AT A GLANCE
Windows 7 Home Premium offers the best entertainment experience on your PC, making the things you do every day easier. With fewer clicks, faster searching, easier browsing, and simpler ways to connect, there's less between you and what you want to do. Windows 7 is designed to improve the performance of your PC, so it's faster, more secure, and more reliable. PCs with Windows 7 simply work the way you want them to work.
Note: If your computer is running Windows XP, you’re eligible to buy the upgrade version of Windows 7. However, when you upgrade, you’ll need to first back up all of your files to an external drive, and then re-install your applications from the original discs or setup files. For detailed instructions, see Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 (custom installation).
- This product includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for a single computer. Learn more.
- Simplify everyday tasks by finding something instantly, comparing documents side-by-side, or opening your favorite file in just two clicks
- Watch Internet TV; pause, rewind, and record TV, movies, and other video content; or use Touch to interact with your PC in new ways
- Pin any program to the taskbar and rearrange the icons on the taskbar just by clicking and dragging
- Instantly locate and open virtually any file on your PC, from documents to emails to songs, right from the Start menu, just by typing a word or two, with Windows Search
- 90 days of Microsoft Support Services included: Click here for complete details
- Enjoy a PC that works the way you want it to with better support for today’s technologies, like 64-bit PC hardware and memory
- Use Windows Media Player to stream music files on any network-connected device
- Easily change backgrounds, window colors, and sounds to reflect your personal style
- Use HomeGroup to connect all your PCs running Windows 7 to a single printer
1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
Required Hard Disk Space
16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit); for the download version, an additional 3 GB is required
Required Media Drive
DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive
Internet access (fees may apply)
Music and sound require audio output
Required Video Card
DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or later driver
Additional System Requirements
Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.
Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware.
Additional requirements to use certain features: Internet access (fees may apply). Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware. 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. 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.
BEFORE YOU BUY
Depending on the version of Windows you're currently running, installing Windows 7 on your PC may be a lengthy process. Before you buy or install Windows 7 on your PC:
Run Windows Upgrade Advisor to make sure your PC can run Windows 7.
Decide to buy an Upgrade or Full product
All editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista qualify you to upgrade. So, if you're running either on your PC today, buy a package labeled "Upgrade."
Understand the upgrade process for your PC
Moving to Windows 7 Professional from Windows Vista Business qualifies as an upgrade. All other paths, including a move from a 64-bit edition of Windows Vista to a 32-bit edition of Windows 7, require a more detailed re-installation process.
Determine if 32- or 64-bit is right for you
Prior to download you will choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit edition of Windows 7. Please make sure you know which to install on your PC. The benefits of 64-bit are most apparent when you have a large amount of random access memory (RAM) installed on your computer, typically 4 GB of RAM or more. In such cases, because a 64-bit operating system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system can, a 64-bit system can be more responsive when running several programs at the same time and switching between them frequently. Please note: if you are presently running 64-bit software on a PC running a 64-bit edition of Windows Vista and you move to a 32-bit edition of Windows 7, your 64-bit software may no longer work.
Use the Compatibility Center to ensure your other hardware and software will work with Windows 7.
Find out how easy it is to upgrade to Windows 7 with the Getting Started guide.