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Windows 7 FAQ

Constantly updated answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Windows 7, the upcoming operating system from Microsoft.

by Andrew Pociu

What is Windows 7?

The upcoming Windows desktop operating system following Windows Vista. It is currently in development at Microsoft.

When will Windows 7 ship?

Originally, a Microsoft VP confirmed that Windows 7 is expected to be released in January 2010, which puts it in the three-year period after the general availability of Windows Vista (which took place in January 2007.) However, more recent news claim to have Windows 7 released 6 months earlier, in June 3, 2009.

Why the name ‘Windows 7′?

If the history of naming products at Microsoft has thought us anything, it’s that until very soon before the release of the product, we will be dealing with a code-name. This means that Windows 7 is not the final name of the product. The reason behind the name is that Windows Vista is using NT Kernel version 6, and Windows 7 will presumably be labeled with NT Kernel version 7.

Is Windows 7 the same as Windows Vienna?

Yes; Windows 7 was previously named Windows Vienna (hence the name of this website) and before that, Windows Blackcomb. They are the same operating systems only with different names.

Is Windows 7 a major operating system release?

Since “major” is a relative term, and it can mean different things to different people, there is no straight answer to this one. Windows 7 will not break all compatibility with previous applications and hardware supported by Windows Vista for the sake of starting from scratch, despite original reports that claimed so. All the security hardening introduced in Vista will be found in Windows 7. Windows Vista serves as a foundation for upcoming Windows operating systems (such as Windows 7 and the already released Windows Server 2008.)

Are there any distinguished features of Windows 7?

While Microsoft is being careful at releasing details on the features of Windows 7, the released videos and screenshots show an improved Windows Explorer, WinFS storage technology (but under a different name), improved search functions (for the local system, networks and the Internet) and a revamped GUI designed by Julie Larson-Green and other members of the team responsible for the Office 2007 ribbon interface.

Will Windows 7 be released exclusively for 64-bit processors?

No, but it will be the last one to ship for 32-bit processors.

How many people are working on Windows 7?

According to Microsoft, over 2000 developers and 500 managers.

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  • Ahmar · March 5, 2008 at 8:52 am

    What Are The Expected System Requirementss For Windows Vienna ?

  • Abe Ibrahim · March 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

    You MUST know that, members of Microsoft Connect are not novice; therefore information should not be of general nature. Example: I would like to know if a Beta program is opened; I was a member since Vista was PreAlpha. 2.With Windows Media Center popularity, who Microsoft reacting to this demand, one expect to have a MC that will not just answer the entertainment corner, but to also serve the family with their home needs (alarm, secure cam. family calendar, true multi profiles in MC… etc.).

  • aaron · March 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    will windows 7 bring back native opengl 2 (or maybe 3) support because vista supports only 1.3 or 1.4 and 2 through some emulators .. that sux

  • rudesh · March 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

    What Are The Expected System Requirementss For Windows 7 ???????

  • steve · March 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

    i understand why there bring a new windows out… but i love windows vista i like it better than windows 95,98,me,xp!.

  • Otay · March 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Microsft has recently stated that the official name for ‘Windows 7′ will be… ‘Windows 7′

  • Barnun · March 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Will windows seven suck less than vista ?

  • Microsofts last straw · March 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Windows 7 should… blow Windows Vista out of the water. It’s been said that Windows 7 is being built from the ground up and won’t even offer backwards compatibility (yes you will still be able to use the old apps in a virtual environment). This should clear up a lot of the gunk windows has carried onto for all these years. (or so I would hope) I think more people will begin rooting for the Open Source world if Microsoft screws up this round. Their biggest problem with Vista, was not the OS itself, but he demands of the OS. If you can afford the gamer-sized PC just to use it; it’s a great OS (after SP1). I’m crossing my fingers for 7.

  • Andhika · March 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

    what windows 7 better than mac os x??

  • AntonyMin · March 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

    You mean NO REGISTRY!!!!! Yay! It would have to be much better than XP to get me to change

  • tvb · March 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    With windows vista being so hard to network with windows XP is this problem going to be solved with the release of Windows 7

  • cyril · March 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    send me more about windows 7

  • cyril · March 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

    is it safe cos i have problems with vista

  • discodan74 · March 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

    bigtimer1988, don’t know what problems you have with networking to XP, but I’ve got 4 machines at home 2 XP and 2 Vista, they all sing and dance together happily. I’m just happy if the code base has gone on a diet that makes Vista a fat bloater in a tutu. Early build 6801 Pre-Alpha is already feeling lighter on my test laptop. I’ve got to test the x64 build on my main machine soon, to see how hard I can push it now

  • trebor · March 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I am using them right now. They are ok but still a lot to work on them.
    Problems with graphic card – can not choose a second display with newest drivers – the components are all new and work with xp and vista like a rocket.
    Problems with bs player
    Problems with printer that i had installed on vista
    Problems with codec packs
    and i can not remember what else
    It still needs some work as far as i am concerned.
    But they look nice and applications that work work pretty fast.
    I am moving back to vista with some service pack.
    Once this gets out of testing i will install them definitely.

