Includes combined service pack for both operating systems in 1 installer
What our shoppers say:
Installation a little tricky, but otherwise OK
It is possible to upgrade from Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit, but there are some cautions: You have to do a \"clean\" install of Windows 7, which means that you lose all programs, and will need to have the media and license codes needed to reinstall applications. In my case, the Windows 7 setup application did not automatically start. Instead, I had to boot the system from the installation disk. In order to boot from the disk, I had to enter my computer's BIOS, and change the boot sequence. Otherwise, the computer would keep booting from the hard drive, and never see the installation disk. Microsoft has a link to a site that tells how to do this, but the link is broken, so you have to research online how to change the boot sequence for your particular computer. Once I made this change, the installation from the DVD went smoothly, and even saved my data folders, so I did not have to copy them from my backup HD. Since Microsoft does not support this product (it is an OEM software installation) you are considered to be the manufacturer, responsible for all support. In the end, though, I successfully installed Windows 7, which I needed for some new software that does not run on Vista. I am glad that Walmart still sells this product.
For most users I will admit Home Premium is more than enough. However, for those looking to perform a little more home networking, run some older programs, etc this is the best bang for your buck.\nI have had the pleasure of having an MSDN account (Microsoft Software Developers) Academically for 3 years (Unfortunately nolonger have it) and this is my favorite flavor of Windows hands down.\nIt is VERY compatible and easy to use by comparison to Windows 8.\nA note to those who are loading a non OEM product onto their systems, Windows Vista\/7\/8 are all VERY connection oriented, and need to be hooked up to the internet for installation to go correctly to get *Most* of your drivers, otherwise be prepared to have driver disks at the ready.\nI made the unfortunate mistake of erasing my flashdrive that had 7 on it to create a windows 8 drive, which I then loaded onto a 4 year old Dell Inspiron 1545 Laptop, and wish I would not have due to video card compatibility issues.\nFor those upgrading to a new Operating system due to XP losing support very soon, I would recommend 7 over 8, whether you choose Home Premium or Professional.
Works similar to xp. I would down load the list of shortcuts to get to your desktop & navigate the way you do in xp.\nCons; i was very disappointed that my scanner is not compatible with 7 ultimate. 3rd party drivers are my only option @ about $40 to $50 per. If you are downloading updates you cant do anything else online. That seemed weak.\n\nPros; it seems stable. No real glitches. Like anything else you will need to relearn a few things but much better than win 8 bY far. Of the windows operating systems this seems to work as well as expected.\n* Wal-Mart offered the cheapest price with the assuredness of a legitimate license so i would certainly shop here first. I looked long & hard.
Integrate your online favorites with content from your PC
Redesigned for touch but still works great with a mouse and keyboard
What our shoppers say:
not too shabby
It's so much different than what I'm used to...it took awhile to accept that this was the way it's going to be. Now that I've spent time using it and getting to know the in's and out's...it's so much better than previous versions of windows!