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Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)
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Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)
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Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate)
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Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)

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Price $67 to $460 at 4 stores $74 to $550 at 4 stores $118 to $424 at 3 stores $79 to $159 at 13 stores $87 to $124 at 6 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 90 reviews 3.5 stars out of 334 reviews 3.5 stars out of 50 reviews 2.0 stars out of 40 reviews 2.0 stars out of 292 reviews
Release date October 22, 2009 October 22, 2009 October 22, 2009 June 24, 2013 October 26, 2012
The Bottom Line Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now. Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now. Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now. If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year. Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.

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Packaged Quantity 1
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License Qty 1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
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Language(s) English
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License Type Complete package
Complete package
Complete package
Info unavailable Version upgrade package
Product Description Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - Complete package
Info unavailable Windows 8 Pro - Version upgrade package
Licensing Details 32/64-bit
32/64-bit
32/64-bit
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Media DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
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Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
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Package Type Retail
Retail
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