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Windows 7: purchase new i7 with Ultimate Win 7

10 Dec 2009   #1

Vista Ultimate
purchase new i7 with Ultimate Win 7

I found a vendor with i7 desktop systems (two) each with 8 GB and with Home Premium Windows 7 64-bit and the price of each is about a hundred dollars less than the most recent time I had checked. In order to do XP emulation, though, I would prefer an i7 system (desktop) which supports that (Ultimate? or Business). Also wondering about one which includes HDTV tuner as well. I am not in a hurry.

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10 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

If you are going to spend the money I would go for the Ultimate edition.
As for the HDTV Tuner that would be a hardware component of the machine.

Question is where are you looking? Can you post a link to these machine so we can look and advise more.
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10 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

As long as the processor supports Intel VT, it will be able to run XP Mode. Same with your two choices in versions of Windows 7. However, the general consensus is, there's very little reason to go for Ultimate. There are very few features in Ultimate that are not in Professional. I have Ultimate because of TechNet, but if I was buying for myself, Home Premium or Pro would be the answer. Microsoft has a great chart showing the differences on their Windows 7 page. 8 GB of system memory will be great for VMs.

I would also compare the price of building the system yourself through You might be able to do it cheaper, and you'd have more control over what is in the system. It isn't very hard to build a computer, either. My wife built her last three, until she decided on a laptop.
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