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Windows 7


Microsoft Windows 7 is the latest Windows operating system. Two versions are available from the Campus Computer Store: Windows Vista Enterprise (for departments only) and Windows Vista Ultimate (for students and work-at-home faculty and staff).


  • Significant performance improvements allow Windows 7 to sleep and resume more quickly and use a smaller memory footprint.
  • Full support for 64-bit processors, allowing Windows 7 to handle larger amounts of RAM.
  • Includes improvements to built-in security features such as BitLocker drive encryption, file system encryption, Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and more.

System Requirements

Microsoft has published specifications for Windows 7 Capable PCs. The following are the minimum requirements:

  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • 1 GB of RAM or greater
  • 16 GB available hard disk or greater
  • A graphics card or chip capable of DirectX 9 graphics

When running Windows 7, it is important to note that the more RAM that is available, the better the experience will be. Also, an additional 1 GB of RAM and 15 GB of available hard drive space is required for Windows XP mode, which makes Windows 7 backwards-compatible with Windows XP software.


There are several purchasing options for Windows 7. Refer to the Purchasing page for more information about different options and how much they cost.

We Can Help

Get help from an expert:

* UT Service Desk

* Call us at 512-475-9400

* Submit a help request online

We also have a walk-in service in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Stop by and let us help you!