Windows 7 has received lots of attention from the tech press, but much of the focus has been on interface changes, such as the redesigned taskbar. And, I know what you're thinking. You're tired of hearing how much better Windows 7 is than Vista. Frankly, I don't blame you. Deserved or not, Vista has achieved Edsel status.
Yet, once you take a look at some of Windows 7 new or enhanced tools designed for power users and support pros, you might think of the new OS as a new sports car or at least a fuel-efficient hybrid. During this TR Dojo episode, I'll discuss the following Windows 7 tools that may make Windows 7 detractors reconsider:
- Problem Steps Recorder: A handy support tool that records keystrokes, mouse clicks, and screenshots
- Windows Disc Image Burner: A built-in ISO and IMG file burner
- System Repair Disc: Lets you create a system restore/recovery disc
- Backup Utility: A significant improvement over the Windows Vista version
- Windows PowerShell: Extremely powerful command-line shell and scripting tool
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Debra Shinder's article, "10 cool tools in Windows 7," on which the episode is based.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.