Windows 7 is the new Operating System developed by Microsoft that will eventually take over XP, and eventually Vista, bringing us back to one unilateral operating system for home and business alike. As mentioned in a previous article Windows 7 is a powerful product by giving us all the stability of XP with all the glitz and glamour of Vista and then some, making it truly unique in its own rights. How it does this, is by simplifying tasks making it more user friendly in operation, and navigation, of system functions, and also by making multi-tasking easier than it’s ever been before with a PC based operating system. Microsoft has had Windows 7 in the development stages of three years, which is longer than any operating system Microsoft has produce to date.
And through their research in the development stage the message was clear from the consumer and business world, to deliver a product that is user friendly, a product that is stable with little to no down time, and finally a product that is secure and safe from harm. With that as a focus Microsoft then stripped down the Vista platform to the bare bones and started reconstructing, this way it would be easier to stay compliant with hardware and software products already in use today, instead of starting from scratch. So if you have a computer that is running Vista or XP machines that can run vista, you will have no trouble what so ever transferring over to Windows 7.
For XP and Windows 2000 users with older machines, you will require the following as a minimum to run Win 7. 1 gigahertz (GHZ) or faster 32-bit x86 or 64-bit x64 Processor 1 gigabyte (GB) Ram (32-Bit) or 2 GB (64-Bit) 16 GB available hard drive space (32-Bit) or 20 GB (64-Bit) DirectX 9 Graphics Device with WDDM 1.0 or Higher Driver Additional requirements to use certain features are as follows. Internet access (fees may apply) Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7 DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM, an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on Music and sound require audio output Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware. Microsoft has already conducted a prelaunch sale of Windows 7 that concluded July 11th both in the US and Canada that I was involved in, and Windows 7 will be in new computers and on store shelves October 22, 2009. I have heard there may be some special offer for Back to School, however not confirmed at this point. But when Windows 7 is launched it will be marketed in such a way as it will be broken down into five sku’s or product offerings. Basic, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and finally Ultimate editions, each are an upgrade from the next and there will be no lost features from one upgrade to the next, just added features.
The key target sku’s or products for the PC of today is the Home Premium, and the Professional edition. The Home Premium offers everything you need in your home and offers greater flexibly with media, and networking with HomeGroup than Home Basic, or Basic, can. The Professional Edition is a step up from Home Premium, it is geared towards the Small Business Owner, or Business professional in general. This edition offers greater networking between office and home, and it also offers Windows XP mode, which will be explained further. With new computers with the Intel VT or AMD-V processors, or any processor capable of hardware virtualization, Windows XP mode as you will note above, is a feature that will be able to run old programs seamlessly. Simply put, say you have an accounting program, that doesn’t work with any OS system, it only works in XP. Windows 7 will switch to XP mode by means of virtual recognition to run that program then back again to Win 7 for the rest of your programs. Now don’t take this wrong! Windows 7 runs the most finicky programs effortlessly and better than its previous counterpart. I myself have constantly run full AutoCAD and VectorWorks programs with Windows 7 and have had no trouble what so ever in running these programs. Now, do to the complexity of these two programs; this would have been the first to have issues, I feel, and I even ran them both at the same time, to see if I could get them to crash.
Both programs have held their ground and continue to do so, as well as Windows 7 proving to me that the foundation and stability of the operating system is solid. Windows 7 Ultimate is an upgrade from the professional edition, and is geared towards Corporations, and Corporate executives, offering everything the Pro edition has, with greater detail to Information technology, and security. The Ultimate edition will offer a feature called BitLocker as mentioned above which will require a trusted platform module or (TPM)-1.2 to work. BitLocker is Data Encryption which scrambles data information, making it undetectable to non trusted sources. So if you are a corporate executive please check with your IT professional before you upgrade to Windows 7, if you are the guy who wants it all, and your computer has (TPM)-1.2 than this will be your obvious choice for the upgrade. Basic, and Home Basic, Editions are more geared for older computers, prior to two years old, that may not be able to meet the requirements of today, but still meet the minimum requirements to run Windows 7.
If this is the case, please feel free to contact me or any software professional to see what will be best suited for your computer. Still Windows 7 basic is a powerful product that will allow you to do many things, you would not dream possible before. Microsoft has really done their homework with this product and it shows! With great reviews, and endorsements, from IT professionals, Web designers, and professionals, alike, this operating system will be the best ever in the Microsoft line, with absolutely no need to wait for the release of the first, or second, service pack to insure compatibility, or stability. For more information on Windows 7 please feel free to visit http://www.msdn.com or contact me through my website at http://www.mhpenterprises.com
Myles H Patterson Director, MHP Enterprises Inc.
Myles Patterson has been working in the entertainment/corporate events industry for over 30 years. During that time he has worked on a national, and international bases, in various capacities as a branch manager, general manager, director of operations, and finally director of his own company in 1997.