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Get a Closer Look at Windows 7 RTM

Can't wait to get your hands on Microsoft's upcoming OS? Sneak a peek at a few of its cool features.

Windows 7: New Taskbar

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Windows 7's new taskbar does double-duty as a program launcher and task switcher, and displays thumbnails of all open windows in an application.

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Windows 7: Jump List

The Windows 7 Jump List shows actions associated with an application, including, as shown here, recently opened files in Microsoft Word.

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Windows 7: Aero Peek

Aero Peek lets you "peek" behind all your open windows to the desktop, and see the outlines of each open window.

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Windows 7: UAC

UAC is now customizable. In Vista, UAC was either on or off. With Windows 7, you have some control over how it works by using a slider to change to one of four settings.

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Windows 7: HomeGroup

HomeGroup makes it easier to share files, folders and printers, but it currently only works with other Windows 7 PCs.

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Windows 7: Libraries

The Windows 7 Libraries feature lets you add virtual folders so that you can easily access files and folders on other drives and computers.

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Windows 7: Search

Search has been much improved; you can also now add tags from in Windows Explorer to individual files, and sort by them.

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Windows 7: Devices and Printers

A new Devices and Printers folder has the potential for finally making hardware easier to manage -- although at this point, it is only a platform-in-waiting.

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