Windows 7 – Which One?
There are 5 different versions of Windows 7. Which one is right for you? In this article we are going to take a look at the 5 different versions to help you find out which choice to make.
First up is the Windows 7 Starter Edition. This is the most simple version. It is found installed on netbooks to help keep their costs down. However it has it’s shortcomings. It does not include a media centre, the Sniping Tool, Sticky Notes or support the Aero Glass interface. You cannot change the desktop background or run auto back ups to other computers that are on your network. In other words it’s very limited and not the best choice unless you are opting for a laptop that cannot handle the more adapt versions.
Windows 7 Home Basic is next up. This version is only available in countries that have a low average salary and the price of Windows is relatively high. It is designed for those who cannot afford the other versions due to being constrained by their countries economic situation.
Windows 7 Home Premium is probably the best option for those using their computer to carry out basic everyday tasks such as internet surfing, word processing, storing and viewing media.
It has most of the features of Windows 7 including the updated interfaces and the Media Center. It’s main limitations are that you cannot auto back up to another computer on your network or control using Remote Desktop another Windows 7 Home Premium computer.
Windows 7 Professional has all the bells and whistles of Home Premium along with the added bonus of being able to link the computer to a business domain network.
Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate are more or less one and the same depending on how much a company pays for the license. Ultimate is the more expensive. They both offer support for language packs, BitLocker and BranchCache. You also have the ability to boot from a virtual hard drive.
It is possible to upgrade at a later date if you find you need the benefits of one of the more sophisticated versions after purchasing. However it will save you money to buy the right one at the get go. You do not have the option to downgrade and get your cash back.
In conclusion the best option for the average user is Windows 7 Home Premium. It’s best to avoid Home Basic as it doesn’t offer much and Windows 7 Starter is only good for netbooks that can’t handle the more powerful versions or if your really strapped for cash and are not too bothered about missing out on the other features.
Windows Home Premium is a good choice as it meets the needs of most consumers. If you need the extras that Windows Professional and Ultimate offer then go for those otherwise Windows Home Premium will give you a purchase that you’ll be happy with.