Features of Windows® 7 and MS-DOS®
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Windows 7 and MS-DOS are two operating systems manufactured by Microsoft. MS-DOS operating system is the oldest one among these operating systems. MS-DOS was designed for the IBM machines by Microsoft in 1981. DOS refers to disk operating system. Even though, the initial versions of this operating system were simple, complexity incremented on the later versions. Windows 7 the latest operating system from Microsoft that includes a lot of advanced features to support multitasking. The MS-DOS does not have features to support both the requirements. Even though, MS-DOS lacks a lot sophisticated features offered by the modern computers, still people rely on the same for many kinds of services. MS-DOS works only with the Intel 8085 and 8086 processors. Windows 7 has been designed in such a way that it works on Dual-Core processors.
Discussed below are a few important features of MS-DOS and Windows 7:
- MS-DOS features
- Windows 7 features
- Comparative study
MS-DOS is one the oldest operating systems. MS-DOS underwent eight versions till the last development at 2000. This contributed much to the growth of Microsoft from a programming language development company to a diverse software development firm. It supports only character line interface. MS-DOS supports only single user interface. MS-DOS commands are stored as individual programs, known as external commands.
Windows 7 features
Windows 7 is available to the users in six different editions. It uses the same installation media for all the consumer editions. A family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium is also made available by Microsoft which can be used in three different PCs. A lot of features namely hand writing, speed and touch recognition are also incorporated in Windows 7.
A kernel which manages the system resources used in the operating system differs widely. MS-DOS system contains the monolithic kernel which relies mostly on system components. Instead of monolithic kernel, hybrid kernels are used in Windows 7. The hybrid kernels contain both the features of monolithic and micro kernels. MS-DOS operating system is a 16-bit operating system whereas Windows 7 is a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.
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