Friday, December 25, 2009

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What Is New In Windows 7 | Difference Between Windows Vista And Windows 7


If you’ve struggled with getting Windows Vista to work on your computer, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Windows 7 isn’t worse. If you are an Vista Victim, here is something that you should know what you will get if you upgrade your system to Windows 7.


Yeah, that’s definitely damning with faint praise. I don’t deny it. Alexander Pope would’ve been proud.


Microsoft learned many lessons during the Vista Wars. It changed a lot of features in Windows 7. But it didn’t change the driver model — the way hardware interacts with Windows. In fact, interaction with hardware in Windows 7 is almost indistinguishable from that in Vista Service Pack 1. So if you have hardware that works with Windows Vista, it will almost certainly work with Windows 7. No changes required. No new drivers, as long as you don’t do something funny, like switch from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Windows 7.


Better Performance
Incredibly, Microsoft tightened up Vista. Windows 7 runs faster than Vista in most circumstances. It takes less memory. It occupies less space on your hard drive — even after you install Windows Live Essentials. Some savings and improvements are a tad illusory: Hard drive requirements fell because of a reduction in space reserved for shadow copies for example. But most people who try Windows 7 find it faster, less of a hog, and more reliable than Vista. There I go with that faint praise stuff again.


Improved interface
New versions of Windows invariably bring claims of improvements to the interface — and journalists join in on the “ooohs” and “aaaaahs” whenever Microsoft execs show off their flashy glittergrades — changes designed to show new sizzle, without really changing the steak. TechnoBling.


In Windows 7, some changes rate as genuinely useful. The new Taskbar (many of us still call it by its code name, Superbar) makes many daily tasks faster and easier to complete. The Aero Snap feature lets you drag a window to an edge of the screen and have it automatically resize to half-screen size — a boon to anyone with a wide screen.


Microsoft ditched the Windows Sidebar in Windows 7. Now gadgets — the little clock and stock ticker and the like — can float anywhere on the desktop as shown in the above figure). These gadgets could float in Vista, too, but few Vista users ever figured that out.


Windows 7 has many other glittery improvements:
  • Slide show: You can use this feature for your desktop background.
  • Taskbar Icons: View pop-up thumbnails of running programs and right-click jump-list menu options.
  • Notification area: Down by the clock, this feature can now be controlled, more or less.
  • Gadgets: See them on your desktop by moving your mouse to the Aero Peek area, in the lower-right corner.
  • Font list: It now looks better. Be still, my beating heart.
Search that (finally!) works
Search in Windows 7 works and works well. Its one of the Big difference between vista and Windows 7. Windows 7 lets you search data outside your computer using Federated Search and the OpenSearch standard. The new ability to build libraries — similar to the Vista Media Player audio libraries but extended to all kinds of files — makes organizing and searching simpler.


Security Improvements
I’m told that Pliny the Elder once described the alarm system of ancient Rome by saying, “Even when the dogs sleep, the goose watches.” User Account Control — the goose of Windows Vista, if you’ll forgive a transmillennia metaphor — has undergone significant changes in Windows 7. If you don’t change the original setting, User Account Control security prompts you with the darken-your-screen-and-pray messages that bugged millions of Vista users. However, the prompts occur infrequently, and only when there seems to be genuine cause for concern. 

Finally, Windows 7 has a few improved security features, but the ones you can see — such as HomeGroups and the revamped BitLocker drive encryption — bundle old Vista security concepts differently and make them usable.


More Media And More

Figure: Sticky notes are easier to access and create (and still easy to lose) Paint has a few new features


Windows Media Center gets a facelift in Windows 7, along with a whole bunch of support for different kinds of video and audio files and in-the-box capabilities to connect to CableCARD and clear QAM tuners. Several of the tired, old (very old) Windows standbys — Calculator, Paint, WordPad — sport new interfaces and capabilities (see Figure Above). Windows 7 has better troubleshooting support, enhanced networking features especially for wireless networks, and hundreds of little improvements.


What you lose
On the flip side, several features in Vista went away in Windows 7. The old Sidebar bit the dust — don’t need it. The Windows Defender Software Explorer program, which gave you some control over which programs automatically start on your computer, disappeared, no doubt the victim of enormous volumes of tech-support phone calls.


Several Vista programs (Windows Mail, Messenger, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery) have been moved out of Windows, repurposed as free downloads on the Internet.

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