Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade
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- 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
- 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
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- Platform: Windows 7 / Vista
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.
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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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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Nov. 14 2013 by Ed Mitchell
It's Windows 7 pro, the "upgrade" edition. It comes with 32 & 64 bit disks and does what it is supposed to do. Read morePublished on June 9 2013 by Mike Esopenko
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 morePublished on May 4 2013 by M. Ouellet
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 morePublished on June 14 2011
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2010 by C. Angerstein
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 morePublished on Dec 14 2009 by D.C.P