Compatibility with Microsoft® Windows® 7
Microsoft Windows 7 has lots of features and tools to enhance a user’s system performance. Different versions of Microsoft Windows 7 are available in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. Each version has its own features and many advanced tools. You can choice one that suits your needs. Some people use computers to prepare presentatiosn, some use it to play games and watch movies, and some others use computers to develop complex programs. If you want to meet those variety of requirements, you need to install additional application programs on the operating system. The operating system is a platform where you can install different types of software. The application program will work only if the operating system supports it. You can refer to the user manual of the software to know the system requirement. Microsoft has always worked with third party software companies to make the latter's product compatible with Windows 7. All versions of 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 have Windows on Windows (WOW) feature that allow you to install almost all the 32-bit applications. So you can enjoy high performance of a 64-bit operating system and also work on 32-bit applications. Microsoft Windows 7 supports several applications programs.
The following are some of the hardware and software compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 system:
- Web browsers
- Antivirus software
Internet Explorer 7 is the default web browser on Microsoft Windows 7. You can upgrade Internet Explorer to the most recent version. Microsoft Windows 7 also supports other web browser programs such as Mozilla Firefox (version 3 and above), Safari, or Opera. You can install any of the web browsers that you are comfortable with. The role of a web browser is to open the website for you. You just need to open any web browser and type in the website address and the browser opens it for you.
A printer is a hardware device. It is used to take print outs from your Microsoft Windows 7 system. The printer used in your system needs to be compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system to ensure good working of the device. Even the driver software used for printer needs to be compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, only then can you enjoy smooth and efficient working of the printer. Some of the printer devices compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 are Epson WorkForce 30 printer, HP Color LaserJet CP4525dn Printer, and Brother DCP-9045CDN Multifunction Printer.
Viruses are real threats on any operating system. Microsoft Windows 7 has a very effective firewall that protects the system from hackers and intruders. You can install almost all the latest antivirus programs to enhance your system’s protection. McAfee 8.7 and higher and Norton 2010 and higher are two popular antivirus programs that Microsoft Windows 7 supports.
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