Microsoft Windows 7 (Home, Upgrade) comparison

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Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)

Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)
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Price $80 to $307 at 4 stores $67 to $276 at 4 stores $74 to $598 at 3 stores $70 to $119 at 6 stores $90 to $339 at 5 stores
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4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
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    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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Average user rating 5.0 stars out of 1 review 3.0 stars out of 90 reviews 3.5 stars out of 334 reviews 2.0 stars out of 292 reviews 0.5 stars out of 1 review
Release date July 08, 2009 October 22, 2009 October 22, 2009 October 26, 2012 July 08, 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. 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.

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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) Info unavailable English
Info unavailable English
English
License Type Upgrade package
Complete package
Complete package
Version upgrade package
Upgrade package
Product Description Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Upgrade package
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Complete package
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - Complete package
Windows 8 Pro - Version upgrade package
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - Upgrade package
Licensing Details 32/64-bit
32/64-bit
32/64-bit
32/64-bit
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 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Windows 8 Pro
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Package Type Retail
Retail
Retail
Retail
Retail
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