What Is the Difference Between Windows Vista and Windows 7?

The difference between Windows 7 and its predecessor, Windows Vista, is that Windows 7 offers faster, safer and higher quality performance with application installations and start-up time compared to Windows Vista. With the launch of Windows 7, the user interface was also simplified, offering a new and improved task bar with drop down and jump access to programs, applications and files as well as thumbnail views.

Windows 7 users can quickly and conveniently organize and locate files with a desktop search bar and manage the workspace more efficiently with a Windows troubleshooting platform, not available with Microsoft Vista. The security and compliance was also a major focus when Microsoft launched Windows 7 to replace Windows Vista. Users can remotely access and lock files, manage group policy settings and activate multiple firewall protections.

Windows 7 also offers font management and new keyboard shortcuts unavailable for Windows Vista users. Also unveiled with the launch of Windows 7 was the Libraries function, which features virtual folders that pull aggregated information into one location for the user, and a start menu with a two-column feature, replacing the classic view available in Windows Vista. Windows 7 made it possible to manage printers and devices from the start menu.