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Window 7

2010/01/28 19:52:52 網誌分類: 電腦
28 Jan

 

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Microsoft launched for general availability of Windows 7 on 22 October 2009. Windows 7 is the latest version of Microsoft Windows that comes after Windows Vista. It has a lot of new and enhanced features to improve user experience (like faster boot up and shutdown) and security.

Native support of devices like fingerprint sensors is now available. For mobile business users, native support for mobile broadband devices (e.g. 3G/3.5G USB modem) is now available. Location aware printing eliminates the effort of changing default printer in different locations (e.g. home and office).

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Product Editions


There are six editions of Windows 7:

- Starter (32-bit version only)

 

- Home Basic,

- Home Premium,

- Professional,

- Enterprise and

- Ultimate.

(both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for other editions)


 

Home Basic edition is not available in Hong Kong and is only sold in emerging countries like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Pakistan.

 

Home Premium and Professional are the two primary editions which target to consumer and business users respectively.

 

 

Windows 7 Editions

Full Packaged Product (FPP)*

Pre-installed on PC (OEM)

Volume Licensing

Starter

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Home Basic

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Home Premium

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Professional

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Enterprise

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Ultimate

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* Full Packaged Product (FPP) is a box set product including CD/DVD and End User License Agreement (EULA).

 

Suggested Retail Price from Microsoft (box set) {#mon.jpg}

Windows 7 Editions

Full Package Suggested Retail Price (HKD)

Upgrade Package Suggested Retail Price (HKD)

Home Premium

$1,699

$1,099

Professional

$2,599

$1,760

Ultimate

$2,699

$1,860

 

Same price for Chinese and English versions
(Source: From Microsoft Hong Kong as at 15-10-2009)

 

Windows Anytime Upgrade
User can upgrade a Windows 7 edition to a higher edition online through Windows Anytime Upgrade after purchasing an upgrade key. It is available in the following edition:

Windows 7 Editions

Upgrade to higher Editions

Home Premium

Professional

Ultimate

Starter

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Home Premium

-

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Professional

-

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Key Dates  {#200906172236267088.gif}

Event

Date

Release of Windows 7 Beta

January 2009

End of mainstream support of Windows XP

14 April 2009

Release of Windows 7 RC

5 May 2009

Release of Windows 7 RTM

6 August 2009

Windows 7 Official Launch

22 October 2009

End of extended support of Windows 2000

13 July 2010

End of mainstream support of Windows Vista

10 April 2012

End of extended support of Windows XP

8 April 2014

End of extended support of Windows Vista

11 April 2017

 

 

 

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Summary {#jeyv.jpg}

Windows 7 introduces some new shortcut keys. The following lists some keyboard shortcuts that are considered to be common.

Shortcut Key

Action

Windows Key + Up Arrow

Maximize the active window

Windows Key + Down Arrow

Minimize the active window

Windows Key + Left Arrow

Dock the active window to left half screen

Windows Key + Right Arrow

Dock the active window to right half screen

Windows Key + Shift + Up Arrow

Maximize the vertical size of active window

Windows Key + Shift + Down Arrow

Restore the vertical size of active window

Windows Key + Home

Minimize all windows except the current active one. Press these keys again to restore the windows.

Windows Key + Space

Make all windows transparent temporarily for viewing the desktop

Windows Key + (+/-)

Enable the magnifier and zoom in/out

Windows Key + P

Switch display to projector and computer

Windows Key + Shift + Left Arrow
Windows Key + Shift + Right Arrow

Toggle between monitor in multi-monitors environment.

 

 

 

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Some useful features in Windows 7 for business users and their considerations are highlighted below:

{#lock.jpg}BitLocker to Go

BitLocker to Go is a full-disk encryption solution for protecting files and data in removable storage devices, such as USB sticks, from unauthorized access. However, only Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate versions can turn on the Bitlocker to Go which encrypts the removable drive. After enabling the encryption, any Windows 7 version is able to read or write files from/into that encrypted drive. Moreover, Windows Vista and Windows XP can read, but not up date, files in that encrypted drive.



{#cache.jpg}BranchCache
BranchCache improves remote file access which enhances the capability of remote office users. Files that have been retrieved by a user in that remote office are stored in the branch server so that subsequent users can retrieve the same files locally. As a result, both the retrieval time and WAN bandwidth requirement can be reduced.

BranchCache is only available for Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate version and the content server in central office should be Windows Server 2008 R2. However, this feature improves the speed in retrieving a file but not saving files.

{#acces.jpg} DirectAccess

DirectAccess is a clientless VPN solution that enables users to access corporate intranet from public Internet. DirectAccess utilizes the IPsec to c reate a trusted connection between the user desktop and corporate intranet via public Internet. As a result, the user is able to access the corporate intranet during overseas trips or when in the home. DirectAccess is only available for Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate version and the server should be Windows Server 2008 R2.

 

{#win7.jpg}64-bit version of Windows 7

64-bit version of Windows has been available since the introduction of Windows XP. This enables the computer to utilize more than 4GB memory. According to Gartner's recommendation, those workstations that require more than 3GB memory (or are required to run memory-demanding applications) are required to consider the installation of a 64-bit version of Windows 7. At present, the 32-bit version of Windows is powerful enough for workstations running office applications.

All Windows 7 editions except Starter edition have the 64-bit version. The 64-bit version and the 32-bit version of Windows 7 are two different operating systems. Hence, legacy device drivers, security utilities (such as VPN) and browser-based applications may have the compatibility problems in 64-bit versions of Windows 7, even though they can run properly in the 32-bit versions.

{#xpmode.jpg}  XP Mode

Windows 7 offers Windows XP Mode (XPM) to allow XP legacy applications to run in a virtual copy of Windows XP. XPM is a full version of XP. It provides a workaround solution for those XP applications that cannot be run on Windows 7 properly. However, Windows 7 and XPM cannot share using some licensing applications (such as Office). Separate installation and additional licence for that application would be required in XPM. This feature is available in Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only with separate download of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. It needs higher requirements for memory and CPU. Minimum 2GB RAM and processor supporting Virtualization Technology (VT) are required.

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