As the successor to Windows Vista, the all-new Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and for general availability three months later, on October 22. The cheapest edition made was Windows 7 Home Premium, at a price of $200 ($120 for the upgrade).

The original release of Windows 7 Professional cost $300 ($200 for the upgrade). Windows 7.1 Professional was priced at $150.

The "best" edition of Windows 7, officially known as Windows 7 Ultimate, also includes the ability to change the language on your PC. This edition was originally priced at $320 ($220 for the upgrade). Windows 7.1 Ultimate was priced at $200.

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