6.6 Aero Interface
1. Windows Vista and Windows 7 feature a user interface termed
as Aero by Microsoft. This is the default interface used by
Vista. Aero interface is characterized by the following features:
a. Glass-like translucent design
b. .Dynamic windows: When you minimize a window, it animates
to its place on the taskbar, so it's easier to find when
you need it.
c. High dots-per-inch (dpi) support: Windows Aero supports
high-resolution monitors, so you can get a laptop or flat-screen
monitor that's smaller in size but shows visually richer,
displaying high-resolution, easy-to-read images.
d. Live taskbar thumbnails: In Windows Aero, live taskbar
thumbnail images display the actual contents of both windows
that are currently open and those that are minimized in
the taskbar. When you rest your mouse pointer on a tile
on the taskbar, you'll see the "live" contents of that window
without having to bring it to the foreground.
e. Other features include Windows Flip 3D, and smooth
2. Windows Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, and Vista
Starter provide only limited support for EFS (Encrypted File
System), whereas Vista Business, and Vista Ultimate provide
full support for EFS.
Upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate.
You can upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate from Windows XP Home,
XP Professional, XP Media Center, and XP Tablet PC, Windows
2000 Professional can't be upgraded to Windows Vista directly.
3. The following reserved characters can't be used in Windows
< (less than)
> (greater than)
" (double quote)
/ (forward slash)
| (vertical bar or pipe)
? (question mark)
4. Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 makes it easy to install
and run your applications for 32-bit Windows XP directly from
your Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit based PC. It utilizes virtualization
technology such as Windows Virtual PC to provide a Virtual Windows
XP environment for Windows 7. Windows XP Mode provides only
Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise users the flexibility
to run many older productivity applications in a virtual Windows
XP environment on a Windows 7-based PC.
5. The editions below support the Aero Feature:
a. Windows Vista Home Premium
b. Windows Vista Business Edition
c. Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
Similarly, Aero desktop is available in the
a. Windows 7 Home Premium,
b. Windows 7 Professional,
c. Windows 7 Ultimate, and
d. Windows 7 Enterprise
6. In windows 7, Sync Center allows you to check the results
of your recent sync activity if you’ve set up your computer
to sync files with a network server (often called offline files).
When you sync with a network server, you can access files by
keeping synced copies of those files on your computer, even
when the network server is unavailable. Sync Center can tell
you if the files synced successfully or if there are any sync
errors or warnings.
7. To launch sync center, just open your control panel, then
click sync center.