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Windows 7: Differences between basic and ultimate


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08 Mar 2012   #201

WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE 32 BIT
 
 

i was wondering what is difference between ultimate, home basic, home premium etc...
thanks dude today i came to know about.

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11 Mar 2012   #202

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Many applications which run in later versions do not run in basic.
Many bugs and errors are fixed in Ultimate.
Ultimate comprises of all the things which the lower versions have.
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02 Apr 2012   #203

Australia
 
 

Home basic & Ultimate are two different packages from Windows 7. Among them exactly Ultimate is the advance package. It takes a high RAM configuration because it's GUI is very high & sophisticated. I'm using Ultimate now & I'm comfortable with it. It's security attachments are very high. Home basic is the primary package of the Windows 7. It has not better idea & good looking. All the information made by people here in the forum helps us to differentiate between the two. Thank you for the excellent information you provided.
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02 Apr 2012   #204

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwardallene View Post
Home basic & Ultimate are two different packages from Windows 7.

And you couldn't use Home Basic in Australia, at least not legitimately, because it's not sold there - only in "developing and emerging markets" (and it's required to be activated from one such location). But you could perhaps use Home Premium.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwardallene View Post
It takes a high RAM configuration because it's GUI is very high & sophisticated.

This is not true. All Windows 7 versions have the same minimum and recommended RAM requirements, and Ultimate doesn't require significantly more RAM than the other versions; it may have a few more services running, but not enough to impact the system, let alone change the RAM requirements.

Professional/Enterprise and Ultimate do accept more RAM, if the user needs or wishes to put more: up to 192 GB, versus a maximum 16 GB for Home Premium and 8 GB for Home Basic (all meant in their x64 versions, of course, otherwise it's 4 GB for all of the above and 2 GB for Starter), but this is so much above the average user's requirements that in most cases it's a non-issue.

Also, Home Premium and above do have higher graphic card requirements than Home Basic, because of their support of the Aero interface, which Home Basic doesn't support. This already happened in Windows Vista, where the Aero interface debuted. A graphic card with more video RAM, modern hardware acceleration capabilities and WDM drivers is what really enables a more "sophisticated" GUI, not the amount of system RAM, which goes mostly to internal, invisible tasks.
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02 Apr 2012   #205

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaskaranSingh View Post
Many bugs and errors are fixed in Ultimate.
Not true at all.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwardallene View Post
It takes a high RAM configuration because it's GUI is very high & sophisticated.
Uhmmm....not quite.

Windows 7 Basic can utilize up to 8GB of RAM. Windows 7 Home Premium can access 16GB of RAM and Ultimate can access 192GB of RAM. So, if you have massive amounts of RAM, you need the higher versions of Windows to access all of it.
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15 Jun 2012   #206

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, BackTrack Linux 5 R2, Windows XP
 
 

One notable difference between Ultimate and the other editions, for me anyways (and I'm sure has been mentioned in this huge thread), is that Aero over RDP is not supported on editions below Ultimate. A very minor thing and most people won't even know. i use RDP on a daily basis and not having Aero over RDP is frustating because Aero Basic is hideous.
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15 Jun 2012   #207

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by doubled822 View Post
One notable difference between Ultimate and the other editions, for me anyways (and I'm sure has been mentioned in this huge thread), is that Aero over RDP is not supported on editions below Ultimate. A very minor thing and most people won't even know.

Yes, most people don't use Remote Desktop. I for one have no use for it and disable all related services and features for added security.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by doubled822 View Post
i use RDP on a daily basis and not having Aero over RDP is frustating because Aero Basic is hideous.

Better get used to it, then. As you probably know, Windows 8 has done away with Aero (with Microsoft execs even deriding their own creation and calling it a "dated fad") and the Desktop interface (as opposed to Metro) is very similar to Windows Vista and 7 basic (sans Aero). Anyway, while I do like Aero and find it beautiful and practical, the basic interface is not too bad - it's workable, and certainly better than XP's interface.
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29 Aug 2012   #208

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601
 
 

Windows 7 Ultimate = $219.99
Windows 7 Professional = $199.99
Windows 7 Home Premium = $119.99

My favorite Windows 7 editions is Home Premium, because I use Windows 7 only for home use. Windows 7 Professional is for work use. Windows 7 Ultimate is for both home and work use.

