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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit)

B&H # MIW7PF Mfr # FQC-00129
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Product Highlights
  • Improved Desktop Navigation
  • Windows Search
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Media Center
  • HomeGroup Networking
  • Windows XP Mode
  • Domain Join
  • Network Backup

Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit) from Microsoft is the long-awaited successor to the ubiquitous Windows Vista operating system. Building upon Vista's impressive feature set, Windows 7 adds many features which simplify the way you use your PC, as well as the way that your PC connects to the world.

The Professional edition of Windows 7 is designed to meet the needs of business and home use alike. It omits none of the features that are found in the Home Premium edition of the software. These include improved desktop navigation, improved speed, the Internet Explorer 8 web browser, Windows Media Center, and HomeGroup networking.

Features gained by moving up to the Professional edition include Windows XP Mode, which allows you to run legacy applications in a true virtualization of Windows XP. You'll also be able to join Domains, which is often a requirement for connecting to corporate networks. Finally, the Professional edition adds the ability to backup your system to a home or business network.

Both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating system are included on the disc, allowing you to install the edition which best suits your needs.

User Interface Enhancements

An improved taskbar allows you to launch programs and switch between them when they're open. You can pin any program to the taskbar, making it just a click away. Rearrange icons via clicking and dragging, Icons are bigger than in previous versions, making them easier to identify. Hover over an icon and view thumbnails of every file or window that is currently open in that program; hover over the thumbnail and see a full-screen preview of that window. Move the cursor away, and the preview disappears.
Jump Lists allow you to quickly reach files with which you've been working. Simply right-click an application icon to see which files it has recently opened. You can even pin files to a Jump List, ensuring they always appear on it, allowing you to access frequently-used files with only a few clicks.

Certain programs, including Windows Media Player, can pre-populate their Jump Lists with common tasks. You can play all of your music or resume the most recently played playlist via the Media Player Jump List. In Internet Explorer, frequently-visited and recently-visited websites will appear.
There are numerous Desktop enhancements present in Windows 7. Snaps allows you to quickly grab a window and pull it to either edge of your screen, automatically resizing the window to occupy half of your screen.

You can also quickly view gadgets, or grab a file from your desktop. Move your mouse to the lower right corner of your desktop and all open Windows will become transparent. Need to hide all but one window? Grab the one you would like to keep at the top and shake it, all other windows will hide. Shake the window again, and they'll return.
Windows Search has been improved since its introduction in Windows Vista. You'll be able to find files, e-mail messages, and applications via the search box, conveniently located at the bottom of the Start menu. Simply enter a word or a string of letters from the file name: you'll receive an organized list of results.

Search results are organized by file type. Programs, items in your control panel, documents, music, and photos that match your search will be grouped together by file type. You can further customize search results via filters: filter by creation date, document author, and more.
Windows 7 includes Internet Explorer 8, the latest iteration of Microsoft's popular web browser. Rendering web pages much faster than previous versions, IE8 includes an address bar, search tabs, and a Favorites bar to help you better navigate the web.

Instant Search starts returning results as soon as you start typing your query. In addition to searching the web, the search also looks through your browsing history, making it easier to locate a previously-visited page. There is no need to wait for a search to complete if you see your result beforehand: simply click on the page you'd like to visit and IE will take you there.

Accelerators allow you to highlight any part of a web page, and feed it into a frequently-used service as a search. See an address on a web page? Highlight it, and use an Accelerator to immediately display a map. You'll have access to Accelerators for e-mail, eBay, Facebook, blogging, mapping, search, translation, and more.

IE8 also supports Web Slices. Allowing you to capture only a portion of a web site, you can create web slices for auction items, sports scores, weather reports, and more. When the content contained in the slice changes, it will be highlighted in your Favorites Bar.
Device management has been greatly enhanced in Windows 7. Rather than spreading devices across several different screens, as had been done in previous versions of Windows, you'll be able to access all of your devices from one screen. The Devices and Printers screen will allow you to manage all of your printers, phones, peripherals, MP3 players, and other devices.

Windows 7 also features Device Stage technology. Use Device Stage to interact with any compatible device that is connected to your computer. You'll be able to view device status, and run common tasks from a single window. Device icons reflect the type of peripheral, allowing you to easily see what is connected.
While most folks with multiple computers already have a home network setup for Internet sharing, it is often difficult to share other files between computers. Enter HomeGroup. You'll be able to use this function to more easily setup a home network, allowing you to share printers and files among all of the computers in your home.
Joining networks can often cause a headache, especially for users who have access to different networks in different locations. Whether it be a corporate network, a VPN, your home Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, or dial-up, all of your networks are visible in the View Available Networks (VAN) window. You'll have one-click access to any available network, and you can configure automatic connection to frequently-used networks.

