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Windows 7: Is Win 7 Ultimate really worth the extra money ?

03 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 
Is Win 7 Ultimate really worth the extra money ?

I'm seriously thinking of buying a new laptop soon, and It comes standard with Home Premium however I have the option for $149 more to upgrade to Ultimate. Is it really that worth it ?


After much deliberation, I think I would much rather save $149 and just stick with Home Premium. The only two reasons that I was thinking of getting Ultimate was :

1) Bitlocker
2) gpedit.msc

As for Bitlocker, I use TrueCrypt and I'm sure people would agree with me when I say that TrueCrypt does an excellent job, maybe better than Bitlocker ? Is there anything that TrueCrypt cannot do compared to Bitlocker ?

And regarding gpedit.msc, that's the only feature that I would miss If I get Home Premium.

Do you guys know of any alternative though to gpedit.msc ?


Thanks
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03 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I like Pro. It has most features missing in HP but not costing as much as Ultimate.
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03 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here is a link to a website that explains how to get the group policy editor working. Use at your own risk
Use Gpedit in Windows 7

As far as TrueCrypt..I prefer TrueCrypt as it's available for multi platforms. So, if you have an encrypted file, you can move it to an OS X box or a Linux host and have access to it.

The primary benefit that I miss from Home Premium is remote desktop server.
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03 Feb 2010   #4
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

I guess you have to take into consideration what you are using it for. Each of the high end versions of Seven have their special functions that are needed by specific companies for specific jobs. Albeit, the average home user can get buy with HP. The only reason for a home user going to Pro or Ult is for XP Mode, however, with Virtual Box, or VM Ware Workstation (Player) you can still basically have the same functions.

It comes down to what you want to shell out money wise.
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03 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
The only reason for a home user going to Pro or Ult is for XP Mode, however, with Virtual Box, or VM Ware Workstation (Player) you can still basically have the same functions.
In addition to XP Mode, I can also see home users wanting remote desktop. For example, my desktop is in my office area in the basement, but I am upstairs on the couch with my laptop. It's nice to be able to remote it and check on something. Also, the techie home users who are studying for cert exams and such might also be running a domain at home and want to join the domain...which you cannot do with Home Premium.
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03 Feb 2010   #6

 

at least get pro, home edition falls short.
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03 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I like to be able to back up to a network location. Only Pro and Ultimate have that. You may want to look at my thread here
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03 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I have home edition. It does everything Ultimate can do besides XP mode, which you most likely will not need.

(I know it comes with more than XP mode, but XP mode is the "big thing" for Windows 7 ultimate.)
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03 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Only prof and ultimate let you RDP into home from somewhere else. That's also a consideration.
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03 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

To OP, read this, you can compare versions of Windows 7, nicely described, with yes and no, this is the link: Windows 7 editions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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