by Shane O'Neill

Windows 7 Bible: Your Complete Guide to the Latest Version of Windows

Jan 27, 2011
IT LeadershipLaptopsOperating Systems

Updated: From pricing questions and a rundown of interface features to upgrade concerns and challenges presented by the iPad,'s Windows 7 Bible covers it all. Our guide delivers expert reviews, advice on planning and rollout, opinion pieces and news analysis on Microsoft's latest client operating system.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advice

Windows 7

Slideshow: 11 Tools for Windows 7 Migrations

Here’s a slideshow of software tools that make upgrading to Microsoft’s new operating system a lot easier.

Windows 7 Wanted at Work: Consumer IT Strikes Again

Windows 7 fans are joining smartphone users in bringing personal tastes into the workplace and demanding enterprises respond. IT should embrace this, advises Forrester.

Windows 7 Migrations: Tips for Getting the Timing Right

When is the best time to roll out Windows 7 to your enterprise? Consider this expert advice.

Windows 7 Migration Moment of Truth: Three Ways to Get Ready

A Gartner report warns companies about the financial dangers of delaying Windows 7 migrations.

Windows 7 and IE6: Four Tips for Solving the Incompatibility Catch

You can have your Windows 7 and eat your IE6 too via virtualization tools. But be sure to do your homework and follow these four tips from Gartner.

Windows 7 Upgrades: Six Steps to Getting Your Apps Ready

When migrating to Windows 7, IT pros need to understand what business applications are truly being used, which need fixing and which are compatible with Windows 7. Here are six steps every IT organization should take when preparing apps for Windows 7.

Windows 7 Migrations: Five Real World Challenges and Lessons Learned

Having done thousands of Windows 7 upgrades, IT services company Technisource is well-versed in the challenges involved. Here are five pitfalls and ways to stay ahead of the upgrade curve.

Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrades: The Costs and the Benefits

A study conducted by Forrester Consulting concludes that the return on Windows 7 migrations will be well worth the investment. Meanwhile, Microsoft pushes application virtualization tools to motivate Windows 7 and Office 2010 fence-sitters.

BMW Shares Tips from Its Drive to Windows 7

German car giant BMW, in the midst of a massive migration from Windows XP to Windows 7, shares five key upgrade tips for enterprises. Here’s their advice on preparing for a smooth journey.

Windows 7: Five Things for CIOs to Consider Before Deployment

Still deciding when to deploy Windows 7? These tips can help you make your decision.

Windows 7: The Enterprise Features

Upgrade Your Business Network with Windows 7 Pro Features

Though Microsoft doesn’t make a big deal of Windows 7’s many networking improvements and new features, they offer a fine reason to upgrade from XP. There used to be many reasons to skip migrating to Windows 7; but as the operating system matures and XP ages, Windows 7 is becoming a worthwhile update.

Windows 7 Early Adopters Say Virtualization Key to Rollouts

Early Windows 7 adopters Expedia and Continental Airlines share rollout lessons learned. Here’s a look at their secrets to smooth deployment, starting with smart use of virtualization.

Windows 7 Tips: Best Security Features

Do you understand and use the new security features in Windows 7? From encryption to malware fighters, here’s a look at the key Windows 7 tools that keep enterprise and home PCs safe and secure.

BMW Calls Windows 7 Rollout Smooth Driving So Far

German car giant BMW is racing to the next phase of its company-wide Windows 7 migration faster than expected, having won over internal skeptics. Here’s a look inside their rollout to date.

Windows 7 and Desktop Virtualization: The New Tools

Just before the Oct. 22 Windows 7 debut, Microsoft has released version 2 of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 – the add-on that holds most of the Windows 7 virtualization capabilities. Here’s the lowdown.

Windows 7: Enterprise Features Explained

With Windows 7 (and in some cases Windows Server 2008 R2), Microsoft foresees a future without VPNs, with encryption on external devices and more expansive desktop search.

How to Manage Users in Windows 7

A computer running Windows 7 might be used by a single person, by a group of people in an office, or by a family in a home. Fortunately, Windows 7 was designed from the ground up to be a multi-user operating system.

Windows 7, Netbooks and Tablets

Slideshow: 10 Hottest Windows and Android Tablets Unveiled at CES

Nine of the tablets we highlight in our slideshow run Android or Windows, and one runs both.

Microsoft’s Slow, Steady Tablet Strategy a Big Gamble

Could Microsoft’s risky bet of choosing its client version of Windows over Windows Phone 7 as the OS for tablets pay off in the end?

Windows 7 Tablet: Four Keys to Success Against the iPad

Microsoft needs to be strategic with Windows 7 tablet design, marketing and price to have a fighting chance against the iPad and Android-based tablets, according to a recent report from Forrester Research. Here are four ways to build the best Windows tablet.

Microsoft and Tablets: A Failure to Launch Could Hurt Core Business

If Microsoft is too slow developing Windows-based tablets, its bread-and-butter enterprise business could soon pay the price, according to industry analysts.

iPad the Destroyer: It’s Getting Ugly for Netbooks

Netbook sales have been falling off a cliff as iPad sales ascend. Should Microsoft start worrying now?

The iPad Threat to Windows: It’s Not About Netbooks

Forget netbooks. Microsoft and partners need to have Windows 7 tablet PCs in use in case the iPad conquers the world.

Where Netbooks Still Beat the Apple IPad

Despite the introduction of the iPad and the harsh words of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, netbooks will continue to thrive, say analysts and commentators, who cite the tablet’s missing features and relatively high price.

The iPad and Netbooks: Comparing Them Is Stupid

Apple wants you to believe that the iPad and netbooks serve the same users, but don’t believe the hype.

