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Windows 7


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Windows 7

  1. 1. Windows 7 features 64-bit support If you’ve gone PC shopping lately, you’ve probably noticed more computers with 64-bit processors, and you may have wondered what advantages they offer. Put simply, a 64-bit PC can handle larger amounts of information than a 32-bit system. Since it can use more RAM—4 GB and up—a 64-bit computer can be more responsive when you're running lots of programs at once. Whichever system you choose, Windows 7 is ready. All packaged retail editions of Windows 7 (except for Home Basic) include both 32- and 64-bit software. Wondering whether a program or device works with your 64-bit PC? Look for products that carry the "Compatible with Windows 7" logo, which means they were tested on both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. Or visit the Windows 7 Compatibility Center to search a regularly updated list of programs and devices. Accessibility Windows 7 gives you more ways to interact with your PC by taking advantage of new strides in speech recognition and touch technology. Speech Windows Speech Recognition now works better—and with more programs. So instead of using the keyboard, you can just tell your computer what to do. Start an e-mail by speaking the recipient's name, surf the web without a keyboard, or dictate your documents. Magnifier Magnifier is a help to people with low vision, but everyone will appreciate its ability to enlarge hard-to-see text and pictures. Full-screen mode magnifies the entire desktop, and lens mode zooms in on particular areas. Inside the Magnifier window, you can click buttons and input text as you normally would.
  2. 2. On-Screen Keyboard On-Screen Keyboard lets you "keyboard without a keyboard," with a choice of several different input methods: clicking mode, hovering mode, and scanning mode. With Windows Touch and the right hardware, you can also input text by tapping directly on the screen. And word prediction speeds things up: type the first few letters of a word, and Windows will finish it for you. Narrator and visual notifications Windows 7 can read on-screen text aloud and describe some events (like error messages), helping you use your computer without the display. With Audio Description, you can hear a narration of what's happening in a video. Windows can also replace sound alerts with visual cues like a screen flash, so system alerts are noticeable even when they're not heard. Action Center Peeved by pop-up balloons? Action Center lets you decide which Windows 7 alerts you see and which you don’t. Action Center consolidates message traffic from key Windows maintenance and security features, including Windows Defender and User Account Control. If Windows requires your attention, the Action Center icon appears in the taskbar. Click it and you’ll see both alerts—and suggested fixes for any problems. You can fine-tune your choices in Control Panel. Aero The Aero desktop experience, available in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7, mixes cool graphics with useful new ways to manage your desktop. Aero visual hallmarks include subtle animations and translucent glass windows, which you can personalize. Pick from the included color palette, or create your own custom tints with the color mixer. There's more to Aero than style. Point to a taskbar icon, and you’ll see a thumbnail-sized preview—even for live video. Hover on a thumbnail, and it morphs into a full-screen preview. Shake and Peek cut through desktop clutter by quickly minimizing open windows or turning them invisible.
  3. 3. Audio and video improvements Windows 7 can make your PC look and sound even better. Audio Windows 7 is smarter about sound thanks to Automatic Stream Management, a new feature designed to route audio to the right place. Playing a CD? The sound emerges from your speakers. Making an Internet call? You'll hear it on your headset. Windows 7 also lets you connect a portable music player to your PC and play it through your computer speakers. And it supports HDMI (High- Definition Multimedia Interface) cables, so you can send multi-channel digital audio and high-definition video to a stereo or TV from your PC. Video Windows 7 has new features to make images and text look better, especially on LCD monitors. Are roses red and violets blue on your computer screen? If not, Display Color Calibration can help make sure colors are represented accurately. The new ClearType Tuner can make text look crisper. Finally, Windows 7 makes it easier to connect laptops to external projectors, handy for giving presentations or watching movies. Just press the Windows logo key+P to toggle between your laptop screen and an external display. Backup and Restore Backup and Restore improved for Windows 7 creates safety copies of your most important personal files, so you're always prepared for the worst. Let Windows choose what to back up, or pick individual folders, libraries, and drives you. Windows can back up files on whatever schedule you choose just set it and forget it. You can back up to another drive or a DVD. And if you're using the Professional or Ultimate editions of Windows 7, you'll also have the option of backing up your files to a network. BitLocker Drive Encryption How can you help protect your data from loss, theft, or hackers? The answer: BitLocker. Improved for Windows 7 and available in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions, BitLocker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once BitLocker is turned on, any file you save on that drive is encrypted automatically. BitLocker to go a new feature of Windows 7 gives the lockdown treatment to easily-misplaced portable storage devices like USB flash drives and external hard drives. Calculator We gave Calculator a fresh look and new features, including new Programmer and Statistics modes. Unit conversion translates Celsius to Fahrenheit, ounces to grams, and joules to BTUs. Handy calculation templates can help you compute stuff like fuel economy and auto lease payments. Calculation history displays what you’ve done, and if you've got a touch screen PC, you'll be able to tap out calculations right on the screen.
