Windows 7 Launch
Windows 7 was built around your feedback, so you'll see a lot of things you've asked for. You asked for it to make everyday tasks faster and easier, to make your PC work the way you want it to, and to make it possible to do new things. And that's exactly what Microsoft have done. See how it's come to life.
You qualify for Windows 7 upgrade versions if you are running genuine Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 on your PC.
Windows 7 Home Premium - The best entertainment experience on your PC
Offers a rich, dynamic entertainment experience on your PC, making it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want.1
Windows 7 Professional - Everything you need for work and home
Includes all the Home Premium features you love and the business features your work demands. Connect to company networks easily and more securely and share files across the various PCs in your home. In addition, you can run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode and recover your data easily with automatic back-ups.
Windows 7 Ultimate - Designed for people who want it all
Gives you everything Home Premium and Professional offers - plus added security features and the flexibility to work in multiple languages. Create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos and music. You can even watch TV programs for free, whenever and wherever you want.
Which Windows 7 is best for you?
| ||Home Premium||Professional||Ultimate|
|Makes the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation. ||•||•||•|
|Faster and easier to launch applications and find the documents you use most often.||•||•||•|
|Make your web experience faster, easier, and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8.||•||•||•|
|Easy to create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup.||•||•||•|
|Watch many of your favorite TV shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV. 1||•||•||•|
|Run many existing Windows XP productivity applications in Windows XP Mode. 2|| ||•||•|
|Connect to company networks easily and more securely with Domain Join.|| ||•||•|
|Recover your data easily with automatic backup to your home and business network.|| ||•||•|
|Help protect your data on your PC and portable storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker.|| || ||•|
|Work in the language of your choice or switch between any of thirty-five languages. || || ||•|
1. Additional hardware may be required. Not available in all countries.
2. Requires download of Windows XP Mode (which run on Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate) and virtualization technology such as Windows Virtual PC. Download Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC free of charge from http://www.windows.com/business/downloads.
Windows 7 system requirements
- 1GHz or faster 32–bit (x86) or 64–bit (x64) processor
- 1GB RAM (32–bit) / 2GB RAM (64–bit)
- 16GB available disk space (32–bit) / 20 GB (64–bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Windows 7 release timeline
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