Windows 7 in the most popular Operating System by Microsoft right now and many users regard it as a great successor to Windows Vista and Windows XP. Windows 7, just like its predecessors, was built for personal computers; laptops, desktops, netbooks, tablets and media centers PCs and was released in 2007. Like any other Windows release, Windows 7 came with more enhanced features that includes an updated Windows shell with a new taskbar (Superbar), multi-touch support, support for home networking though HomeGroup and improved system performance.
One key feature of Windows 7 that was a clear deviation from its predecessor, Windows Vista, was lack of many new features. Windows 7 was meant to be an incremental upgrade Operating System designed to work with Windows Vista-compatible applications and hardware. In any case, Windows 7 was intended to be light-weight and some standard applications that were offered in other prior Microsoft Windows releases such as Windows Movie Maker, Windows Mail, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Calendar were excluded and instead offered separately as part of the Windows Essentials suite.
Windows 7 provided users with new and advanced features in touch and handwriting recognition and improved performance on multi-core processors. The Taskbar in Windows 7 offers a true experience, better than what is offered in Windows Vista especially in the Start menu and System Tray. If Windows Vista gave the Start menu a welcome redesign then Windows 7 gave the Taskbar and the System Tray a thorough makeover with better icons organization. Windows 7 also came with improved boot performance and kernel improvements.
The new Taskbar in windows 7, with the notable visual changes, allows users to drag an application’s icon from the Start menu or desktop and pin it on the Taskbar for easier launch of applications. Windows 7 Control Panel includes new features such as ClearType Text Tuner, Troubleshooting, Gadgets, Recovery and Display Color Calibration Wizard. Windows Security Center now handles both security and maintenance of the computer and has been renamed to Windows Action Center.
The average users will find Windows 7 friendlier than Windows Vista with onslaught flag-like balloon warnings on the System Tray from the Operating System about potential security problems and troubleshooting issues. Vista’s Security Center has been revamped as Action Center in Windows 7 and its main function is to queue up alerts about PC issues with an option to turn off alerts. Unlike Windows Vista, users are able to disable or customize many more Windows components and enjoy a list of new components such as Windows Media Player 12, Windows Media Center, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Search and Windows Gadget Platform.
Minimum requirement for windows 7 includes 1 GHz IA-32 processor for 32-bit or 1 GHz x86-64 processor for 64-bit Windows 7. 1 GB RAM for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit Windows 7 with 16GB disk space for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit Windows 7. Windows 7 comes in various editions; Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Professional.