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Difference Between Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 comes in six different editions. Windows 7 is said to be more advanced than Windows Vista. Windows 7 editions include all  aspects of the previous edition which you will never find in Windows Vista editions. Despite of the availabil

ity of six different versions, only Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate are available at retail. Other Windows 7 versions are made to concentrate on other markets like the developing world or enterprise use. All the editions provide for IA-32 CPUs and while all editions support x64 CPUs except Windows 7 Starter. However, the 64-bit installation pack is not incorporated in Home Basic edition, but can be acquired from Microsoft.

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Six Different Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 starter

  • There is no 64-bit edition of this Windows 7 version and there is no indigenous DVD playback and it is OEM-only.
  • You don’t have multi-monitor support in this version. Microsoft had cut down this Windows 7 version to operate on netbooks.
  • However, Windows 7 starter version is said to consist all those significant non-graphic bits such as Windows Media Player 12, Internet Explorer 8, new versions of Paint, Calculator and WordPad along with the debatable ribbon interface and refurbished Windows Defender, Firewall & Action Center [devoid of steady Vista-esque user signoffs].

Windows 7 Home Basic

  • This version of Windows 7 is made accessible in around 141 countries.
  • Some of the Windows Aero options are left out besides various new aspects.
  • This particular version along with other versions sold in rising markets comprises of geographical activation restriction that necessitates the users to turn on Windows within a specific area or country.

Windows 7 Home Premium

  • This Windows 7 edition includes aspects that are intended for the home market segment like the Windows Media Center, multi-touch support and Windows Aero.

Windows 7 Professional

  • This version is aimed at fanatics and small business users.
  • This edition contains all the aspects of Windows 7 Home Premium, and also includes the ability to take part in a Windows Server domain.
  • Remote Desktop Server, Encrypting File System, Location Aware Printing, Software Restriction Policies [however the additional management aspects of AppLocker are not included], Windows XP mode and Presentation Mode are some of the other supplementary traits of this version.
  • This version of Windows 7 is said to be supported  by Microsoft until the year 2020.

Windows 7 Enterprise

  • This Windows 7 version is aimed at the business segment of the market and is sold via volume licensing to companies that possess a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft.
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption, UNIX application support, Multilingual User Interface [MUI] packages are some of the best aspects included in this edition.
  • This edition is not accessible via retail or OEM channels and is only handed out via Microsoft Software Assurance [SA].
  • It is said that Microsoft will be supporting this edition until 2020 like the Professional edition.

Windows 7 Ultimate

  • This edition includes all similar aspects of Windows 7 Enterprise. However, this edition is available to home users only.
  • Both Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional users can upgrade to this edition for a charge via Windows Anytime Upgrade feature if they desire to upgrade.
  • Windows 7 Ultimate version does not have Windows Ultimate Extras aspect or any exclusive aspects.
  • Although this edition is considered to be the user equivalent to Windows 7 Enterprise, similar to Home Premium, Microsoft will be supporting Ultimate edition only till 2015.

The ideal choice

Most of the users choose over Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional and their major decisive factor will be networking. If you desire to connect to a Windows domain, you require Windows 7 Professional or beyond. If you are not concerned about networking, Windows 7 Home Premium can be the ideal one for you. Windows 7 Starter is always considered to be ideal for netbooks only, while Enterprise and Ultimate editions are considered to be ideal for people who are obsessively concerned about security. For most of the users, Windows 7 Home Premium might suit all their needs.

Compare Windows 7 Versions

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These were the descriptions of different versions of Windows 7. Hope it will help you in selecting right version for you as per your requirement.

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