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Windows 7: Guide for new Windows 7 users

02 Oct 2009   #1
3DPiper

Windows 7
 
 
Guide for new Windows 7 users

Is there a 'Welcome to Windows 7' guide for new users?



-Matthew


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02 Oct 2009   #2
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Matthew and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Not that I am aware of. However you, and any other new users, are most welcome to browse these Forums and our Tutorials - Windows 7 Forums for any tips and tricks on using Windows 7.
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02 Oct 2009   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3DPiper View Post
Is there a 'Welcome to Windows 7' guide for new users?



-Matthew
Welcome 3DPiper,


I think you will find SevenForums is the biggest & best Windows 7 Guide on the Internet. Who was voted the best forums? I think it was us


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02 Oct 2009   #4
3DPiper

Windows 7
 
 

It is very fast, although all new clean installations are..

It just seems 'light', like everything didn't install or something..

What is a 'Library'?

Is it true you can install/boot other OSs from a virtual hard drive?

Does IE finally have a 'sandbox' of protected memory that wipes clean when you exit, totally protecting you from malware?

-Matthew
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02 Oct 2009   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Windows 7 is certainly the most responsive OS that I have used, even surpassing Vista.

Just as you may think of a library as a collection of books, in Windows 7 a library is a collection of similar items such as documents, music, pictures and videos.

For more information on VHD, see Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD

By default, IE runs in protected mode. There is also Internet Explorer InPrivate Filtering - Turn On or Off
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02 Oct 2009   #6
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

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Is there a 'Welcome to Windows 7' guide for new users?



-Matthew

You may find this helpful also

The Complete Windows 7 Product Guide & eBook from Micro
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02 Oct 2009   #7
3DPiper

Windows 7
 
 

Once you create a virtual hard drive, how do you install an OS on it?

Is it safe to say anything that ran under Vista will run ok under 7? (Objectdock, Switcher, etc)?

I read that there is a way to run XP for compatibility of older programs, is that built-in or do you just create a VHD and install XP on it?

Thanks,

-Matthew
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02 Oct 2009   #8
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

For more information on Virtualization and related technologies, have a browse of this sub-forum Virtualization - Windows 7 Forums

See Compatibility Mode for a guide. Note that although this is more comprehensively implemented here than its Vista counterpart, there will inevitably be programs that are unable to run no matter what the settings. For these, you might need a patch or an updated version of the program from the manufacturers website. You could, of course, install an older OS as a virtual machine and then run the program in that environment instead.
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02 Oct 2009   #9
3DPiper

Windows 7
 
 

Dwarf,

Thanks, I'll explore those links..

We have a problem with getting Quicktime to work correctly in 64bit.. Having a VHD we can open to a 32bit OS like XP (or even MacOS or Linux) would be awesome for compatibility..

-Matthew
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02 Oct 2009   #10
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 Download details: VPC 2007 SP1 also works in Windows 7, although I cannot recommend it due to severe operational limitations, the most annoying of which I explain below.

I have since had chance to test this out with my copy of Windows XP as a guest OS. Unfortunately, it does not work as well as I expected, and some keys do not function correctly and instead of displaying the correct symbol in the virtual machine, they instead invoke actions in the host system (in my case, Windows 7). For example, r will bring up the Run dialogue. Other keys have a similar effect in that they don't seem to be recognised in the guest system. The cursor keys do not function correctly after exiting the virtual machine, and I have had to restart my system in order to restore the correct functionality.

A great shame, because it is such a good program that has great potential. If my memory serves me right, it does work correctly in Vista for those who, like me, multi-boot Windows 7 and Vista.
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