Overview of tools for managing Windows 7

As in Windows Vista, the Windows 7 window management is entrusted , on computers with the requirements sufficient to Aero , the modern rich interface transparencies, fading effects and gadgets. Some features of Aero are objectively classified as ” incidental ” , others are objectively useful and make use of the system more enjoyable. The main new features of the version installed with Aero Seven are three: Aero Peek, Aero Snap and Aero Shake , which you describe here in an attempt to assess the real usefulness . Aero Peek is the expansion of a function already present in Vista, or thumbnails of windows that appear pausing the mouse pointer over the icons in the Taskbar. Thumbnails now allow you to scroll through the various windows of each application to close them with a click of the mouse and to preview each window , hiding for a while all the others.

Aero Peek is very useful , especially for those used to keep many applications open at once . Along with Aero Peek can mention the Jump List : Right clicking on an icon on the Windows 7 launchTaskbar , you will only see the usual commands ( “Move” , “Zoom “, ” Close” and so on ), but also a number of elements commonly used in ‘ application itself (the last opened files , the last visited sites and so on, depending on the type of application). Aero Snap deals instead of resizing windows : approaching a window to the top edge of the monitor, this is now being enlarged to full screen, dragging it down when it is maximized, it returns to its original size . Finally, if you drag it to one side of the screen , the window (when possible) is resized to fill exactly half of the video . All with a play on transparency and windows drawn only as empty rectangles . It is the classic case where a function is more complicated said than done, but how to use Aero Snap is more intuitive than expected (although it does not seem entirely necessary) .

With Aero Shake , finally , just to “shake ” a window with the mouse to minimize all other open applications . It is a gesture rather strange and maybe even too easy , but we do not exclude that some users may be unexpected comfort. As we have already said , however, the appearance of Windows 7 follows in large part to Vista : the position of controls, the names of the windows and the System applet , the operation of the Start menu, all aspects are already known to those who have Microsoft used the last system in recent years .

Features of Windows 7

Among the most important we have to report those tweaks made ​​to the sidebar of Windows Explorer windows : this now includes the “Libraries “, or collections of folders by topic and logo windows 7user-configurable .

That is: noted that a user stores all your photos in My Documents \ My Pictures ( or all of its audio files in My Documents \ My Music and so on), within a more flexible library of images you can store references not only in Documents \ My Pictures , but all the folders on your PC that contain photographs. Within the library , the pictures will be displayed folder to folder, or all together, as if it were actually a single set of files. The compatibility of the arrival of a new software version , the question that arises with a little ‘ of terror : the software we use today on Vista and XP , it will still be compatible ?

Well , for once the news is quite encouraging. In principle, everything that has been designed for Vista , also works on Seven .

Many drivers , traditional sticking point in any upgrade of Windows, in principle continue to work without problems. In preparation we are trying icon windows 7 7Windows since the day of its official presentation , which took place last August and we have not encountered any real compatibility problem , either with drivers or with third-party applications . We give only a ” straight ” : sometimes it can happen that a setup routine or program hangs, simply because it does not recognize the version of the operating system. If a package is designed to run on XP and Vista, in the face of a system that identifies itself as “Windows 7” can not just stop , not for real implementation problems but simply because it ‘s supposed to be some kind of weird version of Windows.

In this case, you can groped to trick the application forcing the identification such as Windows XP or Windows Vista. The program continues to run more or less the same way , the illusion of being on a system known , however, the ” reassuring ” and makes sure that messages do not contain unnecessary alleged incompatibility . These specific execution settings can be assigned permanently to the connections and executables , so finally solve these fake incompatibility problems is Windows itself , in the event that a program is closed in an unusual way , to ask the ‘ user if it worked properly , and possibly propose to pass in ” Compatibility mode ” . If the compatibility of Seven with applications certified for Windows Vista is therefore almost total, the same can not be said of those developed only for XP. There are some software ( no longer so many , thankfully) that have never been updated to run with Vista, and are therefore incompatible with Seven .
If even the ” Compatibility mode ” is decisive , Seven has been provided a solution called ” XP Mode” in practice , if an application does not work with Windows 7, there is nothing that … launch Windows XP and make us turn into the program! It seems paradoxical, but it is true: ” XP Mode” is nothing more than a dedicated version of Virtual PC , Microsoft virtualization software , which is distributed with a regular image (with a license and activation already settled ) Windows XP Service Pack 3 . In order to use ” XP Mode” you have to have Windows 7 Professional edition , Enterprise, or Ultimate : the target to which it is addressed mainly the corporate world, where often the most used programs are custom management , perhaps designed for Windows 98 (or maybe MS -DOS ? ) and practically inaggiornabili .

In addition , the processor must have a native support for virtualization : therefore shall be equipped with technology VT (Virtual Technology) if Intel or AMD -V ( AMD Virtualization ) if AMD . Check this sense the configuration of your PC , if you think that the use of ” XP Mode” will be essential to your work, to avoid unpleasant surprises .

Interfaces “touch ” are all the rage in recent years. Windows 7 is the first Windows system designed specifically for use with your fingers, and comes with native support for multitouch if you use a touch-sensitive screen (such as the Microsoft Surface science fiction , which seems inspired by the movie screens of Minority Report ), Windows is able to detect and handle separately two or more contemporary touches of the hands, with amazing effects for those who has always been accustomed to the use of the mouse or at most a stylus . Just as with the iPhone , the first device to mass diffusion to present this solution. Several new features of Aero seem to think just to simplify the use of the PC with the simple fingers with a wave of his hand moving applications , you magnify and shrink the windows , all without the need of touch with pinpoint accuracy tiny buttons and bars scroll video . For several months , however, the network runs the Windows 7 Touch Pack , a series of applications of various kinds ( mostly entertainment ) set up to demonstrate the potential of this new style of PC usage .