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How To Install or Upgrade Microsoft Windows 7
November 09 2009

Many gamers swear by the proven stability that is Windows XP, but there's a new player on the market: Windows 7. While Windows XP is heralded by some as the best OS to ever come from Microsoft, Vista is the Windows ME of the 21st Century. Enter Windows 7. Built on the proven NT platform and in many ways appearing much like Vista, that's where the similarities end. Today, Benchmark Reviews will take a look at some of the different methods of installation, and hopefully clear up some of the confusion many of you may be having. I think some people will be surprised by how easy it can be, plus we will show you how to possibly bypass having to reinstall Windows XP or Vista during an upgrade.

There are many different Variations to Microsoft Windows 7, and with each of those variations comes different ways to install them. There are three basic versions, or "flavors" of Windows 7, and those are Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. Each of those versions is a step up from the other, respectively. Their name implies their purpose: Home Premium is for home users, Professional is geared towards the workplace, and Ultimate is everything you can get.

There are other versions such as Starter (which is typically geared towards very low end machines, or netbooks), Home Basic, or Enterprise. These versions are for users with very low system specs, OEMs that want to save money netbook users that need a slimmed down OS to help increase speed and battery life, or large scale corporate users that need it all, respectively.

The main focus of this article is going to be the installation and/or upgrade to Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate, with a specific concentration on Professional, for that is the version I am using in the example install.