Microsoft Windows 7 (Home, Upgrade) comparison

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Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)

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

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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)

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Price $80 to $323 at 4 stores $67 to $318 at 4 stores $74 to $550 at 4 stores $86 to $124 at 6 stores
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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: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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
Release date July 08, 2009 October 22, 2009 October 22, 2009 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. 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
License Qty 1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
Language(s) Info unavailable English
Info unavailable English
License Type Upgrade package
Complete package
Complete package
Version 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
Licensing Details 32/64-bit
32/64-bit
32/64-bit
32/64-bit
Media DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
DVD-ROM
License Pricing Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Windows 8 Pro
Package Type Retail
Retail
Retail
Retail
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