Are you wondering about the Windows 7 operating system? Perhaps you are trying to decide if you want to upgrade from XP or Vista. Maybe you are thinking about buying a new computer and want to learn more about Windows 7 first. With these questions in mind, we explored Windows 7 and would like to share what we found with you.
In this lesson, we will compare Windows 7 with previous Vista and XP operating systems. In addition, we will discuss performance improvements and review the major features.
Note: Windows 10 was released in July 2015. Visit our Windows 10 tutorial to learn more.
What is Windows 7?
Windows 7 is an operating system that Microsoft has produced for use on personal computers. It is the follow-up to the Windows Vista Operating System, which was released in 2006. An operating system allows your computer to manage software and perform essential tasks. It is also a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows you to visually interact with your computer’s functions in a logical, fun, and easy way.
For example, in Windows 7 you can view two windows side by side by using the Aero Snap feature. This feature automatically sizes—or snaps—two windows to fit together on the screen, allowing you the convenience of viewing them next to each other.