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Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)
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Microsoft Windows 8.1

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Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)

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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)

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4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 334 reviews 2.0 stars out of 40 reviews 3.0 stars out of 90 reviews 2.0 stars out of 292 reviews 3.5 stars out of 50 reviews
Release date October 22, 2009 June 24, 2013 October 22, 2009 October 26, 2012 October 22, 2009
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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License Qty 1 PC
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1 PC
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License Type Complete package
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Product Description Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - Complete package
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Windows 8 Pro - Version upgrade package
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - Complete package
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Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
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