Computer operating system manufacturers, such as Microsoft, constantly release new versions of their operating systems to provide users with enhanced features and to make their systems more secure. Continuing with the trend, Microsoft is set to release their next version of the Windows client operating system, called Windows 7, later this year. Just like the previous Windows versions, there is quite a buzz in the market and in the minds of users as to what new features Microsoft will incorporate and how this product will fair in the market. This article attempts to introduce Windows 7 to users and to provide pointers on the new features and pre-requisites for installing Windows 7.
What is Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the latest version of the operating system from Microsoft. Microsoft claims that this new Windows client operating system will incorporate hundreds of improvements based on the feedback of consumers.
What are the distinguished features of Windows 7?
Microsoft has promised it’s users that Windows 7 will be more reliable and responsive than previous Windows versions. Windows 7 will start and shut down faster and will also enable users to perform functions, such as finding files and programs, managing open windows, opening programs, and using the Internet at a faster pace.
The videos and screenshots of Windows 7 released so far suggest that Windows 7 has an improved Windows Explorer, better search options, a revamped GUI, an improved taskbar and full screen previews. Other new features incorporated in Windows 7 include advancements in touch, speech and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, support for additional file formats and enhanced performance on multi-core processors.
What are the minimum requirements of Windows 7?
The minimum requirements for Windows 7 are listed below:
- 1 GHz processor for either 32-bit or 64-bit.
- 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit processor.
- 16 GB of available free disk space for 32-bit or 20 GB of available disk space for 64-bit processor.
- DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
- DVD-R/W drive.
Please note that in case you presently have Windows XP and plan to have dual boot, then to install Windows 7 you will require a minimum of 2GB of memory and 15GB of additional hard disk space. You will also require a PC with Intel-VT or AMD-V enabled CPU to take advantage of the latest advancements in hardware virtualization. Additionally, you will need to partition your hard disk and install Windows 7 on a different partition than the one on which your present Windows operating system is installed.
Is Windows 7 exclusively for 64-bit processors?
No, Windows 7 will work with both 32-bit and 64-bit processors if the minimum requirements are met. However, Windows 7 will be the last one in series to support a 32-bit processor.
Can users directly upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7?
Yes, they can. Windows 7 supports the applications and software that are compatible with Windows Vista. Users that have Windows Vista will be able to install Windows 7 without having to back up and reinstall their programs and data.