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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade

by Microsoft Software
Windows 7 / Vista
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Technical Details

  • Windows 7 Professional (includes 32 & 64-bit versions) lets you run Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode, recover data easily with automatic backups to your home or business network, connect to company networks effortlessly and more securely
  • Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation; start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often
  • Make your web experience faster, easier and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8
  • Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV on your PC
  • Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup
  • This product includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for a single computer
  • Simplify everyday tasks by finding something instantly, comparing documents side-by-side, or opening your favorite file in just two clicks
  • Run many existing productivity and business programs designed for Windows XP-if not pre-installed, it can be downloaded free from Microsoft

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Amazon.ca Product Description

Windows 7 Professional has everything you need for work and home, including all the Home Premium features you love and the business features your work demands.

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Upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. With Windows 7 Professional, fewer walls stand between you and your success. You can run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode and recover data easily with automatic backups to your home or business network. You can also connect to company networks effortlessly and more securely with Domain Join. With all the exciting entertainment features of Windows Home Premium, it's a great choice for home and for business. Need to use multiple languages on your PC or help protect your data with enhanced BitLocker security? Get Windows 7 Ultimate.

Windows 7 is designed to make your PC simpler--to be more reliable, more responsive and to make the things you do every day on your PC easier. Click to enlarge.

Upgrade to Windows 7

All editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista qualify you to upgrade.

1. Choose your edition of Windows 7
Explore key features and choose the edition that's best for you. Be sure to check the expanded list of extended features in Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate. System requirements vary for each edition of Windows 7 because some features might require special hardware.

2. See if your PC has what it takes to run Windows 7
In general, if your PC can run Windows Vista it can run Windows 7. To make sure, download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to do a quick check. If you want certain features, such as HomeGroup or Windows Media Center, check to see if your PC has the hardware that's needed.

3. Check which operating system your PC is currently running
How you make the move to Windows 7 depends on your current operating system.

  • Windows Vista
    The transition to Windows 7 should be pretty smooth, although you may need to update your system to the latest service pack first.

  • Windows XP (or any other operating system)
    We recommend that you experience Windows 7 on a new PC. While we don't recommend it, you can opt to upgrade your current PC from Windows XP or another operating system to Windows 7. We recommend that you get help with this process from your local computer service provider. You'll need to back up your current files and settings, perform a custom (clean) installation, and then reinstall your files, settings, and programs.

More work, more play, and more of everything in between. Click to enlarge.

Manage lots of open programs, documents, and browser windows easily with thumbnail and full-screen previews of open windows. Click to enlarge.

With Snap you can arrange two windows side-by-side just by dragging them to opposite sides of your screen. Click to enlarge.

Open files you use regularly in just two clicks with Jump Lists on the improved taskbar.

Everything you need for work and home

Easiest Windows to use ever

  • Simplify your PC with new navigation features like Aero Shake, Jump Lists, and Snap.
  • Customize Windows to look and feel the way you like by changing themes and taskbar programs.
  • Easy to network (with or without a server).
  • Back up your complete system over a network.

Faster and more flexible

  • Windows XP Mode gives you the business flexibility you need.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Takes full advantage of 64-bit PC hardware and memory.

Best PC entertainment experience

  • Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV with Windows Media Center.
  • Blu-ray read/write support for data files.
  • Includes integrated video and Dolby audio codecs.

Simplifies Everyday Tasks

Simple to use

Manage lots of open programs, documents, and browser windows easily with thumbnail and full-screen previews of open windows.

Open files and get around your PC faster with the improved taskbar. You can easily pin programs you use often to the taskbar and launch them in just one click.

Windows 7 lets you peek behind open windows to get a quick look at your desktop. Click to enlarge.

Instantly locate and open virtually any file on your PC right from the Start menu with Windows Search. Click to enlarge.

Jump Lists
Open files you use regularly in just two clicks with Jump Lists on the improved taskbar.

Windows 7 has simple new ways to manage open windows. For example, with Snap you can arrange two windows side-by-side just by dragging them to opposite sides of your screen.

Peek and Shake
Windows 7 lets you peek behind open windows to get a quick look at your desktop.

Windows Search
Instantly locate and open virtually any file on your PC, from documents to emails to songs, right from the Start menu, with Windows Search.

