Windows 7 RTM review

Windows 7 is ready for the PC manufacturers, but is RTM ready for business?

In control

Microsoft's PowerShell 2.0 systems management scripting language is built into Windows 7; use it to build management scripts that work with your user's PCs, taking advantage of the scripting editor and test environment, and a selection of Windows 7-specific cmdlets (pronounced "command-let" ) including tools for getting and installing hotfixes. PowerShell 2.0 enables remote management of several PCs, so system managers can build and test their PowerShell scripts on their desktops before deploying and running them on all their managed Windows 7 PCs, delivering the results to their own PCs as well.

Windows 7's troubleshooting tools use PowerShell scripts to handle common issues. There's a gallery of common troubleshooting packs in the Control Panel, and the Action Center can launch them automatically if there is one available to help solve problems Windows has detected, which should reduce helpdesk calls.

Microsoft will make new troubleshooting packs available online, and you can use the downloadable Trouble Shooting Pack Builder to edit your own troubleshooting scripts for applications running on your network and bundle them up for distribution to your users. Users get a Problem Steps Reporter to describe problems troubleshooters can't help with; you can use it for documenting processes for training too.

Business PCs aren't places where just any pieces of software should be installed. As business tools they need to be controlled but by policy, not by locking down every machine. Windows 7's AppLocker builds on Microsoft's existing Software Restriction policies to control who can install what and where. You can lock software down by executable and by installer. Once an application has been approved, you can restrict to a specific version number or a base version, so users can upgrade when newer releases or updates arrive. Rules are easy to build, using GPEDIT on a Windows 7 PC, with sliders controlling the level of control from publisher, to product name, to file name to version.

Featured Resources

The ultimate law enforcement agency guide to going mobile

Best practices for implementing a mobile device program

Free download

The business value of Red Hat OpenShift

Platform cost savings, ROI, and the challenges and opportunities of Red Hat OpenShift

Free download

Managing security and risk across the IT supply chain: A practical approach

Best practices for IT supply chain security

Free download

Digital remote monitoring and dispatch services’ impact on edge computing and data centres

Seven trends redefining remote monitoring and field service dispatch service requirements

Free download

Recommended

How to encrypt files and folders in Windows 10
encryption

How to encrypt files and folders in Windows 10

9 Apr 2021

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021
Windows 11 has problems with Oracle VirtualBox
Microsoft Windows

Windows 11 has problems with Oracle VirtualBox

5 Oct 2021