Microsoft Windows 7 Professional



Microsoft Windows 7 is a software operating system released by Microsoft in October 2009. It evolved from Microsoft Windows XP and then Microsoft Windows Vista.

How can I obtain this software?


Students can download Microsoft Windows 7 Professional for free from Stony Brook's website. The software can be installed one time as part of the University's Microsoft Campus Agreement.

After logging in with a Stony Brook NetID, students may add Microsoft Windows to the shopping cart and proceed to checkout. After completing the purchase, students will be directed to an order summary page where the Windows product key will appear. It is recommended that the product key be saved and/or emailed as a backup should Windows ever need to be reinstalled. Click the "Download" button and follow the prompts to complete the download. Once the download completes you may install Microsoft Windows.


For University-owned computers: Faculty/staff can get Windows 7 Professional for free under a Microsoft Campus Agreement. The computer that the software will be installed on must already have a valid Windows operating system in order to qualify under the Microsoft Campus Agreement.

In lieu of Windows 7 Professional, Windows Vista or Windows XP may be installed under the agreement.

For personal computers: Faculty/staff may download Microsoft Windows 7 Professional for work-at-home use from Stony Brook's website for a nominal fee.


Support Notes

  • Please consider the following when installing or upgrading to Windows 7:

    • It is recommended that your computer has at least 2 GB of system memory to run Windows 7. See Microsoft's Windows 7 System Requirements.
    • If going from Windows XP to Windows 7, a fresh installation must be performed, not an upgrade.
    • Be sure to save all the data on your computer to another location before performing a fresh installation of Windows 7. Software programs (including Microsoft Office) will have to be reinstalled. Original software DVDs/CDs are required in order to reinstall programs.
    • You will need to know whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. To find this out, right-click on "My Computer" or "Computer" and select "Properties." If you have trouble determining this, bring your computer to the Client Support Walk-in Center for assistance.
    • Windows Vista 64-bit operating systems must be upgraded to Windows 7 64-bit. You cannot go from Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit without a complete reinstallation.
    • See Microsoft's upgrade instructions (XP to 7 or Vista to 7).
  • For support with installing, configuring, or using Microsoft Windows, please contact your departmental support technician, West Campus Client Support at (631) 632-9800, or the SBUMC Help Desk on East Campus at (631) 444-HELP.
  • James Wolkiewicz is the contact for Microsoft Campus Agreement software at the Stony Brook University Medical Center. He can be reached at (631) 444-0656.