What to look for in Windows 7

What to look for in Windows 7

Summary: In this gallery and the accompanying blog post, Ed Bott walks you through the main features in Windows 7 and explains the best ways for you to evaluate the changes.

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    Just for fun, compare the Windows Firewall settings dialog box for Windows XP and Vista with the one shown here. It does a good job of displaying current settings and providing links to common tasks in the pane on the left.

    This gallery is a companion piece for my in-depth review of Windows 7 based on the final release candidate. Be sure to read "What to expect from Windows 7" to get the full story.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions support BitLocker disk encryption. New in Windows 7 is a feature called BitLocker To Go, which allows you to encrypt the entire contents of a USB flash drive or other removable device. If it’s lost or stolen, the thief will be unable to access the data without the password. To start, right-click the flash drive and use this shortcut menu.

    This gallery is a companion piece for my in-depth review of Windows 7 based on the final release candidate. Be sure to read "What to expect from Windows 7" to get the full story.
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    Adding BitLocker encryption requires you to enter a password (or use smart-card credentials). After entering a strong password, click the Start Encrypting button. The actual time it takes varies depending on how much data is on the drive. Any additional files you copy to this drive in the future will automatically be encrypted on the fly.

    This gallery is a companion piece for my in-depth review of Windows 7 based on the final release candidate. Be sure to read "What to expect from Windows 7" to get the full story.

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  • contents view

    as i pointed out during the beta, full row select is not for people that use single click. this view just exacerbates the problem, as there is not a hell of a lot room to click in the window to set the focus so the scroll wheel is functional.
    g_keramidas@...
    • Hmmm...

      My scroll wheel is active without any clicking required. All I have to do is move it over the contents pane to begin scrolling. Maybe that was a bug that got fixed?
      Ed Bott
  • Interface needs more perceptual ergonomics less data base presentation -NT

    NT
    raycote
    • What are you talking about?

      ...
      Ed Bott
  • Looks very much like the Mac app bar to me!!

    Just needs to get bigger when you browse your mouse over each program icon...!
    jon@...
    • Coattail riding

      "App bar" or officially, the Dock. This is just another case of MS riding Apple's coattails. Now where did I put that Zune player...
      psudeke1@...
  • RE: Contents view is new (What to look for in Windows 7)

    I can't even get IE8 to work and now you push 7 on us.
    robnjuli@...
  • How do I get rid of XP from off my computer, so that I can take full advan?

    getting rid of of OS
    hhguy
  • RE: Contents view is new (What to look for in Windows 7)

    If I already have the beta(not installed) , will this automatically upgrade or update to RC after installing from beta?
    Unemployed Telecom Guy / Full Time Student Guy
  • RE: Contents view is new (What to look for in Windows 7)

    Will it be possible to add a Windows 7 RC to a home network with XP Pro's and OSX's? If so, How please?....Somehow networking on Windows 7 implies that it is only supported on other Windows 7 machines. Thanks
    grivera47@...
    • Install it and play around

      How else do you figure out how something new works?
      hoffmancarl
      • Thats perfectly fine

        Yeah installing it and playing around is the best option, I personally can't wait to test drive it. But reading on the Microsoft Win 7 site, something bothered me. March 2010, You will get a message from Windows saying that it will begin to shut down your system every 2 hours until June 2010, unless you buy and install a retail version. That I'm not looking forward to
        barker225
        • Windows 7

          What else would you expect from Microsoft?

          As far as I'm concerned, Windows 7 is just an upgrade from Windows XP.
          DaveFeign
  • RE: Contents view is new (What to look for in Windows 7)

    I'm not sure? Can I download it to DVD-R
    tripm69
    tripm69
  • RE: Contents view is new (What to look for in Windows 7)

    Having played around with the Beta version for a month and now running the RC 1 Ultimate 64 version, I think Microsoft finally got it right.
    wds21921@...
  • What I really like...

    is how much MS took from Apple OS-X. Of course, since so much of
    OS-X is now ring fenced by patents, there is less than it would have
    been.

    Kudos to MS for being such slavish thieves.

    Then again, they have decades of experience!
    Jeremy W
  • RE: Contents view is new (What to look for in Windows 7)

    It's funny how the Mac fanboys are always some of the quickest to speak out when there is something new with MS.

    Thank you MS for not including the bouncing icons on PC's.
    dmandvm