Windows 7 first look: A big fix for Vista

Pre-beta Windows 7 addresses many Vista complaints -- and introduces a slew of changes

  • Paint app now uses ribbon

  • In Windows 7, the trusty Calculator accessory gets a makeover

  • Route music and video from PCs to streaming devices

  • Jump Lists provide easy access to common tasks

  • A lightweight Windows Media Player

  • Windows Media Player's Jump List

  • Federated search scans networked PCs

  • Libraries aggregates like content in different locations

  • Windows Solution Center replaces pesky systray balloons

  • If you frequently work with multiple windows and need to grab something off your desktop, you'll like the ability to quickly take a look. Here's a Windows 7 desktop before you click on the lower right-hand corner of the task bar

  • Device Stage: One-stop access to hardware-related tasks, information

  • Meet your next desktop: Sidebar dies, Gadgets live

  • User Account Control slider gives greater control over security settings

  • Easily check battery life

  • Windows 7 makes its prebeta debut

  • Here's the same Windows 7 desktop shown in the previous slide, but with the windows hidden

  • The new Magnifier feature lets you enlarge a part of a screen in Windows 7

  • Custom theme creation gets easier

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