Five New Features I like in Windows 7

Well, my processor came and I got Windows 7 Enterprise installed on my laptop.  It runs better than it did on the Toshiba.  I have enjoyed playing with Windows 7 and really have started to become quite accustom to it.  And I have made a list of Five new features I like in Windows 7. Let’s see what is new.

1. The Notes program, I have used this time and time again and it’s cool to see it become a more manageable program. The notes look cleaner as well.   Also if you want you can copy the old note gadget from Vista into the same folder on 7 and use them both.  This is pictured below.

The Windows 7 Note program next to the Notes Vista Gadget

The Windows 7 Note program next to the Notes Vista Gadget

2. Aero Peek, this is an awesome and much-needed feature.  By simply moving my mouse to the area to the right of the clock on the taskbar all the windows even the ones that are maximized become clear.  This is really handy for looking at the desktop gadgets however the Notes program also becomes clear, somehow that needs to change to I can see the notes at a glance too.

Aero Peek

Aero Peek

3. The Wireless jump list, well I’m not sure it is a jump list but it sure is cool.  If you click once on the wireless icon in the system tray a list comes up of available wireless networks.  Just click on the one you want to use and connect.  It is that easy and really could not get any simpler.

Wireless Jumplist

Wireless Jump list

4. System Image and System Repair Disc, these two go together.  So in the Backup and Restore item in the Control Panel you can create a System Image, now this is best done on a separate hard drive as it will take up a lot of space.

Backup and Restore

Backup and Restore

What is cool are the options underneath to create a System Repair Disc which can use the System Image and you can use that to fix any problems like Windows not booting or having why too many viruses or spyware, if you have those things happen.  It is good for piece of mind.

Create System Repair Disc

Create System Repair Disc

5. Math Input Panel, this was actually an add-on for the Tablet PC version of XP but now it is part of Windows and you can use a mouse with it.

Math Input Panel

Math Input Panel

I am sure this will help students with homework, I used it with the touchpad mouse on my laptop and was able to make it work just fine.  It took a little doing but hey it is another tool to help. It will convert your writing into text for professional math equations in documents and so on.   You can download a similar tool for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition here  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9D346916-B526-487E-919D-0BCE568DEF39&displaylang=en

Also, you can get a similar tool for Vista as well and you can use a mouse as well, get it here  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4861aad3-1d67-4b02-bfd5-4add1879d3dc&DisplayLang=en

Math Input Panel with math written in it.

Math Input Panel with math written in it.

There are many improved features in Windows 7 and I could go on about those and I may sometime.  I love using 7 and plan to make it my only operating system on my laptop soon.  If you’re thinking about the upgrade do it.  If you’re a student check out my post on student discounts.

If you would like to check out my blog on The Six Best New Features of Windows Vista

Also for fun check out my list of The Five Best New Features of Windows ME

9 replies
  1. gilbert
    gilbert says:

    Great information about windows 7. I collected lot of information from your post. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Reply
  2. Achugh
    Achugh says:

    I like the Windows snap feature to resize the open windows, the new task bar, Home Group, and Jump list… of course, the list does not end here…

    Reply
    • usefulwindows
      usefulwindows says:

      I don’t use the snap feature too much but peek I use often I think I am going to write a blog next about the five best improved features.

      Reply

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