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What is an operating system (O.S) ? Previous versions of Microsoft Windows O.S . Windows 7 overview. Boot performance . Benefits of using Windows 7 . Windows 7 system requirements . Flavors of Windows 7. Features of Windows 7. User-friendly GUI Performance considerations of Windows 7 Conclusion

Definition : An Operating System is an interface between user and hardware of a computer system. Goals of O.S : To make the computer system convenient to use. To use the computer hardware in an efficient manner. Purpose of O.S : The purpose of an operating system is to provide an environment in which a user may execute programs.

Process management Interrupts Memory management Virtual file system Device drivers Networking Security Graphical user interfaces

Release date May 1990 July 1993 August 1995 June 1998 February 2000 September 2000

Product name Windows 3.x Windows NT Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows 2000 Windows Me

Notes Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported No longer supported Extended Support until July 13, 2010[2] Current for SP2 and SP3 (RTM and SP1 unsupported). Current. Version Changed to NT 6.0.6001 with SP1 (February 4 08) Current Current Current

Last IE 5 5 5.5 6 6 6

October 2001 November 2006 (volume licensing) January 2007 (retail) July 2007 February 2008 October 22, 2009

Windows XP

Windows Vista Windows Home Server Windows Server 2008 Windows 7

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What is windows 7?

Most Recent version of Microsoft Windows

Operating system.

Windows 7 was released to Manufacturing on July 22,2009,and reached general retail availability on October 22,2009.

Performance : Windows 7 starts, shuts down, and resumes from Standby faster than earlier versions of Windows.

Reliability :Reliability improvements in Windows 7 include a Fault Tolerant Heap that resolves common memory

management issues.

Application Compatibility :A key engineering goal for Microsoft is that software that runs on Windows Vista will run as well or better on Windows 7.

Device Compatibility : As with software, Microsoft set an


engineering goal that devices that work with Windows Vista will also work with Windows 7and has greatly expanded the list of

devices and peripherals that are being tested for compatibility

Security : Windows 7 delivers new capabilities to better protect your security and privacy, and makes existing security features such as User Account Control and Windows Defender easier to use.

Improved Battery Life : Improvements to power management in Windows 7 will help extend the battery life of your mobile PC.

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Get quicker access to all of your stuff Manage open windows more easily Quickly find what youre looking for Share files and printers among multiple PCs Stay entertained effortlessly Easily create and share movies Connect to networks easily Do more and wait less Dont leave programs behind Offers your PC better protection

Boot time is fast. On the same computer, Vista booted in


approximately 80 seconds. Windows 7 booted in 50 seconds. That's about a 38% fast boot time with Windows 7 .

Applications load faster. With Vista it took approximately 30 seconds. Windows 7 loaded in 20 seconds

The installation is faster than Windows Vista

Windows 7 Starter Edition


Windows 7 Home Basic

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows

7 Professional

Windows 7 Enterprise Windows 7 Ultimate

More personal: Redecorate your desktop with fun new themes, slide shows, or handy gadgets. Performance improvements: Designed to sleep and resume quicker, be less memory hungry, and spot USB devices faster. Play To: Play your media on other PCs, stereos, or TVs around the house. Remote Media Streaming: Enjoy music and video on your home PCeven when you\'re not at home. Windows Touch: Pair Windows 7 with a touch screen and you won't always need a keyboard or mouse.

When you open files and programs, their icons show up on the taskbar so you can switch between them. In Windows 7, the taskbar puts what you want to do at your fingertips. You decide where each program goes so you know precisely where to click. An icon for any newly installed program temporarily placed at the bottom of the Start menu so you can drag it to the taskbar for convenient access in the future.

Taskbar Pin You can pin frequently used programs to the taskbar or even pin a specific document to a program.

Youll see live thumbnails of each open window so you can keep track of the files and programs youre using and select them more easily.

Aero Peek View the Desktop temporarily without minimizing all open windows or applications

Simply hover your cursor over the far-right side of the taskbar and all your open windows will become transparent.

Taskbar Peek Peek at a specific window to see exactly where it is by either using the live thumbnail previews or by using Windows Flip (ALT + TAB) to quickly cycle through running windows.

Pausing the cursor on a thumbnail will bring the highlighted window into full size view.

Jump Lists Provide quick access to common tasks Available from right-clicking any of the icons on the taskbar or by dragging the icon towards the center of the desktop. These dynamic lists automatically show you files based on how often and how recently youve done things

Aero Snap Maneuvering between windows is a pain, and comparing the content of two windows side by side requires awkward resizing that never quite works.

Libraries Are a way to view files with common characteristics even if those files are located in different places Makes it easier to view, organize, manage, and search for files without the hassle of organizing the files into specific folders.

Windows 7 automatically creates libraries for items such as documents, music, pictures, and videos.

Searching from the start Menu :

The Search box in the Start menu is a fast and easy access point for all your programs, data, and PC settings. Just type a few letters in the Search box, and youll be presented with a list of matching programs, documents, pictures, music, e-mail, and other files, all arranged by category.

Federated search :

Windows 7 supports searching for documents beyond the users own PC, as well as a preview of search results

Sharing with HomeGroup Home Groups let you easily link Windows 7 computers on your home network to share pictures, music, videos, documents and devices such as a printer.

Parental Control Quickly set up your PC so it helps keep your kids safe. You can keep them away from the wrong kind of games and set limits for how much time they're on the PC

Problem steps recorder Automatically capture the steps you take on a computer, including a text description of where you clicked and a picture of the screen during each click. Once you capture these steps, you can save them to a file that can be used by a support professional or someone else helping you with a computer problem.

Windows 7 helps meet the needs of both end users and IT professionals, to make the things that people do today faster and easier . Windows 7 focused on delivering greater customer satisfaction in both big and small ways.

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