By default, Windows 7 suspends an inactive network connection to a shared folder residing on a server after 15 minutes however; you can modify this setting through Group Policy settings. When a session is suspended and the client computer resumes its activity the network connection is automatically re-established. Still, some users find it annoying to see red marks on mapped network drives in Windows Explorer.
Many posts on this blog talk about various Group Policy settings and how to implement them. Although, Group Policy main focus is to lock down settings on workstations and servers in a domain environment, you can still implement the same measures on workstations in a workgroup environment.
A new policy setting on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 is intended to support clients running a version of Windows prior to Windows 8 that are trying to access a file share that requires user claims. This policy setting may be needed where there are local file access policies that include user claims.
Windows 7 incorporates a mode that allows you to run programs written for earlier versions of Windows. Some old programs may run poorly or cease to run on Windows 7. When this happens you can find a solution by invoking the Program Compatibility troubleshooter.
Windows 7 has inbuilt features that users are encouraged to use in order to keep their systems secure. Nevertheless, third party security software such as anti-malware is still required and highly recommended. Some of these features include additional tasks which may require an advanced level of computer proficiency:
A new policy setting on Windows 8 allows you to lock down your workstation after a period of inactivity. Although, you could lock down a user session based on idle time in previous Windows systems, this setting as a policy is only found on Windows 8 and Windows Servers 2012 systems.
The machine account lockout threshold setting is a new security policy found only on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 machines. This new security setting determines the number of failed logon attempts by users before locking down the machine. A locked out machine can only be recovered by providing the BitLocker recovery key at the console. A BitLocker recovery key is a special key that you can create when you turn on BitLocker Drive Encryption for the first time on each drive that you encrypt.