Overview and New Features added in Windows 7

Even though Microsoft keep releasing Windows versions, Windows 7 retains the most popular Operating system image all over the world. This article will focus on Overview of Windows 7, its versions, and New features to Windows 7.

Windows 7 Overview

In 2009, Microsoft released Windows 7 (codenamed Vienna, formerly Blackcomb) as a major improvement over its predecessor Windows Vista. Windows 7 was highly praised by Windows users since its precursor Vista was not as per users' expectations. Windows 7 came up with improved Aero feature, redesigned taskbar, and many more.

windows 7 start menu

Windows 7 versions

Windows 7 Operating System available in different editions having their own features. All versions of Windows 7 support 64-bit except Windows starter. Here, all editions are listed below.

  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Features New to Windows 7

Microsoft launched Windows 7 with many new features. Some of the best features are shown below:

  • Native VHD Boot feature

    Microsoft introduced new feature named Native VHD (virtual hard disk) Boot in Windows 7. With this feature, users can boot Windows 7 from VHD drive even on non-virtual hardware. Native VHD boot feature allows users to deploy Windows 7 image (.wim) to VHD then copy .vhd file to other systems.

  • Win 7 support Windows XP Mode

    Windows 7 provides a way to run those programs that were only compatible with Windows XP by setting up Windows XP mode. This Win7 feature enables you to run virtual version of Windows XP in which XP supported-applications run. When a program is installed in Windows XP mode then it also appears in Windows 7 programs list as shown below.

    wndows 7 support WinXP mode

  • Libraries feature new to Windows 7

    Windows 7 includes Libraries in its Windows Explorer which allow users to store files in a central place from various locations. Using this feature, users can include different files and folders in a library and access them without having to navigate through different directories.

    wndows 7 libraries feature

Windows 7 Issues and solutions

Although Windows 7 was introduced with improved performance and features, yet Windows 7 users encounter some problems like disk corruption, permanent data loss due to virus infection, disk formatting, or sudden power failure. If you are one of them who lost their data from Windows 7 then you are required to use a software named windows data recovery to restore all deleted, lost, or corrupt data.