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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade

  • Windows 7 Professional (includes 32 & 64-bit versions) lets you run Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode,
  • Recover data easily with automatic backups to your home or business network, connect to company networks effortlessly and more securely
  • Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation;
  • Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often

Windows 7 Professional Upgrade

List Price: $ 199.99

Price: $ 133.99

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  1. 307 of 319 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth the Wait, October 22, 2009
    By 
    Just Anonymous (Georgia, USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
      

    I’ll admit, I’ve been running Windows 7 for six months now: the preproduction version of it and have just upgraded to the gold code. So I have quite a bit of experience with the operating system. Let’s get to the nitty gritty:

    Should you upgrade from Windows Vista? YES! I mean it – upgrade today.
    Windows 7 is quite simply faster, more stable, boots faster, goes to sleep faster, comes back from sleep faster, manages your files better and on top of that it’s beautiful to look at and easy to use. Even the preproduction version of Windows 7 was better than my Vista with SP2.

    Should you upgrade from Windows XP? Maybe, but for different reasons.
    XP is a good operating system and if you don’t need to add new hardware or software, XP is good. However, XP is old as an operating system. Also chances are that if you’re running XP, you might not meet the minimum requirements for Windows 7 – check the compatibility site at Microsoft to see if your system will support Windows 7. That said, Windows 7 is light years ahead of Windows XP in terms of functionality, ease of use, etc – to me it’s worth buying a new system.

    64 bit or 32 bit?
    If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s ok skip this section. If you have a core2 duo or core 2 quad or a multi cpu machine, go with the 64 bit OS, it handles memory and the CPUs much better. If you have a single core CPU, one CPU or run special programs that require 32bit, then stick with 32 bit for now.

    BEFORE INSTALLATION:
    I recommend you have:
    -a core 2 duo or core 2 quad machine
    -4gig of RAM (That’s about $50 in today’s market)
    -good hard drive with (200 gig – it doesn’t need that much but that’s another $50)
    -back up your files to a USB drive like Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WDME5000TN (Midnight Black)
    -check to make sure your computer is compatible with Windows 7

    INSTALLATION:
    Installation was very straight forward. You put in the CD and reboot your machine. You might have to enter your bios and enable the “boot from CD” option. Once the machine reboots a nice screen comes up to guide you through the installation. You have the option to upgrade your PC or do a clean installation. I did an upgrade and it brought in all of my files and settings from my windows Vista system. It worked great.
    The upgrade did take about 2 hours for me so definitely consider.
    I noticed that early on in the installation the operating system went out to Microsoft’s site to look for the latest and greatest updates, so I think this should help Microsoft respond quickly to any hiccups with compatibility.

    WHAT DOESN’T WORK:
    The driver from my old HP Inkjet printer for 2001 doesn’t work on Windows 7 so there are some things that will not transition. I had to use a generic HP driver which doesn’t give me the quality that I got from an injet – so overall, I’m up and running with that printer but I’m degraded on the inkjet front. That said, I recently upgraded to a HP CP2025DN Color LaserJet Printer that I love so no real loss there. I’ll likely pick up a cheap inkjet for the occasional photo that I might need to print. Everything else upgraded.

    BENEFITS
    -faster boot time
    -faster go to sleep
    -faster wakeup
    -faster about 20% to 30% faster at running applications than my Vista – seriously (but those are my results without any benchmarks or anything like that, just seeing how fast Adobe Illustrator loads, and how fast all the applications respond)
    -joining wireless networks is much easier
    -the interface is just plain beautiful
    -my wallpapers are now a slideshow that can be set to change every few minutes (I’m not stuck with the same picture)
    -Gadgets – these are wonderful little small applications that you can drag onto your desktop. I have a weather gadget and a calendar gadget on my desktop that tell me
    -Better taskbar management – hovering over the taskbar icons shows me mini windows of what’s running
    -Better file management – I can organize my files into Libraries that are sortable not only by type but by folder or other data. It’s great! I can browse through my presentations or illustrator files!
    -Windows Media appears to be smoother which I love.
    -You get some virus protection and firewall with Windows 7 but consider something more comprehensive like McAfee Total Protection 3User

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  2. 135 of 138 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Plan Before you Buy, November 1, 2009
    By 
    Pyanfar Chanur (USA) –
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    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
      

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    If you’re looking at Ultimate, chances are it’s for one of these three reasons:

    1) You have Vista Ultimate and don’t want to lose all your programs/settings (more on this in a moment)
    2) You want BitLocker hardware-level encryption. You’ll need to do some tinkering with a USB key or have hardware that supports it (see comments to this review for details)
    3) You regularly work in multiple languages and need to easily switch from one to the other

    Unlike Vista Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate doesn’t offer DreamScenes or any other eye candy different from its cousins Home and Pro. In fact, if you were a fan of the Windows Vista DreamScenes, you should know that you will be losing them when you step up to Windows 7.

    Some very important things you need to know about upgrading:

    1) There are two types of upgrade: “in-place” (where a Vista machine upgrades to 7 and you get to keep all your programs) and “clean” (where you lose all your old programs and settings).
    2) Anyone going from XP to 7 will have to go “clean”.
    3) Anyone going from a different Vista to 7 (for example, Vista Home up to 7 Pro, or Vista Ultimate down to 7 Home) will also have to go “clean”.
    4) Anyone going from any Home or Business Vista to 7 Ultimate can do an in-place upgrade.
    5) Enterprise Vista can only upgrade to Enterprise 7.
    6) You cannot do an “in-place” upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.

    If you have to do 2) or 3), all is not lost–I’ll explain in a moment.

