Windows 7 Reviews

Monday, August 9, 2010
windows 7 in depth reviewAfter the successful launch of Windows 7 on 22nd Oct'2009 a continuous review work is going on to show the mutual induction. The significant area where we can do the study are Appearnace, performance, Version restriction and so on.

Windows 7 review of appearance
As most user are firstly attracted by mere look, so I am too. If we discuss on the ground of Appearance then we can't left behind and miss the Aero feature which has created a buzz in the IT industry. The Windows 7 with its Aero Glass theme make the windows translucent and textured boarders. This provides very sloppy look to Windows 7. The variation in choosing color is quite good. It has been an inbuilt feature under Control panel. Windows 7 has new style of applet that loads up within the Control Panel window rather than in a pop-up dialog box. Enhancements to the Aero User Interface (UI) helps you organize your open windows and other desktop components for easier and faster access. The Aero feature has triple function as:

* Aero Peek - hovering over a taskbar icon shows thumbnail of that program. Hovering over the thumbnail shows a preview of that program in full view. Aero Peek also refers to the "Show desktop" button to the far right of the new taskbar.
* Aero Shake -You may have opened several Windows but at a time you need single to work. You can use this feature to minimize all other windows by just dragging the single window back and forth. Shaking it again brings other windows back.
* Aero Snap - Clicking and dragging a window to the right or left side of the desktop causes the window to fill the respective half of the screen. Snapping a window to the top of the desktop maximizes it. Resizing a window to touch the top or bottom edge of the screen maximizes the window to full height, whilst retaining its width; these windows will then slide horizontally if moved by the title bar, or can be pulled off, which returns the window to its original height.

Windows 7 review of installation process
Installation is the first stage from where the testing begins. Though not of vital importance to consider on that basis because we are don't need this procedure again and again. But still a initial requirement.

The process show a cutting edge experinence over the earlier version. Even more contributive point is that new installer can load drivers from sources other than floppy disks. CDs, USB keys, and hard drives can all be used as a source of drivers. Windows 7 can be installed from USB key or hard disk, which makes for much faster installs, not to mention much less frustration when trying to customize the process.

Windows 7 installer has cut down the number of questions being asked during installation making your work easier. Though for some it may seems to be non-interactive. Installing Windows 7 is a child play. You just need to insert the DVDs into the DVD drive and sit idle. When the setup emerges it will ask your country and language. Select from the drop down menu. Now the installation Wizard will start. The install now options will leads to the advanced install options. For repairing a corrupt installation the 'Repair your computer' button located at the bottom-left can be used. For fresh installs just click the Install now button. Go on following the screen prompts. Accep the license agreement after reading it.

Windows 7 review of Performance
A wide range of Test has been performed to check the performance of Windows 7. Let's talk about WorldBench 6 mark Test. Here the comparative analysis was performed on 6 crieteria which are CPU properties, 2D graphics analysis and GUI feature, 3D graphics test to judge simple to complex DirectX 3D graphics and animations, Disk tests Reading, writing and seeking within disk files and CD / DVD test Test.

The result showed Windows 7 on the top. Though there was a marginal difference.Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit earned a WorldBench 6 mark of 144, edging out Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit, which scored 139. Here Windows 7 was roughly 3.6 percent faster than Windows Vista. The test was performed on a system with configuration 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor.

Measuring the same parameter on HP Pavilion a6710t desktop (with a 2.6GHz Pentium Dual Core E5300 CPU), with both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows 7 Ultimate also reveals the same story. Running the 32-bit versions of Vista and Windows 7, the a6710t saw its WorldBench 6 score increase only a little, from 104 on the former to 106 on the latter.

Similar incremental performance improvements on portable test PCs as well. With the 32-bit versions of Vista Home Premium and Windows 7 Home Premium, our Gateway T-6815 notebook went from a WorldBench 6 score of 58 on the older OS to a result of 64 on the newer one. Our Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 laptop's WorldBench 6 score improved by only one point with Windows 7 in our comparison of 32-bit Ultimate editions (going from 83 to 84); when we tested the 64-bit editions of the two OSs, we again saw a modest boost, with the Y530's score increasing from 79 to 83.

Windows 7 review of versions
Windows 7 brings a version for every PC. Hence resolving the dilemma in chosing for the correct version along with good offers to allure the consumer of all range.

From biginner to proficient these are: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Though on real practice only three version are significant. Starter Edition is worthless; it's crippled (it omits most of the user-visible features that make Vista and Windows 7 worthwhile). Its only purpose is to allow Microsoft to have a dirt-cheap OS to offer to netbook makers as an alternative to Linux. Home Basic is restricted to emerging markets; though less limited than Starter edition, it too lacks most of the features that make Windows 7 attractive to consumers. Enterprise and Ultimate are the same on anatomical ground they differ a little bit in licensing context. Enterprise is for volume license customers, while Ultimate is available through retail and OEM channels.


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