Windows 7 New Features Guide

As Microsoft approached the end of support for Windows XP it made a significant push to get folks to upgrade to Windows 8, the latest version of its operating system, but some made other choices.

Now I have not been quiet about the fact that I believed Windows 8 got a pretty bad rap in the tech press. That in turn caused many users to move to Windows 7 as they upgraded those Windows XP machines instead of Windows 8 or its subsequent updates Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update.

So it makes sense that Microsoft has produced a downloadable guide to assist those Windows XP users with their transition to Windows 7 and the host of new features it introduced compared to its predecessors Windows Vista and of course Windows XP.

By the way, I am OK with that decision because it means at least they are on a modern operating system instead of a vulnerable one.

Anyway, the 13 page guide which is provided in a Word .docx file, keys in on these feature areas:

  • Navigating quickly by using the taskbar
  • Using a Jump List to access files
  • Resizing windows
  • Printing from multiple networks
  • Optimizing your display
  • Managing power settings
  • Expanding searches across networks
  • Recording steps for troubleshooting
  • Backing up and restoring data
  • Managing your operating system
  • Using Windows 7 shortcuts

If you are new to Windows 7 this document will be a good reference as you learn the system.

Some additional links in the document will also come in handy:

You can download the Windows 7 New Features Get Started Guide from the Microsoft Download Center.

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  4. Davin Peterson May 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM -

    It is nice of Microsoft do that. While it wants everyone to upgrade to windows 8.1, most business probably upgraded to Windows 7. My office finished upgrading all of it’s machines to Windows 7 from XP last month.