Following Windows Vista, Windows 7 Professional is Microsoft’s more recent operating system. The Windows 7 Pro operating system, as with all Windows Professional editions, is aimed principally at professional users and the business sector. A number of things have changed: there are visual optimisations such as in the operator interface, and technical optimisations to the system and security, for example in the reworked Windows Explorer and the new Security Center.
Increased performance and intuitive operation
User-friendly operation is of primary concern for Microsoft, hence the user interfaces for a number of applications and the system itself have been improved in the Windows 7 Professional operating system. Many programs, including Paint and WordPad, have been provided with a ribbon interface which has been common since Microsoft Office 2007. The sidebar familiar from Vista has been removed in Win 7 Professional. Widgets can now be placed directly on the desktop wherever you want them. The Windows 7 Professional operating system as a whole runs faster than its predecessor, which can be ascribed to lower system requirements despite numerous enhancements. The Windows 7 Pro operating system additionally introduces the new DirectX 11, which is also responsible for improved graphics performance. Microsoft Windows 7 Professional now also supports alternative input devices such as tablet PCs, with a variety of functions including multi-touch.
Program innovations in the Windows 7 Professional operating system
Improvements in performance and enhancements to the interface are not the only things which Microsoft Windows 7 Professional offers you. New programs and features help to speed up your workflow and lighten your workload:
- Libraries: virtual folders in Windows Explorer for fast management of data
- Action Center: new Security Center (virus scanner and firewall monitoring)
- Voice commands and voice output: assistance for users with restricted capabilities
- Device Stages: display of frequent activities for external devices
- Error recording program: for detailed logging of problems
- Automatically set up home network groups
- Find content and programs faster with improved Windows search
In the course of optimisation of the Windows 7 Pro operating system a variety of programs and functions were also removed, including the classic Start menu, some functions and features in the task bar, and Windows Media Player functions as well as some Explorer functions. Instead, the Win 7 Professional operating system contains additional functions and features. Microsoft Windows 7 Professional also supports Windows Server Domains. In addition, XP mode enables you to run older programs on Windows 7 Professional. Added to this, once the mainstream support phase has expired you have an extra extended support phase.
Security with the Windows 7 Professional operating system
The Windows 7 Pro operating system is not just user-friendly and powerful: in its new version, Microsoft has also paid a great deal of attention to security. Now biometric authentication using fingerprints is also supported as standard. Unlike Windows Vista, user account control in Microsoft Windows 7 Professional is now incrementally adjustable. From now on this functions with a whitelist of system programs, which is automatically provided with administrator rights. In order to raise the security level of potentially critical applications, a blacklist of relevant programs can be created. These can be handled separately during execution and a confirmation window will always be called up beforehand. In order for your system to remain secure, it is always kept current with updates from Microsoft in the form of certified drivers and corrections.
Win 7 Professional gives you the ideal operating system for your business or for sophisticated demands in the private sector. The enhanced functions help you to make the best use of your computer.
Microsoft Windows 7 Pro - System requirements
|Required operating system|
Windows 7 Professional
|Processor||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)|
|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|