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Windows 7: Any disadvantage to getting Windows 7 Pro?

28 Mar 2014   #1
mld22

Windows XP
 
 
Any disadvantage to getting Windows 7 Pro?

I've decided to get a new Dell desktop to replace my 6-year old one running XP. I use my PC for business at home (not on a network) and most extensively use MS Word 2007 and Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro.

I am looking at 2 new Dells; both are Inspirons with Intel Core i5, 8GB memory and 1TB HD. The slightly more expensive one (Inspiron 3000) has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and the less expensive one (Inspiron 3647) has Win 7 Professional. I don't need the features of Pro but like the $80 difference in price. Is there any disadvantage to getting Pro? Will I have to upgrade any other programs to work on Pro? Does anyone see a necessity to ever downgrade to regular Windows OS later? I'm trying to anticipate any problems.

Thanks for any help or ideas anyone can provide.


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28 Mar 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nah, all programs work the same on all editions. There is no disadvantage.
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29 Mar 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

All Windows 7 editions share the same code base and will run the same software exactly the same way. The only difference is that higher editions have features not found in lower editions. Some software, such as for large corporate networks, will not run on home editions. Windows 7 Pro will run everything home editions will and more.
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29 Mar 2014   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Even though Pro may have features you do not need now, there is always a remote possibility you may change your mind later. If you don't mind shelling out the extra 80 shekels, it would be insurance against that possibility. Too many times in the past, I bought something, then later wished I had bought the better model; I buy the best I can afford now.
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29 Mar 2014   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If it`s $80 cheaper and has the same specs, get the pc with Windows 7 Pro.
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29 Mar 2014   #6
akjudge

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Windows 7 Pro also has the advantage of being able to run Windows XP in Virtual Mode. You may find that you have an older program that will not run in Windows 7, so having the ability to install Windows XP (free for Pro users) in a Virtual machine, would mean you can still use the older program.
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29 Mar 2014   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by akjudge View Post
Windows 7 Pro also has the advantage of being able to run Windows XP in Virtual Mode. You may find that you have an older program that will not run in Windows 7, so having the ability to install Windows XP (free for Pro users) in a Virtual machine, would mean you can still use the older program.
Sometimes, you can get older programs to run in compatibility mode (not the same as the XP virtual mode); you don't need Pro to be able to do that. I have two programs I'm running in XP SP3 compatibility mode: one is a visualization in Media Monkey and I don't even remember what the other one is.
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29 Mar 2014   #8
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

To step in here the way I read the original post is that there are two PC with the same components, one has Win7 Home premium and the CHEAPER one has the Pro version. Something wrong somewhere. Best have another look at the spec I would think!
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29 Mar 2014   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
To step in here the way I read the original post is that there are two PC with the same components, one has Win7 Home premium and the CHEAPER one has the Pro version...
You are correct and I am blind (or senile). Pro is has more features than HP, but are the extra features needed or not. Then you have two different machines, one costing more than the other. What are the hardware differences causing the price differences (if any)? Methinks we have here a case of comparing apples to kumquats...and cherries.
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29 Mar 2014   #10
jimroad471

win 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

I think win 8 is outta the question cause not many fancy to it and wanna go back to 7. Like others on our forum, regretting not getting the pro version may bumb you a bit. I have 7 on 32 pro and it made my 8 yr old dell run like a new laptop. 80 dollars is lotta money so you have tings to consider. I do run xp mode on my system and I really don't know which win 7 version supports this....good luck!
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