Performance and Compatibility

Windows 7 is optimized so that PCs start up, shut down, and resume from standby faster than previous versions. Added features, including the aforementioned Taskbar and Jump Lists, allow you to complete common tasks. You'll be able to use the Action Center to control how the OS notifies you of systems changes. Windows 7 helps you recover from problems when they occur, walking you through the steps necessary to address common issues.
Mobile computers rely on an all-too-often anemic battery for power. Windows 7 features a number of power-saving enhancements, designed to prolong battery life. Adaptive display brightness dims a display when you've been away from your PC, and playing DVD movies requires less power than in previous versions of Windows.
We all have existing hardware and software, and it is essential that they work with a new operating system as well as they did with the old. Most devices that work with Windows Vista will work with windows 7. Microsoft has implemented a "Compatible with Windows 7" program, which allows manufacturers to place a logo on devices and applications that are compatible with the OS. You'll also be able to run many productivity and business applications that carry the Windows XP logo. Additional software to do so is available as a free download from Microsoft.
In past versions, Windows would notify you via a pop-up or other message if there was something that needed attention on your computer. Instead of using intrusive pop-up messages, Windows 7 simply adds an icon to the Action Center.

Entertainment Features

Windows Media Center allows you to watch TV, movies, and other types of video on your computer. When used with TV tuner hardware, it allows you to record television programming. It features a streamlined programming guide, which contains both standard and digital HD program lists.
With more and more media becoming available in digital formats, it is often desirable to stream media from your PC to your home theater. Windows 7 simplifies streaming, making it much easier to send media to compatible networked media devices.
Windows Media Player features a "Play To" feature, which allows you to push media to a compatible network device, while maintaining playback control from your computer. Typing away on the laptop and in the mood to listen to some music, but not through a pair of tinny computer speakers? Play To can send music to a networked stereo, Xbox 360, or other compatible device. You'll have full control over playback from the familiar Windows Media Player interface.
In a perfect world you could keep all of your movies, music, and photos on every computer you own. However, we all know that notebook hard drives are not always spacious enough to allow for this. With Windows 7, you can access media stored on your home computer from your laptop via the Internet. Simply connect to your home PC remotely and listen to music, view pictures, or watch videos over the Internet. Both systems must be using Windows 7, of course.
Windows Live Essentials, a free download for Windows 7 users, adds several features that were present in Windows Vista, but have been omitted from Windows 7. It adds supports for multiple e-mail accounts, digital photo editing, instant messaging, and online security.
Windows 7 adds support for touch-screen computers, including those that support multi-touch gestures. Larger, touch-friendly icons are present throughout the OS. Interact directly with the OS and applications via touch: control media playback, scroll through documents and web pages, resize windows, and pan and zoom across large photos.

Multi-touch technology allows you to control the screen with more than one finger. You can zoom in on an image by moving 2 fingers closer together, in a pinching motion, or zoom out by moving them apart. Rotate an image by rotating 1 finger around another, and right-click by holding 1 finger on your target and tapping the screen with a second.
Application Operating System
Compatibility PC
System Requirements Computer: 1 GHz
Memory: 1 GB (32-bit), 2 GB (64-bit)
Available Disk Space: 16 GB (32-bit), 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics: 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
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 1GB of RAM, an additional 15GB of available hard disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on
Music and sound require audio output

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MicrosoftWindows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit)
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

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    (5)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (15)
  • Easy to navigate (13)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Useful features (10)
  • Manages software collaboration well (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia (12)
    • Graphics & publishing (7)
    • Educational purposes (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (14), Budget shopper (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (10), Business (9)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (7), PC (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Meets my expectations!

    Win 7 Professional, in the 64 bit mode, is extremely fast. Photo imaging is the main application to be use, and it is a joy working with very large files. I strongly...Read complete review

    Win 7 Professional, in the 64 bit mode, is extremely fast. Photo imaging is the main application to be use, and it is a joy working with very large files. I strongly recommend increasing your computers ram to at least 6 gigs. Some of the functions are not as intuitive as I might like, So my learning curve needs to be increased (which takes time, of course). Because my previous OS was XP Prof (32bit) a clean install was required which has caused some problems with re-installing all my applications, even though I had backed up everything. Overall I am very pleased thus far.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Meh!

    It's Windows, what can I say. I hated to pollute my Mac with it, but work requires it. It installed on VMWare Fusion without any issues. B&H had the best price!

    It's Windows, what can I say. I hated to pollute my Mac with it, but work requires it. It installed on VMWare Fusion without any issues. B&H had the best price!

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    5.0

    Still better than Windows 8

    By peteinqueens

    from New York, NY

    Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

    I recently built a new computer and got Windows 7 Pro for it...runs very well and doesn't have all the annoyances of Windows 8. Maybe Windows 9 will be better?

