Comparison of features of Windows® XP and Windows® 7
Draw a comparison between the features of Windows XP and Windows 7.
Most programs written for Windows XP Operating System may work in the Windows 7 version, but some older programs might run poorly or not run at all. If a program written for an earlier version of Windows does not run properly, you can try changing the compatibility settings for that program, either manually or by using the Program Compatibility troubleshooter. To see what works with the Windows 7 Operating System, you shall check out for the particular program in the Windows 7 Compatibility Center. Windows 7 Operating System supports most of the programs compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. But some specific productivity programs meant for Windows XP Operating System may need to download Windows XP Mode (involving Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate). If you are experiencing any problems in running older software with Windows 7 Operating System, use Program Compatibility troubleshooter.
Comparison between Windows 7 and Windows XP Operating System:
- User interface enhancements
- System requirements
- New and exciting things
User interface enhancements
The most obvious changes from Windows XP to Windows 7 can be found in a redesigned user interface. Much of the interface remains the same but Microsoft has completely refurbished the key elements, starting with the Taskbar. Another core enhancement in the Operating System comes in the form of Jump Lists because Jump Lists put frequently used files in a suitable menu that is a simple click away from the shortcut icon on the Taskbar or on the Start Menu. Along with the redesigned UI elements, it also has a whole new world of user-interface shortcuts. Additionally, Windows Explorer also receives an appreciation for the quickest way to navigate to any folder on your hard drive, network, or even in the cloud. The Ribbon, that got replaced traditional menus and shortcut bars in Microsoft Office 2007, is an outstanding feature in Windows 7.
When Windows XP Operating System first appeared, it was designed to run on 300MHz Pentium II CPUs with a mere 128MB of RAM along with 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk. On the other hand, Windows 7 Operating System requires 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit), 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) and DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
There are also other new and exciting things like creating and sharing movies and slideshows in minutes with the help of Windows live movie maker, getting the most realistic game graphics and vivid multi-media by DirectX11, streaming music, photos, and videos around your house, and connecting to music and photos on your home PC while you are away from home through remote media streaming.
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