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Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista)

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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
  • BitLocker
  • Multilingual Support

Windows 7 Ultimate 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 Ultimate 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 or Professional editions of the software. These include improved desktop navigation, improved speed, the Internet Explorer 8 web browser, Windows Media Center, and HomeGroup networking.

Other carry-over features 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.

The Ultimate edition adds BitLocker, which allows you to encrypt data on your hard drive and other storage devices. Encrypting data is critical in environments where it is imperative that sensitive data does not fall into the wrong hands. You'll also be able configure the OS to use any of 35 languages, making the Ultimate edition an excellent choice for multilingual users.

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.

Note! *Service Pack 1 has been released for Windows 7 Ultimate, so it is recommended that you download this from Microsoft's website, if you purchase Windows 7 Ultimate.
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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.
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.
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.
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 is 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: 1GHz
Memory: 1GB (32-bit), 2GB (64-bit)
Available Disk Space: 16GB (32-bit), 20GB (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 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista)
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (23)
  • Easy to navigate (22)
  • Useful features (22)
  • Good power output (16)
  • Manages software collaboration well (13)

Cons

  • Hard to install or upgrade (6)

Best Uses

  • Multimedia (13)
  • Graphics & publishing (8)
  • Educational purposes (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (22), Budget shopper (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (23), Business (7)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

No problems so far ....

I purchased the Ultimate version (32bit) because I wanted to try all the bells and whistles on the recommendation of a beta-tester who thinks highly of the software. I have no disappointments to...Read complete review

I purchased the Ultimate version (32bit) because I wanted to try all the bells and whistles on the recommendation of a beta-tester who thinks highly of the software. I have no disappointments to pass along! The program was easy to install and it just seems like its faster than XP Pro. No program freezes like in Vista. So far there has been nothing to dislike. One particular feature that is neat is the folder on the task bar that allows quick access to all the drives I have on the computer: an extra internal and two external USB backups. One thing that wasn't so great was my frustration with connecting an external mixer to the line-in and speakers out but, after some experimenting, I figured it out. The point is the problem solving was much easier than I thought. One bit of advice. Windows 7 can make use of READY BOOST and I'm using a 4GB flash drive. A word of caution: check with your vendors to determine if your old software is compatible with Windows 7. I have a few that aren't but my main digital editing and Photoshop programs are good to go. So far, so good.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

So far better than Vista

A bit better than Vista, still wish I stayed with XP . . .definately overpriced! To think they charge such a high price for an ungrade no less and only offer one license....Read complete review

A bit better than Vista, still wish I stayed with XP . . .definately overpriced! To think they charge such a high price for an ungrade no less and only offer one license. So if you have more than one computer in the home, you take out a loan.

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5.0

Great speedy service from B&H

By Bob

from Ormond Beach, Florida

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accounting
    • Graphics & Publishing

    Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

    Upgraded from XP to Windows 7 because XP will not be supported in 2014.

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    • Personal
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    • PC

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    5.0

    Good price for the product.

    By BC

    from Marina del Rey, CA

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      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

          I needed to upgrade my system from Vista Ultimate to at least Windows 7 Ultimate in order to use Adobe Cloud products. So B&H had an upgrade available at a very good price. Haven't upgraded yet but I am sure all will go well.

