Windows 7 (Useful Tips and Features)

Windows 7 is an extremely user-friendly operating system that was released by Microsoft in 2009. If you want to switch from your current operating system to Windows 7, you can either go for an online update, where you log on to Microsoft’s website, pay by an electronic transaction and download the OS and the or you can go to your nearest electronics store and install the operating system using a key code. Windows 7 has won accolades all over the world and is one of the most popular operating systems in the present era.

There are a total of six versions that were released. Experts are sure why Microsoft bothered with so many versions, but sources guess it had something to do with partial marketing to target specific market requirements. What that means is, you can choose the operating system according to your needs. The six versions were, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate.

The names are pretty self explanatory. You buy the software that you wish to use it for. Although it is recommended that you get the Ultimate Version because that way you need not go about buying extra software upgrades as you go along. Several people have had some bad experiences with Vista and were forced to switch back to Windows XP Professional, thus it is only normal for any individual to think twice before going for a software overhaul, taking into consideration Microsoft’s “colorful” background of recent OS releases. Windows 7 does its part, it stands out, it makes your computing tasks a whole lot easy and it supports many of the much older applications that you need “administrator rights” or “compatibility” changes to run. Comparing Windows 7 to Vista would be an insult and the reason be damned because Windows 7 feels like a software for the future, it is a brain in itself and if you feel it to be a little out of bounds for those XP programs that refuse to run in Windows 7, please do not panic, Microsoft has thought of that too.

There is an application that you can download from Microsoft’s website for Virtual PC. It is called “Windows XP mode.” Just as the name suggests, this is a freeware download for Windows 7. It is a standalone application which lets you run XP programs that would otherwise not run in Windows 7. The objective here is that Microsoft is trying to make up for its previous compatibility errors. Just log on to Microsoft’s website and under the category ‘compatibility’ you will find a whole list of upgrades. If you are a gamer, there are a few things that you will need to tweak before you play any games online. There are a few tweaks that need to be done in MsConfig for lag issues and spikes. You will need to edit your ‘settings.ini’ file for that game and also put all graphic settings at LOW. It is all for the greater good, as these minor tweaks will allow you to enjoy the game without lag or a messy pixelated screen. By the looks of things, it seems that Microsoft has thought about everything to ensure cost cutting and optimized work time. There will be issues none the less, but it is only natural that software of the future demand futuristic hardware and application based software for long time continued service.

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