A Comprehensive Review of the New Windows 7 (3)
What Got Better since XP and Vista
Look forward to innovative changes since the Vista and XP versions of Windows in Windows 7.
An All-improved Search Function
Search is new and improved on the Windows 7 version allowing speedier searches through the Windows key and much improved from the slow Vista version. Applications can be launched from the keyboard, and you can search for files on shared network folders.
Enhanced User Account Control
Microsoft has improved on user account control (UAC) by rendering different levels in notification control of the UAC. Settings can now be set to less frustrating modes that reduce relentless prompts for permissions and which entail administrator access.
A Speedier User Interface
With the new Windows 7 release, expect a faster response time in loading applications as compared to Vista. Microsoft has taken the extra effort to speed up application loading and other UI needs for those who multi-task and want to work quicker on Windows 7 as never before done on Vista or XP.
A Windows Makeover with New Wallpaper
For those who are particular about the backgrounds of their workspace, Windows 7 presents amazing wallpapers to choose from. Although Windows 7 still lacks the facility to process a variety of backgrounds on numerous monitor rigs, the awe-inspiring art which is displayed in the new wallpapers will have users raving.
Windows 7 can now automatically detect which sound source you are using and lower the ones you want to focus less on. So if you use voice chat, it can lower the volume on your online radio. You can even direct the headphone output to certain software, while using your speaker for other running software. This enhancement in easy directing to multiple audio outputs is a big plus for Windows 7. Unfortunately, Windows 7 does not support older versions of DirectSound 3D games.
Package Versions, Activation, and 32- and 64-bit Compatibility
Depending on your needs, you may decide to stick to an older version of Windows since each version caters to different users. Look at core features which fit your style and which would make you choose it over another. For instance, Windows 7 Professional will have XP compatibility and can back up your files on a network drive, and basically is a nice version that puts together older Windows Professional versions into a nice package. For now, the Windows 7 Home Premium would be the best buy for those wanting to log onto their PCs from another unit.
In terms of software activation, Windows 7 will still present the same problems considering the strict anti-piracy guidelines Microsoft adheres to, such as when upgrading a video card which requires calling an activation line on Microsoft. As for the 32-bit and 64-bit problems presented in older Windows versions, this will no longer be an issue with Windows 7 since it accommodates both versions with its 32-bit and 64-bit discs and its activation key which is good for installing either.