The Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit) / Parallels Desktop B&H Kit provides both the Windows 7 OS and a Parallels Desktop software installation from B&H Photo in one convenient package.
Windows 7 Home Premium, the long-awaited successor to the Windows Vista operating system, adds many features which simplify the way you use your PC, as well as the way that your PC connects to the world. The improved OS features better desktop navigation, greater 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. An improved taskbar enables you to launch programs and switch between them when they're open. You can hover over an icon and view thumbnails of every file or window currently open in that program, or hover over the thumbnail to see a full-screen preview. With the Jump Lists feature, just right-click an application icon to see which files it has recently opened, so you can quickly access them again. This feature also applies to your recently-visited websites on Internet Explorer.
Desktop improvements include Snaps, a dragging and resizing option, as well as a way to show and hide windows quickly and conveniently. Windows Search now lets you find files, e-mail messages, and applications via the search box.
Internet Explorer 8 renders web pages much faster than previous versions and features a Favorites bar to help you better navigate to your preferred locations on the web. Get faster results with Instant Search, and use Accelerators to feed any part of a web page into a frequently-used service as a search. With Web Slices, capture just part of a web site, creating "slices" for auction items, sports scores, weather reports and more!
Now, you can access all of your devices from one screen, and with Device Stage technology, easily interact with any compatible device that is connected to your computer. HomeGroup lets you more easily setup a home network, enabling you to share printers and files among all of your PCs. Enjoy one-click access to any available network in the View Available Networks (VAN) window.
With Windows 7, your PC will start up, shut down, and resume from standby faster than with previous versions. Power-saving enhancements prolong your computer's battery life. In terms of compatibility, most devices that work with Windows Vista will work with windows 7. Say goodbye to intrusive pop-up messages; your OS now alerts you to important issues via its Action Center.
Let's talk entertainment. Windows Media Center lets you watch TV, movies and other video right on your PC. You can record television programming with optional TV tuner hardware (not included). Windows 7 also simplifies streaming, making it much easier to send media to compatible networked media devices. The "Play To" feature allows you to push media to a compatible network device, while maintaining playback control from your computer! Access media stored on your home computer from your laptop via the Internet. Windows Live Essentials, available via free download, adds support for multiple e-mail accounts, digital photo editing, instant messaging, and online security. You'll also enjoy support for touch-screen computers, and multi-touch technology allows you to control the screen with more than one finger.
The Parallels Desktop Installation from B&H Photo will allow you to seamlessly run Microsoft Windows within Mac OS X. B&H will install and configure the software. This is for setup only; Microsoft Windows and Parallels Desktop software are sold separately. Please call, e-mail or chat with one of our pros if you need further assistance.