ADVANTAGES OF THE NEW WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM - WINDOWS 7:
Is the new Operating System - Windows 7 really worth upgrading to? Here is a quick look at some of the advantages of the new operating system, it's added features, performance enchancements and tweaks.
The new Windows 7 interface:
The look and feel of the new software - Windows 7 is very pleasing to the eyes. Starting from the bootup screen to the desktop & windows aero themes, the graphic design is cool & different from other windows operating systems. The placement of menus & buttons though are mostly the same as the earlier Operating Systems therefore there is no time needed to adapt before using this new software.
There is one rectangle button on the bottom right corner of the desktop which is a 'one click shortcut' to the desktop in case you have multiple windows open. This proves to be very useful as it does away with the earlier time-wasting method of minimising all opened windows to get to the desktop. And if you just need to peek at the desktop and return to your open window, just hover the mouse cursor over this rectangle and it will render all the open windows transparent .
Windows 7 features
Another useful enhancement in the new software is that, if you have multiple browser page and folders open, the taskbar will only show one instance of them in the taskbar, and not clutter them like in the earlier Windows operating systems. All you have to do to get to them is to hover the mouse over the particular icon and it will show you miniature windows of the items from whom you can pick which one to maximise.
Windows 7 Desktop gadgets:
The new OS comes preloaded with desktop gadgets like, clock, calendar, CPU meter, weather, slideshows, puzzles etc.
One of the most delightful feature of this new Operating System is its quick booting time. From the moment the computer is turned on, it takes approximately 25-35 seconds for Windows 7 to fully load for use. Of course this time would vary from system to system depending on your system's hardware and how many programs requiring startup initialisation were installed in the computer.
Automated driver installation in Windows 7:
For those of you who have installed a new operating system on computers, the most frustrating & problematic is usually the driver installation for hardware components like graphics, network adapter and audio. Kudos to Microsoft for incorporating the first Operating System that installs these drivers automatically from its own archive (seems to be pretty exhaustive), if not, downloading them from the internet during the installation itself. Add to that, if you plug in a new hardware to your system that requires a driver, the new software recognises & downloads the required driver from the internet and installs it automatically. It is a "handsfree" Operating System!
It is surprising to find that most of the software applications currently used in Vista do run in Windows 7 without the need for upgrade. Switching to a new Operating System tends to be not so enticing because it usually requires shelling out more greenbacks towards upgrading your software programs. For those applications that works poorly in Windows 7, there is a neat feature at work. The "program compatibility" feature in the new software lets you run these applications in a simulated earlier versions of windows i.e. XP or Vista.
For those oldtimers who are still glued to Windows XP, there is a new feature called Windows XP Mode which lets you run WinXP right inside the Windows 7 desktop. This feature comes as a separate download and works only with Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate versions. Windows XP Mode also requires virtualization software such as Windows Virtual PC. Both are available free on the Microsoft website.
Windows 7 Performance:
Windows 7 is basically a strip down version of its immediate predecessor, Windows Vista, with a variety of new and improved features added. Windows Vista is rich in features which in turn makes it unwieldy and slow in response. Many of the features included in Windows Vista are seldom used by the common user. Windows 7 seems to unload quite a bit of these unwanted features, and in comparison has a very speedy response, uses less memory and its overall performance is quite satisfying.
Windows Media Player 12:
Windows 7 includes the latest Microsoft Windows Media Player version 12. The new media player is very promising in that, apart from supporting playing of media formats included in earlier versions, it also plays the new media formats including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, MOV, and Xvid files.
All things said and done, Windows' new software(Operating System) - Windows 7 is, I'll say, surely a perfect candidate for upgradation. It is a very serious contender to be the best operating system till now. From the speedy performance to the 'handsfree' driver installation, from the multiple added features to the easy to use & cool user interface, this new software from Windows has a great deal of advantages over most operating systems available today.