    Before you even buy a 7 upgrade for your machine, stop by Microsoft’s website for two things:

    a) download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Run it with every device connected to the machine that you’ll ever want to use in 7. It’ll thoroughly examine your machine for any roadblocks and give you good advice about upgrading. Even very new machines will have one or two programs that need some checking.
    b) Go to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center and double-check anything that came up negative in the Upgrade Advisor (or didn’t show up at all). This site lists detailed compatibility info on a LOT of different devices.

    Anything major, like a video card or sound card driver, I’d recommend double-checking with the manufacturer’s website to be sure. This almost burned me on two of the machines that I upgraded.

    Last, make a backup. There’s a free tool called Macrium Reflect that can do this for you.

    Do you have to do a “clean” install, but just want to carry over your user accounts and settings? Microsoft makes a program called Windows Easy Transfer that’s already in Vista (and XP users can download it from Microsoft) that will export your accounts and settings and let you import them back again. It’s very easy to use and does a good job of putting your accounts back together again, even going from XP to 7.

    Do you have to do the “clean” install, and you don’t want to reinstall all your programs? Laplink has an offer for $19.95 that will let you use a special version of their program “PC Mover” to upgrade one machine one time. Read the documentation in detail.

    The most important thing to doing a “clean” install is that in the Upgrade setup you choose “Custom”. Windows will take all of your major files and place them in a folder called “Windows.old”. PC Mover and the Easy Transfer program will use this folder to reconstruct your system from, so this is VERY important.

    I wish I had more space to go into detail here…bottom line is, if you plan ahead a bit, upgrading to 7 will go very easily (and if it doesn’t, you’ll have something to fall back on).

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  3. 245 of 261 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Here Comes Windows 7, October 22, 2009
    By 
    Ed (San Francisco Bay Area) –
    (TOP 100 REVIEWER)
      

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    This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade (DVD-ROM)

    Here comes Windows 7, nearly three years after Windows Vista and eight years after Windows XP. By most accounts, Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. Do we finally have a worthy successor to XP?

    ** CLEAN UPGRADE UPDATE BELOW 10/29/09 **

    PROS:
    - Fast startup and performance
    - Stable
    - Nice aesthetic and functional changes to the desktop
    - Improved networking, power management & security
    - 32-bit & 64-bit versions included
    - Windows Media Center
    - Windows XP Mode

    CONS:
    - User Account Control still annoying
    - Upgrade can be challenging
    - Expensive

    CLEAN UPGRADE UPDATE 10/29/09 **
    It seems that a lot of upgraders have been complaining about the upgrade process, especially from XP. Most of us expected to be able to format our hard disks and be prompted for either the XP disc or product key. Alas, this is not the case. The upgrade is much more complicated than it should be and some workarounds have been discovered

    Method A (simplest)
    If you already have an older version of Windows on the hard drive, finish the Custom Install, without entering the product key. After installation, go to your System Properties and click the link to activate Windows. Enter your product key and it should activate. This has worked for me twice.

    Method B (hardest)
    If Method A doesn’t work, try the registry hack.
    1. Finish the custom install without entering the product key then click Start and type regedit.exe into the “Search programs and files” box.
    2. In the registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/. In the pane on the right, you’ll see an entry for MediaBootInstall. Double-click on it and change the value from “1″ to “0″ and click OK.
    3. Close regedit and go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories then right-click on Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator.” You’ll get a UAC alert, click Yes.
    4. At the command prompt, type: slmgr /rearm and hit Enter. Reboot.
    5. Now try to activate. If it fails, make sure there are no pending Windows Updates to install. If there is, install them, reboot and start over from Step 4.

    Method C (most time consuming)
    Perform the Custom Install and skip the product key. Once completed, run the upgrade again from within Windows 7 but this time, enter the Windows 7 upgrade key and then activate Windows.
    ** END UPDATE **

    I had been running the Windows 7 release candidate for 3 months and the full version 2 weeks before official release date. The experience convinced me to finally upgrade my Windows XP systems to 7. This review briefly touches upon some of the key features and enhancements of Microsoft’s latest OS.

    PERFORMANCE & STABILITY
    One of the welcome enhancements Microsoft made was start-up time. The shutdown time has been improved as well. Also, in my non-benchmarked experience, Windows 7 has been at least as fast as XP if not faster. The kernel changes and ability to run the 64-bit version probably has a lot to do with that. Most benchmarks from around the Internet seem to support my observations.

    64-BIT
    I am elated to finally upgrade to a 64-bit operating system in order to take advantage of more memory support and modern processors. I have Intel Core 2 Duo processors in both my systems with 4GB of physical RAM but XP only allowed 3.25GB for system use.

    DESKTOP
    At first login, you’ll notice the changes to the taskbar. The taskbar is no longer just a place to store quick launch icons and view open windows. It now provides functionality in the form of Jump Lists, which allow you to select your most frequently opened files or links from the apps you have “pinned” on the taskbar. The clock and calendar are improved and the Show Desktop icon is now integrated in the far right corner. Other desktop enhancements include Aero Peek, Aero Shake, Snap, new themes and wallpapers. You also get gadget support. All of these features combine to create a much improved and enjoyable desktop experience.

    LIBRARIES
    Windows 7 introduces a new feature called libraries. Previously, your system had shortcuts to My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, etc. which had files residing in only those specific folders. Files can now reside anywhere on your system and be organized inside libraries. It’s similar to how many music and photo applications organize files.

    NETWORKING
    Even as good as XP was, networking was cumbersome. Windows 7 makes connecting two or more Windows 7 systems together easy, using HomeGroup. This enables easy sharing of files and devices. One downside is that HomeGroup is only supported between Windows 7 systems. File transfer performance between computers has been vastly improved and connecting to a wireless network has never been easier on a Windows machine…

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