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Windows 7: Advantages of upgrading from Home Premium??


27 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Advantages of upgrading from Home Premium??

Just wanted to know is there many advantages to gain from upgrading to Ultimate from Home Premium.

Im pretty happy with what I have now but is there much to gain?

What is the main differences and is it worth the money?

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27 Jan 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Graemzy,

You can use the tutorial below and the links at the top of this tutorial to help compare the features between the two to see if it may be worth the additional costs to you or not. It just really depends on if you need these extra features or not versus the cost.

Compare Windows 7 Editions

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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27 Jan 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Well, I doubt there are many benefits here for you. Home was made for the home user, pro for business, and ultimate for the guys who want it all. However, I would wager to say vista ultimate provided more than Windows 7's ultimate, as it had a few games and a background movie player, among other things free to offer.

While win7ultimate has added security through bitlocker, if you don't use it (or don't know how), than I would stick to home. Especially due to the higher prices.

Pro (and ultimate) has one huge benifit, and that is virtualized xp mode. However, it doesn't do well with graphic intensive programs (games), but it is great for those programs that seem to ONLY work on XP. But if you don't have any such programs, you really don't need pro

Now there are other things that are offered in upgrading, but most of which you may never use or need. You would have to follow Brink's link and check it out yourself
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27 Jan 2011   #4

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Oh, looking through this I noticed some aero features only come with pro ( and ultimate). Now I am finally glad I got pro for the first time
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27 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Well, I doubt there are many benefits here for you. Home was made for the home user, pro for business, and ultimate for the guys who want it all. However, I would wager to say vista ultimate provided more than Windows 7's ultimate, as it had a few games and a background movie player, among other things free to offer.

While win7ultimate has added security through bitlocker, if you don't use it (or don't know how), than I would stick to home. Especially due to the higher prices.

Pro (and ultimate) has one huge benifit, and that is virtualized xp mode. However, it doesn't do well with graphic intensive programs (games), but it is great for those programs that seem to ONLY work on XP. But if you don't have any such programs, you really don't need pro

Now there are other things that are offered in upgrading, but most of which you may never use or need. You would have to follow Brink's link and check it out yourself
+1 and you can't store a backup disk image on a network location using home edition which isn't a big deal really. I bought home edition knowing that I wouldn't need any of the added features. It's geared for businesses.
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27 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Oh, looking through this I noticed some aero features only come with pro ( and ultimate). Now I am finally glad I got pro for the first time
Uh...I'm not aware of any aero features on Pro or Ultimate which are not on home premium. Which aero features are you talking about?
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27 Jan 2011   #7

 
 

Another Pro/Ultimate feature that doesn't come with HP: Remote Desktop Hosting.

James
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27 Jan 2011   #8

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Oh, looking through this I noticed some aero features only come with pro ( and ultimate). Now I am finally glad I got pro for the first time
Uh...I'm not aware of any aero features on Pro or Ultimate which are not on home premium. Which aero features are you talking about?
I just checked again and I was mistaken. Now I'm sad I got pro all over again lol (Just because I don't need it, but I guess it was only 30$ more).
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27 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

What I find significant is the End of support life cycle.

Starter 2015.01.13
Home Basic 2015.01.13
Home Premium 2015.01.13
Professional 2020.01.13
Ultimate 2015.01.13 <--- this one seems very strange to me
Enterprise 2020.01.14
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28 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
What I find significant is the End of support life cycle.

Starter 2015.01.13
Home Basic 2015.01.13
Home Premium 2015.01.13
Professional 2020.01.13
Ultimate 2015.01.13 <--- this one seems very strange to me
Enterprise 2020.01.14
my guess would be it is so because professional and enterprise versions are designed for organisations/companys/enterprises that use VL. thus longer extended suport, ultimate is designed for home enthusiasts (small companys, that can not get enerprise but want same functions too), so same as home versions.
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