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Windows 7: Whats the best Windows 7 Service Package?

28 Jun 2012   #1
Cyanide

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1
 
 
Whats the best Windows 7 Service Package?

Heeey,

I just wanted to have a lil debate question (xD) for fun, but what do you think is the best Windows 7 Package? Home Premium? Starter? Professional? Ultimate? Or some other one maybe?

For me I think Home Premium. Because with professional its harder to upgrade to ultimate, and then with ultimate it costs more. Then with starter all the real options on your PC are locked, such as the aero theme or performance or security options and such. I currently have starter and I'm working on getting home premium. The reason why I like Home Premium is because of the aero theme, and all the more options I have. I don't think my Inspiron 1012 mini should have professional or ultimate because since its only built for lightweight uses, unlike gaming and such, there wouldn't be much purpose for that.

But that's me. What about you guys?

Regards,
~TPS


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28 Jun 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello TPS,

To me it really just comes down to what features a person needs or wants, what their system can support, and what their budget is.

Compare Windows 7 Editions

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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28 Jun 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

that should cover that debate.
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28 Jun 2012   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Shawn prety much summed it up

But Home Premium is the best for everyday use.
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28 Jun 2012   #5
Cyanide

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

You made this list yourself? Well done man! Well done indeed.
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28 Jun 2012   #6
Amazing Aura

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I love ultimate.
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28 Jun 2012   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Buy only what you need. To spend more money on features you may not need is just not fiscally responsible.
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28 Jun 2012   #8
emaraszek

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I use Ultimate for 2 main reasons: Remote Desktop and Windows Backup to a network share. If those features were available in Home Premium, I would use that instead.
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28 Jun 2012   #9
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Just like to add the difference between versions is just features. No performance differences at all, concerning gaming or hardware. Starter will run just as good at Ultimate, may not take advantage of the all the hardware resources but that is a discussion for so other time. Each version run on the same core, light and fast.
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28 Jun 2012   #10
emaraszek

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Just like to add the difference between versions is just features. No performance differences at all, concerning gaming or hardware. Starter will run just as good at Ultimate, may not take advantage of the all the hardware resources but that is a discussion for so other time. Each version run on the same core, light and fast.
Well that's kind of both right and wrong. Software wise everything functions basically the same but not all versions support the same hardware. Obviously there are differences in capability between x86 and x64 but I'm assuming you're not referring to that.

For example, only Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional support more than 1 physical processor.

Also, among 64 bit versions only Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional support a maximum of 192 GB of RAM. Home Premium only supports 16 GB and Home basic only 8 GB (there is no 64 bit starter version). 32 bit versions are incapable of more than 4 GB and Starter only supports 2 GB.

So while they may all appear to be the same, it could be argued that due to these restrictions 1 version performs better than another. It all depends on the user and his/her hardware. For example, installing Starter on a high end gaming PC would render it significantly slower than an identical machine running even Home Basic, much less Ultimate.

See:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...mits_windows_7

and

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...m-requirements
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