Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy Your Windows 7 Laptop

Are you looking for a dependable laptop that can serve multiple functions? If so, eBay has a large selection of brands that manufacture reasonably priced Windows 7 32-bit laptop computers. Here are some things you will want to consider before you make your final purchase decision.

Is Windows 7 available in different versions?

Specialized versions of the Windows 7 32-bit laptop include Enterprise and Developer editions. The former is intended for use in businesses and is especially well-suited for large computer networks. The Developer edition contains specialized coding and debugging tools and support for run time visual basic routines. The following releases of Windows 7 32-bit on eBay are commonly available for home and small business users:

  • Windows 7 Starter: No support for premium games; does not support Media Player or Media Center.
  • Windows 7 Home Basic: No support for Windows Media Player, Media Center, or premium games.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium: Support for premium games; supports encryption at the file level.
  • Windows 7 Ultimate: File encryption and drive encryption; supports remote desktop and virtual disk drives; supports network backup and restore.
  • Windows 7 Professional: Support for file encryption and remote desktop administration; support for network backup and restore.
What new features were added to Windows 7?

Windows 7 succeeded Windows XP and represents a major system upgrade from its predecessor. The Windows 7 operating system added support for media files and gaming, as well as upgraded working memory (RAM) and faster processor speeds. Most Windows 7 32-bit laptops have RAM that ranges from 2 GB to 8 GB. More uncommon Windows 7 installations have 16 GB of RAM. Windows 7 added functionality for multi-lingual and touch operations, and piloted the Start Menu that is part of the newer versions of this operating system. The release of Windows 7 created a more functional and efficient user interface with vastly expanded customization options, and provided options for cloud storage and virtual computing.

Can a Windows 7 32-bit laptop be upgraded?

Windows 7 can be upgraded to Windows 8 or Windows 10. It is common for users to bypass an upgrade to Windows 8 in favor of directly installing Windows 10. Windows 7 32-bit can also be upgraded to 64-bit as long as your computer's memory card can support it. The Upgrade Advisor will help you to identify which version of Windows your system can be upgraded to and will assemble the new operating system files accordingly. The upgrade process may take several days to complete, and you will have the option to restore your system back to the Windows 7 32-bit release if you are not satisfied with the outcome.

Content provided for informational purposes only. eBay is not affiliated with or endorsed by Microsoft.