Windows 7: Key Features You Must Try In Windows 7

February 4, 2009

in Reviews&Extras

1: Multi-Touch Support: Windows 7 is having a multi touch support, and there are gestures for common mouse actions like dragging and right-clicking, that work throughout Windows 7 and applications like Paint and Microsoft Earth. Also there is a on-screen virtual keyboard.

2: Windows 7 Taskbar: The Windows 7 taskbar is not the cluttered one like that of the Windows XP, infact it is the best taskbar in the history of the Windows operating system. It organises beautifully all your opened windows and allows you to get a live preview of the minimized window in the taskbar when you hover the mouse on them. You can even see a full screen preview before switching to the window.

3: Customizable UAC: User account control in windows 7 is customizable with which you can change the frequency of the notifications according to your comfort level with the notifications.

4: Portable Drive encryption: Windows 7 has a smart application called BitLocker(also present in Windows Vista) that encrypts the portable data drives and fixed data drives. Data that once encrypted, can be accessed only with the help of password  that was used for the data encryption.

5: Easy Home Network Setup: Setting up a new home network in Windows 7 is quite easy. You can now connect to a new Wi-Fi network with a couple of system track clicks rather than dealing with an entirely new windows.

6: Faster & Easier: Windows 7 is faster than Windows Vista & XP  due to less start up and shut down time thereby leading to the much enhanced battery life.

Though the above mentioned features are indeed some of the key features but we would be glad to know how you take these features. So please drop in your comments if you have something to say.



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1 Jimmy K February 5, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Funny, I seem to remember most of these features being touted somewhere recently…

OH WAIT! It was called WINDOWS VISTA!

I downloaded the Windows 7 beta and it absolutely infuriates me. The only appreciable difference is the UAC slider – something I automatically turn off anyway on my PCs – and the look of the bottom bar. Oh wow, you can have a slideshow for the desktop background! Oh wow, your taskbar shows less info and stacks things and is just an icon!

It infuriates me that Microsoft is going to have me pay 200-300 dollars for something that is basically Vista SP2.

Oh, nevermind. Background slideshows are worth that much to me! 🙄

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2 Andy February 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Windows 7 Taskbar is really a great improvement!

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3 Reshadat February 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Hey Jimmy, You should see the speed difference between Vista And windows 7. Its actually comparable to Xp in terms of speed. Also, do not forget that it is a work in progress. We might actually see some cool new features soon!

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4 Mark Reeves February 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm

One thing that i really like about windows 7 is that it’s really very fast, now i am using the same laptop for a longer time without charging:-)

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5 Jimmy K February 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm

My problem is that my brand new laptop with 4 GB of RAM came (brilliantly) with 32-bit Vista Home Premium, so I installed the 64-bit version of Windows 7 beta to gauge the differences. Vista runs fine for me, as my laptop has a GeForce 9650GT w/ 1GB of RAM and a 2.4 GHz C2D with 6MB of L2, so it runs like a hot knife through butter anyway, negating my need for a performance difference. I can run L4D on ultra-mega-super high settings with no slowdown, and that’s all I really need.

However, on the performance front: I noticed that file transfers on a freshly defragged drive took noticeably longer than Vista SP1, but faster than original Vista. It has a similar memory footprint to Vista SP1…(for me, ~800MB for both running with no sidebar and no background slideshow, with AVG antivirus and ASUS liveupdate).

The one part where Windows 7 prevails is its highly integrated native virtualization compatibility and it has an easily better and more powerful install procedure, but honestly, this seems much more like a major service pack update than anything else. I will keep my eyes peeled for features that change my mind, Reshadat.

Note: Still better than Apple’s service pack system, which costs 140 bucks every time they decide to add one new feature 😛

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6 Jimmy K February 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Oops, I have to eat my own words. There are definite advantages in boot time (for me, 2-3 seconds but for slower computers I’ve read of much greater differences (!) and for some reason I get roughly 3 hours instead of the 2hrs 40min I normally get when it estimates my time remaining. Still, not features that make it worth the massive amount of cash it will cost (FOR ME). For others, this may be a deal maker. Still, I must admit I was too hasty initially judging it.

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7 Rob February 6, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Windows 7 is still beta so just wait may be we could get get more smart features in it’s full version!!!

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8 admin February 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Well jimmy i think you have got quite a smart PC , i mean with 4GB of RAM anything will go well.

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9 Keyboard February 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Does Microsoft On-Screen Keyboard support multi-touch tehnology? I mean can I hold Ctrl with one finger and press key A with other?

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10 admin February 7, 2009 at 11:09 am

Yes microsoft on screen keyboard support multi-touch technology.

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11 Harry February 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

Nice features, its compelling me to switch to Win7!

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12 Nerd April 4, 2009 at 1:32 am

I am not sure how this multi tuoch support will work on normal laptops. I mean u need tuoch screen laptops to use this facility ?

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13 admin April 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Welcome To VirginTech Nerd!
You’re right Multitouch support won’t work on normal laptops. You need to have touch enabled laptops like HP’s touchsmart tx2 , have a look at it at this link http://virgintech.org/?s=tx2

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14 Booobala October 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

I’ve tested the beta version and am currently using the full version of ultimate. It’s fast, very fast when compared to Vista. I have less boot up time (similar to an xp machine), better battery life, integrated power saving features, an improved start bar, and the ability to change hard drive setup within the native windows interface.

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