If you want
to run Windows 7
Professional on your PC, here's what it
If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC,
here's what it takes:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit
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
Internet access (fees may apply)
Depending on resolution, video
playback may require additional memory and
advanced graphics hardware
Windows Media Center functionality a TV
tuner and additional hardware may be
Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require
HomeGroup requires a network and PCs
running Windows 7
DVD/CD authoring requires a
compatible optical 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 virtualization with Intel VT or
AMD-V turned on
Music and sound require audio
Product functionality and graphics may
vary based on your system configuration. Some
features may require advanced or additional
If you’ve gone PC shopping lately,
you’ve probably noticed more computers with 64-bit
processors, and you may have wondered what
advantages they offer.
Put simply, a 64-bit PC can handle
larger amounts of information than a 32-bit system.
Since it can use more RAM—4 GB and up—a 64-bit
computer can be more responsive when you're running
lots of programs at once.
Which should you buy? If you tend to
have a lot of programs open simultaneously or need
to switch frequently between programs—or if you just
want to be sure your PC can take advantage of the
larger amounts of memory available today—64-bit is a
great choice. If you run only one or two programs at
a time or have older hardware and software that
isn't supported by a 64-bit PC, a 32-bit system is a
Whether you choose the 32-bit or the
64-bit system, Windows 7 is ready.
Watch, pause, and record live TV. Listen
to your tunes. Show off your photo collection. Enjoy
online entertainment. And do it all from your
living-room couch. Is it any wonder critics call Media
Center the hidden gem of Windows?
In Windows 7, we've made it even better—adding great
new features (many suggested by you) and visual
Media Center is available in the Home Premium,
Professional, and Professional editions of
Windows Media Center supports more global
TV standards and tuners, including digital and
HD. It also now plays more popular audio and
video formats—including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, DivX,
MOV, and Xvid.
Tired of trudging through TV
listings or a massive music library? Zip to
songs and shows more quickly using the new Turbo
Stunning new slide shows
Make elegant photo collages
(with background music) using the new slide show
maker—perfect for parties or family
get-togethers. And check out the updated slide
show screen saver—its stunning visuals defy
Easier media sharing
Enjoy recorded TV shows, music,
video—even when it's not stored on your PC. The
new HomeGroup feature makes media available to
any PC with Windows 7 in the house.
New gadget, bigger
A new Media Center gadget. Quick
video skimming. More song and show details.
Bigger, easier-to-see preview thumbnails. The
improvements go on and on.
Move over mouse: With
Windows 7 and a
touch-sensitive screen, you can browse online newspapers,
flick through photo albums, and shuffle files and
folders—using nothing but your fingers.
Limited touch technology has been available
in Windows for years.
But Windows 7 extends it
to every corner of your PC. The Start menu and taskbar now
sport larger, fingertip-friendly icons. Familiar
Windows 7 programs are
also touch-ready. You can even finger paint in Paint!
Touch—available only in the Home Premium, Professional, and
Professional editions of Windows 7—also
recognizes multitouch gestures (with the right monitor).
Need to zoom in on a picture? Pinch your fingers together.
Want to right-click on something? Touch it with one finger
and tap the screen with a second on the screen.
HomeGroup takes the headache out of sharing
files and printers on a home network. Connect two or more
PCs running Windows 7,
and HomeGroup makes it easy to automatically start sharing
your music, pictures, video, and document libraries with
others in your home. The new “Share with” menu, meanwhile,
provides a speedy way to share individual files.
Concerned about privacy? So are we. That’s
why HomeGroup is password-protected and puts you in total
control. You decide what gets shared—and what stays private.
You can also make your files "read only," so other people
can look at (but not touch) your stuff.
You can join a homegroup in any edition of
Windows 7, but you can
only create one in Home Premium, Professional, or Professional.
It's the best of both worlds: The new
Windows XP Mode lets
you run older Windows XP
business software right on your
Windows 7 desktop.
The feature, designed primarily with
small- and medium-sized businesses in mind, comes as a
separate download and works only with
Professional and Professional.
Windows XP Mode also requires virtualization
software such as Windows
Virtual PC. Both are available free on the Microsoft
To download Windows XP Mode or learn about its system
requirements, visit the
Windows Virtual PC