Operating systemWhat is it? An operating system (OS) is a set of computer programs that runs the computer hardware. Operating systems control common hardware functions such as: Managing the processor and memory Managing files and storage Formatting disks Communicating with peripheral devices Capturing user input Providing output
The operating system provides a user interface that allows the user to interact with the system.
This is what defines the user’s experience and causes some users to prefer Windows or Mac.
The operating system also provides a structure for organizing data on the system.
The operating system also multitasks, running multiple applications at the same time.
History of Windows Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system for personal computers Past versions of Windows Windows NT Windows Me Windows 2000 Windows XP Windows Vista Each version provides new added features for the user
Windows 7 Microsoft Windows runs on roughly 90% of all personal computers. Windows 7, the most recent version of Windows, provides a high-quality graphical user experience that supports all types of computer activities from business applications to video games and media production
Windows 7 Windows 7 provides high quality graphical user experience that supports all types of computer activities Available in different computing needs Windows 7 Home Premium Windows 7 Professional Windows 7 Ultimate
What’s New? - Desktop Taskbar – Bigger Icons, Preview, Rearrange Jump Lists – provide a way to access recently used, files, pictures and emails right as you hover over the icon for faster computing
What’s New? Snap – Way to resize open windows by dragging them to the edge of the screen Peek – like x-ray vision to see through all open windows to the desktop Shake – clear view by shaking front window
What’s New? Desktop Search Now you wont have to go looking through your start menu to find what you need. Simply type it in the search bar and it shows up. External Hard Drive With Windows XP you needed a third party to help you back up your data. Now you just plug in your external hard drive and an option to “Use this drive for backup” shows up in auto play.
What’s New?-Performance 64-bit processor Large amount of information support Can use more RAM up to 4GB More responsive when running multiple programs Compared to the 32-bit processor more power
File Management-Libraries Bringing together information from different access points External Hard Drive Home Computer Work Laptop Files will remain in original places but can be put together so they can be worked on
File Management-Libraries Windows categorizes everything into libraries such as Documents, Mixed Media, Images, Music, and Videos. Before everything you worked on got added to my documents, whether it was music, pictures, or essays. Now, Windows 7 automatically files everything where it needs to be, making it easier to search for things in the future.
New & Improved
New & Improved Marketing Campaign – “Windows 7 was My Idea” Improved the ability of having the computer come out of sleep and resume quickly Modified Shut Down Action Word Pad’s Facelift Sticky Notes Everywhere Windows Vault to store your credentials Calculators for everyone (Standard, Scientific, Statistics, Programmer)
Cloud Storage Sky Drive Explorer allows Microsoft users to add 25GB of safe cloud storage to Windows Explorer This service if provided free from Microsoft. You can access your Sky Drive from virtually anywhere. Once installed, you can add files & folders, move things around, add/delete, as if they were stored in your local hard drive.
Security & Compatibility Action Center – Maintenance and Security All in one for updates No more pop ups from different programs Parental Controls Set time limits Control what games they can play Windows Live Family Safety
Reasons to Switch to windows 7 Best operating system by Microsoft up to date Taskbar & Jump List Better security and interface Speed Better integration with hardware Upgrading won’t screw you over XP Mode Automatically Installed Device Drivers It just looks better
Mac VS. Windows Mac’s simple and easy use draws in users OS X Snow leopard = Windows 7 UNIX technology provides stability and security
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