What is windows 7: Definition and 46 Discussions

Windows 7 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. It was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and became generally available on October 22, 2009. It is the successor to Windows Vista, released nearly three years earlier. It remained an operating system for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs and media center PCs, and itself was replaced in November 2012 by Windows 8, the name spanning more than three years of the product.
Until April 9, 2013, Windows 7 original release included updates and technical support, after which installation of Service Pack 1 was required for users to receive support and updates. Windows 7's server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 R2, was released at the same time. Extended support ended on January 14, 2020, over ten years after the release of Windows 7, after which the operating system ceased receiving further updates. A paid support program was available for enterprises, providing security updates for Windows 7 for up to three years since the official end of life.Windows 7 was intended to be an incremental upgrade to Microsoft Windows, addressing Windows Vista's poor critical reception while maintaining hardware and software compatibility. Windows 7 continued improvements on the Windows Aero user interface with the addition of a redesigned taskbar that allows pinned applications, and new window management features. Other new features were added to the operating system, including libraries, the new file-sharing system HomeGroup, and support for multitouch input. A new "Action Center" was also added to provide an overview of system security and maintenance information, and tweaks were made to the User Account Control system to make it less intrusive. Windows 7 also shipped with updated versions of several stock applications, including Internet Explorer 8, Windows Media Player, and Windows Media Center.
Unlike Vista, Windows 7 received critical acclaim, with critics considering the operating system to be a major improvement over its predecessor because of its improved performance, its more intuitive interface, fewer User Account Control popups, and other improvements made across the platform. Windows 7 was a major success for Microsoft; even before its official release, pre-order sales for the operating system on the online retailer Amazon.com had surpassed previous records. In just six months, over 100 million copies had been sold worldwide, increasing to over 630 million licenses by July 2012. By January 2018, Windows 10 surpassed Windows 7 as the most popular version of Windows worldwide. As of March 2023, 3.73% of traditional PCs running Windows are running Windows 7. Windows 11 has recently taken second place from Windows 7 as the most popular Windows edition. It still remains popular in countries such as Syria and China.Windows 7 is the final version of Windows that supports processors without SSE2 or NX (although an update released in 2018 dropped support for non-SSE2 processors). Its successor, Windows 8, requires a processor with SSE2 and NX in any supported architecture.

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  1. dlgoff

    Experiencing PF server time outs today?

    @Greg Bernhardt I've been getting a lot of connection timed out errors. Anything special going on at PF? Still using Windows 7. This is just satarted happening today.
  2. Wrichik Basu

    Windows 7 desktop freezing every now and then

    We fixed our Windows 7 32-bit desktop a few weeks back by buying a new PSU for it (see this thread for details). Now a new problem has started: the PC freezes every now and then. 1. When the PC is powered on, it works fine for some time. Then the problem starts 2. Suppose I am moving the mouse...
  3. J

    Problems Using Windows 10 Home mRemoteNG to remote into Windows 7 Pro

    Hi, I'm remoting from a Windows 10 Home laptop into my office Windows 7 Pro desktop using mRemoteNG on the Windows 10 laptop. I get a super tiny mouse in the remote session. Back in the laptop all is fine. Its so small and annoying! Everything else is fine, but the teeny mouse is a real...
  4. M

    Troubleshooting Keyboard Lockup on IBM Thinkpad with Windows 7

    On occasion my keyboard locks up. IBM thinkpad, Windows 7. It occurs when I am typing a message in a forum like now. Fortunately my mouse still works, so I can save the (incomplete) message and then restart the computer, freeing the keyboard. Any ideas why it is happening and is there a...
  5. D

    Installing Windows 7 from bootable USB

    i just bought Acer Aspire E15 and it has no system preinstalled. I have an USB containing Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and i made it bootable by YUMI software. The problem is that when i power on the computer i get a windows with two options, Linpus Linux Create a bootable USB drive When i plug the...
  6. websterling

    Installing Python on Windows 7: Pip, Anaconda, 32-bit or 64-bit?

