>Everything you could possibly hope to know about Windows 7 certification - Part 1

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Planning and Managing a Client Life Cycle Strategy

1.    Plan and manage client licensing and activation.


 Windows 7 system requirements:

ü  1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
ü  1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
ü  16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
ü  DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver


To use all features available in Windows 7:

ü  Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware
ü  For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required
ü  Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware
ü  HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7
ü  BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2
ü  BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive
ü  Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM, an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on

Choosing the correct SKU for your deployment.
SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) is a unique identifier for each distinct Windows 7 version that can be purchased.
Windows 7 Starter Made with the Netbook market in mind, It has very basic features. It is not available for retail. Starter edition will be found pre-installed from the OEM on select machines.
  • 32-bit only support: - does not have a 64 bit version.
  •  HomeGroup join only: In Windows 7 Starter you can’t create or manage home groups, you can only join them.
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8: - Microsoft’s standard web browser
  • Windows Media Player 12: Microsoft’s standard music/video player
Does not have Aero Effects, DVD Playback, Personalization features and more. It is for basic web browsing and email.

Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 32-bit and 64-bit compatibility: You can choose to install Home Premium in a 32-bit or 64-bit edition.
  • Internet Explorer 8: Microsoft’s web browser
  • Full Windows Aero features: - Features such as
o    Aero Peek: Allows you a preview of a window in a thumbnail without actually opening them by simply hovering over the icon in the taskbar.
o    Aero Shake: If you have lots of windows open on your desktop and you only want to look at one, click and hold its window and shake it! All the other windows will minimize, simply shake the window again and all the other windows will restore.
o    Aero Snap: click and drag a window up to the top of the screen it will automatically maximize itself. If you have two windows open, and want to view them side by side. Click and drag one to the right edge of the screen and the other to the left. They will both resize automatically to fit the screen
o    Aero Flip: This Aero effect was in Windows Vista but not in XP. Activate it by pressing the windows key and tab at the same time. It will give you a 3D effect that will allow you to “Flip” between the different windows
  • Windows Mobility Center: This center is used for managing screen brightness, audio, presentations , battery and more on mobile devices like laptops
  • Create and Join Home group: The Windows 7 Home group really improves networking and allows you to easily share files and printers between computers.
  • Multi-touch: - Windows 7 supports multi-touch for all you users with touch screen computers.
  • Premium Games: Some Familiar to XP and Vista already, some new.
  • Windows Media Center: The Windows Media Center manages all of your music, video and pictures. It allows you to watch and record Live TV as well as other features

Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Professional has all the features that Home Premium and added features geared toward business, and professional use.
  • Windows Server Domain support: – Makes it easier to connect to Microsoft server domain environments, instead of home group environments
  • Remote Desktop Server Support:  Remote desktop allows you to connect and access all files and programs on another computer
  • Location aware printing: – If you are using printers at home and at work, you don’t have to change which printer you’re using. Windows 7 will automatically change the printer depending on your location.
  • Encrypting the file system: – This allows you to encrypt files on your PC which can only be accessed with the correct key/password
  • Presentation mode: – If you are giving presentations, activating presentation mode will change your background for you and disable your screen saver for you
  • XP Mode: – XP Mode supplies the user with a copy of XP and runs it in a virtual box, so you can run Windows 7 and XP at the same time
Windows Enterprise 
·         Includes all end users features available in Windows 7 Professional, in addition to DVD playback Codec and Windows Media Center.

Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Ultimate is the complete package of everything Microsoft offers in Windows 7.
  • AppLocker: – This allows Administrators to specify which applications can run on the machine.
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption: – This allows you to easily encrypt hard drives and USB devices. Also found in Vista Ultimate.
  • DirectAccess: – an easier method of accessing file and internal company websites from home
  • BranchCache Distributed Cache:Allows information to load faster on the network while using DirectAccess
  • Multilingual User Interface Pack: – Allows the installation of multilingual profiles changing the default langue for multiple users and the same machine.
  • Virtual Hard Disk Booting: – Allows you to boot your computer with an OS installed on a virtual hard disk

---- Thanks to Chris from CIS for these notes on Windows 7.

Christopher L. Smoot
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