From late October 2009, new computers will start to ship with Windows 7,
the latest operating system from Microsoft. This month we look at some
of the features that may entice you to upgrade:
– With most homes now having multiple computers, the ‘HomeGroup’ feature
makes it easier to share printers and files (including music, pictures
and videos). Entering a password connects your Windows 7 computer into
the HomeGroup, and settings control which files are shared and which
Take the music with you – Windows 7 and Media Player 12 allow
you to access and play media files from your home PC remotely via the
internet on another computer.
Snap & Shake
– Time to teach your mouse some new tricks! Aero Snap activates when
you drag a window to an edge of your screen. Left or right edges
automatically make the window resize to a full ‘top-to-bottom but half
screen width’ size. Drag to the top of your screen, and your window
will retain its width but stretch out vertically to fill your screen
from top to bottom. Aero Shake lets you literally grab and shake a
window to minimize all of the other open windows on your screen.
– The speed of the Start menu’s search feature has improved
significantly. You’ll see search results from files and Outlook emails
stored locally on your computer, including the text contained within
email attachments. Search also extends beyond just your PC and can be
configured to include results from your company’s network drives and
public websites, using search connectors.
– USB storage (in either keys or portable hard disks) has become more
popular for people working at multiple locations or for storing
backups. With BitLocker To Go (in Windows 7 Ultimate edition), you can
now secure files on these devices by encrypting them with a lengthy
password. This password can be remembered on your regular PC, and if
it’s forgotten, a 48 character recovery key can be used on any Windows 7
PC to restore access to your files. Just don’t lose your recovery key
On The Go:
– Windows 7 requires less horsepower to run than Windows Vista.
Independent publications have reported that ageing laptops running
Windows XP have become more responsive with Windows 7.
– Numerous features have been added to automatically preserve battery
life, such as shutting off power to unused network ports and reducing
background activities. There are also more tweaks for creating your own
power-saving schemes, including setting the video quality and processor
For more information you may like to view
Talk to your local Computer Troubleshooter about your options for
upgrading to Windows 7.