Easy to connect

Setting up wireless connections is easier with consistent, one-click connections to available networks. Click to enlarge.

Enjoy the photos, music, and videos on your home PC when you're away from home with remote media streaming. Click to enlarge.

Windows Touch makes PCs with touch screens easier and more intuitive to use. Click to enlarge.

Wireless setup
With Windows 7, setting up wireless connections is easier with consistent, one-click connections to available networks, whether those networks are based on Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, dial-up, or corporate VPN.

Connect Windows 7 PCs on a home network in just four clicks and easily get to the photos, music, and files on each one--even share printers--with HomeGroup.

Easy to browse the web

Internet Explorer 8
Visual search helps you quickly find the information you want by adding visual cues and previews to search results from top search providers including Live Search, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Amazon, and others.

Internet Explorer 8
Use Web slices to conveniently keep up with changes on frequently updated websites, like eBay auctions or traffic sites, directly from the IE8 toolbar.

Easy to communicate and share

Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Live Photo Gallery makes share your photos to your favorite photo site easy.

Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail makes managing multiple email accounts easy.

Windows Live Family Safety
Keep your child safe by managing what sites they can visit and who they can send/receive emails and im communications from.

Works The Way You Want

Faster and More Reliable

Resume from sleep
We designed Windows 7 to help PCs sleep and resume from sleep more quickly by improving the way Windows 7 manages drivers, programs, and power.

Faster and more reliable
We reduced the amount of memory your PC needs for open windows and to execute commands to help it be more responsive to commands.

Fewer clicks and less interruptions

Turn your PC into a TV with Windows Media Center, and enjoy your favorite videos and music with Windows Media Player. Click to enlarge.

Makes New Things Possible

Media on your terms

Windows Media Center
Turn your PC into a TV with Windows Media Center.

Windows Media Center
Watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV.

Manage Backup and Restore and other features through Action Center. Click to enlarge.

Search, organize, and edit files across a network in the same way you would a single folder.Click to enlarge.

DirectX 11
DirectX 11 technology delivers breathtaking game graphics so real, it's unreal.

New ways to engage

Windows Touch
Windows Touch makes PCs with touch screens easier and more intuitive to use.

Media on your terms

Windows Media Player
More and more consumer electronics, from TVs to digital photo frames, can be connected to home networks. With Play To in Windows 7, you'll be able to easily send music, photos, videos from your PC to a networked device throughout your home.

You can enjoy the photos, music, and videos on your home PC when you're away from home with remote media streaming.

Work anywhere

Location Aware Printing
Windows 7 will automatically pick the right printer for you when you move from home to work networks.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawless installation, easy to customize Oct. 25 2009
Did the upgrade this past weekend. The upgrade was done on my HP G60-230CA laptop, which had Vista Home Premium on it. Upgrading to 7 Pro required a full install, but general wisdom indicates that's a good idea even if you can upgrade in-place.

I backed up my files and had installation disks ready for various software I would install. I started the installation process, and went for dinner. I came back to the computer and the install was finished. Much faster than an XP install in my experience. I didn't need to install any drivers - Win7 had loaded the appropriate bits on startup. This is a huge plus over XP and Vista. I proceeded to install my various software packages, and did much customizing. Haven't had one issue along the way. The wireless feature quickly found my network and the various connected devices.

Things I like in Windows 7:
-Good to go after installation, no searching for drivers
-Less intrusive UAC
-Plug-and-play USB devices are handled better than Vista did
-Broad customization options
-Aero flip, peek, snap
-XP mode reduces application compatibility issues
-Network backup

At this point, the only real con I have is the price: the Pro upgrade costs noticeably more than the Home Premium upgrade. However, I was prepared to pay, since I knew I wanted Pro for the higher-end features. If you are uncertain on needing Pro now, get the Home Premium, and you can do an anytime upgrade later.

