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MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 FAQs

Should I get Windows 7 on a new PC, or upgrade the one I have?
Windows 7 is designed to make new technology, including advances in digital media, hardware and devices, really shine. We partner with the top PC manufacturers to help ensure that Windows 7 will work well with your new PC. And rest assured, moving into a new PC is simple.

Can I upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7?
Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC can run Windows 7. If you choose to install Windows 7 on a PC running Windows XP, you'll need to back up your PC, install Windows 7, then reinstall your programs, files and settings. Windows Easy Transfer is a free tool you can use to copy your information (but not programs) from your PC and then put them back after you install Windows 7.

Can I upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7?
Windows 7 is designed to run well on PCs running Windows Vista. Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC can run Windows 7.

Which edition of Windows 7 is right for me?
Generally speaking, if you use your PC strictly at home and for entertainment, Windows 7 Home Premium is a good choice. If you plan to do work on your home PC, Windows 7 Professional is a good alternative. If you want it all, get Windows 7 Ultimate.

Here's where you can get more information about what's in each edition and compare them side by side.

Is there a difference between the upgrade and the full product?
If you're running a genuine version of Windows XP or Windows Vista, you qualify for an upgrade copy of Windows 7. When you buy Windows 7, you can choose between the upgrade and full version. Both include the same features. If you have Windows XP or Windows Vista on your PC, you can use the upgrade version. If you don't, you'll need to get the full version.

Can I run my Windows XP programs on Windows 7?
Generally speaking, Windows 7 supports programs compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. Some specific productivity programs designed for Windows XP, may require you to download Windows XP Mode (requires Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate). If you're having problems running older software with Windows 7, this information may help.

Will my hardware and software work?
Windows 7 is designed to be compatible with the most popular hardware and software products you use every day.

What are the system requirements?
If you're checking system requirements because you want to see if your PC can run Windows 7, the best way to check is to download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

Meanwhile, here's what you need:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • Internet access (fees may apply)
  • Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware
  • For some Windows Media Center functionality, a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required
  • Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware
  • HomeGroup requires a network of PCs running Windows 7
  • DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive
  • BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive
  • Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM, an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualisation with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on
  • Music and sound require audio output

Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.