Windows 7 is an operating system developed by Microsoft for use on devices such as personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs.

Release date of Windows 7

It was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and became available on the market worldwide on October 22, 2009. This is less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista. Also, Windows 7 is succeeded by Windows 8.

Mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015, and January 14, 2020, is the date on which Microsoft stops the extended support for Windows 7.

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Windows 7 Editions

Windows 7 is available in six editions, but only the first three from the list below are widespread available. These six editions are:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Starter

Only Windows 7 Starter is available in the 32-bit version, the rest of them are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Windows 7 features

Windows 7 features

Windows 7 was intended to address the poor performance and reception of Windows Vista. And it did. Microsoft fixed many issues regarding software and hardware compatibilities present in Windows Vista.

So, Windows 7 is considered a major improvement, bringing better performance and a more intuitive interface.

However, this once new operating system continued many of the Windows Vista features. For example, Windows Aero, the user interface for its predecessor, was also used on Windows 7.

Also, Windows 7 brought features on its own. The redesigned taskbar made user’s life much easier. With Windows 7, people can pin applications to the taskbar for the easiest access possible.

Below are some of the new features of Windows 7:

  • Support for virtual hard disks
  • Support for additional file formats
  • Increased performance
  • New taskbar
  • Enhanced compatibility with SSD drives

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Updates

Windows 7 was updated several times, and each update has its own name and carries unique features. They are as follows:

  • Service Pack 1
  • Platform Update
  • Disk Cleanup update
  • Windows Management Framework 5.0
  • Convenience rollup

The first four brought new features and fixes to Windows 7, and Convenience rollup contains all patches released until April 2016. It was not available on Windows Update, and it could be installed only manually.

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Minimum requirements for Windows 7

For this operating system, the minimum requirements are strictly dependent on the type of processor (32-bit or 64-bit) processor.

  • Hard Drive: 16 GB for 32-bit and 20 GB for 64-bit
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • CPU: 1 GHz or faster for 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Hardware Limitations for Windows 7

All editions with 32-bit versions are limited to 4 GB of RAM, excepting Windows 7 Start, which is limited to 2 GB.

64-bit versions support much more memory. Home Premium supports 16 GB and Home Basic 8 GB. Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional and Ultimate support up to 192 GB.

Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional and Ultimate support 2 physical CPUs. Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium support one CPU. 32-bit versions of Windows 7 support 32 logical processors and 64-bit versions can support a maximum 256 logical processors.

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Still using Windows 7? We have fresh guides for you to make it work perfectly

If you still use Windows 7, we have some suggestions for you. Here are the 11 best Windows 7 photo tools to download. Regarding security (Windows 7 may have issues because of the lack of updates), these privacy lock software hide your Windows 7 files from prying eyes.

Also, Wi-Fi connections shouldn’t represent an issue with these 7 free hotspot software for Windows 7 to setup Wi-Fi sharing. As we said before, security and the lack of privacy might be a problem for Windows 7 users. So, here are the best VPN client programs to use for enhanced privacy.