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Everyday tasks are simpler.
Scan all your open windows with Live Taskbar Previews. Find a file, connect to a network, or use Snap to arrange a couple windows side by side. All with two or three clicks.

Your PC will work the way you want.
Make it yours with personalization and be ready to go with fast Sleep and Resume. Use more of your older programs with Windows XP Mode. Protect your data and be more secure with less effort.

Do new things.
Use a touch-screen instead of a mouse. Connect to printers fast with Location Aware Printing. Share music, photos, and videos throughout your home with Play To. Use your PC to record live TV and watch Internet TV.

Which Windows 7 edition is right for you?

Whilst the software is essentially the same, the different versions of Windows 7 each have some unique features.

As a general guide:

  • Home Premium Edition is fine for most day to day use.
  • Professional Edition is for power users or people who have specific requirements not satisfied by the Home Premium Edition.
  • Ultimate Edition has the best of both worlds plus even more.

An overview and comparison of the different software packages available:

Some of the best new features of Windows 7

Windows 7 simplifies everyday tasks

HomeGroup
Takes the headache out of sharing files and printers on a home network.

Jump Lists
Speedy access to your favorite pictures, songs, websites, and documents.

Snap
A quick (and fun!) new way to resize and compare windows on your desktop.

Windows Live Essentials
7 great programs, 1 complimentary download. Mail, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, and more.

Windows Search
Find virtually anything on your PC, instantly.

Windows Taskbar
Better thumbnail previews, easier-to-see icons, and more ways to customize.

Full 64-bit support
Windows 7 makes the most of powerful 64-bit PCs, the new desktop standard.

More personal
Redecorate your desktop with fun new themes, slide shows, or handy gadgets.

Performance improvements
Designed to sleep and resume quicker, be less memory hungry, and spot USB devices faster.

Play To
Play your media on other PCs, stereos, or TVs around the house.

Remote Media Streaming
Enjoy music and video on your home PC—even when you're not at home.

Windows Touch
Pair Windows 7 with a touchscreen and you won't always need a keyboard or mouse.

Thinking about installing Windows 7 on your PC?

Here are a few things you should consider first:

Can your PC run Windows 7?

No matter what version of Windows you have, it's a good idea to check out your PC before you buy Windows 7. It's easy to do. Just download and run the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It will scan your PC and let you know how your PC, devices, and programs will work with Windows 7. You'll get a report detailing any updates you should make before you upgrade.

Which edition should you get - Home Premium or Professional? 32 or 64-bit?

When you're upgrading from Windows Vista, you'll generally want to move to an equivalent edition. So, if you have Windows Vista Home Premium, you'd move to Windows 7 Home Premium.

  • How to check which edition you have:

    If your PC is running Windows Vista or Windows 7
    Click the Start button Start button , right-click Computer, and then click Properties. The edition of Windows Vista is displayed under Windows edition near the top of the window.

    If your PC is running Windows XP
    Click Start. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. The edition of Windows XP is displayed under System near the top of the window.

If you have a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you'll need to install the 64-bit edition of Windows 7.

  • How to check if you're running 32- or 64-bit 

    If your PC is running Windows Vista or Windows 7
    Open System by clicking the Start button Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties. You will find either 32-bit or 64-bit under System

    If your PC is running Windows XP
    Click Start. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

    • If you don't see "x64 Edition" listed, then you're running the 32-bit version of Windows XP.
    • If "x64 Edition" is listed under System, you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP.

What kind of installation will you need to do?

There are two ways to install Windows 7 on a PC: a custom (or clean) installation or an upgrade installation. The table below shows the type of installation you'll need to do based on the version of Windows you have and the one you want to install. Here's the difference between the two methods:

  • A custom installation erases everything on your hard drive. So you'll need to back up all your files, photos, music, and settings on an external hard drive or on CDs or DVDs and then transfer them back to your PC after you install Windows 7. You'll also need to reinstall all your programs from their original installation disks. If you have Windows XP, you need to do a custom installation.
  • With an upgrade installation, Windows 7 will simply replace Windows Vista without affecting anything else on your PC. You can do an upgrade installation from many editions of Windows Vista depending on which edition of Windows 7 you want to install.

If in doubt - just ask us!

 

From http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-considerations.aspx

 

Minimum PC system specs required to run Windows 7

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • Internet access (fees may apply).
  • Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware.
  • Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance.
  • For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required.
  • Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware.
  • HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7.
  • DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive.
  • BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2.
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive.
  • Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM and an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space.
  • Music and sound require audio output.

Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.

PCs with multi-core processors:

Windows 7 was designed to work with today's multi-core processors. All 32-bit versions of Windows 7 can support up to 32 processor cores, while 64‑bit versions can support up to 256 processor cores.

PCs with multiple processors (CPUs):

Commercial servers, workstations, and other high-end PCs may have more than one physical processor. Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate allow for two physical processors, providing the best performance on these computers. Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium will recognize only one physical processor.

 

 

Information from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/system-requirements.aspx