Compare Windows® 7 Editions
What are the features and system requirements for Windows 7 editions?
Windows 7 comes in six different versions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Windows 7 need some basic requirements such as 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor,1 GB of system memory,16 GB of available disk space, Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory, DVD-R/W Drive and Internet access. All these requirements must be satisfied to install Windows 7 on your system. Windows 7 comes with some common features like home group, jump list, snaps, Windows live essentials, Windows search and Windows task bar which would enhance your experience as a whole.
Different Windows 7 editions and its features and discussed below:
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 7 Professional
- Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Home Premium is for home consumers worldwide with a very pleasing Aero glass user interface. Home Premium edition comes with Windows Media Center to help you play a wide variety of multimedia formats) and with a built-in DVD maker to create DVD movies or for burning files and disk images to CD, DVD, and a Blu-ray disks directly from Explorer. Windows 7 Home Premium includes a backup utility which can create full system images, which is very useful for retrieving files that you may have just deleted or changed accidentally.
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Professional includes advanced networking features. The Location Aware Printing feature lets you choose different default printers for different networks and is useful for people who use the same laptop for multiple purpose like at work and at home. The offline files feature of Windows 7 Professional caches the network files to your local drive so that you can continue working even if the network connection gets dropped. The built-in Windows Backup tool can backup your data to the network and you may use the encrypted file system to protect files on the computer. Windows 7 Professional features Domain Join which would connect you to company networks with better security and access can be managed through group policy from the Windows server as well.
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Ultimate includes all the features of Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional with some extra enterprise and security related features. Windows 7 Ultimate would also let you use multiple languages on the same PC. The enterprise features include Federated Search for searching across network drives, with Direct Access you could access corporate e-mail servers, shared folders, or intranet Web sites securely without connecting to a VPN, BranchCache and a system that lets you run UNIX applications on Windows. With Windows 7 Ultimate, you can boot from a virtual hard drive and the new BitLocker-to-go feature which would let you encrypt files on your computer as well as removable discs like that USB flash drive.
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