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Windows 7 Update: Timing, Tips, And Security

Lots of Windows 7 news this week, but here's the big one: If you want to download the Release Candidate version, better do it soon -- it won't be available after today.
Lots of Windows 7 news this week, but here's the big one: If you want to download the Release Candidate version, better do it soon -- it won't be available after today.But the end of the "free" Windows 7 Release Candidate is only part of the week's Windows 7 news and coverage that small and midsize businesses should consider. There's also new tips on dealing with the Windows 7 interface, and some important warnings about the OS's XP Mode.

Many folks are starting to complain about Windows 7's interface oddities. For example, it turns out that Windows 7 has a bunch of "hidden" interface features that are only now coming to light. InformationWeek's David Methvin reports on the OS's new interface for controlling sound, for example, saying that while it's much more attractive than earlier versions of Windows, it's not easy to discover key functionality -- like the Mute button -- unless you actually hover the mouse over the volume control. Similarly, how would you know that clicking a device picture actually takes you to the device properties? It turns out there may be more to Windows 7 than meets the eye -- and that's not necessarily a good thing.

Meanwhile, over at ChannelWeb, Samara Lynn points out 7 Ways To Maximize The Power Of Windows 7. Here's the list, briefly (check out the original for the full scoop):

1. Upgrade From Vista SP1

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