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          3.0

          Upgrade because Adobe doesn't like Vista

          By Watta

          from New Jersey

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          Pros

          • Few If Any

          Cons

          • Almost Same As Vista
          • Hard To Install or Upgrade

          Best Uses

            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

            Can't upgrade in-place from Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Ultimate. What a mess. Vista was an upgrade from Win 2000 which uses NTFS 3.0 file structure (corresponds to NTFS 5.0 software). Win 7 won't accept NTFS 3.0. Microsoft says to perform a clean install...yeah, I wanna do that. As it turns out, Win XP will automatically update the NTFS 3.0 on older disks to NTFS 3.1. Unfortunately, I skipped XP when upgrading from Win 2000 to Vista...I guess Microsoft doesn't like that as they don't provide any other way (as far as I know) to upgrade the file system from NTFS 3.0 to 3.1. There is a program called Convert included with Windows, but it only works on FAT to NTFS - not NTFS 3.0 to 3.1. I tried all kinds of stuff - most backup and clone software copies the underlying file system too (all Acronis products). Finally found a free-ware program, XXClone, that works wonderfully... copied everything except the file system and made the disk bootable...what a great program. There is nothing really wrong with Win 7, it seems to work fine other than minor changes and annoyances that Microsoft likes to set as defaults so that we know they are trying...my favorite is "move the window anywhere close to the display edge and we'll make it full-screen"...who in world would want that?

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            4.0

            Nice upgrade to Windows XP

            By Reindeer

            from Brookings, OR

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Hard To Install or Upgrade

            Best Uses

            • Educational Purposes
            • Graphics & Publishing
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

            Yes, I'm one of those people who has been very resistant to upgrading their OS from Windows XP, especially after the Vista flop and concerns about backwards compatability. However with MS support for Windows XP ending next year and deciding it was tme to assemble a new machine, it was time to make the transition.

            Turns out that most of my concerns were for naught as pretty much all my apps installed fine and continue to run without issue. I opted to do a clean install with this software as my copy of Windows XP is 32 bit, and this time around decided that I wanted to go with 64 bit processing. Proble there is that Win7 64 bit will not recognize a 32 bit operating system during the upgrade process. For those who are wondering, yes this is a perfectly legal proceedure as my copy of XP is valid and genuine. The actual process of doing the clean install is actually pretty easy to do... plenty of information online on how to do it.

            As far as Windows 7 performance? I'm actually sorry I didn't make the transition sooner. It still operates and feels like the previous Windows platforms, but has obviously learned all the lessons from its prior incarnations. It's very clean, intuitive to follow.

            The reason I am giving it only four stars is that I did have problems with the updating process... I found that trying to get SP1 installed was a bit of a pain, and it took me several tries along with having to download the SURT (System Updating Readiness Tool) hotfix from Microsoft for it to download and install correctly.

            For those who have been hesitating on upgrading from Windows XP or Vista, and don't want to go with Windows 8 for various reasons, I say go for it... You might find yourself pleasently surprised! :-)

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            5.0

            Great buy

            By Jay

            from Marlboro, NJ

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            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Navigate
            • Useful Features

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                I bought this to upgrade my windows-vista home premium. The installation went smoothly and as expected booted few times before it went online and successfully activated the ultimate OS. I had made sure my hardware is upgradable by running the Microsoft's compatibility software. I was very happy with the product and BH service. I recommend this product to anyone trying to upgrade to get the best of the windows OS.

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                5.0

                Don't Like Windows 8 Tiles? Use Win 7!

                By Stephmipar

                from Oxnard, CA

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Navigate
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Educational Purposes
                  • Graphics & Publishing
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                  Windows 7 64bit is still the best operating system out there, if you just can't get used to Windows 8 tiles and want your desktop back, just use Windows 7 for a few years. Maybe, you will get use to the tiles or maybe Microsoft will give you a way to change it back, sure there are some add ons to bring the desktop back, but why not wait until they get it right?

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                  5.0

                  If you haven't upgraded, do it now.

                  By PJ

                  from Seattle, WA

                  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
                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                    Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 results in a dramatic increase in performance. If you computer can run Vista it meets the requirements to run Windows 7. Run the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor first to see if your programs are compatible. Most programs are compatible. Some programs and drivers will need to be upgraded. The the links to the upgrades are in the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor report. To get the Upgrade Advisor, just type 'Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor' in your search engine.

