Multi Touch Gestures Supported in Windows 7

Windows 7 Multi Touch Gestures supports multiple One and Two finger actions these are pre-defined in the Platform and are On by default in Windows 7. So its not only about touching the screen but you need to choose the way in which a user touches the screen while interacting with your application. Check out below the Gestures supported in Windows 7 Multi Touch !

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Enabling Multi Touch Support on HP TouchSmart tx2

Few days back I bought HP TouchSmart tx2 series notebook to use with Windows 7 (Ultimate) and the main purpose to use it was to test out Windows 7 Multi Touch features.  However after installing Windows 7, I was only able to get the support for single touch point or pen. So I checked out from the Device Manager it was showing some unknown devices which were not identified by the system etc etc.

So I was fumbling on many places then I finally came across HP TouchSmart tx2 N-trig DuoSense Multi-Touch Package 2.59 for Windows 7 RC on http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/MONITOR/OTHERS/HP-TouchSmart-tx2-N-trig-DuoSense-Multi-Touch-Package-259-for-Windows-7-RC.shtml.

I installed this and MultiTouch Support on my HP TouchSmart tx2 having Windows 7 RTM – Ultimate was enabled through this and further I was able to install Microsoft Touch Pack and started enjoying MultiTouch Apps.

Hardware supporting Windows 7 Multi Touch

 

The following hardware supports Windows 7 Multi Touch Features:

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Notebooks: Desktops:
Acer Aspire AS5738PG Acer Aspire Z5610 – AIO
Asus Eee PC T91 Dell Studio One 19 – AIO
Dell Latitude XT2 Fujitsu DeskPower F Series – AIO
Fujitsu Lifebook T4310 HP TouchSmart 600t – AIO
Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 HP – TouchSmart dx9100 – AIO
HP TouchSmart TX2 Lenovo C310 – AIO
Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Medion X9613 – AIO
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Positivo Union Touch 2200 – AIO
Toshiba Satellite U505 Sony  VAIO L – AIO

This hardware is usually rare, especially in Emerging Markets and it take around 1.5 months in its shipment, so if you plan to use it for your Projects, plan ahead.

How to Create Windows 7 Virtual PC Hard disk (VHD)

This step by step tutorial will guide you on How to Create Windows 7 Virtual PC Hard disk VHD file from scratch.

1) Download and Install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

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2) Once Installed, Open the Virtual PC Console and Click on New to Create a New Virtual Machine

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3) Then Click to “Create a Virtual machine”

4) In the Next Step specify the Name then Select OS (Select Other) then Set the RAM as per Requirement

image 5) From the Virtual Hard Disk Options select “A new virtual hard disk”

6) Specify Size, Name and Location in the Next Step

7) Click Finish when you are done

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8) Now You can See your Newly Created Virtual Machine in the Microsoft Virtual PC console, click on the start button to boot.

image 9) Since it’s a new machine without any OS so you will see the above screen and now you need to install Windows 7 on it.

10) Just Click on the CD Menu here you are required to specify the ISO format Windows 7 Media this media can be present in a DVD which is inserted in the DVD Drive of your Physical Machine or probably located some where on Your Hard Disk / USB Storage. Either You will provide access via choosing Use Physical Drive option (which will use the iso burned to a DVD) or Capture ISO Image option which will allow you to choose your ISO file located in Hard Disk / USB Drive etc.

11) After choosing the ISO Reboot your VM   from Action Menu or by Pressing RightAlt+Del key together and your VM will restart and will load the installation files from the specified location and will begin the Windows 7 Setup.

So Install Windows 7 on a VM / VHD and begin your work so you’re not any more dependent upon ready made OS VHD/VM/VPC and can create your own and can use it the way you want.

Features Difference between Windows 7 Starter & Windows 7 Home Basic

Many people often find their self a little bit confusing when it comes to make decision for buying a Windows 7 edition for their Home PC, Notebook or Netbook. The two basic options which You get as a Home User are either to opt for Windows 7 Starter or Windows7 Home Basic (Note: Home Basic is only for Emerging Markets (EM).

They key feature difference between these two editions is as follows in the following table. As you tend to go for a more costly edition of Windows 7 like Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise/Ultimate obviously you tend to pay more and the variation you get is increase of features so while making such a purchase you need to understand the feature set and choose which edition suits you.

Have a look at the feature comparison betwen Starter and Basic SKU of Windows 7

What are Windows 7 Libraries?

Windows 7 introduces a new concept of Libraries as the new entry point for users’ data. Where users can find and organize their data as collections of items that may span multiple locations across computers. Libraries supersede the functionality of previous Windows versions’ known folders (for example, Documents, Pictures, Music) and replace them as the main “storage” destination. The Library API gives applications a straightforward method for interacting with libraries programmatically. Applications can create, interact with, and support libraries as first-class items in their environments.

With Windows 7, the concept of Libraries tries to address the problem of users storing content all over their PC by allowing them to have full control over their Documents Library folder structure. In other words, in Windows 7 users can define which folders to include in the Documents Library. We can say that Libraries are user-defined collections of folders that are logical representations of user content. By including folders in Libraries, the user is telling Windows where his or her important data is located. The system will index these folders, enabling faster searching and much richer viewing arrangement capabilities in Windows Explorer based on the file properties and metadata.

In previous versions of Windows, each application had its own proprietary library. For example, Windows Media Player had a different set of scopes than iTunes, and neither was consistent with the Music folder. With the Library API, applications can define and consume a consistent set of user-defined scopes.

