Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a special edition that focuses solely on recent news and tips regarding Windows 7 that we never got around to writing about. There’s been so much good Windows 7 stuff that we thought it deserves it’s very own WrapUp article!

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–Windows 7 Coverage–

windows 7 backup network share.jpgWindows 7 to Allow PC Backups to Network Share
Windows Vista will let you backup your entire PC to another hard drive or to a set of DVD’s, but what about to a network drive? In Windows 7 you’ll be able to do just that.


windows 7 taskbar.jpgEnable the New Taskbar in Windows 7 Pre-Beta
Microsoft didn’t enable the new Taskbar in the Windows 7 builds that were handed out at PDC this year, but that didn’t stop someone from trying to figure out how to turn it on. With a little black magic you can get the new Taskbar up and running, but it won’t be sporting all of the cool features that were demoed at PDC.


windows 7 machine.jpgWindows 7 to be Released in 2009
Microsoft has been a little secretive about when exactly they are going to release Windows 7, but in a private presentation they said that they are gunning to have it shipped in time for the 2009 holiday season.


windows 7 boot time.jpgFaster Boot Time and Better Battery Life
There has been a lot of focus on increasing performance and battery life for Windows 7 machines. This video demonstration at WinHEC shows that Windows 7 boots significantly faster than Vista does.


windows 7 aero shake.jpgWindows 7 Aero Shake
It seems as though there are going to be several new ways to show the desktop in Windows 7, and one of them is called Aero Shake. By grabbing the titlebar of a window and “shaking” it all other windows on the screen will be hidden… thereby revealing the desktop. Shaking the window again will bring back the windows.


windows 7 snap.jpgSnapping Windows to the Screen Edges
In Windows 7 when you drag a window to the left or right edge of the screen it will “snap” to it, and resize itself so that it occupies half of the desktop space available. If you drag a window to the top it will become maximized.


windows 7 small taskbar icon.jpgSmall Icons are Available in the New Taskbar
Some of you may have noticed in the Windows 7 screenshots floating around that the icons in the new Taskbar are a bit oversized. It’s probably something that will take some getting used to, but if you prefer them to be more compact you’ll be happy to know that the icons can be shrunk down simply by checking a box.


windows 7 rotate backgrounds.jpgRotating Desktop Backgrounds
When choosing a background in Windows 7 you’ll actually be able to select multiple images to be used. You can then select the speed at which you want Windows to rotate through the images. To help keep things fresh you can even specify a photo feed that images can be grabbed from.


windows 7 sandbox.jpgPC Safeguard Prevents OS Changes
Microsoft has taken the technology from Windows SteadyState and incorporated it into Windows 7. It’s since been renamed to PC Safeguard, and what you can do with it is have all personal files and changes erased after a user has logged off.


windows 7 media center.jpgWindows 7 Media Center
If you saw a few screenshots of Media Center in Windows 7 you might not actually notice any differences. This article will, however, show you some things like the enhanced libraries and better navigation that have already been implemented. As a heavy Media Center user myself I can’t wait to get my hands on this!


windows 7 wei score.jpgMaximum Windows Experience Index Increased
In Vista the best score you can get in the Windows Experience Index (WEI) is a 5.9, but that appears to be changed in Windows 7. Some users are now reporting getting a score up to 7.9 for their graphics cards.


windows 7 notification balloons.jpgManage What Programs Display Notification Balloons
In Paul Thurrott’s rather extensive Windows 7 review he covered a feature that some people have waited forever to get: notification management. Now in the same place that you control what System Tray icons are hidden you can also pick which icons are able to display the pesky notification balloons.


windows 7 light sensors.jpgAmbient Light Sensors
Windows 7 will now be able to control any ambient light sensors that are installed in a PC, and applications will be able to directly tap into this feature. For example, a mapping program would be able to adjust the contrast of maps based upon whether the user is in a light or dark environment.


windows 7 calculator.jpgWindows Calculator Does More Than Simple Math
One of the applications that people probably use a lot in Windows, the calculator, has received a much desired overhaul. Not only does it look better, but it can also do things like conversions or date calculations. Smart move Microsoft!


windows 7 uac.jpgUser Account Control Slider
A new setting in the Control Panel for Windows 7 will let users drag a slider to determine how often they want to see pesky UAC prompts. By default, however, administrators will only see prompts that are caused by programs. That means changing a setting in the Control Panel, for example, won’t trigger a UAC prompt.


There Are 11 Comments

  1. Awesome roundup guys, thank you so much. Looking forward to Windows 7, so far, it looks absolutely terrific.

  2. I’m a little skeptical on how good Windows 7 really is. It certainly looks good on paper, but will it be just as good in the real world? As the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding.”

  3. I am actually looking forward to Windows7, it looks like what Windows Vista should have been. ;)

  4. Just to note: The PC backup feature is currently only in Vista Ultimate, Enterprise and Business as far as I am aware of. If this doesn’t change in Win 7, it’s not worth getting all hot and bothered about :)

  5. Omar Upegui wrote:
    I’m a little skeptical on how good Windows 7 really is. It certainly looks good on paper, but will it be just as good in the real world? As the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding.”

