Windows® 7 Guide
Windows 7 Guide to New Features, Tools, and Utilities
If you are considering upgrading from an older version of Windows to Windows 7, this Windows 7 guide will hopefully provide you with some insight into the new features, tools, and utilities included in the latest release. There are many technology and UI advancements implemented in Windows 7 in comparison to Windows XP and Windows Vista. Among these improvements include advancements in handwriting recognition technology, touch and speech technology, additional support for file formats and virtual hard disks, improvements to kernel, boot, and multi-core processor performance. There have also been numerous user interface changes from the Desktop to the Explorer that help streamline the overall experience of working within the operating system.
A few of the key changes and new features implemented in Windows 7 include:
Streamlined and Updated Windows Aero User Interface
Additional Device Support
Streamlined and Updated Aero User Interface
While Windows 7 uses the same basic Windows Aero user interface as Windows Vista, there have been many enhancements and overall improvements made to its design and visual style. The desktop has seen extended support for themes and the Explorer has included a Desktop Slideshow feature. There are also noticeable changes made to the overall feel of the UI including a taskbar that is around 10 pixels larger and much more streamlined in design than its Vista predecessor. There has also been a new approach taken for Gadgets with Windows 7 removing the sidebar and allowing gadgets to be placed on your desktop freely. While there have been significant changes made to UI, there aren’t many changes that will require a Windows 7 guide to get used to.
Additional Device Support
There is a different approach taken to device management in that latest release of the operating system, and we will try to address that in this Windows 7 guide now. While the Device Manger control Panel applet is still available, things have been simplified for the average PC user with the implementation of “Devices and Printers’ within the Control Panel from the Start Menu. This will limit the components to devices that the average user would be able to recognize. This will also replace the “Printers” window in past versions of Windows and take away the majority of the frustration associated with device management when compared to Vista. There is also a feature called “device stage” which will put an icon on the task bar and provide a central location for multi function devices such as MP3 players.
There have been several improvements made to theÂ Windows 7 Taskbar that increase the functionality of the most significant UI element for average users. The size has been increased by 10 pixels in height, which helps to support larger icon sizes as well as touch screen input. A border around taskbar icons now indicates open applications and applications can now be pinned to the taskbar.
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