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Compare Windows 7 Editions

Published by Brink
26 Jun 2009
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Compare Windows 7 Editions

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This is a comparison list of features between the Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.




 Starter
Home Basic
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
Enterprise
Estimated Full Retail Price
OEM
OEM
$199.99
$299.99
$319.99
Volume Licensing
Estimated Upgrade Retail Price
OEM
OEM
$119.99
$199.99
$219.99
Volume Licensing
End of Support Life Cycle
2020.01.14
2020.01.14
2020.01.14
2020.01.14
2020.01.14
2020.01.14
32-bit and 64-bit versions
32-bit only
Both (64-bit disc not included)
Both
Both
Both
Both
AAC and H.264 decoding
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Accessibility
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Action Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ad-hoc network (create and join)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Aero Glass Remoting    
Yes
Yes
Aero Peek  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Aero Shake  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
   
Create Policies, But Cannot Enforce
Create and Enforce Polices
Create and Enforce Polices
Audio Recording over Terminal Services    
Yes
Yes
Backup and Restore Files
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Backup to Network
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bitlocker Drive Encryption
    
Yes
Yes
    
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth suppport
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Branche Cache Distributed Cache    
Yes
Yes
Calculator
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Desktop Background Changeable
 
Yes (No Personalization - Only with "Set as desktop background" in Context menu)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Desktop Windows Manager
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Device Stage
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
DirectAccess
    
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
    
Yes
Yes
Dolby Digital compatibility  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Domain Join (Windows Server)
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVD playback
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Encrypting File System (EFS)   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Encrypting Offline Files   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Enterprise Search Scopes
    
Yes
Yes
Fast User Switching 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
    
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Games Explorer with basic games (FreeCell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Purble Palace, Solitaire, Spide Solitaire)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Games Explorer with premium games (Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, Internet Spades, Mahjong Titans)
  
Yes
Yes (disable by default)
Yes
Yes (disable by default)
Getting Started
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Group Policy   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Guest account 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Join Only
Join Only
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IIS Web Server
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Internet Connection Sharing
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IE Protected Mode and DEP
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Internet Explorer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Keyboard Input Language
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Language Packs (MUI)   
Yes, purchased separately
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Live Explorer Previews  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Local Security Policy Manager   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Location and other sensors support  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Location Aware Printing   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Max RAM (32-bit)
2GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
Max RAM (64-bit)
 
8GB
16GB
192GB
192GB
192GB
MPEG-2 decoding
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-Display Terminal Services
    
Yes
Yes
Multiple Monitors 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-Touch support  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Network and Sharing Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Network Bridge
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Network Printing
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Offline Files   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Personlization
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Play To
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Power Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
64-bit Processor Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Physical Processor Support
1
1
1
2
2
2
Presentation Mode
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Previous Versions
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Problem Steps Recorder
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Processor Core Support
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ReadyDrive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Remote Desktop Host
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Remote Media Streaming
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RSS support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
20
20
20
20
20
20
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Software Restriction Policies
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Startup Repair
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Notes  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SuperFetch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sync Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes - Not to network location
Yes - Not to network location
Yes - Not to network location
Yes
Yes
Yes
System Restore
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tablet PC support  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Taskbar Thumbnail Live Previews
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Number of TV tuners supported  
4 of each type (analog, digital, etc.)
4 of each type (analog, digital, etc.)
4 of each type (analog, digital, etc.)
4 of each type (analog, digital, etc.)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
UNIX based applications subsystem
    
Yes
Yes
    
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Enhancements
    
Yes
Yes
Windows Aero Theme 
Partial
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Anytime Upgrade
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
  
Windows Basic Theme
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Connect Now (WCN)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Defender
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Easy Transfer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows ExperienceIndex (WEI)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Fax and Scan
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Flip
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Journal
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Media Center
  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Media Player
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Media Player multimedia redirection
    
Yes
Yes
Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes (No Presentation Mode)
Yes (No Presentation Mode)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Photo Viewer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows PowerShell and ISE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Server domain joining
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows SideShow  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Slideshow  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Standard Theme
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Taskbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Touch  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Troubleshooting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Update
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Virtual PC support
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WordPad
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
XP Mode (Windows Virtual PC)
   
Yes
Yes
Yes
XPS Viewer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Published by
26 Jun 2009   #1
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Could you include virtualisation as well please.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2009   #2
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Since this is in progress I'm not sure if you're looking for additions but here's one that seems to have changed over the past several months (or at least not as clear as it was)....
Full Image Backup capability
(in other words, which versions allow Full Image Backups)
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26 Jun 2009   #3
Iknewitwin7

Windows 7 Pro x64 & Win7 Pre x64 / Ubuntu 9.10 Beta
 
 

Great list Brink, well done
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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26 Jun 2009   #4
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Perfect!
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26 Jun 2009   #5
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 
Question

Brink,
Great post and perfect timing. Clarify this please. Will we be able to use Wau to upgrade all the way up to and including Ultimate? This chart is confusing to me. Is it a empty space because you can't upgrade to it or beyond it?

Compare Windows 7 Editions-wau.jpg


My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Larry,

If there is not a YES there, then it means it is not supported in the specific edition of Windows 7.

You can't use WAU in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7 though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Jun 2009   #7
Charles Kane

Windows 7 Ultimate, Ubuntu
 
 

Really the only difference between Home Premium and Pro is .... Domain Join (and therefore Location Aware Printing and Remote Desktop Host) and XP Mode.

Makes the decision pretty easy for me.

Thanks for the excellent table Brink.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Charles. Premium doesn't have EFS or Offline Files either though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2009   #9
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Great work! Shawn And very timely as well! I think a good number of people will want to look this over carefully in the next few months in order to make the decisions on which edition they will go with.

The WAU or Windows Anytime deals are generally limited to the prebuilds with Vista presently installed with the offer of the free 7 upgrade being offered from July 1st forward. Most of the systems sold in retail outlets tend to be the less featured editions sold for general home user/consumer user where these are intended for promotional deals.

Even while you will likely be expanding on this a bit further it makes a great reference since MS has been a little slow on this. It's still a great solid reference!

(especially from what MS has on their own page. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...mpare-editions)
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