Windows 7 released in Year 2009, is latest Operating System by Microsoft™. Designed and developed for relatively high-speed processor (1 GHz+), this is again a fine OS for the Computer fraternity. More emphasis is paid on smooth graphics and ease of use. Over all the performance of this OS if fine, but still there are some problems, which the user might face while working on it. Listed below are most common problems (and their solution) a user may face while running this OS.
XP mode in Windows 7 doesn’t work
This is most common occurring problem in Window 7. For compatibility purpose, Microsoft™ has provided a run time mode in Windows 7 in which the OS behaves like its predecessor Win XP. This is particularly useful if user has an application that will only run on XP and wont budge for Win 7.
But this simulation mode has some limitation on running environment (platform) like hardware assembly, BIOS setup etc. Microsoft™ has provided a piece of software that can check the compatibility issue, which can be downloaded from here. This tool is called Hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV) detection tool and it checks whether the computer processor supports HAV and if the setting is enabled or not. So one need to make sure that the processor supports this feature and its enable in the System’s BIOS setup.
Hibernation can’t be disabled
For all those who are not aware, Hibernation is process in which instead of shutting the system down every now and then, user can just allow it to hibernate, which means the system is in inactive mode but not shut down. It’s difficult to tell whether a system is hibernating or shut down by just looking at it since, externally it makes no difference. But internally hibernation is quite faster than shutdown and restores all opened documents and application when switched on. In short system state is restored in hibernation but not in shutdown.
For some reason people don’t want the system to hibernate and prefer shutting down instead. Its probably because every time they want to start fresh and don’t want the dependency of previous session on current work, which might be due to memory leaks, system hangs, RAM clutters etc. It has been a general observation that a restart restores the system to full vitality. Fortunately a work around is available to disable hibernation feature. One needs to open windows registry editor called Regedit. After opening regedit, browse to KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power and set ‘HibernateEnabled’ to zero. This small exercise will disable hibernation as required.
System too slow or black screen errors
If after a fresh Windows 7 installation your systems is running too slow or you are getting frequent black screen errors then, you need to check your hardware compatibility issues. In general a 1 GHz or faster processor, 2 GB or more RAM and 20 GB available hard disk space is minimum possible requirement. For detailed system requirement, Please visit Microsoft™ website here. A more comprehensive rule is that if your system runs Windows Vista well, then Windows 7 should also be a cakewalk!
There is a tool available at the Microsoft website which does a thorough system scan and foretells whether your system is fast and efficient enough to run Windows 7. This tool can be downloaded from here. Please refer to the images below,
Registry, Antivirus and Automatic Updates
As with all other versions of Windows, Please make sure that the registry is tuned up and cleaned from time to time otherwise system will work lousily.
Proper Anti virus should be installed and updated regularly to prevent the systems from new and old threats pertaining to Malware and Virus. Last but not the least Automatic updates should be turned on so that OS has all the latest patches and updates applied upon by default. These are basics preventive maintenance steps but work quite well in long run.
This article was last updated on August 25th, 2011 in Windows 7