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Designed to Conserve Power

Windows 7 helps reduce power consumption by working with the latest hardware power-management capabilities and better managing how application processes use the processor. For example, Windows 7 includes device driver support for the latest processor power-management technologies from leading independent hardware vendors (IHVs)—in the box. In-box support of these technologies enables users and IT pros to experience power-saving benefits immediately after installation.Key focus in Windows 7 to reduce power consumption:

  • Deep focus on idle activity by removing or coalescing background activity in the system to ensure that platforms can enter low power states more frequently.

  • New trigger start service capability to allow background processes to start only when a specific event occurs. IT Pros can take advantage of this capability by enabling trigger starting for services that are part of their enterprise image.

In addition to reducing power consumption, Windows 7 helps make sleep more reliable. Windows 7 no longer reviews processor utilization to determine if it should put the client computer in Sleep mode. Windows 7 includes in-box utilities that IT pros can use to troubleshoot Sleep mode. These utilities can identify which programs and network files are preventing the client computer from going in to Sleep mode. By making Sleep mode more reliable, Windows 7 helps organizations more fully realize the power savings that Sleep mode promises.

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