Windows 7 is an Operating System developed by Microsoft, it is also part of the Windows NT family. At the moment window 7 is widely used across different personal computer, both old and new, as a lot of users are yet to appreciate Windows 8 or Windows 10, due to their high level of technicality thereby rising much difficulty in understanding the manipulation, more so that maintain windows 8 and 10 requires regular data connectivity leading to high data consumption, a lot of users are yet to comprehend windows 7 fully, windows 7 is unique in nature due to its enhancement which makes it different from the previous windows xp and yet easy and flexible user friendly interface, in this write up, we like to make windows 7 more comprehensible for user and beginners as well.
A screen shoot of windows 7 operating system showing the desktop:
Important features of note in windows 7 that every user should be well acquainted with are:
- Desktop Area
- The Start menu
- The Taskbar
- All programs
- Control panel:
- Devices and Printers
Desktop: When the CPU is switched on, it goes through a process displaying several information screens till it arrive at the screen where the taskbar and start menu appears, this process is known as the booting process, it is when it display the desktop, and taskbar that the CPU is ready to accept user input.
On the desktop, a lot of icons are displayed depending on the setting of the PC these icons are shortcut to access the programs installed on the computer, double-clicking any of these icon will take you to the programme window. Also on the desktop, is the Start menu.
The Start Menu
The Start Menu, as the name implies is the beginning of operation for the user, pointing your mouse at the Icon reveals a flyout through which you can see the other items installed on the computer, like the location of All Programs; control panel; Device and printers, Recent Documents, Shut down, My Computer etc.
All programs: This is where you find all programs installed on the PC.
Control Panel: The control panel gives access to all settings and adjustment of the PC; the control panel contains the following items. Device manger, windows update, windows firewall, Display settings, user accounts, network sharing center, programs and features amongst others.
Device Manger: This is where you setup all devices on your PC, such as your hard-drive, printers, monitors, scanners and camera, network adapters, VGA displays and so on.
Windows Fire wall: The protection of a PC from malware, and phishing contact is very important to the survival of the PC hence the need for windows firewall. Windows firewall provides basic protection for the PC prior to the installation of antivirus software.
Display Setting: Here you tweak your monitor setting such as changing the Theme, Resolution and text sizes.
User Accounts: This area provides you with the choices of creating new user, modifying existing user, setting a password, changing the user picture etc.
Network sharing center: Allows you to connect your system to a network either a Local Area Network (LAN) or Wireless Area Network (WAN) or WLAN as well as connecting your computer to the internet.
Programs and Features: On this tab you have access to install and uninstall programs and features from your PC.
Understanding the Computer for Beginners
The Shutdown button: This is the last button on the taskbar, it simply switch-off the computer, since you do not power-off the computer like other electronics because the computer is always processing information and uses memory as well, it is important that shutting the computer down follows a process that allows the computer to fold-up all pending operation before powering-off.