Windows 7 is an operating system produced by Microsoft. This operating system is for use on personal computers, including laptops, netbooks, tablets and media center PCs. Windows 7 was released for retail availability worldwide in 2009. Windows 7 is a welcomed upgrade to the Windows line. It features a redesigned Windows shell, a new taskbar, HomeGroup and various performance improvements. Windows Calendar, Windows Mail, Windows Movie Maker and Windows Photo Gallery are not included in Windows 7.
Microsoft has released an upgrade advisor. This advisor will determine if your computer is compatible with Windows 7.
The minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7 are as follows:
- Architecture: 32-bit 64-bit
- Processor: 1 GHz IA-32 processor, GHz x86-64 processor
- Memory (RAM):1 GB, 2 GB
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0
- HDD free space : 16 GB of free disk space, 20 GB of free disk space
- Optical drive: DVD-ROM drive
Windows XP Mode (Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise): Requires an additional 1 GB of RAM and an addition of 15 GB of available hard disk space. Windows Media Center requires a TV tuner to receive and record TV.
Windows 7 is available in six different editions, of which the Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate editions are available for retail sale. The other editions are not available for retail sale. The Starter edition is preinstalled by OEMs on new PCs. The Enterprise edition can only be obtained through volume licensing, which is done so at many schools and businesses. The Home Basic version is only available to certain developing markets. Each edition of Windows 7 includes all of the capabilities and features of the edition below it. All editions support the IA-32 processor architecture. All editions except Starter support the x86-64 processor architecture
Windows 7 includes a wide variety of new features that users will appreciate. The new features are intended to increase the all over user experience with touch recognition, DirectAccess, hard disk support, improved performance on multi-core processors and improved boot performance. Windows 7 features a new Windows Media Center with plenty of top of the line media capabilities. The calculator is completely redesigned with multiline capabilities including Statistics and Programmer. The calculator also gives the unit conversion for length, width and temperature. The control panel has many new user-friendly features that can be used with ease. There are also more hotkeys available for greater functionality.
Windows 7 has been extremely successful for Microsoft, with over 525 million copies being sold since it came first came to market in 2009. Consumer reviews have been overall positive, with many being impressed with the new ease and user functionality of the operating system. Windows 7 is a great operating system that allows the user to get through any computer related tasks with ease.