What is Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the next version of the Windows client operating system. This version incorporates hundreds of improvements based on your feedback. It works the way you want: it's responsive, reliable, and runs smoothly. It starts and shuts down faster, and is designed to make your battery last longer. Plus, it's really easy to connect to things you care about—from people to printers. You'll also be able to do everyday things faster, from getting around the desktop and managing open windows, to finding files and programs, and using the web. We hope you love it, because it's got your fingerprints all over it.


What are the interesting new features Windows 7?
For a list of features, you may go to: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/index.html


What’s the difference with Windows 7 among other Windows Operating Systems?
How is it better than XP and Vista?
Windows 7 houses an updated interface that enables users to quickly switch between windows. Its security and networking capability has been enhanced to prevent spywares and malwares.


Are my old programs compatible with Windows 7?
Yes, either through the built in Windows 7 program compatibility modes or a new feature called Windows XP Mode.


How will I know if my old programs are compatible with Windows 7? Is there a site that I can visit?
Yes, through the Windows Compatibility Center (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/). Currently its specifically designed for Vista, but a 7 version is launching soon.

Generally, what works with Vista will work under 7 as long as the program itself isn't operating system specific (example: low level software like anti-viruses).


When is the official release of Windows 7 in the Philippines?
Yes, through the Windows Compatibility Center (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/). Currently its specifically designed for Vista, but a 7 version is launching soon.

Generally, what works with Vista will work under 7 as long as the program itself isn't operating system specific (example: low level software like anti-viruses).

How can I upgrade from Vista to Windows 7?
Users can upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 once the operating system is available in participating retail stores by buying an upgrade DVD.

Are there different versions of Windows 7? How will I know which version is right for me?
There are five versions of Windows 7 available in the Philippine market namely, the Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.

Specific features of each edition may be viewed at : http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare-editions/index.html

How much time do I need to invest to learn how to use Windows 7?
User experience may vary for person to person, at the very least, Windows 7 was designed with simplicity in high priority.

Does this OS work on relatively older models of computer machines?
As long as the old machine has meets the minimum requirements of Windows 7, there is a possibility for it to work smoothly however, certain features might not be available such as the Aero function if the video card does not support it.

Until when can I use my Windows 7 RC?
Please plan ahead for when the RC expires. You'll get two weeks' notice, and then beginning on March 1, 2010, your PC will start shutting down every two hours. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. To avoid interruption, you'll need to rebuild your test PC to replace the OS with a valid version of Windows, and reinstall all your programs and data before the software expires.
Is there technical support available for the RC?
No. Microsoft doesn't offer technical support for pre-release software, including the Windows 7 RC.
How can I upgrade from RC to Windows 7?
When you install the final version of Windows 7, you'll need to do a clean installation. So plan on backing up your data then reinstalling your applications and restoring your data. Readmore about the upgrade scenario at http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/
What kind of computer do I need to run the RC?
These are the Microsoft minimum hardware recommendations for systems that will be running the RC. These recommendations are specific to this release and are subject to change.

How do I install Windows 7?
1. Turn on your computer, insert the Windows 7 installation disc into your computer’s CD or DVD drive, and then do one of the following:
• If your computer already has an operating system installed and you don’t want to create partitions, go to step 2
• If your computer has no operating system installed, or if you want to create, extend, delete, or format partitions, you need to restart your computer while the installation disc is inserted in the CD or DVD drive. Your computer will then start from the installation disc. If you are asked to press a key to start from CD or DVD, press any key. If the Install Windows page is displayed, go to step 2.

If the Install Windows page is not displayed and you’re not asked to press a key to start from CD or DVD , you might have to specify that your computer use its cd or DVD drive as the startup device. To learn how to do that, go to Windows Online Help and Support (windowshelp.microsoft.com) and search for “start Windows from a CD or DVD.”

2. On the Install Windows menu, follow any instructions that are displayed, and then click Check compatibility online to run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. If the Upgrade Advisor shows that your computer can run Windows Vista, on the Install Windows menu, click Install now.
3. Continue to follow the instructions on each page.
4. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.
5. On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, do one of the following:
• If you don’t want to install Windows on a specific partition or create partitions on your hard disk, click Next to begin the installation.
• If you do want to install Windows on a specific partition and have an existing partition with enough free space, select the partition you want to use, and then click Next to begin the installation.
• If you want to create, extend, delete, or format a partition and you have started Windows from the installation disc, click Drive options (advanced), click the option you want, and then follow the instructions.
6. When you finish the installation, you’ll see the Windows desktop and the Welcome Center on your screen. The Welcome Center can help you started using Windows.
7. Be sure to re-enable your existing antivirus software or install new antivirus software after the installation is complete.

What are the system requirements for Windows 7?

RTM Hardware requirements are as follows: • Processor: 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor • Memory: 1 GB of system memory • Hard drive: 16 GB of available disk space • Video card: Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme).

How do I deploy Windows 7 to multiple computers?

The following are some of the predeployment and deployment tools that help you automate common project-related tasks:

o Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit - This tool inventories hardware and devices.
o Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 5.5 - This tool inventories applications, analyzes compatibility, and creates compatibility fixes for applications.
o Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) - This tool helps you create images and automate the OS and application installations, data migration, and desktop configuration process.
o Microsoft System Center - This is a family of products for large organizations that provides end-to-end deployment and management support.



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