Libraries may also contain network folders. This enables a better user experience at work and at home. Whenever users open a common file dialog, they get an aggregated view of all of the library locations that are available.

Libraries may also contain network folders. This enables a better user experience at work and at home. Whenever users open a common file dialog, they get an aggregated view of all of the library locations that are available.

Windows 7 Application Compatibility Issue

The most common application compatibility issue that users as well as developers face is when an application fails upon checking the operating system version. A lot can go wrong when version checking is misused. A user might experience a “silent fail” where the application simply fails to load and nothing happens. Or, a user might see a dialog box indicating something to the effect of “you must be running Microsoft Windows® XP or later” when in fact, the computer is running Windows 7. Many other consequences to poor version checking can inconvenience users as well.

Applications fail due to version checking for two reasons:

  • A flaw (bug) in the version checking code, which fails if the minor version is decreased, even if the major version is increased (for example, changing versions from 5.1 to 6.0) or if the expected service pack (SP) is not installed, even if you’re running a newer operating system (for example, changing versions from Windows XP SP 2 to Windows Vista® SP 1)
  • An intentional blocking that prevents the application from running on operating system versions not tested by its developers (we recommend that you do not block applications from running on future operating systems)

When an application runs on an “incompatible” (due to poor version checking) version of Windows, it will generally display an error message, but it may also exit silently or behave erratically. Often, if we work around the version checking, the application will run well. End-users and IT professionals may apply a fix to let the application think it is running on an older version of Windows.

The following sections provide information about how to work around version checking compatibility issues, and how to check the operating system version. We also suggest the best overall approach: checking for operating system features instead of checking for the operating system version.

Working Around the Problem

Windows provides two mechanisms to work around the version checking problem:

  • Compatibility mode: Designed for end users, compatibility mode is an easy way to work around compatibility issues. When enabled, it applies a set of compatibility fixes that provide a runtime environment more compatible with applications written for older versions of Windows. One of those fixes is the “version lie,” which makes the version query functions return the operating system version the user chose in the Compatibility tab of the Properties dialog box instead of the actual Windows version.
  • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT): A set of application compatibility tools for IT professionals and developers, ACT provides the means to detect and debug a wide array of compatibility issues so that developers can fix them, and provides the means to work around compatibility issues by applying compatibility fixes from a list, including the “version lie” fix. ACT provides finer-grained control over what fixes are applied.

Windows 7, Increase System Performance by removing unwanted Start-up Programs and Services

Since a few days i was noticing that my Windows 7 was taking quite a long time in loading my Desktop and i used to wait for long until i get control over the windows and can actually start my day. Moreover all these programs used to kept sitting in the memory since default, whether or not they are required, just eating up the RAM. The main cause for this was that day by day i was installing various software and services and usually most of them with the default setting of getting load as the Windows starts so I had to make a selection of what i needed to keep in start and what not.

The interface provided for this in Windows 7 can be accessed through Control Panel –> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.

The system configuration utility is very helpful and you can see your start-up programs and can uncheck which software / tools you don’t want to be loaded with Windows. Moreover you can configure the services as well so that all services are not loaded with starting of the Windows.

So Enjoy surfing and browsing with a clean and light Windows 7 machine!

Windows 7, Bitlocker to Go

Today, USB drives are probably the most preferred medium of porting and backing Data from a location to another. I don’t think so that highlighting their benefits is required over here, everyone of us knows that as everyone of us have them… Now what happens if someone you know takes your USB w/o permission or someone you don’t know takes w/o permission.. if the person who has taken the USB is a known one, you will get it back else case you will report it stolen or lost.. So what’s the worst that’s going to happen you loose your asset of few dollars?? obviously NOT!!! EVERY ONE OF US IS CONCERNED MORE WITH OUR DATA RATHER THEN THE PORTABLE DRIVE, is true always in the case of a Business!

To me a data always has a cost associated to it and you have to pay if someone else get’s it..

Windows 7 Enterprise comes with a feature known as BitLocker to Go helps you to protect your USB Drivers and System Drives (Protecting System Drives was even possible with BitLocker in Windows Vista Ultimate, now in Windows 7 Enterprise you can also secure your USBs alongwith Hard Drives) with Password or through Smart Card so even if you by chance someone get’s hold of your USB they are not able to use it unless providing the Password or Inserting the particular Smart Card.

So Now, How does that Happens….

1) Insert a USB drive, right-click on it and select the Turn on BitLocker

2) BitLocker To Go will begin initializing your USB drive

3) Once the initialization process is complete, BitLocker To Go will prompt you to set up a password that you will use to unlock the drive. If you have a smart card, you can use its PIN to unlock the drive

4) After you set up a password or use a smart card, BitLocker To Go will prompt you to store a recovery key. You can use the recovery key to unlock your drive in the event that you forget the password or lose your smart card.

5) When you create the password and save your recovery key, you’ll be prompted to begin the encryption process

6) During the encryption process, you’ll see a standard progress monitor that will keep you apprised of the operation. The amount of time that it will take to complete the process will depend on how large the drive is. As you can see, there is a Pause button that will allow you to temporarily halt the process should you need to perform another task.

7) Once the encryption is complete, BitLocker To Go displays a confirmation dialog box and changes the icon associated with the encrypted drive

Now when you plug-in this encrypted drive to any Windows 7 PC it will allow you to access data after providing the password.. however on Windows XP or Vista, this program will take control of the USB drive and you have to launch it and enter the password and then you will be able to see the data in read only mode and you can copy files from the USB and can paste it to the target machine..