Importance of networking option in Windows® 7 as compared to Windows® XP® and Windows® VIsta®
What are the new features of networking in Windows 7? How does it compare to the previous versions in Windows XP and Windows Vista?
Windows 7 is a brand new operating system from Microsoft. It includes plenty of advanced features compared to previous operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows XP. Features provided with Windows 7 include network virtualization, Windows XP mode, handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks and improved performance with multi-core processors. Other features in Windows 7 includes advanced Windows Search, snap, Jump List etc. Network Virtualization in Windows 7 is the process of merging network resources and hardware components into a single software based entity. The Taskbar is the biggest visual change in Windows 7. It is designed to make your system sleep and resume faster.
The following points show the comparison of network option in Windows 7 compared to Windows Vista and Windows XP:
- Network and sharing center
- Fix network problems
It is one of the new networking features in Windows 7. Because of the new library function in Windows 7, many of the common user folders have been renamed. In Windows Vista you had Documents, Downloads, Photos and Videos, but in windows 7 these folders have been renamed as Personal Documents, Personal Downloads, Personal Photos, and Personal Videos. This makes it easy to access these folders from another computer on the network.
Network and sharing center
In Windows Vista 'Network and Sharing Center' looked good. It includes plenty of options so you might get confused while using this. But in Windows 7, 'Network and Sharing Center' has been simplified and you can use it easily. In this window you can view your basic network information and set up connections.
One of important changes for networking in Windows 7 is the update to Windows Vista 'Diagnose and Repair'. If you want to get assistance for fixing a network issue in Windows 7, you just need to click the “Fix a network problem” option. VAN is feature in Windows 7 which is not in Windows XP or Windows Vista. It allows you to view all available networks and connect to them, directly from the system tray. Windows 7 offers a plenty of QoS enhancements. URL based QoS is one of the new QoS enhancements.