With Windows 7 Professional, Microsoft is targeting professional users and companies. A lot has changed both in the optical sector and in the area of security systems and technologies: For example, the new Windows Explorer and the new Security Center have been optimized.
Better performance and intuitive functions
The heart of Windows 7 Professional is user-friendly operation: To this end, the developers have equipped programs such as Paint and WordPad with a ribbon interface standard since Microsoft Office 2007. The Sidebar is no longer available in Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, so now it is possible to place the widgets directly on the desktop. Overall, the operating system is characterized by an increase in performance, which is due on the one hand to the lower system requirements, but also to the new DirectX 11, which improves the performance in the graphics area. Additionally, Windows 7 Professional supports alternative input devices such as tablet PCs with features such as multi-touch.
Various programs will help you find your way around Microsoft Windows 7 Professional more quickly and easily. Workflow is accelerated by the Maintenance Center, which provides virus and firewall monitoring, and the Error Logger, which provides detailed logging of problem reports. Also in the repertoire is the virtual folder in Windows Explorer for quick data management and voice control and output for users with limited skills.
Safety has top priority
With Windows 7 Professional, Microsoft has paid particular attention to the issue of security. User account settings can now be adjusted in steps. This includes working with a so-called whitelist of system programs, which are automatically given administration rights. You have the option of creating a blacklist, which increases the security level of critical programs. In the specific case, these are treated separately during execution. In addition to supporting biometric authentication through fingerprints, there are regular updates to keep the system up to date.
A further optimization step in Microsoft Windows 7 Professional is the removal of various programs, the classic Start menu and various functions in the taskbar, the Windows Media Player and Explorer functions. For this you get some new options in Windows 7 Professional: This includes for example the support of Windows Server domains. With XP Mode you can still use older programs. In addition, each purchaser will receive an extended support period after the traditional support period with the Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system expires.
Quick overview of the most interesting features of Windows 7 Professional Edition:
- Includes all the same features introduced for Windows 7 Home Premium
- 192GB of physical memory supported
- Jump lists and screenshots make Aero useful and attractive
- Multi-touch functionality for people with touchscreen displays
- Media Player 12 pre-installed
- Windows Media Center
- Windows XP Mode
- Improved file encryption with Encrypting File System (EFS) with new algorithms
- Improved overall performance
- Fixed icons and live thumbnails
- New ways to organize files with libraries
To install and run Windows 7 Professional on your computer, you need
- 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)* processor.
- 1 Gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) available hard disk space
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver or higher
But there are also other additional requirements needed to use certain functions:
- Internet access
- Depending on the resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware
- Some games and applications may require a DirectX 10 or higher compatible graphics card for optimal performance
- Some Windows Media Center features require a TV tuner and additional hardware
- Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require special hardware
- HomeGroup requires a network and PC running Windows 7
- DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive
- BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2
- BitLocker To Go requires a USB stick
- Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1GB of RAM and 15GB of free hard disk space.
- Music and sound require an audio output device