I just installed Microsoft Windows 7 and the things I noticed where:
(these are not necessarily new features)
> During the installation you can simply set Language: English, Regional Settings: Dutch and Keyboard layout: Us international
> Overall Windows 7 feels snappier and more responsive
> Windows wants to download and install 426,5 MB of updates?!
> Downloading a file from the internet, the explorer icon shows the progress:
> You can shutdown you’re pc directly from the inlog screen
> Windows 7 recognizes drivers for ESATA pci express cards out of the box
> The first thing you should do after installing drivers is determining the Windows Experience Index by running the > Start > Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Performance Information and Tools, this will enable Areo if you’re hardware supports it.
> You can maximize and switch windows to other monitors by pressing the Windows key and the arrow keys
> You can still use the Windows Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, including menu’s
if you want to create a screen grab of a menu like the start menu: After you open Snipping Tool, press ESC, and then open the menu that you want to capture. Press CTRL+PRINT SCREEN. Click the arrow next to the New button, select a snip type from the menu, and then use your mouse or tablet pen to capture the menu.
> To manage you’re computer you can right click the Computer in the start menu and press “Manage”
> You can create sticky notes on you’re desktop
> The Windows calculator is pimped:
You can now convert and calculate date differences
DWORD, Hex values and fuel consumption
Show the history of you’re calculations
> Burn ISO image out of the box
> Create a New folder in Windows Explorer with one click:
> After installing I had to configure the correct cpu speed for VMWare: C:\Users\All Users\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini
host.cpukHz = "2330000"
host.noTSC = "TRUE"
ptsc.noTSC = "TRUE"
and change the Additional memory setting to “Fit all virtual machine memory into reserved host RAM”
> Using VMWare 6.5.2 and NAT does not work out of the box, using the steps on http://florianlr.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/5/ solved the problem.
> Recently opened files can be opened directly from start menu
> Switching to multiple monitors or projector can be done with the Windows key + P shortcut