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Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate / Retail

GLC-00181

Released on 22 October 2009

Manufacturer: Microsoft

4.0 out of 5 (6 customer reviews) | Write a review

Designed for people who want it all
Windows 7 Ultimate is the most versatile and powerful edition of Windows 7. It combines remarkable ease-of-use with the entertainment features of Home Premium and the business capabilities of Professional, including the ability to run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode. For added security, you can encrypt your data with BitLocker and BitLocker To Go. And for extra flexibility, you can work in any of 35 languages. Get it all with Windows 7 Ultimate.

Easier To Use
Simplify your PC with new navigation features like Aero Shake, Jump Lists, and Snap.
Customize Windows to look and feel the way you like by changing themes and taskbar programs.
Setting up a home network and connecting to printers and devices is easier than ever.
Windows 7 Ultimate supports the latest hardware and software.


Windows 7 Simplifies Everyday Tasks


Desktop
Introducing improved taskbar previews, bigger icons, pinning, and creative ways to personalize.




HomeGroup
Takes the headache out of home networking, so it's easier to share files and printers.




Jump Lists
Speedy access to your favorite pictures, songs, websites, and documents.




Snap
A quick (and fun) new way to resize and compare windows on your desktop.




Windows Live Essentials
Must-have software for your PC-free! Get Mail, Photo Gallery, and other favorites.




Windows Search
At last, searching your PC is as simple as searching the web.



Windows 7 Works The Way You Want


Performance Improvements
It's designed to sleep and resume quicker, be less memory hungry, and spot USB devices faster.




Full 64-bit Support
Windows 7 makes the most of powerful 64-bit PCs, the new desktop standard.




Power Management
New power-saving features are designed to help laptops run longer.



Windows 7 Makes New Things Possible


Easier Wireless Networking
Windows 7 gets you online quicker, so you can work anywhere.




Windows Media Center
Watch, record, and pause live TV (additional hardware required).




Windows Touch
With Windows 7 and a touch-sensitive screen (additional hardware required), you don't always need a keyboard or mouse.

Minimum Requirements

  • 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Please Note: Windows 7 Ultimate includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions and comes with Internet Explorer 8
  • Click Here To View Windows 7 Upgrade Compatability Chart

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  • This information is based on specifications supplied by manufacturers and should be used for guidance only.
  • customer Reviews

     Average rating (6 reviews)

     leinwaters

    | | See all lein123's reviews (1)

    this is one of the best widows operating systems i have ever used. it looks like vista but runs smoothly like xp. it only takes up 7-10gb of harddrive of space unlike vista which takes 15-20gb up or more. and it run programs that are not compatible with it like corel draw 12 is only compatable with xp but it works on widows 7.

     Dissappointing

    | | See all FightThePowa's reviews (1)

    It's still Vista, sure it's a little faster now but essentially it's the same product. Games don't work very well and older applications don't function correctly even with compatibility modes. A but coerced improvement is the ability to choose your browser on install, but only in the european version. You still have to restart the whole computer over and over again while making any slightly more administrative tasks. UAC is still a pain but on the upside it's easier to turn off (but not without restarting... again). Aero doesn't work with alot of windowed to fullscreen applications which was a major downside for me personally. The boot up time is still slow as ever which makes for even more annoyances. The bulk copying of files is ever so slow, I don't understand how they've yet to improve upon it. If you are happy with XP I see little reason to upgrade.

    Pros:
    Faster than Vista

    Cons:
    Games don't work properly, especially older ones
    Pricey
    Hardware requirements
    Upgrading/migrating takes longer than expected

     XP is no more.

    | | See all RazzyC's reviews (4)

    Top 100 PC Reviewer

    I recently purchased a Netbook and also purchased a Windows 7 Ultimate pack to throw onto it. The installation took around 20 minutes, I had no problems creating a USB Boot Drive from the DVD and I have never looked back. The features within are excellent, the speed of boot-up I have timed at 30 seconds, which is against the other reviews, arguing about a long boot time. I advise going for this if you consider cleaning your HD, as I did, which seriously advances speeds. The visual effects have been designed fantastically, and I must say I was impressed. This is a great OS and I look forward to any updates available.

     Good software

    | | See all Bal491's reviews (2)

    I agree with FightThePowa in the sense that I don't see a point in upgrading from XP if your happy with it. I still feel that Windows 7 is a slow operating system compared with the days of XP. I can go downstairs and get a glass of water and be back up in time for it just to be ready to logon. For XP, I would leave my room and get to the 3 step of my staircase and it would be on the desktop. XP got 13 seconds for me, Windows 7 got 29. Quite a large difference. Vista however still got 44, so, its not that bad when you compare to Vista. For those who want a good upgrade from Vista, this is it. Its much better than it. XP Mode makes Ultimate and Professional very good, but if you want BitLocker this is the only one that provides it. I will not say its an upgrade you MUST have, because its not. I would go as far as saying, Windows Vista users should consider it, but XP users, if you stayed with it that long (like me) then perhaps a few more years of it won't hurt.

    Still the OS deserves 4/5 stars for me because its smooth when you are actually running it. Its ideal for people who have just built a new computer (like moi).

     Improvement over the rest

    | | See all SiScott's reviews (98)

    Top 100 Games Reviewer Top 100 Mobile Reviewer

    Theres no denying this is vast improvement over the previous versions. I'm currently running the 64bit version and have had NO compatability issues as yet and I have noticed an impressive speed increase on both start up, shut down and generally running applications and performing actions.

    Obviously it looks nicer too, but thats a given.

    One thing you need to realise is that when installing Windows7, it will default your display to VGA. If you are running your monitor using a digital connection the screen will go black.

    This happened to me, and I was worried it was messing up. I changed my connection to VGA and realised it was waiting for input.

    Bottom line... I would recommend this, especially on 64bit.

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