Windows 7 Compatible With You

A cluttered Windows desktop is like a cluttered desk—it can make it harder to focus on the task at hand. When you start using Windows 7, you’ll immediately notice its clean and uncluttered appearance. For example, the Notification Area in the lower-right corner displays only four icons by default. New icons don’t appear automatically when you install programs. Instead, you control what gets placed where, so your desktop stays clean and reflects your personal preferences. Of course, you may want to change the desktop and add or delete gadgets and desktop themes. With Windows 7, you’ll find more options than ever.

Aero Themes and Aero Background
Windows 7 comes with many new themes, so you’ll have more options for making your PC reflect your personal taste. Each theme includes rich backgrounds, glass colors, and a unique sound scheme. You can download new themes, create your own unique themes, and share your themes with friends and family. And within any theme, you’ll have 16 glass color options to choose from instead of the eight options that are included with Windows Vista. Windows 7 also includes some themes that are customized for specific regions of the world.

Windows 7 improves the Gadget feature first found in Windows Vista by making gadgets easy to position anywhere on the desktop and simple to resize. If you like to keep your gadgets at the edges of your screen where they have traditionally resided, they’ll snap right into place as if they were magnets.

Global and Cultural Relevance
Windows 7 offers many desktop themes tailored to different regions and languages, with special wallpapers, sounds, and Aero Glass colors to provide a more locally relevant experience. In addition, Internet Explorer favorites and RSS feeds automatically show you locally relevant content, so you feel right at home. Regional options, such as currency and date format, are set automatically based on the location you choose, and your preferences help shape your experience with the programs on your desktop. Also, multilingual browsing no longer requires font installation or setting updates. Windows 7 supports text display and fonts for more languages too. And fonts are now classified by the languages you’ve enabled for your keyboard. When you want to switch the font in a document, you’ll see only fonts that are relevant to the particular language or languages you use. If you use multiple languages at home or at work, you’ll appreciate the multilingual capabilities in Windows 7. Download the language packs and you can change the display language on your PC to view wizards, dialog boxes, menus, Help topics, and other items in Windows in whichever language you choose. IT professionals can configure a single disk image that supports multiple languages.

Windows XP Mode
Do you want all the benefits of the latest PCs but still need to run older business and productivity programs? Windows 7 will run many Windows XP programs with no problem. But for those programs that require a PC running Windows XP, small and medium-sized business customers can use Windows XP Mode.* Windows XP Mode is a virtual Windows XP environment that works on Windows 7 using a virtualization technology, such as Windows Virtual PC. Once installed, you can set up Windows XP Mode with just a few clicks and install your programs within the virtual Windows XP environment. You’ll be able to open your programs right from your Windows 7 desktop and access printers and other USB devices just like you always do. To use Windows XP Mode, your PC will need to support processor-based virtualization.

Access Your Windows 7-based PC’s Network Connections
You can still access the Internet when you’re working in Windows XP Mode because the network connections of your Windows 7-based PC are always accessible. In addition, you can also connect your virtual machine to your company network.

Share Files and Folders
The Clipboard is shared between physical and virtual machines, so you can copy and paste any information you want between Windows XP and Windows 7 programs. And because your Windows 7 My Documents folder appears on your virtual Windows XP desktop, you’ll always have easy access to any files you need.

Access USB Devices
When you’re in Windows XP Mode, you can still use the external USB devices attached to your PC running Windows 7. You can also easily access the host CD drive, and print on a local or network printer from within your applications for Windows XP. If a USB device does not appear in the My Computer window, it’s easy to make it available. Just navigate to the USB drop-down menu that appears either in the upper-left hand corner of the Windows XP desktop window (Desktop Mode), or at the top of the desktop (Full Screen Desktop Mode). Click the device’s name to use it on the virtual machine. When you’re done, click it once more.

Source of Information : Windows 7 Product Guide


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