Thursday, January 7, 2010

Windows 7 Tips and Personal Review

I was using Windows XP for almost 6 Years, right from 2003.

When Windows Vista came out I tried it, but I dont want to switch from XP to Vista.I found that something was missing in Windows Vista.

So I didnt switch from XP to Vista.

Then Windows 7 came out, right from the day one every thing was good for it. It received positive reviews from almost every one.
So I decided to try it. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate in my machine, dual boot with Windows XP(Hoping I can Switch back to XP anytime).
Here I have listed some of the Windows 7 tips and features which I like very much.

(Note : I have switched to Windows 7 directly from XP, so some features I have mentioned here might be there is Vista also, which I might not know.)

Before I start here is my system specs
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 Ghz, 45 nm
Motherboard : Intel DG33FB (G33 Chipset)
Memory : 3 GB DDR2 667 Mhz
Graphics Card : Palit 9800 GT, 1 GB DDR3
Hard Disk : 320 GB

My Windows 7 Review :




Installation is really fast:

I did a clean install of Windows 7 on one of my partition, it is lightning fast. My Windows 7 was ready in just 20 Mins...

Boots very fast:

First of all, really Windows 7 boots faster than XP and Vista. I personally tried it. I have installed all the programs I had in XP, still it boots very fast.

Shutdown is also fast:

Similarly Shutdown or sleep is also very fast. In my XP it will take more than 30 Sec to shutdown, but my Windows 7 shutsdown in 8 Sec. Really fast.

Superbar(New Taskbar) Rocks:
 
Windows 7's new taskbar is superb. At first you will miss the good old XP style taskbar, but in few minutes u will get used to the new taskbar.
You can pin your favourite programs and files to taskbar, it will be always there.
Right click on it will give you more options about the program.
Moving the mouse over the icons will give a thumbnail preview of the program.
You can even watch videos using this preview.






More details can be found here
http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/01/15/windows-7-superbar-overview

User Access Control(UAC) :
Now we can adjust the UAC settings to any one of the four levels available.

Action Center:
Windows 7 Action Center is a one stop place where you can find system maintenance information, security information and also troubleshoot problems if any.

New Search:
Windows 7 search is really improved and fast. Now your search result will include album name, artist etc.

New Themes:
There are lot of themes pre-installed, you can even install new themes from microsoft website.




Aero Shake:
When a window is shaken with mouse, all other windows will be minimized and the current window will be active on the screen.When the window is shaken again, they are all restored. This also has some eye candy.
DirectX 11:
Windows 7 is shipped with directX 11, if you have a directx 11 graphics card you can enjoy all the eye candy in games.
Windows 7 Tips and Trick :

Other important changes I noted:
When I want to switch from my Creative sound card to on-board sound card, the only thing I have to do is remove the wire and plug it, Windows 7 will automatically detect it and it will be ready for use, where as in case of windows XP I have to change all sound settings.

My Other Tips:

Delete Folder History - Windows 7
Windows 7 Photo Viewer Very Slow - Fix

Some useful shortcuts:

Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor
Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window
Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it's maximized
Win+Space: All windows are made transparent so you can see the desktop
Win+Home: Minimize all windows but the current window

Excellent place for details about Windows 7
http://www.neowin.net/news/category/windows7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_7

So finally I did switch from Windows XP to Windows 7....
Good bye Windows XP... Welcome Windows 7...
Please share your experience on Windows 7 and switching from Windows XP to 7... :-)

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