  4. 4. Desktop With Windows 7, we’ve made it easier to get more done on the desktop. New ways to juggle windows Overwhelmed by open windows? Windows 7 comes with three simple yet powerful new features called Shake, Peek, and snap to help you instantly clear through desktop clutter. Spectacular new wallpapers We spend a lot of time staring at our PCs. Aesthetics shouldn't just be an afterthought. That's why Windows 7 includes a slew of new desktop backgrounds—wallpapers—that range from sublime to silly. Or try the new desktop slide show, which displays a rotating series of pictures (ours or yours). Your desktop will never be dull again. Retooled taskbar Since Windows 95, the taskbar has served as the go-to spot for launching programs and switching windows. Times and PC habits have changed. So in Windows 7, the taskbar has been completely redesigned to help you work smarter, cut clutter, and get more done. Improved gadgets Gadgets, the popular mini-programs introduced in Windows Vista, are now more flexible and fun. Based on your feedback, we've done away with the Sidebar, so you can stick your gadgets anywhere on the desktop. Device management In Windows 7, working with printers, cameras, phones, music players and other devices has never been easier thanks to two new features: Device Stage and the Devices and Printers folder. Device Stage Think of Device Stage as a home page for your hardware: When you plug something into your PC, you’ll see a menu of popular tasks for that type of device. A multifunction printer, for example, will show options for printing and scanning. In previous versions of Windows, these were often located in separate menus. It gets better. Manufacturers can customize Device Stage, so for many devices you'll see status information and menu options tailored to your specific model—right down to a slick photorealistic mug shot. Devices and Printers The new Devices and Printers folder shows you everything connected to your PC, making it a handy way to check on a printer, music player, camera, mouse, or digital picture frame (just to name a few). It's also the place to add a new networked or wireless device and troubleshoot problems with a device or printer.
  5. 5. DirectX 11 Gamers take note: Windows 7 includes a new version of DirectX, the software behind the eye-popping 3-D visuals and immersive sound effects found in many of today's PC games. DirectX 11 includes numerous improvements. It's designed to be more efficient, leverage the power of today's multi-core processors, and provide support for sophisticated shading and texturing techniques such as tessellation. The result: smoother 3-D animation, and graphics more lifelike and nuanced than ever before. Domain Join Plan to use your PC at the office or for telecommuting? Then you might need to connect to a domain. A domain is a type of computer network commonly found in the workplace. (In technical-speak, it's a collection of computers that's centrally administered and operates under common rules.) The Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions are designed to join a domain quickly and more securely. Just follow the easy-to-use wizard, which prompts you to enter your network credentials. A few moments later you're in business. Gadgets Gadgets put information and fun like news, pictures, games, and the phases of the moon right on your desktop. In Windows Vista, gadgets were corralled in the Sidebar. Windows 7sets they free on the screen, where you can move and resize them as you like. Drag a gadget close to the edge of the desktop or another gadget and watch it snap neatly into place for a streamlined look. Open windows getting in the way of your gadgets? Use Peek to make them instantly reappear. Games Explorer The Games Explorer in Windows 7 was redesigned to satisfy both casual and hard-core gamers alike. You can now elect to get software updates and news feeds for installed titles. The Games Explorer also tracks wins, losses and other fun stats. And don't miss the great new multiplayer games in Windows 7. Getting Started Whether you're new to computers or a seasoned pro, Getting Started can get you up and running faster on your new PC. Getting started is a central place for transferring and backing up files, adding user accounts, and personalizing Windows 7 in other words, all the things you typically do with a new PC after opening the box. HomeGroup HomeGroup takes the headache out of sharing files and printers on a home network. Connect two or more PCs running Windows 7, and HomeGroup makes it easy to automatically start sharing your music, picture, video, and document libraries with other people in your home. Concerned about privacy? So are we. That’s why HomeGroup is password-protected and puts you in total control. You decide what gets shared—and what stays private. You can also make your files "read only," so other people can look at but not touch your stuff. You can join a HomeGroup in any edition of Windows 7, but you can only create one in Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise.
