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Available Microsoft Windows 7 Editions
Windows 7
Home Premium
Windows 7
Windows 7
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.      
Make your Web experience faster, easier, and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8.      
Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV on your PC.      
Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup.      
Run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode.      
Connect to company networks easily and more securely with Domain Join.      
In addition to full-system Backup and Restore found in all editions, you can back up to a home or business network.      
Help protect data on your PC and portable storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker.      
Work in the language of your choice and switch between any of 35 languages.      
Physical Processor Support (CPU) Only 1 CPU Up to 2 CPUs Up to 2 CPUs

Desktop Enhancements

Opening, closing, and sorting through windows is a lot easier. You can find what you want and get things done a lot faster. And, it's pretty.

Windows Search

Instantly locate and open any file on your PC, from documents to e-mail messages to songs, right from the Start menu just by typing a word or two.

Internet Explorer 8

Our easiest and safest browser ever. New features help you find and use things on the Web a lot faster.

Windows Media Center

Watch and record HDTV. Watch Internet TV. Watch DVDs. Enjoy online entertainment. Play your music and watch your videos and slideshows. All in one place.


Easily share the photos, music, and files on each of the PCs running Windows 7 on your home network. It's especially handy when you want to share a printer.

Windows XP Mode

Get all the benefits of Windows 7 and continue to leverage your investments in older business and productivity programs that require a PC running Windows XP. Note: Windows XP Mode requires a download.

Domain Join

If you use your PC at work, and your company uses a network, there's a good chance you'll need this feature to use the network.


If you've got information on your PC that you need to protect, you can help prevent theft or loss by using BitLocker data encryption to put a virtual lock on your files.

Language Options

With Windows 7, handwriting recognition is faster and more accurate. And Windows 7 Ultimate supports more languages—including breakthroughs for East Asian writing systems.

  System Requirements for Microsoft Windows 7
32-bit (x86) 64-bit (x64)

1 GHz or faster

1 GHz or faster

1 GB

2 GB

Disk Space

16 GB

20 GB
Graphics Device DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Multi-Core Processors Can support up to 32 processor cores Can support up to 256 processor cores
Feature Additional Requirements for Microsoft Windows 7 Based on Feature
Video Playback Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware
Windows Media Center

Some functionality may require a TV tuner and additional hardware

Windows Touch/Tablet PCs

Require specific hardware


Requires a network and PCs running Windows 7

DVD/CD Authoring Requires a compatible optic drive
BitLocker Requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2
Windows XP Mode Requires an additional 1 GB of RAM and 15GB of hard disk space
Music and Sound Requires audio output

Upgrade Paths

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Upgrade From Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade Custom Upgrade
Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade Custom
Windows Vista Business Custom Upgrade
Windows Vista Ultimate Custom Custom
Windows Vista Starter / 32-bit to 64-bit Custom
Windows XP / 32-bit to 64-bit Custom

Custom Installation A custom installation enables dual boot or gives the option to replace your existing operating system with Windows 7. Your programs, settings, and data will be removed. Back-up all of your data and ensure you have your original program disks available before doing a custom installation.
Upgrade Installation An upgrade installs Windows 7 retaining all your programs, settings, and documents after installation.

Microsoft Windows 7 Learning Resources

Upgrade Resources

Maximize Your Investment
Get more from Windows 7 with CDW Desktop Deployment Services.

Windows 7 Case Study
Learn how a desktop upgrade boosts productivity and reduces IT effort for a global advertising company.

Windows 7 Trend Advisory
Making sure business processes run without a hitch.

Desktop Virtualization

Microsoft desktop virtualization solutions help companies to reduce total cost of ownership, increase business agility and continuity, enable virtually anywhere access, and improve security and compliance management. For companies new to desktop virtualization, deploying Microsoft Application Virtualization as a first step can provide immediate cost savings.

Desktop virtualization offers a broad portfolio of solutions that empower companies to choose the technologies that best address their unique business and IT challenges while preserving their existing IT investments. Microsoft delivers desktop virtualization offerings for a wide range of situations—from always-connected workers to those requiring more flexibility such as mobile workers.

For connected workers, Microsoft and its partners, including Citrix, deliver a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution that allows organizations to centrally manage desktops in the datacenter while providing a personalized desktop experience for end users.

Desktop virtualization will help solve business challenges by leveraging existing software.

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Microsoft Application Virtualization
Learn how using Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) can save organizations time and effort while delivering more agile services to users.

Licensing Windows 7 for Virtual Desktops
Virtualization allows for greater flexibility beyond the usual deployment scenarios. Take a closer look at typical usage cases for licensing virtual desktops.


Webcast: Desktop Virtualization Hour Desktop Virtualization Hour
Access a series of videos illustrating how desktop virtualization has helped organizations gain flexibility and control while driving down costs.

Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs

Microsoft Volume Licensing

To learn more about Microsoft Volume Software Licensing, please contact your account manager or click here to submit a request for more information.

Open License Highlights

The Microsoft Open programs are a convenient and simple way for small and midsize organizations with five or more desktop computers to acquire the latest Microsoft technology.

With a customizable platform and volume discounts for minimal up-front purchases, Open programs provide value and flexibility in a convenient Microsoft Volume Licensing program.

Select License Highlights

Microsoft Select License is a Volume Licensing program for midsize and large organizations that have 250 or more desktop PCs. The program provides a flexible and cost-effective way to buy the latest Microsoft technology.

Select License is a transactional program for organizations that have mixed software requirements. It is based on a forecast licensing model in which usage is measured against the forecast.

Enterprise Agreement Highlights

The Enterprise Agreement offers large organizations substantial cost savings over standard license pricing as well as simplified license and budget tracking through a single agreement.

With the Enterprise Agreement, you can easily standardize on the latest Microsoft technology across your enterprise.

Open License Program Guide
Open Value Program Guide
Select License Program Guide
Select Plus Program Guide
Enterprise Agreement Data Sheet
Enterprise Agreement Program Guide

Software Assurance

Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software. With Software Assurance, you can increase worker productivity, accelerate organizational performance, and quickly realize a return on your software investment. You can choose Software Assurance at the time of purchase and begin using your benefits immediately for the term of your license agreement. If you purchased through an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), you can add Software Assurance within 90 days.

PDFClick here for information on Microsoft Software Assurance Interactive Benefits guide.

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Available Microsoft Licensing Programs
Open License Open Value Open Value
Select License Select Plus Enterprise
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License Offerings Available
License & Software Assurance              
Software Assurance              
Based on Product Pools              
Based on Number of Desktop PCs              
Based on License & Software Assurance              
Agreement Term
No Expiration              
1-2 Years              
3 Years              
Payment Options
How to Buy
Product Fulfillment
Aquired Separately              
Software Assurance
Option to Add