  • philippe · March 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

    bonjour a tous et bonne fin d’année 2008.
    j’ai installé windows 7 en novembre, tout fonctionne pour le mieux.. j’ai réussi a y installer des fonctions comme dreamscene et les nouveaux menu et barre de tache. tout tourne rond, aucun bugs pour le moment. les jeux fonctionnent aussi tel que americas army et CS .seul inconvénient toujour pas de version française, a ce jour.
    coté rapidité, je le prefere a vista, demarrage plus court et redémarrage apres mise en veille tres rapide.
    a bientot et bonne année a tous, happy new year for all..

  • Microsofts last straw · March 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I don’t understand why some of you don’t understand the idea of no more backwards compatibility. Virtual environments are what allow you to run programs that are not native to your OS. The idea, is Windows 7 will be a notch above Windows Vista, but without all of the Registry gunk from all of the older Windows versions. Windows 7 will be able to utilize your multi-core processors better and there should be a lot more 64-bit applications available by then. All in All, that’s when Vista sucks; is when you have to run the monster in 32-bit, because all of your favorite programs have lazy programmers. Mac OS X runs as smooth as it does, because it’s completely 64-bit. Hmm. I wonder why everyone likes it so much? Windows 7 will be far above competition for Mac OS X, but guess how long that OS has been out. They will more than likely have a newer better version by the time 7 arrives. I’d be willing to bet money on 7, but I guess will see. And with the storm before the calm happening, I’d be willing to say Windows 7 will bring a sigh of relief to everyone that loves Microsoft, either way.

  • Harrison · March 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    @Microsofts last straw. I would disagree on the Mac comment (Mac OS runs as smooth as it does, because it’s comepletely 64 bit). While that may in part be true, the real reason Macs run so well is because they are stable from the get-go, some with Linux. The only way they crash is if they’re purposely MADE to crash. The only OSs on MSs side that were stable, first generation off the shelf have been Windows 95

  • rand0m~~~ TAIWAN ROX!!! · March 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    YAY, finally, man windows 6 hasn’t really been out for longg and ots already being outthingyg (i forgot speak english well) lol, cool , probbbly less viruss?? virtual machine wid xp!! sounds exelent, only need a fast computa nw! damn!

    Amerika sukks b@lls!! i think thats y windows 6 sux, but u neva knw mayb som pplz from a loozer upself counltry are kapable of something

  • pritesh · March 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

    how Official windows 7 Copy Link

    iso file link

  • sp · March 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

    this is the best info on the “new”opperating sytem which has changed names

  • tonyh220 · March 5, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Hey rand0m, why don’t we keep our comments related to technology and keep our political opinions to ourselves? (By the way, what has Taiwan done for the world lately?) Just something to think about. Thank you.

    I am interested in how 7 will look and operate, because from a mac user’s perspective, a lot of the features and motif that I see looks like those of mac. I am probably biased on this, I’ll admit but it would seem that Microsoft has ridden Macintosh’s coattails when it comes to UI. What does everyone think?

  • Microsofts last straw · March 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

    The beta has been released, trialed and stopped. Go look for the reviews. People are loving it and agree across the board that it could be worth it to leave XP, finally. Get your basic questions answered here:

    There will always be a fight between who thinks MAC/Linux/Windows is better. What matters, is being able to get what you want out of the system you choose to support. You have to admit, no matter what you choose, PCs are getting faster and better every day. Heck, you can get 12GB of RAM now! Spend more time supporting your OS and quit waisting it just bashing others. True life computing is coming soon either way. Have a good time!

  • ricardo · March 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

    i have recently update from windows vista 64b to windows 7 RC 64b on my HP 2710P tablet portable and i have a problem with the usb ports on the HP2700 ultra-slim expansion base. Is somebody experiencing similar problems ?

  • A.Gurudatt · March 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Iam not able to print documents from windows 7

  • Dusen · March 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

    is there any major advantage between windows 7 and windows vienna and viceversa??

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