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


7 – Troubleshoot faster and more effectively

Windows 7 provides rich tools and utilities to identify and resolve technical issues, often by the end users themselves. If a help desk can not be reached, Windows 7 includes several features and troubleshooting tools to help speed resolution.

- The Problem Steps Recorder allows end users to reproduce and record their experience with an application failure and to Automatically capture the steps taken on a computer , with each step recorded as a screen shot along with accompanying logs and software configuration data. A compressed file is then created that can be forwarded to support staff or IT administrators to help troubleshoot the problem.

- Windows 7 includes a suite of troubleshooting packs, collections of PowerShell scripts, that can be executed remotely by IT professionals from the command line, and controlled on the enterprise basis through Group Policy Settings.

- Windows 7 also includes Unified Tracing to help identify and resolve network connectivity issues, all that in a single tool. Unified Tracing collects event logs and captures packets across all layers of the networking stack, providing an integrated view into what’s happening in the Windows 7 networking stack and providing analysis and problem resolution.

8 – Create, deploy, and manage images more efficiently

Windows 7 includes several tools to streamline the creation and servicing of the deployment image, and to get users up and running as quickly as possible.

The Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool in Windows 7 provides a central place to create and service Windows images offline. With DISM, you can perform many functions with one tool: mount and unmount system images; enable or disable Windows features; add, remove, and enumerate packages and drivers; configure international settings, and maintain an inventory of offline images that contain drivers, software updates, and packages features. Windows 7 also enables the same processes and tools to be used when managing virtual machine (VHD) and native file-based (WIM) image files.

Windows 7 also includes Dynamic Driver Provisioning, where device drivers are stored independent of the deployed image and can be injected dynamically as predetermined sets based on information contained in the basic input/output system (BIOS) , or based on the Plug and Play ID of the hardware. Reducing the number of drivers on individual machines reduces the number of potential conflicts, ultimately minimizing setup and deployment time and improving the reliability of the PC.

When you are ready to deploy Windows 7, Multicast Multiple Stream Transfer enables Image servers to “broadcast” image data to multiple clients simultaneously, and to group clients with similar bandwidth capabilities into network streams to permit the fastest possible overall transfer rate while optimizing bandwidth utilization.

9 – Easier migration of user data and profiles

Windows 7 includes enhancements to the User State Migration Tool (USMT), a command-line tool that you use to migrate operating system settings, files, and other user profile data from one Computer to another. In Windows 7, USMT adds a hardlink migration feature for computer reinstall scenarios, a capability that stores user data and settings in a common place on a drive, eliminating the need to “physically” move the files during a clean install. Also another useful tool is Windows Easy Transfer (WET), which provide transfer to file and settings from one to another ( fresh installed ) computer.

Windows 7 User State Migration Tool-USMT

10 – Improve user productivity in branch offices

Windows 7 introduces BranchCache, a new technology presented with Windows 7 ( work with Windows Server 2008 R2 ) that caches frequently accessed content and files from remote File and Web servers in the branch location, so users can access this information more quickly. The cache can be hosted centrally on a server in the branch location, or can be distributed across user PCs ( which is less recommended ).

Branch cache

And, as a bonus:

Better support for client virtualization

Windows 7 delivers a richer experience when users are connected to a virtual desktop – much closer to the experience provides by a native Windows desktop. For example, Windows 7 provides multi-monitor support, bi-directional audio to enable VoIP ( Voice over Internet Protocol ) and speech recognition applications, and improvement access to local devices, such as printers.

So there you have it—the top 10 things you need to know about Windows 7.