Windows 7 Editions

windows_7_featuresWindows 7 Starter
This edition of Window 7 is only available in a 32-bit version and does not include the Windows Aero theme. User are not allowed to change the desktop wallpaper and visual styles (Windows 7 Basic). This edition was available pre-installed on computers, especially netbooks.
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Basic was available in 141 different countries. This edition of Windows exclude some Windows Aero options along with several new features. Home Basic, along with other editions sold in emerging markets, include geographical activation restriction, which requires users to activate Windows within a certain region or country.
Windows 7 Home Premium
This edition contains features aimed at the home market segment, such as Windows Media Center, Windows Aero and multi-touch support.
Windows 7 Professional
This edition is targeted towards enthusiasts and small-business users. It includes all the features of Windows 7 Home Premium, and adds the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain. Additional features include support for up to 192 GB of Random-access memory (increased from 16 GB), operating as a Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, backup to a network location, Encrypting File System, Presentation Mode, Software Restriction Policies (but not the extra management features of AppLocker) and Windows XP Mode.
Windows 7 Enterprise
This edition targeted the enterprise segment of the market and was sold through volume licensing to companies which have a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft. Additional features include support for Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packages, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application support. Not available through retail or OEM channels, this edition is distributed through Microsoft Software Assurance (SA). As a result it includes several SA-only benefits, including a license allowing the operating of diskless nodes (diskless PCs) and activation via VLK.
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Ultimate contains the same features as Windows 7 Enterprise, but unlike the Enterprise edition, it was available to home users on an individual license basis. Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional users are able to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate for a fee using Windows Anytime Upgrade if they wish to do so. Unlike Windows Vista Ultimate, the Windows 7 Ultimate edition does not include the Windows Ultimate Extras feature or any exclusive features as Microsoft had stated.

Windows 7 requirements

In order to get started with Windows 7, you must get to know first what do you need in a particular computer in order to run Windows 7. Below are the requirements you must fulfil in order to run Windows 7:


  • 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 available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Additionally, you must satisfy below requirements in order to support special features:

  • Internet access (fees may apply)

  • Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware

  • Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance

  • For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required

  • Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware

  • HomeGroup requires a network and PCs 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 flash drive

  • Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM and an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space.

  • Music and sound require audio output.

How to Take a Screenshot in Windows?

Creating pictures of any problem helps you a lot in demonstrating it to others. This has become possible by screenshot ability in windows.This tutorial help you in understanding how to take a screenshot in windows.

In order to take a screenshot, we have three methods available with us. Follow these explained below:

  1. Method 1: This method lets you take a screenshot of full window. To take a screenshot Press PrintScreen Key (PrtScr) on your keyboard. This will take a full screenshot with same resolution as of your desktop and copy it to clipboard.


Now that you have made a screenshot, you are now required to paste in a program so that you can see it. The most common program used is paint. Open paint and select paste from Home menu or alternatively you Press Control Key(Ctrl) plus V key.


Now you have taken the screenshot. You may now it at your desired location by selecting save in File menu or Pressing Control key(Ctrl) with S key.

A shortcut method(Windows 8 only) to take a full screenshot and save it directly in windows 8. Just press Windows Key with Printscreen(PrtScn) key. This will save full window screenshot in png format in Screenshot folder in Picture folder. If screenshot folder doesn’t exist, it will create a new screenshot folder.


2. The  second method allows us to take a screenshot of a single window. This will take the screenshot of the active window only. In order to take a single window screenshot. Select the window you want to capture.

select window

Now Press Alt Key and PrintScreen Key(PrtScr) on a keyboard together. This will take a screenshot of your desired window and copy it to clipboard. Save it in the same way explained in the previous method.


single window captured

In this way you can capture any particular window you want to capture when have several windows together.

3. The third method to take a screenshot is by using the snipping tool. In order to take screenshot via snipping tool, launch the snipping tool. The Snipping Tool is available in all versions of Windows Vista, 7, and 8 except the Starter and Basic editions. It is not available in Windows XP.

  • In Windows Vista and 7, click the Start button, select All Programs, then Accessories. Select the Snipping Tool from the list.
  • In Windows 8 simply start typing “snipping tool” while on the Start screen and select it from the Search results.

snipping tool in win8

Now open the Snipping tool.


With this tool you have four options in which way your can capture your screen:

  • Free-form Snip
  • Rectangular Snip
  • Window Snip
  • Full Screen Snip

The Rectangular Snip is the default one.

  • “Free-form Snip” lets you draw any shape with your mouse. The area inside the shape will be snipped.
  • “Rectangular Snip” lets you select a rectangular area, which will be snipped.
  • “Window Snip” lets you choose a window to snip.
  • “Full-screen Snip” snips the whole screen, with all windows (except the Snipping Tool window) included.

Under Snipping Options you may adjust it in your way.

snipping options

By default selection color is Red. If we select “Show selection after snip are captured”, then color which you select as Ink color will remain as aborder in captured image.

Now Select New to take a screenshot. Here select the area you want to capture.

select snip area

After selecting the area you want to capture it will generate an image.

snipped area

Now Save the image.


It will then ask you to save it in desired location and name.


choose the location and click on save. You have now generated a screenshot.


Now you have learnt the different ways in which you may take a screenshot in windows.

How to Enlarge Thumbnails in Windows Explorer?

Computers have made life easy for people with sight problem. For people with sight problem, it has fortunately become possible to navigate through windows explorer by enlarging the thumbnails in windows explorer.

In order to enlarge thumbnails, follow the steps below:

First open the libraries folder or any folder you want to enlarge thumbnails for. You can follow this for any folder you want to enlarge thumbnail, may be it your pictures or downloads folder.

windows explorer

One of the method to enlarge thumbnails is to right click anywhere in the explorer and then select the view option.

enlarge thumbnails by right click

Under view you have multiple options available:

  • Extra Large icons
  • Large icons
  • Medium icons
  • Small icons
  • List
  • Details
  • Tiles
  • Content

For people with sight problem, extra large is the recommended view.

Follow the below image for the Extra Large view:

extra large view

Alternately, you can enlarge thumbnails by selecting view in the configure options. The view options can be find here too.

enlarge thumbnails by configuration option

In this way, You can enlarge thumbnails enough for you to see easily.

Follow this for any explorer.

How to Navigate the Windows Directory?

Navigating through the windows is the way you can know the location of any file. This may be important to locate the location of your software where it is installed. Knowing how to navigate your directory can be very helpful when installing, uninstalling, troubleshooting software errors, or finding documents and pictures you have saved.

Now follow the below image:


Here the Red highlighted part shows the navigation path. For example, we are locating the audio driver installed on a computer. Every path starts with my computed and a drive. Here, C drive. Since we are navigating a installed driver. It is found under program files. Under Program files, we are navigating Realtek where we will look for audio. In this way you may locate any driver installed on our system.

This is where we can manually navigate the path. Instead we can copy the path and paste it in the address bar and we can easily navigate through the path we are looking for.

How to determine Operating System of your computer?

This tutorial help you in determining Operating system of your computer – if you are using a 32-bit or a 64-bit operating system.

In order to determine this, open start menu


and right click computer.


Then, select properties. A dialog box appears as follows:
Here you can see that you are using Windows 7 ultimate (for example). Note the “system type”
Here you can find the system type: 32-bit operating system. This means that you are using 32-bit operating system.