. While this useful tool did debut with Windows Vista, it wasn't installed
on PCs by default. In Windows 7, it is installed into the OS partition automatically and
appears automatically when the system can't boot properly, fixing any problems and
returning the system to its normal booting state.
                                 New Features

Sticky Notes. The Sticky Notes utility loses the bizarre Windows XP-style interface from
previous Windows versions and supports ink and text input.
                                 New Features

Tablet PC. After making Tablet PC functionality available more broadly in Windows
Vista, Microsoft is improving this technology in Windows 7 with better handwriting
recognition that has improved accuracy, speed, and support for math expressions,
personalized custom dictionaries, and 13 new languages.
                                  New Features

User Account Control. While much reviled by certain users, the User Account Control
(UAC) feature that debuted in Windows Vista played a huge role in making that system
the most secure Windows version yet. In Windows 7, UAC is extensively updated to be
less annoying, and the overall system has been fine-tuned to minimize the number of
UAC prompts that interrupt users.

Click Start, type UAC and hit Enter to change the User Account Control settings.
                                New Features

View Available Networks. Windows 7 includes a new Jump List-based utility for finding
and connecting to Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, dial-up, and VPN connections. Unlike the
similar UI in Windows Vista, this utility, called View Available Networks, does not
require you to navigate through a series of dialogs and windows.
                                   New Features

Virtual Hard Disk support. Windows 7 allows you to mount a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) as
a drive in Explorer so that you can navigate its contents like a physical hard disk. It also
supports the ability to boot from VHD images.
                                New Features

Windows Anytime Upgrade. This utility debuted in Windows Vista but was found to be
too confusing for most users, so the electronic upgrade capability was removed. In
Windows 7, Windows Anytime Upgrade returns to electronic upgrading and Microsoft
promises you'll be able to upgrade from one version of Windows 7 to another in about
10 minutes now.
                                 New Features

Windows Easy Transfer. The Windows Easy Transfer utility that debuted in Windows
Vista has been substantially updated with a new user interface and new capabilities. As
before, Easy Transfer helps you transfer files, folders, and program and system settings
from your previous Windows install to your new one. This time around, however, the
process is simpler and more streamlined.
                                New Features

Windows Media Center. Microsoft's ten-foot UI for digital media content is improved
with a slightly enhanced user interface, multi-touch support, HomeGroup integration,
and various global broadcast TV standards.
                                New Features

Windows Media Player. Microsoft's media player received a major makeover in
Windows 7 with several new features, including enhanced DVD playback, a new
lightweight playback mode, dramatically improved format compatibility (including AAC
and H.264), Windows Taskbar Jump List customization, PC-to-PC and media streaming,
and a new Play To feature.
                               New Features

Windows PowerShell. Windows 7 ships with the Windows PowerShell 2.0 scripting
environment and the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE).
                                  New Features

Windows Search. Windows 7 comes with the latest version of Windows Search, and
unlike the version that first shipped with Windows Vista, you can now obtain instant
search results from network-based file shares as well as local hard drives plus searches
against online websites (federated search). Microsoft has also improved the
performance of local searches, sorting, and grouping.
                                New Features

Windows Troubleshooting. This new Windows 7 feature diagnoses and resolves
common operating system and hardware issues. It works automatically, or you can visit
the Troubleshooting control panel to find problems to troubleshoot. Windows
Troubleshooting integrates with Action Center so you'll be notified when relevant new
troubleshooters from Microsoft and third parties are made available.
                                New Features

XPS Viewer. While Windows Vista users are forced to use Internet Explorer to view
XML Paper Specification (XPS) documents--essentially Microsoft's PDF knock-off--
Windows 7 gains a dedicated XPS Viewer application.
                        Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 Starter

Key features: Enhanced taskbar, Jump Lists, Windows Media Player, Backup and Restore,
Action Center, Device Stage, Play To, Fax and Scan, basic games

What’s missing: Aero Glass, many Aero desktop enhancements, Windows Touch, Media
Center, Live thumbnail previews, Home Group creation
                        Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 Home Premium

Key features: Aero Glass, Aero Background, Windows Touch, Home Group creation,
Media Center, DVD playback and authoring, premium games, Mobility Center

What’s missing: Domain join, Remote Desktop host, advanced backup, EFS, Offline
                     Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 Home Basic

Key Features: Same as Home Premium, except no Aero and other UI tweaks.
                      Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 Professional

Key features: Domain join, Remote Desktop host, location aware printing, EFS,
Mobility Center, Presentation Mode, Offline Folders

What’s missing: BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, Direct Access, Branche
Cache, MUI language packs, boot from VHD
                       Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 Enterprise

Key features: BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, Direct Access, Branche Cache,
MUI language packs, boot from VHD

What’s missing: Retail licensing
                      Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 Ultimate

Key features: BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, Direct Access, Branche Cache,
MUI language packs, boot from VHD

What’s missing: Volume licensing

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