Windows® 7 Aero Desktop
Windows 7 is power-packed with lots of stunning features like the Windows Aero experience. The Windows 7 packs the amped up version of Aero theme from its predecessor Windows Vista. Although the name and platform is same as that in Windows Vista, major revisions have been made in its features and appearance. The key features of the aero theme in Windows 7 comprises of the taskbar called Super-bar, Windows desktop peek, thumbnail preview of open windows, Aero shake, Aero snap, customizable color palette etc. The taskbar in Windows 7 is called Super-bar and as the name suggests it is having superb features that eases up the PC usage like application jump-lists, thumbnail preview of open windows and applications, custom notifications and pinning of favorite applications. The Aero shake is a mouse gesture like feature that allows you to quickly minimize all other open windows in the desktop by holding and shaking the current window. The aero snap feature is another interesting function that allows you to easily resize the open windows by simply dragging them on to the edges of desktop. The windows desktop peek feature allows you to get a quick preview of your desktop without minimizing the open windows. The Aero theme in Windows 7 in short offers simplified and truly unique experience of using a PC.
Discussed below are some points about the system requirements for enabling the Aero desktop in Windows 7 Operating System:
- Graphics memory
- Physical memory
- Processor and hard disk
The Aero desktop theme in Windows 7 requires advanced graphic rendering as it utilizes the visual effects based on DirectX 9 from Microsoft. So you will require graphics card capable of rendering a minimum graphics memory of around 128MB with support for DirectX 9 in order to enable all the features of the Aero Desktop theme in Windows 7 OS. It is also advised to install and update the drivers for the graphics card before enabling the ‘Aero’ theme as it will help to minimize related errors.
The Windows 7 requires around a minimum of 1GB of RAM for its working in 32bit stream and a 2GB for the 64bit variant. The same is the case for enabling Aero theme in both types of Windows 7 i.e. 32 & 64-bit. Although the amount of RAM required for enabling Aero theme is 1GB & 2GB, respectively, for both variants, it is advised that you increase the RAM size in order to experience the full functionality of the Aero theme without any performance lags.
The Windows 7 OS requires a processor with a minimum speed of around 1GHz for its installation and working. The aero theme in the Windows 7 also requires a 32-bit or 64-bit processor above 1GHz preferably more than 1.5GHz for its smooth functioning. The free hard disk space required for the installation/working of Windows 7 and of the Aero theme is 16GB & 20GB, respectively, for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
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