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    5.0

    Great service from B & H

    By Traveler

    from Seattle

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Useful Features

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Graphics & Publishing
      • Multimedia

      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

      I received it quickly from B & H in great condition. I am upgrading from Windows XP as with the latest version of Photoshop CS6, I'm limited to 3 gigs of ram. This version also offers, with free upload from Microsoft, XP Mode for running older programs which aren't compatible with Windows 7.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      32/64 bit Complete install package

      By Pops

      from SW Ohio

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Navigate
      • Manages Software Collaboration Well
      • Powerful
      • Useful Features

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Educational Purposes
        • Graphics & Publishing
        • Home Recording Studio App
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

        Having upgraded my desktop computer to today's standard, I found the Win 7 Professional did everything expected for NEWER applications but lacked the ability (even in Virtual XP Mode [very slow]) to run and maintain apps I don't want to give up that are 8 & 16 bit programs. However ... having to give up a great deal of memory was an OK trade off to obtain a FULL INSTALL of 32 bit Win7. Phone converstaions for info were precise and I am 100% satisfied with B&H!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        Windows 7 Professional

        By qq

        from San Francisco, ca

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Navigate

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

            Easy to install. Runs well on MacOSX using VMware-Fusion4. Works as expected.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            64 bit performance

            By Walt

            from Belle Haven, VA

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Manages Software Collaboration Well
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Educational Purposes
              • Graphics & Publishing
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

              Upgraded to 64 bit OS to allow for use of Adobe upgrades (CS6 and Lightroom)

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Much better than XP and Vista

              By Darkside

              from OKC

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • OfficeBusiness

                Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                I think the 64 bit is much faster.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Great Price!

                By Phillipa

                from Freehold, New Jersey

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Navigate
                • Useful Features

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Educational Purposes

                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                  B&H was wonderful to deal with. Fast delivery and very helpful site. I love working on my Windows 7.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  good

                  By tgello

                  from litchfield,CT

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Navigate
                  • Manages Software Collaboration Well

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Office use w parallels

                    Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                    Have had no problems with windows 7. We run it on our macs with parallels.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    4.0

                    Overall, pretty good

                    By Amick Racing

                    from Rapid City, SD

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Navigate
                    • Useful Features

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Graphics & Publishing
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                      I'm not a super technical guy, but overall windows 7 has helped my computer quite a bit (upgraded from xp).

                      Very fast shipping from B&H, I'm looking forward to doing business here again.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      No surprises - its just windows

                      By Paul W

                      from Hot Sprilngs Village, AR

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Any PC use

                        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                        Win7l is way better than Vista which I have run for 2 plus years at work. I am now giving up XP at home after 6 plus years. Just time to move on.

                        Installed this inside Fusion 4 on Mac Pro machine.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Works great in a Mac partition!

                        By Captainjim

                        from Melbourne, FL

                        About Me Value Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Navigate
                        • Powerful
                        • Useful Features

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Graphics & Publishing
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                          Now I have the latest Mac and PC operating systems - on the same machine!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          I like this product.

                          By Maret

                          from Bloofield, NJ

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Powerful
                          • Useful Features

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                            Very easy to use this product

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Meh!

                            By Mac User

                            from St. Paul, MN

                            About Me Value Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • It's running on a VM

                            Cons

                            • It's Windows

                            Best Uses

                            • Door Stop

                            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                            It's Windows, what can I say. I hated to pollute my Mac with it, but work requires it. It installed on VMWare Fusion without any issues. B&H had the best price!

                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            ultimate

                            By douglasb

                            from sao paulo, brazil

                            About Me Value Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Easy To Navigate
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                              updated, easy to use. stable.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Great Operating System

                              By Marvil

                              from Duluth, Minnesota

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Easy To Navigate
                              • Manages Software Collaboration Well
                              • Powerful
                              • Useful Features

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Graphics & Publishing
                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                                Bought this for my son who is refurbishing a computer for an elderly lady in out church. Love this product, Microsoft products have proved reliable to my family over the years.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Best Microsoft Operating System Yet

                                By Atltraveller

                                from Atlanta, GA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Navigate
                                • Manages Software Collaboration Well
                                • Powerful
                                • Useful Features

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Educational Purposes
                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                                  [...]. My son wanted this operating system to upgrade from Vista as he was going to college. I have previously used Windows XP. This operating system finally lives up to the promises that Microsoft has made over the years and was worth the money. No problems to date whatsoever.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  One More Microsoft Product

                                  By MC

                                  from New Milford, CT

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install

                                  Cons

                                  • Networking is a nightmare

                                  Best Uses

                                  • If you like challange

                                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                                  Stick with Windows XP (the-evil-you-know thing)!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Good OS

                                  By Rob

                                  from Chehalis, WA

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Navigate
                                  • Manages Software Collaboration Well
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Multimedia

                                    Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                                    Smooth installation (using 64-bit) and, so far, pretty reliable operation. I have seen a couple "blue screens" and it may not wake up from sleep mode after non-use so I don't leave programs up with unsaved work but, overall, neither of these are frequent enough to be a real concern with all of the thnings that work so well.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Windows 7

                                    By Raybo

                                    from Madison, NJ

                                    About Me Value Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Easy To Navigate
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                                        Loads fast, very stable, big improvement over Vista. Well worth the money.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome but can be a pain to install

                                        By Disgrace

                                        from Stafford, VA

                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Navigate
                                        • Manages Software Collaboration Well
                                        • Powerful
                                        • Useful Features

                                        Cons

                                        • Crashes or Freezes
                                        • Difficult to install

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Multimedia

                                        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit):

                                        It is a pain when you try to install this in a computer with other hardrives. I had to disconnect the others to be able to install on new hardrive. Dont know if it was a Windows or IE8 problem but it kept on BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) and rebooting.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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