Microsoft® Windows 7

Windows 7 has now become the standard Microsoft® OS package. With the end of Microsoft® support for Windows XP and the fact that all new computers that ship with Microsoft® Windows installed come with Windows 7 it is time to start upgrading the OS on existing computers or replacing them.

If you are Running Windows Vista you still have some time before it ends its life cycle but for XP users it is time to upgrade the OS to Windows 7 or replace the computers. No more service packs and no more updates will soon lead to a large increase in hacking, vituses, and malware so make the change now.

Advantages of Windows 7

Windows 7 does have a smaller demand on RAM than Vista and outperforms Vista in multitasking, encoding and 2D graphics.

There is a small increase in speed in networking compared to Vista.

Windows 7 comes with DirectX 11. When used with a compatible graphics card will allow games to use the most advanced effects ever.

The biggest difference is obviously the desktop interface and task-bar. The changes to the task-bar is one of the best things in the new OS.

When you hover over an icon, up pops a thumbnail of every window that that program has open. If you hover over the app window you want it makes everything else transparent, effectively bringing it to the front so you know it’s the right window you need.

An excellent new feature is called Jump Lists. When you right click on an icon in the task-bar it provides an option to open another instance of that application, but also the recently opened documents for that application. You no longer have to open a program and open the recent documents, or search through your recent documents in the start menu.

A not so apparent improvement is the Snapping feature. Drag a window to the top of the screen and it automatically fills the screen. Drag it back down again and it will go back to its original size. A left or right drag to the side of the screen will make that window fill exactly half the screen.

Device management is another area which has had an increase in performance, and because the Vista code base has been used compatibility issues have been kept to a minimum.

Windows XP is no longer a supported OS so no more service packs will be issued. If you are on Windows

Disadvantages of Windows 7

Windows 7 is expensive compared to previous versions of Windows and must be purchased on a per computer basis.

Many older Windows based programs are not compatible with Windows 7.

Driver support is good but some hardware is not compatible.

Though faster in general than Vista Windows 7 is slower than XP.

If moving from XP there is a small learning curve.

    * Data used in this section was accurate as of Juanuary 2011 to the best of our knowledge.

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