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                    5.0

                    Best version of Win 7, great B&H price

                    By Rich

                    from Morris, NJ

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Useful Features

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                      I didn't want to upgrade to Win 7 or 8 really, but for my video editing (Vegas 12), I had to. I went to B&H's site and saw this great deal on Win 7 Ultimate. I had to do a fresh install as you can't upgrade from XP with this, but that was fine with me. Works great, and it's always good to deal with B&H and know that you're getting a great deal with a reputable seller.

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                      3.0

                      Upgrade Not So Simple

                      By Win

                      from Bergen County, NJ

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                      I purchased this to convert Vista Ultimate to W7 Ultimate. I experienced problems with Microsoft's own IE explorer after installation where IE8 and IE9 were not loading correctly and slowly. I did an online search about this and found that others had similar issues. In addition, I still use AOL Desktop and that did not work after conversion to W7. This again was something that others seemed to have issue with when converting to W7. After hours of trying ideas from online advise, uninstalling/reinstalling, systems restoring, etc., it seems that there were two main things that caused the problem - java and aol connectivity service (ACS). Basically, these both had to be reset by removal and reinstallation.
                      Prior to conversion, I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and it did not mention these particular issue I ended up having.
                      It has only been a couple of days since I finally stablized my issues and things seem to work fine now, but the road to getting there should have been a bit simpler.
                      W7 seems to load faster than Vista. The UI is similar with little things that take some getting used to like when dragging a window to the screen edge, the window expands to fill the entire screen. In Vista, this did not happen for me so now I have to be careful when dragging when I want multiple screens visible. I have inadvertently dragged windows to the edge causing full page expansion which gets really annoying.
                      I am ok with the upgrade now that things seem to work fine, but would have stayed with Vista and not gone through the conversion time except for new equipment requirements that needed minimum W7 OS. Probably over time, I will appreciate W7 more, but don't have that wow feeling about it right now.
                      One other thing, previously had Adobe Acrobat 7 on Vista with the primary benefit of printing to PDF. The printing to pdf feature will not work with W7 and I must buy a newer version for this feature. Alternatively, I installed primopdf which seems to be working ok to convert my docs to pdf and is free. Other free software is available for this so just do a web search.

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                      5.0

                      Best deal on Win7 Ultimate

                      By JC

                      from Northern California

                      About Me Value Oriented

                      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 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                        Finally decided to upgrade from my aging XP machine. I build my own machine, so I searched and searched and surprisingly B&H had the lowest price on the Win7 Ult upgrade CD. Less than [$] and B&H a reliable company with fantastic reputation - made it an easy decision for me.As always, B&H is superb both pre and post sale. Painless transaction thru their site. Delivery was fast with tracking information. Yes, I'm also an avid photographer and I buy all my photo equipment from them.The OS itself is very stable, so no complaints here. I dont know if I will upgrade to Win8 next year.(2013) or keep Win7 for now.Happy buyer here. Five stars all the way.

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                        4.0

                        Economical upgrade: Win Vista to Win 7

                        By Daniel

                        from Orrville, OH

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Hard To Install or Upgrade
                        • Remove old HW reg keys

                        Best Uses

                        • Web surfing
                        • Word processing

                        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                        I wanted to upgrade my Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit) PC to Windows 7. Decide to purchase the Win 7 Upgrade from B & H Photo because they had the best price I could find.

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                        • Personal
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                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Win 7 Works

                        By MPC105

                        from Savannah, GA

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                          This product works well for media which is my primary use. Boots faster than Vista from which I upgraded. Still clunky compared to latest linux.
                          Buying form B&H is always a treat. Easy, fast and fair priced.

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                          5.0

                          So easy, your kids can do it!!!

                          By Espino3rd

                          from Manhattan, NY

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Reduces Audio

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                            I purchased the OS software at the recommendation of my big brother and after conducting discovery on CNET.com. The Vista Ultimate took a long time to load and it consumes a large amount of resources. What's great about the product is that not only does it seamlessly installed but also it is everything that Vista was intended to be and then some. The only thing I do not care about so far is that it does not improve the audio output even on high end computer speakers. I can live with that but the overall purpose was achieved. Thanks Microsoft!!! Let's see what you will come up with NEXT!!.