    Let’s just hope file copying works this time :roll:

  6. Lashiec wrote:
    Awesome roundup guys, thank you so much. Looking forward to Windows 7, so far, it looks absolutely terrific.

    No problem. We had been collecting all of the Windows 7 news, and thought that we had more than enough to do an article dedicated only to what we found. We also wanted to get everyone up-to-speed as to what Windows 7 will bring, because not everyone goes hunting around for some of the details like this.

    Omar Upegui wrote:
    I’m a little skeptical on how good Windows 7 really is. It certainly looks good on paper, but will it be just as good in the real world? As the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding.”

    I actually think that it will be very good since they have finally rethought the Taskbar. That has become one thing I think has needed to be revamped for a few years now, and I was disappointed that Vista didn’t have any changes in that regard. I think the new layout will definitely help boost productivity, especially with the peek functionality.

    Michael Dobrofsky wrote:
    Just to note: The PC backup feature is currently only in Vista Ultimate, Enterprise and Business as far as I am aware of. If this doesn’t change in Win 7, it’s not worth getting all hot and bothered about :)

    That’s definitely a good point. And yes, it is only in those three versions of Vista. Why they didn’t at least put it in Home Premium is beyond me.

  7. Storytellerofsci-fi

    Well folks I’ll add my twenty-cents worth, and share a few secrets. I got “a hold of a build of Windows 7 build 6801″ but as is the special features had been locked out by Microsoft. The features are there but it required the actions of another to provide the work around and allow access to them. (It’s in the above article)

    I started running it in a Virtual Machine (Virtual Box) but the limitations imposed by running it Virtual on my machine just wasn’t worth loading so I decide to partition and setup a Dual Boot on my drive and after loading and adding the necessary hardware driver updates along with the “Fix” for accessing the Super-bar all I can say is for a pre-beta it’s pretty darn nice they addressed quite a few issues at least in the Ultimate Windows 7 edition.

    It pretty much shakes out as advertised and then some. Another feature that doesn’t seem to get much press right now is the fact that they added a Compatibility Wizard which will change the permissions for a given program for you. The preview panes are spectacular versus the previews in Vista as is the grouping of windows but it is not without issues. But if it’s this great as a pre Beta it will be “the bomb”(really Great) on delivery.

    If you do get you hands on Windows 7 build 6801, you can activate your copy if you participated in the Vista Beta Program by using that same KEY that activated the Vista Beta otherwise you’ll only get 30 days to play with it. Now a public beta has been hinted at for mid to late December but that’s just hints, it may not arrive till next year sometime.

    But the Pre-Beta is worth the aggravation to setup with features folks, I’m really enjoying it. Microsoft doesn’t really do anything by accident. (There’s stuff they won’t swear too though) But it’s worth every minute of time spent with it.

  8. Storytellerofsci-fi wrote:
    But the Pre-Beta is worth the aggravation to setup with features folks, I’m really enjoying it. Microsoft doesn’t really do anything by accident. (There’s stuff they won’t swear too though) But it’s worth every minute of time spent with it.

    I’m really glad to hear that with your first-hand experience things are looking pretty good so far. I can’t wait to see what the final release is like.

  9. Storytellerofsci-fi

    It’s pretty good for what stage of development it’s in at M3 milestone it’s pretty darn ready for actual Beta Testing by the public. I am experiencing an issue with streaming live audio though I can monitor the task manger and watch Audiodg.exe just churn through CPU cycles so this is the most bothersome issue among several others but it will just require some code tweaking. I watch the process run just stable as hell in Vista. But I think it’s also dependent on amount of bandwidth transmitted. Heck what do I really know, you can also see it running as a generic service svc.host process. So there’s something funky in the code.

    The final RTM should be pretty decent, they refined a lot it looks like. The only time it runs through memory is when that process is running. Yeah Ryan it’s looking pretty good I also noticed that Microsoft pushed an update to try and disable the “hack” to enable the Super Bar. I logged in after updates and there are “Updates being pushed” for the Pre-Beta, and my task-bar had reverted to standard.

    So I don’t know what’s really going on with Microsoft if your going to let us play with it, let us at all the features not just some.

  10. Gosh: windows “snap” to the edges of the screen? Multiple wallpaper images?? And SMALL icons in the Taskbar??? Wow!! Just the OS I’ve been waiting for! I was such a fool to stick with Windows XP. Now I have seen the light.

  11. I’m using the Windows 7 public beta (Build 7000) on both my HP TX1220 tablet PC (-x86 edition) and on my custom desktop rig (-x64 edition) and I’m enjoying it greatly. I’ve noticed a big difference in Windows’ ability to recognize my poor handwritting and how my laptop runs much quieter and cooler than it did under Vista, running all the same programs.

    I’ve had less time to play with it on my desktop as I have on my laptop, but I’m sure my exprience will be just as good. I think Microsoft got it right this time.

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