August 6, 2009

Which version of Windows 7 do you need

Filed under: Windows 7 — Simon May @ 5:35 pm

There are lots of Windows 7 versions available, they’ve just gone live for download for the IT Pro’s and Developers who subscribe to Technet and MSDN, but which version do you need?  This is the simple guide:

Home Premium: Most home users will want this, you get all the media features (like Media Center).  It’s the sweet spot, most consumers will want this.

Professional:  Most small businesses will be going for this option, it’s also good for home users who fall into the “enthusiast” category – that is if you like to play.  You can join a business network (a Domain or Active Directory) with this.

Ultimate: If you want EVERYTHING including the ability to encrypt USB drives to keep them secure.

Enterprise: If you’re a big business you’ll want this.

Home Basic: This version is lower priced, but misses out on most of the media features and other cooler stuff.

Starter: You might get this if you buy a net book, otherwise you won’t be likely to come across it.  It’s the most basic version suitable for low powered PCs.



  1. I’ve been using this for a complete breakdown of the features:

    Comment by merse — August 6, 2009 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

    • That’s and fantastic and detailed article from Ed, for anyone who wants lots more detail on versions and contents of those versions

      Comment by simonmay — August 7, 2009 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  2. I will be getting my self an Ultimate version, even though they stripped out Dreamscenes…

    Comment by Henrik — August 7, 2009 @ 9:15 am | Reply

    • It’s possible to enable it again if you want, I don’t remember where I originally found out how, but this blog has some details.

      Comment by simonmay — August 7, 2009 @ 9:23 am | Reply

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