Windows 7 is available in six different editions but only Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate will be widely available at retail. Many people must be asking this question to them self that which edition is good for them.
My personal recommendation
My personal recommendation is Windows Premium or Windows Ultimate. There is only $20 difference between Professional and Ultimate so if you planning to buy Professional then buy Ultimate. The biggest change Microsoft has made with Windows 7 is that they have added Media Center features with Windows 7 Home Premium. Which means you don’t need to spend lot of money just to be able to use media center. So for most of the people Windows 7 Home Premium will be the sufficient.
Which edition I am using? I am using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit and Windows 7 Enterprise 32 Bit. I am also using VMWare Workstation 6.5 to run my Windows XP application.
Following are collection of information from multiple sources that may help you decide which one is good for you.
The biggest difference is the cost
The cost of Windows 7 for new buy or upgrade is as below. I am sure various stores will soon come up with special offers for both new buy and upgrade.
Cost for New Purchase:
1. Windows 7 Starter - $0
2. Windows 7 Home Premium - $199
3. Windows 7 Professional - $299
4. Windows 7 Ultimate - $319
1. To upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium - $119 (full version $199)
2. To upgrade from Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional - $199 (full version $299)
3. To upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate - $219 (full version $319)
4. Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack - $149.99 – [This comes with a license key that can be entered on as many as three machines and includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions]
1. Microsoft Comparison chart for Windows 7 Editions
2. Cnet comparison chart and explanation - Which Windows 7 is right for you? – Very good article form Cnet with a nice chart and and the explanation to compare Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate.
3. Windows 7 Editions and their Comparison [Wikipedia] – Cnet comparison chart is based on this full comparison chart.
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