    I get to install Python on a Windows 7 box and have a few questions. In the past I always downloaded Python from python.org and added any additional packages either with pip or downloading and installing from the package's site. Is this the best way or would Anaconda (or something else) be a...
  7. D

    Event for scheduler when samba starts in windows 7

    I want to start a program with the event sheduler in windows 7 when samba establishes a connection for a network drive. I am not a windows guy. How do I do this?
  8. gracy

    Watching DVD on windows 7 using VLC media player

    I am trying to watch a dvd using VLC media player. I selected option " open disc" and then clicked on play but it gives the following message "VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///D:/'. Check the log for details." Please tell me what to do. I searched on google and got few results...
  9. N

    How to remote another computer using tablet with Windows 7?

    Dear group, I am trying to send data to another computer (offline, no internet connection...) just communication between 2 computers using putty.exe and pscp.exe (sorry if I say wrong). If you have any ideal, please advise! Thank you, Nate Duong.
  10. Benjamin_harsh

    Is editing Host file in windows 7 is dangerous?

    Is editing Host file in windows 7 is dangerous? i want to edit Host file, so that i can bypass blocked sites. :) but i am fear whether will my pc's OS get damaged or not? :(
  11. icecubebeast

    A Serious Windows 7 Problem

    I have a problem. Whenever I turn on my other computer it says: "A disk error occurred" and I tried to insert a system recovery disk into the computer and I waited for hours but nothing worked. The computer screen is black after I press "ctrl + alt + delete" even though the text suggested that...
  12. adjacent

    Unknown users in windows 7

    What are they? I never have any user named 'Unknown'. :confused: Virus?
  13. allamsetty

    Multi Scale simulations on windows 7 32 bit Computer

    I am Post Graduate in Physics and working as a researcher in Non Destructive testing. I have heard about multi-scale simulations and its applications to material modelling. Iam intersted in learning mutiscale simulations for materials modelling. can anyone provide me links that would let me...
  14. I

    Reinstall Windows 7 Without Disk or Data Loss

    Is there a way to reinstall win7 without the disk and without losing all of my data? The only back up I have is a bit old and I can't get my external hard drive to connect. I have a rather bad virus and I can't seem to get rid of it, so I am thinking its best just to reinstall windows.
  15. J

    Need help troubleshooting problem with Google Chrome on Windows 7

    I need some help with this problem. My housemate, a computer-illiterate lady who uses her daughter's old laptop solely to browse the internet, last evening wanted me to help her figure out how to (illegally) stream the Academy Awards Ceremony. I found a link but it wouldn't play on her Google...
  16. F

    Need help to start with Healpix on IDL and Windows 7

    Hello, i'm an astrophysics student, and i need to create a CMB map using Planck data. I have to use Healpix on IDL. I'm new in IDL, but I'm learning the basics, and i haven't particular problems. My problem is with Healpix: i can't understand what is the right procedure of installation (on...
  17. Y

    How to enable hidden folders in Windows 7?

    I have problem installing Java, it gave me: Installer: Wrapper.CreateFile failed with error 5:Access is denied. I went online and find this instruction: 1. uninstaller the java 2. enable the hided folder. 3. please find this folder and delete...
  18. D

    Compile & run in Windows 7 (home)

    I have had a brain injury - resultant included a very/real bad memory. So can anyone advise me how I might be able to get a free (am an invalid and NOT allowed to work), download of a way to compile & run programs in the Fortran 90 language on a Windows 7 platform. THANKS
  19. D

    Downgrade windows 8 to windows 7?

    I was recently bought a dell 15R inspiron laptop for Christmas, which came pre-loaded with windows 8. I CAN NOT use this operating system (I wrote a list of reasons why, but my post got lost - just please accept I don't want this). My previous laptop broke. I can't afford a new one, nor can I...
  20. K

    Running old carmageddon on windows 7 64-bit?

