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Windows 7 system 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)

  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Additional requirements to use certain features available in some Windows 7 Editions:
  • 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 optimal 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

  • BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2

  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive

  • Windows XP Mode* requires at least 2 GB of RAM (32-bit) / 3GB RAM (64-bit) and 15 GB of available disk space, and a 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.

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Windows XP Mode* allows you to run many older Windows XP programs from your Windows 7 desktop. Windows XP Mode.* Windows XP Mode

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*Windows XP Mode requires either OEM pre-installation, or post-purchase installation of Windows XP Mode (which runs on Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate), and a virtualization technology such as Windows Virtual PC. Both Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC can be downloaded from the Windows Virtual PC site. For more information on system requirements, go to Windows Virtual PC site.

Windows XP Mode comes as a separate download and works only with Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise.

Check system requirements. Windows XP Mode requires at least 2 GB of RAM (32-bit) / 3GB RAM (64-bit) and 15 GB of available disk space. Windows XP Mode is not optimized for graphic-intensive programs such as 3D games, nor is it well suited for programs with hardware requirements such as TV tuners. Windows Virtual PC no longer requires a CPU with virtualization technology to run Windows XP Mode. Visit the Windows Virtual PC site to find out more.