Hardware requirements in Windows® 7
What are the system requirements for installing different editions of Windows 7?
Windows 7 comes with a whole lot of new features to support the users needs. The company has succeeded in making this product more user friendly and easy to work with. You can easily upgrade to Windows 7 from the previous version of Windows like, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Windows 7 is available in six different editions, but in general only three versions are readily available for the public. These are Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Professional. Windows 7 Enterprise is intended for big enterprises and it also supports volume licensing and Microsoft Software Assurance program. When the company agrees with the Software Assurance program Microsoft will provide support and free updates for the computers registered in the program for a term fixed by Microsoft.
The different editions of Windows 7 and the requirements to install them are:
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 7 Professional
- Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Home Premium is targeted at home users and so it is provided with excellent multimedia features. The operating system comes with English language pack preinstalled and the user can choose between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. You will need a processor with a minimum speed of 1GHz and a RAM capacity of 1GB. The hard drive space required to install the operating system is about 16GB and it also needs a graphics card which is DirectX 9.0 compatible.
Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft has released Windows 7 Professional for small business users. This has all the features that are available in the Home Premium version and in addition it has the file encrypting feature and Windows Server Domain feature. The user can use the Windows XP mode in Windows 7 Professional. Windows 7 Professional also requires a 1GHZ processor, 1GB RAM and a 16GB of hard drive space to install itself. You will also require a high speed Internet connection for using the networking features of Windows 7 Professional.
Windows 7 Ultimate has the features of both Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional and it is the top end version of Windows 7. Windows 7 Professional has better safety features like the BitLocker application and the AppLocker application. It also has a Multilingual User Interface Pack and virtual hard disk booting. You can use the advanced search option from Microsoft called the federated search in Windows 7 Ultimate. The minimum requirements of hardware are same as the other versions of the Windows 7. In addition you will require a 1GB RAM and 15GB hard disk space as additional requirements to use Windows XP mode. A trusted platform module is required to use the BitLocker application.