A+ Core 2 (220-1102) Cram Notes

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1. Operating System

Windows 7

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:

  • Glass-like translucent design

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Other features include Windows Flip 3D, and smooth scrolling desktop.

2. Aero desktop is available in the

  • Windows 7 Home Premium,

  • Windows 7 Professional,

  • Windows 7 Ultimate, and

  • Windows 7 Enterprise

3. Both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 require minimum 1 GHz. If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, given below are the hardware requirements:

  • 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

4. Only 64 bit versions of windows 7 can handle over 4GB of RAM

5. Physical Memory Limits: Windows 7. The following table specifies the limits on physical memory for Windows 7.


Limit on X86

Limit on X64

Windows 7 Ultimate



Windows 7 Enterprise

4 GB

192 GB

Windows 7 Professional

4 GB

192 GB

Windows 7 Home Premium

4 GB

16 GB

Windows 7 Home Basic

4 GB

8 GB

Windows 7 Starter



6. Windows 7 Professional can be upgraded to only Windows 7 Ultimate. The possible upgrade scenarios from one edition of windows 7 to another edition of windows 7 are given below

From Windows 7 

Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7

Home Basic

Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate

Home Premium

Professional, Ultimate




Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate

7. 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.

8. You can use Region and Language to support additional languages on your Windows 7 computer. With the support of additional languages, you will be able to edit documents written in those languages. You can also set locale specific to any region using this Option.

9. When you upgrade to Windows 7, you need to ensure that you have software upgrade packs available. It is very much possible that an application that was working properly may not work the same way after the upgrade of OS. You need to contact the vendor for upgrade pack for any application(s) you are using. If the upgrade packs are not available, and the application is critical, you may need to reconsider the upgradation of OS.

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