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Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate)

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

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Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)

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Windows Vista Ultimate

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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)

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Price $148 to $499 at 5 stores $124 to $375 at 5 stores $87 to $199 at 4 stores $149 at 1 store $79 to $202 at 9 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)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 50 reviews 3.5 stars out of 334 reviews 3.0 stars out of 90 reviews 2.0 stars out of 515 reviews 2.0 stars out of 292 reviews
Release date October 22, 2009 October 22, 2009 October 22, 2009 January 30, 2007 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. Windows Vista is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use. 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
1
1
1
1
License Qty 1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
Language(s) English
Info unavailable English
English
English
License Type Complete package
Complete package
Complete package
Complete package
Version upgrade package
Product Description Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Complete package
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate - Complete package
Windows 8 Pro - Version upgrade package
Licensing Details 32/64-bit
32/64-bit
32/64-bit
Info unavailable 32/64-bit
Media DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
License Pricing Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows 8 Pro
Package Type Retail
Retail
Retail
Retail
Retail
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