Windows 7 Operating System

Windows 7 is an operating system, developed by the global giant Microsoft, which was released for public in October 2009. An operating system can be understood as a software program designed to facilitate the communication between computer hardware and software. Without an operating system, a computer is useless. Windows 7 is more simpler and easier to use compared to its predecessor, Windows Vista. Windows Vista cannot be considered as a very successful launch of Microsoft. Windows 7 has a 64-bit along with the availability of 32-bit support which enables the users to use almost all the latest PCs. Be it desktops, laptops, notebooks, or anything, Windows 7 supports them all.

The purpose behind the launching

Windows 7 was launched with many new and advanced features beneficial to the users. The main aim was to cope up with the limitations present in the previous versions that were highly criticised. Windows Vista consisted of a big range of user friendly features but unfortunately, the system failed due to ever increasing complaints and negative reviews coming from the press. Contrary to this, Windows 7 was developed with a focus on rectifying the mistakes and providing noticeable upgrade to the product line of Windows.

This product of Microsoft has launched six different editions. They are listed as under:

  • Starter
  • Home Premium
  • Professional
  • Ultimate
  • OEM
  • Enterprise

System requirements for installing Windows 7

The installation of Windows 7 operating system needs certain bare minimum requirements.

  • RAM (Random Access Memory) ranging from 1GB to 2GB is enough here.
  • Free Hard Disk space ranging from 16GB to 20GB is needed.
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher drive is sufficient in both cases.

Various available options for the installation of Windows 7

Microsoft has taken all the necessary steps to ensure that this version is developed in a manner that it is accepted by all. Hence, keeping this in mind, its installation process is made extremely simple.

Users wanting to go for this product, have the option of just upgrading directly from Windows Vista or even XP. Secondly they can opt for a clean install option available to them. And for the fresh users, they can directly buy new computers having this operating system already installed.

Most Striking features

The most attractive feature of Windows 7 can be its stability and reliability. It’s advanced graphical features, Aeropeek, and new taskbar, which is covered by Windows Shell. This taskbar has been given the name ‘Superbar’ by its developers. This new Taskbar has been praised by the users so far. Although a bit difficult to get a grasp of, these new features have proved to be a hit among the users. The best improvement by Microsoft here is the replacement of Quick Launch Toolbar with pinning applications. This innovation has resulted in more easy to see icons. They are an absolute delight to use.

Another interesting feature added here is that of Aero Snap. This feature enables the user to maximize the window as soon as the edge of the screen is dragged. Just a little move by the user, and the window restores its previous state.

Users having the leisure of touch screen monitors, can also enjoy another interesting feature of native touch.

The developers have taken full care to see that performance of Windows 7 is much better compared to vista and this can be proved with the introduction of innumerable new features including the following: support for virtual hard disks, Handwriting recognition, improved presentation on multi-core processors, improved boot performance, DirectAccess  and kernel improvements, etc.

Windows components like Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player 12 are included in this product of Microsoft. The new look that the developers have given to Windows Media Player here is uncomparable. It is more stylish and sleek than ever, making it more enjoyable.

For Game lovers also, windows 7 has proved to be better than its previous edition, Windows Vista. Many popular games like Internet Spades, Internet Backgammon, etc. which had disappeared from Vista have been restored in Windows 7.

By the lauch of Windows 7, Microsoft has successfully tried to regain its lost popularity to a considerable extent. Windows 7 has so far been received positively by the users and it has even got good reviews from press.