Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Are you sure you need Ultimate? You're paying a huge premium for just a few extra features that most users do not ever need. I would consider Home Premium which offers a significant price break, such as a 3-pack of licenses available on reputable sites like Amazon, Buy.com and Newegg for about the price of a single HP license. Compare Windows - Microsoft Windows
A good point!
For most users, Home Premium is more than sufficient (if it wasn't for XP Mode, I could probably get away with Home Basic)
The only good reasons for usinng Ultimate are
2) Multi-language interface.
If you need neither, then Home Premium is quite good enough unless you need either access to Domain-based networks, or XP Mode.
If you don't need Media Center, then you may be able to get away with Home Basic .
Starter Edition is ONLY available pre-installed from manufacturers - but a lot of the time is sufficient for 'the average user' !!