Don’t go for Windows 7, before you know

By | October 21st, 2009



You may have heard about Microsoft Windows 7, tomorrow Microsoft is going to officially release Windows 7 starter. Most of you might have decided to upgrade to Windows 7, specially students in US, who are enjoying discount on its purchase, but are you aware of all the features and know which flavor of windows 7, either Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate etc, best suits you. Here we provide you some most advertised features of Windows 7, to make your choice smarter.

According to Microsoft, Windows 7 will be available in 6 different editions. All editions will support the 32-bit (x86-32) processor architecture and all editions except Windows 7 Starter will support the 64-bit (x86-64) processor architecture.

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  • Windows 7 Starter edition, Microsoft is releasing tomorrow, is the least-featured edition, it does not include Windows Aero theme, and will be available pre-installed on computers by computer vanders.

  • Windows 7 Home Basic will be available in countries like Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and Pakistan. Other countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, will enjoy Windows 7 Home Basic with extended features including, some advance Aero options.

  • Windows 7 Home Premium contains features for home users, such as Windows Media Center, Windows Aero and touch-screen controls.

  • Windows 7 Professional best suits for enthusiasts and small business users. It includes all the features of Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows Server, such as Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, Encrypting File System, Presentation and Windows XP Mode.

  • Windows 7 Enterprise edition targets the enterprise segment of the market and will be sold license to companies which have a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft. This edition include support for Multilingual User Interface, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application support.

  • Windows 7 Ultimate with same features as Windows 7 Enterprise, will be available to home users on an individual license basis. Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional users will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate for a fee using Windows Anytime Upgrade.

The table below is a comparison of these different editions of Windows 7, to help you select one for yourself.

Features

Starter

Home Basic

Home Premium

Professional

Enterprise

Ultimate

32/64-bit versions

32-bit only Both Both Both Both Both

Maximum physical memory (64-bit mode)

N/A 8 GB 16 GB 192 GB 192 GB 192 GB

Maximum physical CPUs supported

1 1 1 2 2 2

Home Group (create and join)

Join only Join only Yes Yes Yes Yes

Backup and Restore Center

Cannot back up to network Cannot back up to network Cannot back up to network Yes Yes Yes

Multiple monitors

No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Fast user switching

No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Desktop Wallpaper Changeable

No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Desktop Window Manager

No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Windows Mobility Center

No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Windows Aero

No Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes

Multi-Touch

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Premium Games Included

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Windows Media Center

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Encrypting File System

No No No Yes Yes Yes

Location Aware Printing

No No No Yes Yes Yes

Remote Desktop Host

No No No Yes Yes Yes

Presentation Mode

No No No Yes Yes Yes

Windows Server domain joining

No No No Yes Yes Yes

Windows XP Mode

No No No Yes Yes Yes

Aero glass remoting

No No No No Yes Yes

AppLocker

No No No No Yes Yes

BitLocker Drive Encryption

No No No No Yes Yes

BranchCache Distributed Cache

No No No No Yes Yes

DirectAccess

No No No No Yes Yes

Subsystem for Unix-based Applications

No No No No Yes Yes

Multilingual User Interface Pack

No No No No Yes Yes

Virtual Hard Disk Booting

No No No No Yes Yes

(Comparison Chart Source: Wikipedia)

Now you will find yourself in a better position to decide for edition of Windows 7. Microsoft is going to surprise people. If you’re working for an enterprise that hasn’t upgraded to Vista because it won’t run acceptably on your existing PCs, you’ll want to look again at Windows 7. If you have planned or planning to buy Windows 7, share with us, which edition best suits you.




  • JigSaw

    nice info

  • Dave

    ..and for those who don't want to worry about all this pointless confusion, with activation, limitation and lack of control, welcome the unix family; openSuse, Ubuntu and our newest member, Mac OSX 10.7!

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    That's even more complicated than it needs to be. The average consumer who goes into a store can pick either Home Premium or Professional. So really are you a home user or a business user?

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