As the saying goes, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. And on the road to Windows 7, Microsoft broke enough eggs to make a Texan soufflé. Features got moved, renamed, and ripped out completely.
If you’re fresh from Windows Vista, Windows XP, or even earlier versions of Windows, you might spend your first few days with Windows 7 wondering where things went. Here’s a handy cheat sheet: features that aren’t in Windows 7 (or aren’t where you think they should be).
“Add or Remove Programs” control panel. The Control Panel applet called Programs and Features performs the software-removal function (Start→Control Panel→Programs→Programs and Features). No Control Panel applet remains to add software, because all software these days comes with its own installer.
CDF protocol. Gone.
Classic Start menu is gone. You can make the Start menu look like the ugly old squared-off one, but a lot of the old features of it are gone for good (expanding folders by pointing without clicking, opening folders by double-clicking, and opening multiple programs by Shift-clicking, for example).
Clipbook Viewer. This handy multi-Clipboard feature is no longer in Win7.
Complete PC Backups (from Vista) have been renamed “system images,” and they’re alive and well in Windows 7.