Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium is the extended version of Home Basic. Both versions have been designed for home users in the private sector. Compared to its predecessor, Vista, the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system introduces numerous changes. These include an improved user interface, new functions and features, increased performance and enhancements in security. The Win 7 Home Premium operating system also offers you exclusive content such as a variety of media programs.
Simple to operate and better performance
The Windows 7 Home Premium operating system features a more modern user interface, new features and numerous enhancements. The user-friendliness of the system has been improved again by providing the most important programs, such as Windows WordPad and Paint, with a ribbon command bar. Thus you always have the most important functions in view, helping you to work more efficiently. Supported by alternative input methods, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium also offers you helpful features such as multi-touch with which, for example, you can draw in Paint with several fingers at once on a touch screen. In the Win 7 Home Premium operating system you can now position widgets wherever you want on your desktop and you are no longer restricted to a side bar. Apart from these visual improvements, the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system also offers you system optimisations in the form of enhanced performance, such as with DirectX 11. This provides your system with necessary graphics support which is required for instance for complex graphics processing. Overall, Win 7 Home Premium is faster than its predecessor Vista, although its system requirements are lower by comparison.
New programs and more in the operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
In order to ensure that all the optimisations to the operator interface and system performance can be used to the full, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium offers many new features and programs:
- Error logging program: problem report logging
- New security centre: monitoring of firewall and virus scanner status
- Device Stages: improved management of external devices
- Virtual folder in Explorer: a “library” for fast data access
- Voice commands and voice output: application support for users with restricted capabilities
- Improved task bar and preview options
- Faster navigation with improved Windows search
- Easy home network creation
- Touch support
For optimisation purposes, unnecessary task bars and Explorer functions have been removed from the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. In return, Windows 7 Home Premium provides new functions and programs such as HDTV support or the ability to write and play DVDs. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium has also a Windows Media Center, containing the Windows Media Player and a number of games.
Secure home system with Windows 7 Home Premium
The Win 7 Home Premium operating system offers you the opportunity to use biometric authentication. This feature can be used either to log in, to increase users’ permissions or for general access to the operating system. This makes the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system accessible exclusively to you and therefore even more secure. Systems programs in Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium are now managed in a whitelist, through which they are automatically given rights when they execute and further confirmation is not required. In addition, the Win 7 Home Premium operating system is kept current with updates, ensuring that it stays secure for you.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - System requirements
|Required operating system|
Windows 7 Home Premium
|Processor||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor|
|Memory||1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)|
|Hard disk||16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)|
|Graphics||DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver|