Windows 7 is the Microsoft PC operating system released in October 2009, and reached End Of Life on January 14, 2020. It is the successor to Windows Vista and has been succeeded by Windows 8. It shared the same UI style as Windows Vista, but was based on an incrementally newer version of the NT kernel (6.1, from 6.0) and was released in 6 major editions for both home and professional use.

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Windows 7 is Microsoft's PC operating system which was released in October 2009 and reached End Of Life on January 14, 2020. Intended to be an incremental upgrade to the Windows line, Windows 7 is compatible with applications and hardware with which Windows Vista is already compatible. Features include multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, referred to as the Superbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup, and performance improvements.

###What is Windows 7?

Your PC, simplified

You told us to make Windows simpler and easier to use. We listened. Windows 7 has better ways to find and manage files—like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews—to help you speed through everyday tasks. It's designed for faster and more reliable performance, so your PC just works the way you want it to. With 64-bit support, you can take full advantage of the latest powerful PCs. And great features like HomeGroup, Windows Media Center, and Windows Touch make new things possible.

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###Minimum hardware requirements:

Architecture    32-bit                  64-bit
Processor       1 GHz 32-bit processor  1 GHz 64-bit processor
Memory (RAM)    1 GB                    2 GB
HDD free space  16 GB free space        20 GB free space
Graphics card   DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0
Optical drive   DVD drive (only to install from DVD media)