Windows 7 is a series of operating systems, designed and developed by Microsoft. Its mass production started on 22nd July, 2009 and It reached the market on 22nd October, 2009. It could run on the entire range of personal computers – from desks to tablet PCs.
Although the hardware requirements for 32 bit version of Windows 7 is the same as that of premium editions of Vista, but the hardware requirements for 64 bit version of Windows 7 is much higher. The 32 bit version of Windows 7 needs a minimum of 1GHz x86 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16 GB of free disk space. A minimum of 1GHz x86-64 processor, 2 GB of Ram and 20 GB of free disk space is required for 64 bit version.
Added features of Windows 7
Windows 7 was released with lots of new features, such as improvement in touch and handwriting recognition, virtual hard disk support, improved performance in multi-core processors, improved boot performance, Direct Access, and kernel improvements. It supports systems using multiple heterogeneous graphics cards from different vendors. It features a new version of Windows media center. The calculator, which comes with Windows 7, has been designed to perform multiple operations including Programmer and Statistics modes along with unit conversion for length, weight, temperature, and several others. Control panel of Windows 7 features a lot of new items, such as Clear Type Text Tuner, Display Color Calibration Wizard, Gadgets, Recovery, Troubleshooting, Workspace Center, Location and Other Sensors, Credential Manager, Biometric Devices, System Icons, and Display. Windows Security Center has been rechristened to Windows Action Center, which performs both security operations and maintenance of the computer. 256 Gigabytes of extra allocation of memory is supported by Ready boost on 32bit version of Windows 7. Windows 7 also allows images in the RAW image formats through the addition of Windows Imaging Component-enabled image decoders, which allows raw image thumbnails, previewing and meta data display in Windows Explorer, plus full-size viewing and slide shows in Windows Photo Viewer and Window Media Center. The task bar of Windows 7 has gone through lots of changes in which the Quick Launch toolbar has been substituted by the ability to pin applications to the task bar. Buttons for pinned applications have been incorporated into the task buttons. These buttons also allow the Jump Lists feature to permit easy access to common tasks. The redesigned task bar also permits the rearrangement of task bar buttons. There is a small rectangular button to the far right of the system clock, which functions as the Show desktop icon. This button is part of the Aero Peek feature in Windows 7. Moving the cursor over this button makes all visible windows transparent for a quick look at the desktop. With so many new and enhanced features, problems also crop up while using Windows 7. That is why Microsoft came up with Windows 7 service pack 1, which was released on 9th February, 2011. In spite of using service pack 1 some unheard and unseen problems may arise, which may be resolved with the support of online PC support.
Removed Features Of Windows 7
Windows Vista is the predecessor of Windows 7. Many features of Vista have been removed from Windows 7, such as the classic Start Menu user interface, some task bar features, Windows Explorer features, Windows Media Player features, Windows Ultimate Extras and Ink Ball, etc. Although applications of Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Calendar, and Windows Mail do not feature in Windows 7, but applications with close functionality are instead available for free in a separate package called Windows Live Essentials which could have been downloaded from the Microsoft website. During the installation of Windows 7 or downloading some software patches, if any difficulty appears, the assistance of online computer support should be thought.