Windows 7: The Desktop Features

Slideshow: Windows 7 Hardware in Pictures: The Latest and Greatest Laptops

The iPad may have arrived with authority, but laptops and netbooks are still very much alive. As Microsoft and its hardware partners prepare for the back-to-school buying season, here’s a slideshow of the latest Windows 7 machines for work and play, from slim netbooks to big honkin’ gaming laptops.

Windows 7: 10 Cool Keyboard Shortcuts

For all you mouse-happy Windows 7 users who click the day away, save time with these 10 keyboard shortcuts for opening, moving, minimizing and switching between apps.

Video: New Desktop Features

Windows 7 in Video: Multi-Touch and Wireless Display Features’s Shane O’Neill visited Microsoft and left with video of Windows 7 multi-touch and wireless PC-to-TV display tools.

Windows XP: C’mon Consumers, Let It Die

Survey data from Forrester points to Windows 7 satisfaction, but still a reluctance to move off Windows XP. What the what?!?

Slideshow: Seven Features in Windows 7 You Probably Don’t Know About

From streaming Netflix movies in Windows Media Center to eye candy desktop Themes to a calculator that does a lot more than arithmetic, here’s a slideshow of cool but unappreciated Windows 7 features.

Windows 7: 10 Best Features

Windows 7’s reloaded taskbar is one of its best new features. It is less cluttered than Vista’s, and it handles both running and nonrunning apps with equal aplomb.

Slideshow: Windows 7 in Pictures: 10 Cool Desktop Features

Here is an up-to-date slideshow of the most compelling navigation and networking features of the Windows 7 OS.

Windows 7: Hands-On Reviews

Windows 7 Tricks: 20 Top Tips and Tweaks

Just got your hands on Windows 7 and want to bend it to your will? No problem. We’ve got plenty of tips, hacks and secrets to keep you busy for a long time.

Windows 7 Review: It’s Not Flawless but it Fixes Annoyances

Windows 7 ditches the glitz and gets the basics right with low-key and useful features. Here’s what you need to know about the new OS.

Windows 7 Gets Raves from Wall Street Journal

Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal writes that Windows 7 is “the best version of Windows Microsoft has produced.”

Windows 7: 10 Things That Still Need Fixing

For a Microsoft product, Windows 7 is quite refined, but it still suffers from needless inconsistency.

Windows 7: What Enterprise IT Thinks

Happy Birthday Windows 7: Inside 7 Big Enterprise Rollouts

Look at you Windows 7! One year old and making everybody forget Vista was ever born. To mark the occasion, we highlight Windows 7 rollout lessons learned in stories featuring BMW, Continental Airlines and more.

Windows 7 Early Adopters Say Virtualization Key to Rollouts

Early Windows 7 adopters Expedia and Continental Airlines share rollout lessons learned. Here’s a look at their secrets to smooth deployment, starting with smart use of virtualization.

Forrester: Windows 7 Enterprise Use Rises as IE Falls

While the onset of long-delayed corporate PC refreshes is a boon to Windows 7, the Internet Explorer browser is being left by the wayside as more business turn to Firefox and Chrome.

BMW Takes a Sharp Turn Toward App Virtualization

Auto maker BMW needed to hit the brakes on the expensive manual labor of installing and supporting software on each desktop. Here’s a look at what they’ve learned about application virtualization so far and what they’ve saved.

Goldman Sachs: Windows 7 Upgrades to Fuel IT Spending in 2010

A Goldman Sachs report on IT spending for the next year and beyond indicates industry growth, with help from storage gear, server and PC refreshes as well as Windows 7 upgrades.

BMW Calls Windows 7 Rollout Smooth Driving So Far

German car giant BMW is racing to the next phase of its company-wide Windows 7 migration faster than expected, having won over internal skeptics. Here’s a look inside their rollout to date.

Windows 7 Launch: Early Adopters Eager to Bid Farewell to XP

At the Windows 7 launch in October, businesses planning to migrate to Windows 7 discussed cost savings, testing strategies, and security hopes and fears with One consensus: Windows XP is on life support.

Video: Windows 7 Features for IT Admins

Testing Windows 7 in the Cloud

When mortgage software firm Ellie Mae needed to make sure its programs would run with Windows 7 for customers using the new OS, it didn’t take the traditional test lab route. The company chose a new cloud-based Windows 7 testing service from Skytap, saving time, IT staff hours and money.

Windows 7 Availability and Pricing

CIO Alert: Five New Microsoft Licensing Tweaks

With mobility and virtualization pushing deeper into the enterprise, Microsoft has had to make changes to its software licensing schemes. Forrester outlines five of the most relevant ones and advises CIOs how to navigate (and negotiate) these tricky waters.

Watch Out: PC Prices Are Going Up

The price of computer parts is on the rise, according to industry analysts, putting the squeeze on PC makers who are trying to bounce back from a recession.

Get to Know Windows 7’s Home Networking Features

Networking isn’t just for business anymore–these days, home networks are the norm. In response, Microsoft is offering the Windows 7 Family Pack, which includes three licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium at a discounted price.

Microsoft Discounts Windows 7 for Small Businesses

Mimicking the discounts it has been offering to consumers, Microsoft said that it will temporarily discount upgrades to Windows 7 Professional.

FAQ: How to Get Windows 7 on the Cheap

With the economy still in the tank, would-be buyers are looking for the cheapest way to get Windows 7. We’ve got some answers.

Windows 7: A Video Tutorial

Video: Hands-On with Microsoft Windows 7

What’s new in Windows 7? In this 10-part series of hands-on video lessons, we take you through notable features for IT admins, new networking series, application enhancements, desktop features, and more.

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