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Top 10 things you should know and worth to mention about Windows 7

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Here are the Top 10 things you should know and worth to mention about Windows 7:

1 – Application compatibility

The Windows Vista operating system introduced some changes down to the kernel level that made the OS inherently more secure than Windows XP was. However, this came at a cost; many applications and programs needed modification to function properly in a Windows Vista environment. While at this point in Windows Vista ( post Service Pack 1) most applications are now compatible, deploying Windows Vista into the desktop environment early on required some “heavy lifting”.

Windows 7 is built on the same basic architecture as Windows Vista, so most applications will retain their compatibility mode between these operating systems. This alone will make taking  Windows 7 much less challenging than migrating from Windows XP to Windows Vista. If your organization is like many that are still standardized on Windows XP, you will need to transition to updated versions of your key applications, but the availability of Windows Vista – compatible versions and well-proven shims will make this task more manageable then to deployment of Windows 7.

2 – Hardware compatibility and System requirements

Much like the application compatibility issues, adopting Windows Vista early-on was a challenge because of the higher system requirements – such as RAM and graphics           ( especially RAM ). On the flip side, Windows Vista provides manageability and security that just is not available on Windows XP, and with more powerful hardware, Windows Vista is able to perform a number of useful functions that improve productivity (such as Windows Search and the Windows Aero desktop experience) and increase PC responsiveness ( the ReadyBoost technology launches programs and applications more quickly by maintaining a portion of frequently used applications in memory).

Windows 7 was designed to perform well on the same hardware that runs Windows Vista, while delivering additional performance, stability and reliability improvements. The design team for Windows 7 had a specific focus on the fundamentals – as well as maintaining compatibility with existing applications and hardware. In everyday, you will find that Windows 7 boots faster and has a smaller memory footprint than Windows Vista.

3 – Better Together with Windows Server 2008 R2

One of the key benefits of the modern operating system is that Windows 7 and the Windows Server 2008 ( especially Windows Server 2008 R2 ) operating system share a common code base, and are maintained with a single servicing model. This single servicing model means windows updates and security updates are shared across both client PCs and servers, simplifying the process of maintaining an up-to-date windows infrastructure.

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In addition, environments with both Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 unlock capabilities that extend functionality and help ensure a more secure environment, as well as more adjustable network bandwith , and manageable capabilities. One example is DirectAccess, which allows remote management and updating of remote mobile PCs that are connected to the Internet, even when they are not connected to the corporate network. This capability helps ensure that remote users receive security patches and updates on a timely basis, and allows IT to update configuration setting via Group Policy. For the end user, DirectAccess allows access to locations on the corporate network without using a virtual private network (VPN) connection. (In addition to Windows Server 2008 R2, DirectAccess requires IPSec and IPv6 implementation – ad of course much complex configuration.)

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