User Experience Levels

The user experience level is the foundation on which your personalization settings are based. Table 3-2 provides an overview of each user experience level.

Table 3-2. Understanding the user experience levels

User experience level

Can be used with

Provides

Windows Classic

Any Windows 7 edition; any Windows 7-capable computer

The look and feel of Windows 2000 while retaining the functionality improvements in Windows 7. You'll find a refined Start menu and streamlined Explorer windows, both with integrated search. You can switch to Windows Classic mode by selecting the Windows Classic theme in the Personalization control panel.

Windows Basic

Any Windows 7 edition; any Windows 7-capable computer

Adds slightly improved performance, gradients, and shading to the Windows Classic experience. You can switch to Windows Basic mode by selecting the Windows 7 Basic theme in the Personalization control panel.

Windows 7 Standard

Any Windows 7 edition; any Windows 7-capable computer

Adds improved performance and enhanced reliability to the Windows Standard experience. Supports the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) to enable smooth window handling, increase stability, and reduce glitches, such as relics and slow screen refreshes while moving user interface elements. Supports Windows Flip.

Windows Aero

Windows 7 Home Premium edition or higher; any Windows 7-capable computer

Builds on the Windows 7 Basic experience. Adds Aero Glass, transparency for all windows, live preview, and Windows Flip 3D.

Each user experience level builds on and includes the features of the preceding level(s). If your computer has a low subscore for processor, physical memory, general graphics, gaming graphics, or any combination thereof, you may want to use the Windows Classic or Windows Basic experience level to improve your computer's performance. Figure 3-8 shows the look and feel of Windows Classic. Windows Classic and Windows Standard offer similar user experiences. Generally speaking, if you want to reduce the overhead associated with drawing gradients and shading, you can use the Windows Classic experience and you won't notice much difference.

If your computer has an average to high score for processor, physical memory, general graphics, gaming graphics, or any combination thereof, you may want to use the Windows 7 Standard or Windows Aero experience level to improve your computer's appearance. Windows 7 Basic and Windows Aero offer very similar user experiences. Figure 3-9 shows the look and feel of Windows 7 Basic.

Because of the previously listed feature differences among the various experience levels, you'll see related differences in the interface. A rather subtle change that you'll need to

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