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89
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Pros
  • Beautiful new UISpeed improvements throughoutNew Windows Media Center
Cons
  • Few major changes over VistaInternet ExplorerSomewhat expensive
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User Reviews

90
RIchard John
Feeling more thought out and just more of an update than VIsta ever was, Windows...read more
100
GabrielB
I don't want to make a bold "Mac killer" statement as they always...read more
100
Ian Aldrighetti
I used Windows Vista before I got Windows 7, and I suppose I was one of the...read more
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Model
Ultimate

Key Specs

Type
Computer OS
Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Architecture
64, 32

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
Yes

Source

Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Model
Home Basic

Key Specs

Type
Computer OS
Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Architecture
64, 32

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Source

Source model
Closed, w/ open source

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
Yes
Model
Professional

Key Specs

Type
Computer OS
Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Architecture
64, 32

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
Yes

Source

Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Model
Home Premium

Key Specs

Type
Computer OS
Source model
Closed, w/ open source
Architecture
64, 32

Type

Type
Computer OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
Yes

Source

Source model
Closed, w/ open source