    I downloaded a free version of the first carmageddon game and apparently it is only compatible with Windows XP service pack 2. I am running windows 7 64-bit. I've read that there is a trick to getting it to work. Could anyone help me out?
  21. Darth Frodo

    Windows 7 Programming Language.

    Hi guys, I REALLY need help on this. I need to find out what languages Windows 7 is programmed in, I know it's a combination of C, C++, C#, Fortan and Assembly. I can't seem to find this info on a "reputable site". I need to reference this, and I can't use wikipedia, Yahoo Answers etc...
  22. DHF

    Upgrading Windows 7 (32 bit to 64)

    Greetings, I currently have a laptop with Windows Home 7 32 bit. I would like to move to 64 bit so I can upgrade the RAM but I would rather not start from scratch. is there a way to load the 64 bit version onto my laptop without wiping out my current programs and settings? any info you...
  23. Z

    [ubuntu] Can't boot into anything after installing Ubuntu on Windows 7

    Hi, I installed Ubuntu 11.10 as a partition on the same HD as my Windows 7; after rebooting the HD would not boot into either OS. I've tried to set partition flags to 'boot' but it does nothing. Should there be some files I need in /boot ? I'm able to mount and access the files on either...
  24. M

    Help need on windows 7 computer.

    My name is maksim and this is the first time i am posting question in forums. I am using windows 7 computer which has 250 gb hard drive in it. hard drive has 4 partitions C, D, E and F. Partition C has operating system installed in it which i don't use as told by my friend. The remaining dives...
  25. W

    How to Install SRIM Software on Windows 7

    how to install SRIM software on windows 7?
  26. M

    Windows 7 - windows defender

    I have started using Windows 7 recently. There is a program called Windows Defender included with it, and it is turned off. What is its function (seems to be some sort of safeguard) and should it be turned on?
  27. U

    Java Can someone help me with Java installation on windows 7

    I bought a book for beginners and it said "On Windows Vista or Window XP, navigate through Start, Control Panel, System, Advanced (System Settings), Environment Variables. Select the System Variable named "Path" and then click the Edit button. Add the address of Java;'s bin sub directory at the...
  28. M

    Windows 7 error message

    "Microsoft Windows Search Protocol Host has stopped working" I keep getting the above error message (dozens of times a day). I just recently switched to Windows 7. Before that I was on Windows XP. I did a little search and discovered that this is a chronic problem on Windows Vista. Does...
  29. P

    How to create Windows 7 recovery discs?

    I have Windows 7 OS in my HP laptop.I bought it before about 1 year.I still didn't created the recovery discs.Actually i tried to do it.One of my friend who has done it(but in Windows Vista,not in 7),told me that i just need 4-5 DVDs to do that.But when i was checked my recovery partition there...
  30. M

    Fortran Best fortran compiler for Windows 7?

    Due to research changes I have to switch from C++ to Fortran development. In the past I have used Microsoft development tools since they are free for students, but afaik they do not have similar software for Fortran, and the Intel software is a little too expensive for me to afford. Which...
  31. D

    Solving Windows 7 USB Error

    I recently built a new computer off newegg. Put everything together without a hitch, and order Windows 7 oem. I proceeded to install windows 7. Once the download was complete, I went to use my mouse, it didn't work. I figured this as being no big deal seeing as how I did not install my...
  32. D

    Calculators Troubleshooting TI-89 Connection to Windows 7 PC

    Okay, so I'm trying to connect my TI-89 to my computer (I run windows 7 by the way) so I can put notefolio files on the calculator. I have the CD and usb that comes with the calculator, and used those to connect to the computer and download the TI connect software. This is where the...
  33. DaveC426913

    Help Video editing software for Windows 7

    I need to do some editing of videos I've got in .VOB format from a minicam. I need to do the usual fading, video marking in and out, and inclusion of still slides. One of the more sophisticated things it looks like I need to do is to crop dynamically over time (i.e. crop the video down to...
  34. Saladsamurai

