Computer and Software Support

Windows 7 requirements

If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:

  • 1 gigahertz *GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64 processor

  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • Internet access (fees may apply)

  • Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware

  • Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optional performance

  • For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required

  • Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware

  • HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7

  • DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive

  • BitLoceker requires Trusted Platform Module *TPM) 1.2

  • BitLoceker To Go requires a USB flash drive

  • Windows XP Mode requires the following

    • Additional 1 GB of RAM

    • Additional 15 GB of available hard disk space

    • Processor capable of hardware virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on

  • Music and sound require audio output

Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.

Here is the upper memory limits of the various editions

  • Starter - 8 GIGS
  • Home Basic - 8 GIGS
  • Home Premium - 16 GIGS
  • Professional - 192 GIGS
  • Enterprise - 192 GIGS
  • Ultimate - 192 GIGS

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