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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD

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  • Improved Desktop Navigation
  • Windows Search
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Media Center
  • HomeGroup Networking
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Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD 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 Home Premium edition of Windows 7 is designed to meet the needs of the modern home. Designed with entertainment and Internet use in mind, the OS features improved desktop navigation, improved speed, the Internet Explorer 8 web browser, Windows Media Center, and HomeGroup networking. 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 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.
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 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (14)
  • Easy to navigate (9)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Fast (6)
  • Manages software collaboration well (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia (8)
    • Home use (6)
    • Educational purposes (5)
    • Business (3)
    • Graphics & publishing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (14), Budget shopper (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (12), Business (5)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (6), Mac (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than Windows 8

    I used this for a fresh install with parallels 8 for Mac. Pretty much plug n play, very straight forward. Not many things that aren't Good about it and very easy to learn...Read complete review

    I used this for a fresh install with parallels 8 for Mac. Pretty much plug n play, very straight forward. Not many things that aren't Good about it and very easy to learn if you are upgrading from vista or xp. It is also easy to use if you are creating Virtual Machines.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Hated to spend the money on Windows

    I needed Windows to run Parallels on my Mac, and I hated to spend the money on a product that is so inferior to the Mac OS. If only all software came with a...Read complete review

    I needed Windows to run Parallels on my Mac, and I hated to spend the money on a product that is so inferior to the Mac OS. If only all software came with a Mac version . . .

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Better than Windows 8

    By Alex

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Easy To Navigate
    • Fast
    • Great Value
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Educational Purposes

      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

      I used this for a fresh install with parallels 8 for Mac. Pretty much plug n play, very straight forward. Not many things that aren't Good about it and very easy to learn if you are upgrading from vista or xp. It is also easy to use if you are creating Virtual Machines.

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

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      5.0

      Had to purchase this for my mac

      By Benjammin

      from New York

      About Me Value Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Slows Down System

      Best Uses

      • Educational Purposes

      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

      I use this on my Mac with bootcamp.

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

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      5.0

      Great deal, as advertised!!!

      By Tom

      from CT

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Great Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business
        • Home Use
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

        Excellent price and very quick delivery!!!

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

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tired of Windows 8

        By Steve Berger Photographic

        from Cincinnati, Ohio

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Navigate
        • Fast
        • Great Value
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Use

          Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

          Got Win7 and overwrote Win 8. Happy now.

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

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Windows 7 Home Premium

          By Vic

          from Sarasota Florida

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Stable Familiar

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business
            • Home Use
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

            Stable with a more familiar user interface than new Windows 8. I prefer to stick to tried and true for the OS. Too many friends are going crazy with Windows 8 install issues.

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

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            5.0

            Very satisfied

            By Tootechnot

            from Sauquoit, NY

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Navigate
            • Fast
            • Great Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Use

              Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

              My cousin suggested I buy the product from B&H. The person who took my order was very exact and my order shipped almost immediately. Would definitely buy from B&H again.

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

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              5.0

              Excellent Product

              By Bob The Photog

              from NJ

              About Me Value Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Navigate
              • Fast
              • Great Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Use

                Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                Use it for my Operating on my computer

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

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Windows 7 Home Premium - so far so good

                By Organic C

                from St. Paul, MN

                About Me Value Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Navigate
                • Fast

                Cons

                • Forced Obsolescence
                • PRICEY

                Best Uses

                • Business
                • Educational Purposes
                • Home Use
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                Loaded easily onto an SSD in a computer build and so far has worked fine. Has not been tested heavily for intensive programs yet. Many updates had to be loaded, but that was straightforward.

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

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                WIN 7 HOME

                By TOMS

                from VA

                About Me 15 years PC owner user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                      I PUSCHASED THE FULL VERSION FROM B&H. IT ALLOWED ME TO BOOT FROM THE WIN 7 DISC, PARTION MY HARD DRIVE, RE-FORMAT MY HARD DRIVE & DO A FULL CLEAN INSTALL. IT RUNS SMOOTH BUT IS NO FASTER THEN EARLIER VERSIONS. NOTWITHSTANDING, GOOD PRICE FROM B&H FAST SERVICE AND QUICK DRLIVERY. ALSO, I CAN'T FIND A WAY TO CREAT A SYS RESTORE POINT, HOWEVER, IT DOSE CREATE A WIN 7 BOOT DISK.
                      NOTE: ACER NOTEBOOK, AMD TRUION 8 YEARS OLD.

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                      4.0

                      Jump from XP to Windows 7 is good so far

                      By V the Dad

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me A DIY dad

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                            Old HD crashed on XP (oem) so I purchased a new HD and Windows 7 as Windows 8 release is too far away. OS Install was easy and done in minutes. Not too many things installed in PC, just Microsoft Office 2010 for my kids. Things generally have been working better with Windows 7. I only have issues with IE9 where text overlaps with each other when scrolling the screen - may not be a Windows 7 issue but I thought I'd bring it up. Also, my kids sometimes get a blue screen (or shut offs) while playing flash heavy online games, but then again it might be more of a hardware issue than Windows 7, as this PC experienced it under XP as well. Pretty happy though with the upgrade to Windows 7 in general.

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Good price

                            By Slim

                            from Sydney

                            About Me Computer enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                  I bought this copy to install via VMware on my Macbook Air. It works perfectly fine.

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I Love Windows 7

                                  By Sally

                                  from Odessa, Texas

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                  Windows 7 is easy to use. Very intuitive and many ugrades that I find useful.

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Better than it was

                                  By Fran down south

                                  from Bluffton, SC

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                  Much faster now!

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  windows 7 home premium 64 bit free downl

                                  By arif

                                  from san

                                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                  i like windows 7 home Premium

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great Price, [...]

                                  By Alan

                                  from Mission Viejo, CA

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Useful Features

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                      Used it for a new system build. No problems.

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

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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Best Win OS

                                      By Mannah

                                      from Orlando, FL

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Educational Purposes
                                        • Graphics & Publishing
                                        • Multimedia

                                        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                        Easy to install and Installing

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

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                                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        It's Windows

                                        By John

                                        from New York, NY

                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Manages Software Collaboration Well

                                        Cons

                                        • Crashes or Freezes
                                        • Difficult To Navigate

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Multimedia

                                        Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                        I'm a Mac user, but recently I've needed to run bootcamp. Great install disk for it. I'm not crazy about the operating system personally, but that's probably because I'm not used to the interface.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        2.0

                                        Hated to spend the money on Windows

                                        By Star2

                                        from Waukesha, WI

                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult To Navigate

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                          I needed Windows to run Parallels on my Mac, and I hated to spend the money on a product that is so inferior to the Mac OS. If only all software came with a Mac version . . .

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

                                          Share this review

                                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Once it was installed, it was great

                                          By Biky

                                          from Sacramento,CA

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Manages Software Collaboration Well
                                          • Powerful
                                          • Useful Features

                                          Cons

                                          • Crashes or Freezes
                                          • Hard To Install or Upgrade

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                            It took me a while to figure out how to start my computer running on cd drive but once I did, 64-bit installation was a breeze. I'm loving using all of my installed ram.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            [...]

                                            By Julie

                                            from Caldwell, ID

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) DVD:

                                                  I haven't installed it yet, but just wanted to say that B&H always has a competitive price [...]

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                                                  • Personal

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