Windows 7 RC (build 7100) Features

Since I’ve been using Windows 7 for quite a while now, I feel that I should let others see what’s new in the upcoming version of Windows. This is to change the way people think about Windows, ever since Vista it who-must-not-be-named caused a global outrage. So without further ado, I present to you Windows Sehven!(7)

As you can see, Microsoft has decided to copy Apple in its taskbar. You can now pin items on the taskbar and launch it in a single click just as you do in a Mac.

This feature is called Aero Peek. It allows users to peek into the desktop by just hovering the mouse over the bottom right corner.

There’s also a new Action Center,  which replaces the old Security Center. It’s much more organized than before and this is the only place where Windows alerts you.

 

This is the new User Account control. It now has four levels of security and is less annoying than its predecessors’.

This is the new explorer window. Nothing much has changed.

 

Now I’m going to demonstrate how to snap windows into place. By dragging the window to the top, it will automatically snap into a maximized one. Similarly, if you drag windows to the left or right, it will snap into place.

 

 

Jump-list are shortcuts to your recently or frequently opened-files. It works on both the Start Menu and Taskbar.

 

IE Tabs can viewed just by hovering your mouse over them, a huge time-saver.

 

This is the new Windows Media Player 12. It has a much neater look and much more stable. When minimized, you can play music with the play button just by hovering over the icon in the taskbar.

 

And here is the impressive Windows Media Center, Windows 7’s equivalent to Mac’s Front Row. I’m just waiting for the day Microsoft is going get sued by Apple.

 

Here’s the revamped Wordpad and Paint. It’s more professional-looking(Office 2007) and has many more new features.

 

Next, there is the exciting Windows XP Mode. This feature allows users to run Windows XP applications side-by-side without having to open the Virtual PC. Note that this feature must be downloaded from the Microsoft Website

After installing, launch it from the start menu.

 

Let it start up…

 

Here we are at the Windows XP desktop. Note that Microsoft is providing free Windows XP SP3 licenses with every new Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional and Enterprise version.

 

Now, you have to install any program from Windows XP. I installed Adobe Reader, so its shown here in the start menu.

 

Just click the program to open it. You have to shut down Virtual PC first. Then I used Reader to open Internet Explorer. Here’s a side-by-side comparison with Internet Explorer 8 & Paint.

 

Windows 7 is also more customizable than ever, letting you change themes whenever you feel bored by the same desktop look.

   

Thanks For Reading!

Of course, if you want to check out the new Windows 7 first-hand, head over to the official Website and download it. I recommend you Dual-Boot* your current Operating System with 7 or Back-up your files and settings before Upgrading (you can only upgrade from Vista to 7). Please note that this RC will expire on June 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every 2 hours without warning.

*Those of you new to dual-booting, please contact me via email or MSN and I shall tell you the details. Of course, if you know me personally in school you can always ask me.

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