    Fortran Windows 7 (32 bit) & FORTRAN

    Hello all, Although I am currently working on implementing FORTRAN on my Mac, I would also like to find a compiler that works well with Windows 7 32-bit. I initially had Win7 64-bit installed on my computer, but when I went to use my (really old) DIGITAL Visual Fortran install disk, it said it...
  35. R

    Minimum Requirement for Windows 7

    I have a Athalon 64 X2 5200+ CPU based system with 2 GB DDR2 RAM & 250 GB Hard Disk . I have a GeForce 8400 GS Card with 512 MB Ram installed in it as well . The Driver version of this card is as shown by Device Manager . I just read that the minimum requirements for Windows 7 are -...
  36. Chronos

    Windows 7 internet connectivity

    As much as I hate to admit it, I am stumped. I recently installed windows 7 [64 bit] and cannot connect to the internet. Fortunately, I was just bright enough to install it on a second hard drive and have dual boot option [XP]. It appears modem related, but, I have not found any drivers that...
  37. rhody

    Windows GodMode: for Vista, Windows 7

    In explorer, create a folder, anywhere, I put it under windows: Name it; GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Note: make sure you include a period "." after GodMode Once explorer parses the key, it will turn the icon GodMode blue, when you click it, you should see...
  38. Bob3141592

    Preinstall Windows 7 on New Desktop: Tips & Advice

    I just put together a new desktop. Bought the case, power supply, motherboard, processor, etc and connected everything up. I purchased Windows 7 Pro OEM, and now I find "If the individual software license is for a desktop operating system or application software, it also must be preinstalled on...
  39. C

    Evaluating Windows 7: Pros & Cons

    Are there any gaping flaws in Windows 7 that have been discovered so far? What do you guys think of it as an OS?
  40. Saladsamurai

    What are serial ports and how were they used in older computer systems?

    I saw a book today called "Windows 7 for Developers" and it made curious: what exactly is a 'developer?' And what kind of background/ computer skills do you think would be necessary to read this book? (the answer will help me better understand what a developer does.) thanks!
  41. Saladsamurai

    So I bought Windows 7, installed it, now I don't want it

    Am I screwed? I made an inquiry at the store where I bought it figuring they would not take it back since it was opened; I was right. They said that Microsoft would take it back for me and refund my money. I thought "yeah...sure they will." Anyone have any luck taking back open MS...
  42. E

    WINDOWS 7 - No Sound on AC'97

    No upgrade, full install of WIN 7 Ultimate. Problem is just like the title says. Screens: http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/3513/75588998.th.jpg [Broken] http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/7209/81433304.th.jpg [Broken] Icon in taskbar says: "No Audio Output Device is installed"...
  43. Pattonias

    I'm having trouble deciding what to buy in regards to Windows 7

    I need to do a fresh install of a new OS on my desk top and would like to know whether or not the "Upgrade" is a full install. I figure that it is not, but I would like to hear it from someone else that may have already installed the new OS (Home Premium) before I pay the $100 difference when I...
  44. M

    RUnning Solidworks2009 on Windows 7?

    Is anyone running Soliodworks 2009 on windows 7? I can't reinstall mine after i put windows 7 on, it just stops the installation batr and tells me to try again another time. Ihave never paid maintenance on my lisence, so will have to sort it myself. Anyone experienced problems?
  45. T

    Windows 7 system requirements vs Vista's sys reqs.

    I have a quad-core desktop computer with 6GBs of RAM, with windows Vista home premium (64 bit) it say's in windows task manager, in desktop, with no other programs running. That just the operating system itself and various other background tasks like virus scan, etc.. Takes up 15% of my...
  46. Topher925

    How do you like Windows 7?

    Just curious of what other peoples opinions of W7rc are from the physics nerd point of view? So far, I think its great and I have yet to have any compatibility issues. Matlab 2008a runs great on it along with Comsol 3.5. I don't know if its just because its 64-bit or what but so far I definitely...