  6. 6. Internet Explorer 8 Our fastest, easiest, and safest browser ever. Here's just a small taste of the smart new features in Internet Explorer 8. To see more—or download it for yourself—visit the Internet Explorer 8 website. Instant search The search box now displays relevant suggestions the moment you start typing. When you spot your search term, you can just click it a huge time saver. Internet Explorer 8 even uses your browsing history to narrow its suggestions. Results are also more visual with weather reports, stock charts, photos, and other relevant images. Accelerators Need to map an address? Define a word? Forward a link? Then you need Accelerators. New in Internet Explorer 8, Accelerators make it easier to do things without navigating to other websites. Simply highlight some text, then click the blue Accelerator icon that appears to see what you can do. Look for Accelerators on popular sites like Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, and more. Web Slices How often do you check weather reports, sports scores, stock prices, or auction bids? It can be a chore to keep up with fast-changing sites. Now a new feature called Web Slices can do it for you. When you spot the green Web Slices icon on a site, click it. If something changes on that site, the Web Slices icon in your Favorites bar lights up. Point to the glowing icon to see what's changed. Compatibility View If a webpage doesn't look right, just click the new Compatibility View button on the Address bar. The button corrects misaligned text or images on pages designed for older browsers. Internet TV Internet TV, new in Windows 7, brings you the best of online entertainment in one place. Watch TV shows and movies even titles from your Netflix instant queue all from within Windows Media Center. No TV tuner required. The programming, drawn from sites all over the Internet, is arranged in Media Center's handy program guide. It features shows, sports highlights, web episodes, and more. Most of the content on Internet TV is free, but some services such as Netflix might require a subscription. Jump Lists Jump Lists new in Windows 7 take you right to the documents, pictures, songs, or websites you turn to each day. To open a Jump List, just right-click a program icon on the Windows 7 taskbar. (You'll also find them on the Start menu.) What you see in a Jump List depends entirely on the program. The Jump List for Internet Explorer 8 shows frequently-viewed websites. Windows Media Player 12 lists commonly-played tunes. Your Jump List missing a favorite? You can "pin" whatever files you like there. Jump Lists don't just show shortcuts to files. Sometimes they also provide quick access to commands for things like composing new e-mail messages or playing music. Language packs Need to work in multiple languages? If so, the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7 were designed for you. These editions can display menus, dialog boxes, Help topics, and other text in 35 different languages. Switching between them is easy and free. To change languages, just download and install a Multilingual User Interface (MUI) pack from Windows Update. A few clicks later, and Windows will be speaking your language.
  7. 7. Libraries Libraries new in Windows 7 make it easier to find, work with, and organize files scattered across your PC or network. A library brings your stuff together in one place—no matter where it's actually stored. The result? You get more done. Say you're assembling a family album from snapshots stashed on an external hard drive, your spouse’s PC, and your work laptop. In the past, hunting down specific shots would've been a chore. In Windows 7, you simply create a library, name it something (perhaps, "Family Photos"), and then tell Windows which far-flung folders your new library should include. Your photos are still physically located in three different spots—but now they show up in a single window. Windows 7 comes with libraries for documents, music, pictures, and videos. But you can personalize these, or create your own, with just a few clicks. There's more. You can also quickly sort and shuffle your libraries—for example, documents by type, pictures by date taken, or music by genre. And easily share libraries with people on a home network (see HomeGroup).