1) UAC (User Accout Control) Vista’s UAC feature was designed to provide better security. It turned out, however, that it really wasn’t as good at pleasing people with extra security confidence as it was at galling users every time they wanted to change a Windows setting or install software. The screen going black when prompting users for their input or preference was even more of an annoyance. Windows 7, on the other hand, will just display a
message without needing the user’s involvement. Further, since it only displays a message when a setting is being changed, there is much less interference while doing work.
2) Minimizing Windows
Windows 7 “Aero Shake” feature allows us to minimize all opened windows except the one clicked on to shake. By just clicking and shaking the window on top (the one which has focus), all the rest of the windows will be minimized. Vista didn’t offer any better option for doing this, did it? Like in Vista’s predecessors – Win2000, XP, and Vista, too – you could minimize all the opened windows individually. (Of course you could use Win Key + M or D, but it is not as much fun as Aero Shake, is it?)
3) System Resource Usage
Vista became “famous” for many unique things and resource usage was one of them – from around 1 GB of hard disk space that Windows XP SP2 usually required, to over 18 -40 GB space requirement by Vista. This made it absolutely necessary for many computer users to upgrade their hard disk – putting an extra burden on them for using Vista.
Though Windows 7 is a newer version and expected to be much better than Vista, in terms of usage, performance, security, etc, it brings good news about the hard disk requirements. A typical Windows 7 installation requires around 16 GB of space, and yes, that is much less than we expected.
When it comes to memory (RAM) requirements, Windows 7 is good at it, too. It only requires 1 GB of memory. Windows Vista, too, requires 1 GB (the Home version requires 512MB), but it does not perform as well as Windows 7 does with the same size of memory.
In accordance with Microsoft’s promise, we find Windows 7 faster than Vista upon startup and application opening, as well as at shutdown. Windows 7 launches fewer services at startup and those service that do run, start in parallel or only when required, which results in a faster boot-up sequence, which in turn makes the operating system more compact and efficient.
5) Retooled taskbar
Finally, the new operating system offers a different notification area (the small icons in the bottom right-hand corner of XP and Vista screen that shows running programs which is sometimes known, incorrectly, as the system tray), which is less annoying in displaying your alerts. It allows you to choose which program icons you want to display – giving you relief from too many icons as well as notifications that tend to pop up at any time, unexpectedly. All program icons very nicely pop up as a list when you bring mouse cursor over the area and Windows 7 then allows you to deal with them as usual. It is much better than XP and Vista’s way of handling the icons – by hiding the icons and letting you see them with a little arrow that expands the section.