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What Is New About Windows 7 ?

Windows 7 was introduced with 6 editions, each unique in its own way and yet supporting some common functionality. Each edition supports 32 bit processor. For those users who have been using the earlier introduced Operating systems, Microsoft came up with ‘Windows anytime upgrade’ which enables you to upgrade your machines to Windows 7 edition of your choice. However before upgrading, you would need to know which edition you would like to go in for. So let us have a look at what is new and different in basic features offered in each of these editions and how it makes one different from the other.

The 6 editions offered by Microsoft Windows 7 are:

1. Windows 7 Starter
2. Windows 7 Home Basic
3. Windows 7 Home Premium
4. Windows 7 Professional
5. Windows 7 Enterprise
6. Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 7 Starter

This edition of Windows 7 has the least features amongst all other editions. It is basically meant for surfing the net. This was made for less 32 bit computers and one major feature that is missing in this is the Aero theme. This edition is not available in the retail stores and comes installed with new notebook purchase.

Windows 7 Home Basic

For users who prefer using Windows 7 Home Basic, they need to activate Windows as it includes geographical activation. It has better features than the Windows 7 Starter edition but is sold only to developing countries.

Windows 7 Home Premium

This edition is for home usage and comes with a great user interface. This edition has Windows Media Center to enable users to play, create and burn Media files with ease. It has advanced Windows navigation too like multi touch support.

Windows 7 Professional

Besides encompassing features of Windows 7 Home Premium, there are good amount of networking features added to this edition of Windows, the most prominent of them being Location Aware Printing. This works if you have to use your laptop in different places and thus default printers for each location can be selected. Another important feature which cannot be neglected here is the Remote Desktop where other PC’s can get an access to yours through internet. Another highlight that is available in Windows 7 Ultimate besides Windows 7 Professional is that a licensed version of Windows XP can run inside Windows 7 through Virtual PC.

Windows 7 Enterprise

It is sold only to companies which have Microsoft Software Assurance.

Windows 7 Ultimate

It encompasses all features of Windows 7 Enterprise, but to be used by home users. Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional users are allowed an upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate using Windows Anytime Upgrade feature. The biggest advantage of Windows 7 Ultimate is that multiple languages are allowed on one computer.

Other than these 6 editions that were declared officially with the release of Windows 7, another upcoming edition is the Windows thin PC which will be up in the market in 2011, as declared by Microsoft.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

We do a ton of typing, (or at least our processors do). So when I came across this list of keyboard shortcuts I automatically thought it would be a great thing to share with you. These have saved me a ton of time. At first I hesitated to use them, but I started with one, then another, then another. Enjoy!

General Keyboard Shortcuts

CTRL+C (Copy)

CTRL+X (Cut)

CTRL+V (Paste)

CTRL+Z (Undo)

DELETE (Delete)

SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)

CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)

CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)

F2 key (Rename the selected item)

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)

CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)

CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)

CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)

CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)

SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)

CTRL+A (Select all)

F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)

ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)

ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)

ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)

ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)

CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)

ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)

F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)

F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)

SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)

ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)

CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)

ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)

Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)

F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)

RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)

LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)

F5 key (Update the active window)

BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)

ESC (Cancel the current task)

SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts

CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)

TAB (Move forward through the options)

SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)

ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)

ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)

SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)

Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)

F1 key (Display Help)

F4 key (Display the items in the active list)

BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)

Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)

Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)

Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)

Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)

Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)

Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)

CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)

Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)

Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)

Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)

Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)

Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts

Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)

Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)

Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)

SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)

NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)

Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)

Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

END (Display the bottom of the active window)

HOME (Display the top of the active window)

NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)

NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)

NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) (Collapse the selected folder)

LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)

RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)

Tips to avoid slow running Windows xp

windows-xp-slowThere are many things that make a computer slow in software or hardware. It may be small hard disk or low memory. Also it can be anything from the BIOS and/or operating system settings, programs of your CPU and insufficient RAM. And of course, it may be your network.

Here are some tips to help you to avoid unnecessary slow running of windows xp :

1. Any e-mail program you use, keep it clean by removing unimportant mails regularly.

2. Make sure you have a good anti-virus program, no need to keep more than one anti-virus in single computer. That should be up to date, automatic monitoring and auto update.

3. A good anti-spyware program is also important to keep is your computer. This should also be auto update and auto monitor.

4. It is good habit to run Disk Clean Up Daily. Path : Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Clean Up  (A box will open – Make sure that every box is  checked, click “OK” -then “Yes”.

5. Delete cookies and cache files every day. Path : Start>Control Panel, (if you have not already done so, click Switch to Classic View), then Click Icon of Internet Options>A pop-up window will appear – Delete Cookies. Click OK to delete files then check “Delete all offline content ” > OK. Your clear history should be no more than 7 days.

6. A very important step in almost every missing. The Empty Prefetch folder. Path:Start>MyComputer>C-Drive> Windows>Prefetch (folder)>Select All, Delete All Files. Click Yes Close the window.

7. Empty Recycle Bin regularly.

8. Scan the hard drive of your computer. Path: Start>My Computer>Right Click “C” – box opens – click on Properties at the bottom – another box opens – click on Tools, click now posts sure that both “Automatically fix file system errors” and “scan and attempt recovery of bad sectors” are enabled, click Start. You may need to complete this step for a long time.

9. Defrag your computer regularly. Path: Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defragmenter – Windows – Select “C” drive, click Defragment. It will take time.

The last two steps (8 and 9) may take a while, if not recently done so. This should be done like a routine at the day end or before starting the work in the morning. It takes no longer than 20 minutes and often much less.