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Windows Vista? Or Windows 7?

March 27, 2011 By: lilybird Category: Software

Microsoft has been developing fully integrated operating systems for over 30 years. The last 2 releases, Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been, although visually quite similar, very different pieces of software that had different aims during the development stages. Whereas Vista was aimed at improving communication and security while at the same time, reducing users’ ability to make adjustments that could cause conflicting processes or increase vulnerability, Windows 7 was programmed to take all the best bits from previous operating systems to create a more refined experience. Ultimately Windows 7 was targeted as being more of an update to previous versions than a completely new operating system whereas Vista was an (arguably failed) attempt to redefine what an operating should be.

One of the primary goals that Microsoft set itself when developing the Windows 7 operating system was to make integration of components, whether external or internal, much better in terms of performance, effectiveness and efficiency. This meant that Windows 7 had to be able to recognize and support all various types of components that could be found connected to a computer, no easy feat. As this task is almost impossible, especially with newer technology being developed and integrated every single day, Microsoft also ensured that if a product was not supported, it would either be updated to support it or provide the ability to directly communicate with the manufacturer to obtain support software. Another function that Windows 7 has, or has improved upon, over Windows Vista is the ability to make better use of a computer’s resources. Microsoft has toned down the number of programs and services that are loaded up on start-up so that computer resources are not wasted on ancillary programs that are not being utilized. This has meant that Windows 7 ultimately runs faster than Windows Vista.

The Windows 7 taskbar is another area that has been not only improved upon, but almost completely changed. Users are now able to customize the taskbar much more than in Windows Vista, to the way they want it. The seemingly constant notifications that plagued Windows Vista are gone and in comes a new function that enables users to preview running programs just by hovering over their icons in the taskbar, a feature that looks especially cool when hovering over windows containing movies or games. The UAC (User Account Control) in Vista was something that most users had a problem with. When making any changes in seemingly very minor instances, the UAC would flag up a question box to ask for permission to make the changes. Most users saw this as a hindrance and thankfully, Windows 7 has toned down the UAC to give users more freedom and responsibility to make their own adjustments.

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