Which edition of Windows 7 can I purchase?

This offer applies to the Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional editions. You can compare these editions and learn more here.

How many copies of Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional can I order?

Eligible students are allowed to purchase one copy of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional from the online store.

What is domain join and how do I check if my school has it?

Some universities might require you to join the University Domain in order to gain access to specific internal sites. Please check with the IT department and/or Network administrator for your school to verify if you need "Domain Join" before choosing your new version of Windows 7.

What is the difference between what I can purchase from the online store versus in a retail store?

You can only take advantage of this special offer through the official promotion website. There is no difference between the Windows 7 software you will install from the online store versus in retail stores. However, if you need to perform a custom (clean) install on your PC, we recommend you purchase the back-up DVD.

What is the difference between an in-place upgrade and a custom (or clean) install, and which should I do?

PCs designed for Windows Vista should run Windows 7 very well. To double check your PC’s capabilities, you can download and run the free Windows Upgrade Advisor. How you upgrade will depend on the edition of Windows Vista on your PC, and the edition of Windows 7 you want to install. You’ll either do an “in place installation,” which keeps your programs, files, and settings in place, or you’ll do a custom installation, which will set up your PC from scratch.
If you’re thinking about upgrading a PC from Windows XP to Windows 7, please download and run the free
Windows Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC can run Windows 7 acceptably.
If you decide to install Windows 7 on a PC running Windows XP you’ll need to do a custom installation. This is sometimes called a “clean install” because it will erase your hard drive and set up your PC from scratch. To avoid losing anything, you’ll need to make copies of all the files, photos, and other information you want to keep. You’ll also need to have installation disks for all the programs you want to use. If you have an external hard drive, you can use it with the free
Windows Easy Transfer program to help back up your files and information, then transfer them back to your PC after Windows 7 is installed.
Upgrading a PC with Windows XP to Windows 7 is an involved process. If you’re at all uncomfortable with it, please consider having the upgrade done by a local PC or electronics retailer.

After I did a clean (or custom) installation, my copy of Microsoft Office disappeared, what can I do?

If you purchased Microsoft Office as a download (e.g. from Microsoft Store or Office Online), you should visit the online store where you made your purchase to re-download and install.
If you purchased a box product, please
contact Microsoft Customer Service to get a replacement disk or product key.

Do I get 32- or 64-bit software?

You can choose to download either 32- OR 64-bit software. Not sure which one to get? Click here to learn how to check what your computer is currently running.

If you accidentally downloaded or activated the incorrect version, you will need to contact studentwindows.us@digitalriver.com.

Will Windows 7 work on my PC?

Before you take advantage of this offer, please check the PC you want to upgrade. The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor can help you determine which features and editions of Windows 7 will run on your computer.

For quick reference, here are the Windows 7 System Requirements:
- 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

These additional requirements are needed to use certain features:
- Internet Access (fees may apply)
- Depending on resolution video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware
- For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required
- Windows Touch and Windows Tablet require specific hardware
- HomeGroup requires a network and PCs with Windows 7
- DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive
- BitLocker requires TPM1.2; BitLocker To Go requires a USB Flash Drive
- Music and sound require audio output
- Windows XP Mode requires:
- Additional 1GB of RAM
- Additional 15GB of available disk space
- Processor capable of hardware virtualization, with Intel-VT or AMD-V turned on

Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration.

My PC is running Windows XP. Can I upgrade it to Windows 7?

If you’re thinking about upgrading a PC from Windows XP to Windows 7, please download and run the free Windows Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC can run Windows 7 acceptably.

If you decide to install Windows 7 on a PC running Windows XP, you’ll need to do a custom installation. This is sometimes called a “clean install” because it erases the contents of your PC. To avoid losing anything, you’ll need to make copies of all the files, photos, and other information you want to keep. You’ll also need to have installation disks for all the programs you want to use.

If you have an external hard drive, you can use it with the free
Windows Easy Transfer program to help back up your files and information.

After Windows 7 is installed, you’ll need to reinstall your programs and use Windows Easy Transfer to move your files and information back onto your PC.

Upgrading a PC with Windows XP to Windows 7 is an involved process. If you’re at all uncomfortable with it, please consider having the upgrade done by a local PC or electronics retailer.

My PC is running Windows Vista. Can I upgrade it to Windows 7?


PCs designed for Windows Vista should run Windows 7 very well. To double check your PC’s capabilities, you can download and run the free Windows Upgrade Advisor. How you install Windows 7 will depend on the edition of Windows Vista on your PC, and the edition of Windows 7 you want to install. 

You’ll either do an “in place upgrade,” which keeps your programs, files, and settings in place, or you’ll do a custom installation, which will set up your PC from scratch. Here’s how to tell which kind of installation you’ll need to do:

How do I do a custom installation?

Important: In a custom installation, your files, settings, and programs will not be transferred to Windows 7. You should back up your data before installing Windows 7.

To install Windows 7:

  1. Run Windows Upgrade Advisor to see if there are any known issues that might affect the installation and whether you should install the 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7.

  2. Back up your existing files and settings by saving them to an external hard drive, CD, DVD, USB flash drive or other media. Use Windows Easy Transfer and an external hard drive to make this process easier. Windows Easy Transfer is included in Windows Vista, here’s how to use it. If you’re running Windows XP, you can download Windows Easy Transfer for free at here.

  3. Locate the original installation disks for the programs currently on your computer.

  4. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and follow the instructions for a custom installation by selecting the Custom (advanced) installation option.

  5. Reinstall your programs and your backed up files and settings. If you used Windows Easy Transfer, launch Windows Easy Transfer in Windows 7 (in the Start menu, click All Programs>Accessories>System Tools) and follow the instructions.



What if I have a problem installing or activating my software?


If something goes wrong during activation or installation, you can reach tech support here.

I've heard about other Windows 7 student offers, where can I find more information?


You can go here to check out all the other Windows 7 offers designed especially with students in mind.


My school has a program called MSDNAA and I've heard I can get software there for no cost. Is that true?


Yes. MSDNAA is a global academic program designed specifically for academic labs, faculty, and students studying in areas of computer science, engineering, and information systems. If a department you are taking classes in is a part of this program, you could get Windows 7 at no cost. Go here to search for your school.


Are there any other deals for students that I should be aware of?


Microsoft offers special discounts for students through agreements with many colleges and universities. To be sure you are fully aware of what all is available to you, check with your technology administrator, campus book or computer store to learn about what might be available on your campus.

You can also
go here to see all the student offers and discounts that are available – be sure to check back often as this site is continuously updated.