Windows® 7 Look and Feel Features
The launch date of Windows 7 was a red-letter day for the Microsoft. It has managed to gather a whole lot of fanfare over the time prior to the release.
Expectations and speculation were abuzzÂ over the new OS, but based on a report fromÂ Â a retail version of the new OS, the reality seems toÂ exceed the hype. Microsoft did not pursue a holistic change of Windows Vista and gave the resultant Windows 7, instead it chose smartly to develop a fresh version of Windows, bringing a bunch of new features into the spotlight.
In comparison to Windows Vista, Windows 7 seems to look like "old wine in a new bottle". Microsoft includes the basicÂ Windows 7 requirements as a 32 or 64 bit 1 GHz processor, 1- 2GB of RAM, 16-20GB of disk space, and a DirectX 9 compatible graphics card.
It is interesting to see Windows 7 operate on a low-spec HP NetBook. Features like gaming, multi-media etc allow for at least 4Gb RAM, a half decent graphics card, more hard disk space and a zippier CPU. However, when it comes to looks, Windows 7 is superficially similar to Windows Vista, because of its Aero glass look.
The new Windows 7 takes things a step further with theme packages to change its look and feel. Microsoft packs several theme packages, many of which will smoothly sail through several desktop wallpapers.The gadgets on the on-screen are now no longer limited to a sidebar . They can be placed anywhere on the desktop, making customizing Windows far more versatile.
All in all, the biggest noticeable interface feature of Windows 7 is its new and revamped taskbar.
Around the places where application designers stuffed the Windows Vista with annoying pop up alerts in Windows Vista, they haveÂ striked off in Windows 7 to the action center so one can check them out at their own leisure. Releasing or simply viewing what application are running have become easier because of the large taskbar icons.
Jump lists are another jazzy feature. When a user right-clicks on any program icon attached to the taskbar, they will see a pop up list of files which have been recently used with that program.
Microsoft also created shortcuts that can enable a user to get the most of on-limited screen real-estate. A user who has switched from Windows Vista with a bunch of ageing Windows XP applications which fails to work in Windows 7, will be contended with some good news and some bad.
The bad news is that the programs will not run directly under Windows 7 but the good news is that Windows 7 has an Windows XP Mode allowing a virtual Windows XP session that will make it possible to run older and incompatible applications. Using the Windows XP mode on Windows 7 is as simple as installing the older application by deploying the virtual Windows XP option from the start menu and then operating it like any other Windows 7 application.
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