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                            3.0

                            Upgrade Installation Stalled

                            By MC

                            from Philadelphia PA

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Hard To Install or Upgrade

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                                The OS is fine so far, but after 12+ hours attempting to complete an upgrade from Windows Vista Business Edition I gave up and did a clean install - not convenient. And no error messages or progress messages at any point in the process - screen went black and stayed black. The clean install, after reformat, completed in a reasonable time.

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                                5.0

                                Far Superior to Vista

                                By Tim

                                from Fort Mill, SC

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Navigate
                                • Useful Features

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                                    Painless upgrade from Vista, and the computer operates so much faster and easier. B&H had the best price on this upgrade; no reason to shop elsewhere.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great software!!

                                    By Annie Miami

                                    from Miami, FL

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Easy To Navigate
                                    • Useful Features

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Educational Purposes

                                      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                                      We couldn't be happier with this software. It is super easy to use and functional!

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                                      • Personal
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                                      5.0

                                      Finally! A good replacement for XP!

                                      By David

                                      from Grand Rapids, MI

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                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Business and Home use

                                        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                                        Installation onto OCZ's RevoDrive went great! You will need to driver for the drive on a flash drive before you get started, because the installation will ask for any drivers you may need to add. It will not be able to install to the drive without them. Win7 64-bit boots in 10 seconds with it this drive, and that's without optimizing.[...]

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                                        5.0

                                        Truly Ultimate!!!!

                                        By hibbs

                                        from Charlotte, NC

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Educational Purposes

                                          Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                                          Just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7, "Night and Day difference". I use the language portion extensively and have truly found it invaluable. Cruising through the Windows 7 software is like swimming in the ocean with goggles on, so much easier to "see" the view of the product as it was developed for. As noted above, it is Truly the Ultimate software to experience.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          4.0

                                          helpful upgrade

                                          By Ask Andy

                                          from Kalamazoo, MI

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                          • Few hours to install

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                                            Nothing like trying to do business on a laptop that keeps crashing. Every moment waiting on the computer to reboot, or complete a task when it is frozen, is money out the door. I searched all over the web for the best price on upgrading my Windows Vista business ed. so as to stop the down time, and found the best deals with the company I trust more than any other out there. The upgrade took a little longer than I was hoping, but my laptop is up and running, not waddling, for the first time in a long time.I would recommend going to Microsoft's site first and running a compatibility test before purchasing, which I did as well. Overall, I have not had a crash yet, knock-on-wood, and all my software has run great.[...]I would recommend not only this upgrade, but B&H to anyone, even my mother.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business

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                                            4.0

                                            For being held hostage by Ultimate, OK.

                                            By Mr. Advice

                                            from Glenwood Springs, CO

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Useful Features

                                            Cons

                                            • Hard To Install or Upgrade

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32- or 64-bit) (Upgrade from XP or Vista):

                                              While pricey, and taking up half my day to upgrade (dealing with upgrading old drivers for one Xerox printer, long file conversion times, etc.), Windows 7 has a few things like Live Mesh, for synchronizing files with your laptop, a MUCH better taskbar operation, windows handling, and the wireless Homegroup setup for networking locally, that I feel Windows 7 was a wise investment. I'm already saving time, and that's the one thing I am always in short supply of. Four stars only because I wanted Home Premium or Professional, but once you get into Ultimate, Microsoft only allows you to upgrade to another Ultimate; I don't speak 35 languages, nor need Bit-Locker when I have Norton Ghost, and I did not like not being given the choice to get the Home Premium 3 pack... as I have a desktop, laptop and netbook, all of which I use. So, hint... stick with Home Premium if you can.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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