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victorsegal4u 11-01-2009 05:35 AM

Various Editions of Windows 7
 
Windows Vista, which was released with six different product editions which made the choice a bit complicated for the users. Many users were not able to understand the difference among the various editions. Microsoft has continued the trend with Windows 7 as it is also launched with same six product editions but with slightly different names. We will discuss the various editions in this article so that it is not a problem with anyone to choose the one according to their needs.

Windows 7 Starter:
Windows 7 Starter comes preinstalled with many low-end computers without enough processing power for other editions. It is the lowest-end product edition of Windows 7. Strangely, the desktop wallpaper of this edition cannot be changed. Moreover, neither Windows Aero interface is included in this edition, nor Aero Peek and Shake are its part. Windows Media Player is included but users have to compromise with Windows Media Center.

Windows 7 Home Basic:
It is more or less similar to Started. The major difference is that this Home Basic edition will not be sold in mainstream markets like United States. It will come pre-installed with low-end PCs in developing countries, like India. The system requirements for both are similar.

Windows 7 Home Premium:
Home Premium will come pre-installed on new computers after the October 22nd, the release date of Windows 7. This edition will be preferred by a huge majority of computer users. All the desktop enhancements that Windows 7 has to offer are included in this edition. Unlike in the Starter and Home Basic editions, Aero, and Flip 3D are part of this edition. Advanced features for laptop and portable devices are being offered through Windows Mobility Center with touch input and multi-touch functionality. It has got live thumbnails as well as the ability to customize all aspects of the user interface. Multimedia features such as Windows Media Center, DVD Maker, and Windows Media Player are available. All the games that Windows 7 has to offer are included.

Windows 7 Professional:
It is meant for small to mid-size companies who need advanced networking features, such as Active Directory. Features like network backup, an encrypting file System, and the ability to connect to and control a remote PC via Remote Desktop are being offered in this edition. It also allows users to install and run applications that only work in Windows XP.

Windows 7 Enterprise:
This edition is meant for the enterprise sector. Apart from basic features, it includes additional features like Multilingual User Interface, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application support.

Windows 7 Ultimate:
This edition is especially meant for computer enthusiast. It includes all the Windows 7 features. Windows 7 Ultimate gives user access to BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, which enables one to encrypt not only the drives of their system but also the removable hard drive and portable media, like a USB thumb drive. It is not meant for home users.


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