After all that, my comment is this: if you need built-in network backup, XP Mode, or other Pro-level features, and are of a mind to spend the money, then go for it. If not, perhaps Home Premium is good enough for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 professional upgrade 32 bit Dec 31 2010
By D. Deva
I installed an academic version of this Windows 7 professional upgrade on my HP G70-120EA and the following are the facts. I upgraded from Windows Vista Home Premium and needed a custom install.
1. Start up and shut down were faster and the operating system works faster than Vista Home Premium. However it does not compare with any Mac OS I've used - eg. Cheetah, Snow Leopard.It's more like a repackaged slightly faster Vista.
2. The first problem I encountered was a "plugged in, not charging" error which required a google search and a fix from a forum site and now my laptop cannot sit on the bed for too long otherwise it goes back into this mode.
3. The HDMI output has no audio anymore and there is no clear fix as HP have not written a Windows 7 driver update for my computer. The HDMI video output is fine.
4. Google Chrome starts up almost imperceptibly slower than before but Internet Explorer starts up faster than on Vista. I think they browse at the same pace.
5. MSN Messenger (which inexplicably stopped working a month ago on Vista and mostly prompted my switch to W7) didn't work fully initially and I had to install a new audio driver from HP in order to get it to work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 takes the lead! March 29 2010
Since the original announcement of Windows 7 in the works I've been keeping updated on this release. Originally, I wasn't very supportive of Windows 7 since it gave me the impression that it was just a money grabber since Windows 7 is very similar to that of Windows Vista. However, after continued reading and finally using the OS it's been an amazing release.

I originally thought that Windows Vista was good but I find that Windows 7 is far better in almost every regard. Windows Vista had a very rough start and it wasn't until SP1 where things started to improve. Even then it still has some notable issues which still have been largely ignored. Particularly with Windows 7 becoming the focal point.

The thing with Windows 7 is that even with it being without a service pack - it has very little problems. It runs stable, it's fast and very easy to install even when performing a clean install. In fact, it is possible to perform a clean install with upgrade media simply by booting from the disk and choosing a custom installation. Just make sure to have an OS preinstalled so it activates with ease. Otherwise, you will have to perform a registry hack or buy a full version instead. I know this since I own two upgrade copies for both my computers and have installed it through these methods without problems. Personally, I would not recommend an upgrade installation. If you want to get the most of the OS I would highly recommend a clean install. Even performing a clean install is quite a lot easier than installing Windows Vista. Most of the generic drivers installed automatically by Windows 7 during installation can get you by until you can install the appropriate drivers.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Update to previous Comment:

I have previously given this product 2 stars due to drivers issues.

After using Windows 7 for a while now I have to admit that this is the best system that Microsoft has ever made; I figured why my system was crashing constantly and this was due to the drivers that Nvidia made for my card which were not properly set for Windows 7.

I upgraded my video card, a better Nvidia card, and never had any issues since.

This system is blazing fast! I love Windows 7.

The only cons I have are the following:

I wish I never bought Vista which has tainted my goodwill towards Microsoft.

I wish that I bought the full blown version instead of the upgrade due to the ease of installation of the full version since you can do a clean install without the need of a previous windows system being installed.

P.S. I still have a version of Vista which I still hate and I am not using.

Kudos to Microsoft for windows 7.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows upgrade
Windows 7 is a solid operating system and recovers well from potential errors. Use it both at work and at home and have not had any serious problems. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ed Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars As described
It's Windows 7 pro, the "upgrade" edition. It comes with 32 & 64 bit disks and does what it is supposed to do. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mike Esopenko
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice upgrade from Win XP
As support for Win XP is over in the near future, I had to look for a replacement. Tried Win 7 and Win 8 (Pro). Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Ouellet
4.0 out of 5 stars Best version for the money but it's Windows never perfect
This is the best version of Windows for the money but at this price, I'd look around as it's not worth anything near this price. Read more
Published on June 14 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots better than Vista
Windows 7 is so much better and user friendlier than Vista ever was, and very easy to work with, I am so happy that Microsoft came out with this as I was ready to switch to Mac.
Published on Jan. 29 2010 by Janis Tapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Windows ever
Finally, Microsoft get's it right. I've been waiting for years for the perfect opperating system for me. I've tried Microsoft Windows 3.1, 95, 98, ME, XP and Vista, Mac OS 7. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2010 by C. Angerstein
2.0 out of 5 stars W7 vs XP
i can not sit back and read these review's from "microsoft" employees, the commercials are bad enough to watch and now doing research on this (invester based) product is just... Read more
Published on Dec 14 2009 by D.C.P
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 is amazing!
Been testing Windows 7 since it's public BETA release and I must say this is by far the best Windows version Microsoft ever developed. They finally listened to what people wanted. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2009 by Jean Gionet
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