Windows 7 Information

General Information

"We (Microsoft) designed Windows 7 to simplify the things you do every day, work the way you want, and make some exciting new things possible." - Microsoft website

Windows 7 is a version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs. Windows 7 was released for general retail availability on October 22, 2009, following its predecessor, Windows Vista. (adapted from Wikipedia)

Minimum System Requirements

  • A PC with a 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • At least 20 GB free hard disk space
  • Windows Aero-capable graphics card with DirectX9 graphics support
    • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
    • WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
    • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
    • 32 bits per pixel
  • internal or external DVD drive
  • Internet access capability
  • Audio output capability

Additional Requirements to Use Certain Features

  • Some programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher
  • DVD/CD authoring requires a DVD/CD burner optical drive
  • BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module 1.2
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive
  • Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM, an additional 15 BG free hard disk space, and a hardware processor that supports virtualization

ITS Supported Version

  • Windows 7 Professional

Departments may purchase this software through the ITS Site License Office. Users can purchase this software for personal use from a computer software retailer that sells Microsoft products.


  • Windows 7 Application Compatibility [HTML]

Service Patches/Updates

In Windows 7, click the Start button, click All Programs, and click Windows Update.

Alternative: Open Internet Explorer to the Microsoft Windows Update website to download the latest Microsoft Windows updates.

Company Website

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Article ID: 1183
Created: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 3:28pm
Modified: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 9:38am