You only know Windows 7 is just an operating system, nothing special. It can crash, BSOD and unbootable easily.

For example, I bought Windows 7 Ultimate. After I install Windows 7 Ultimate on my PC, suddenly my PC crashed. Safe Mode, Startup Repair and even tech support can't solve the problem. Because of this, I wasted $219.99 for nothing

Consider using Windows 7 Starter because it's very cheap and not wasting money, but it's too bad because Windows 7 Starter only designed for pre-installed netbooks. Windows 7 Starter is used for very basic tasks. Example, use Office 2007 for homework, get information by Google in Internet and use up to 3 most favorite programs at once.
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29 Aug 2012   #209

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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29 Aug 2012   #210

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonathanV View Post
Windows 7 Ultimate = $219.99
Windows 7 Professional = $199.99
Windows 7 Home Premium = $119.99

It's more like the equivalent to U.S.$350 for Ultimate and $200 for Home Premium here where I live...



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonathanV View Post
My favorite Windows 7 editions is Home Premium, because I use Windows 7 only for home use. Windows 7 Professional is for work use. Windows 7 Ultimate is for both home and work use.

Not necessarily. Those are just trade names. If you are a home user with some use for more than 16 GB RAM or need a multilingual interface, for example, you need Ultimate. Corporate networks need either Professional or Ultimate because of the need to authenticate the workstation in network domains. But a small business with a peer-to-peer, workgroup-based network (or none at all) could perfectly use Home Premium or, where available, Home Basic or even Starter. Likewise, a freelance professional working from home can perfectly use one of the lower editions for his/her work.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonathanV View Post
You only know Windows 7 is just an operating system, nothing special. It can crash, BSOD and unbootable easily.

True. The same applies to any other OS.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonathanV View Post
For example, I bought Windows 7 Ultimate. After I install Windows 7 Ultimate on my PC, suddenly my PC crashed. Safe Mode, Startup Repair and even tech support can't solve the problem. Because of this, I wasted $219.99 for nothing

A clean reinstall after reformatting the system drive or partition usually works, even though the data that were there can't be recovered, unless you have a backup. Otherwise, you should post a specific question to the forum and maybe people can help you. Windows 7 has been shown to work even in very old PCs with very slow and outdated hardware by today's standards, as long as you have at least 1 GB RAM (I used to run it smoothly on my old PC from 2005, which had an Athlon 64 single-core processor and 2 GB RAM, and it was faster than XP), so I doubt it's a basic hardware problem. Drivers, perhaps?



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonathanV View Post
Consider using Windows 7 Starter because it's very cheap and not wasting money, but it's too bad because Windows 7 Starter only designed for pre-installed netbooks. Windows 7 Starter is used for very basic tasks. Example, use Office 2007 for homework, get information by Google in Internet and use up to 3 most favorite programs at once.

Apart from the 3-program limit (no way that would be enough for me) and only legal OEM availability, Starter also only comes in 32 bits and this is a no-no if you have 4 GB RAM or more. Starter was meant for netbooks with underpowered processors and little RAM, for which the other versions might have been too heavy. But now the netbook market has all but evaporated, eaten away by tablets, and Starter wasn't that much lighter after all, so Windows 8 won't have such an edition.

I once saw a work colleague using a netbook with an Atom 1.5 GHz processor that was running Windows 7 Ultimate. Response times were pretty satisfactory. So, it seems that the real purpose of Windows 7 Starter is to lower the burden of the license cost for OEM systems manufacturers, so that they can offer cheaper products, but it's not really any technical limitation, at least not to a significant degree.

Where available (only in developing and "emerging" countries), Windows 7 Home Basic can be an interesting option for casual, unambitious users with basic computers. Otherwise, Home Premium is sure to meet the needs of 99% of home users and probably 90% of small business users. Windows 7 Professional's features are very specifically tailored for corporate workstations and it's definitely a waste to use it outside of that environment.
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