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Windows 7: Is Windows 7 Ultimate worth the extra cost ?

30 Jan 2011   #1

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Is Windows 7 Ultimate worth the extra cost ?

When I bought my laptop it came with Home Premium 64. I've been using HP ever since I bought it. I'm someone who likes to have all the best things ! At least I'm that way sometimes... don't get me wrong I don't consider myself materialistic I live comfortably and the possessions I do have I enjoy and it keeps me occupied.

Anyway should I upgrade to Ultimate ? I know the extra features in Ultimate are Bitlocker XP Mode, and 35 languages. The only thing I would probably use is Bitlocker. I know of Truecrypt and find that it works well. But I guess my only reason for really wanting to upgrade is the fact that Ultimate includes gpedit.msc. With gpedit.msc I can tweak every aspect of the OS. Why didn't MS include this feature in all versions of Windows ?

Anyway I'm just debating whether the extra cost is worth it...

Any input and suggestions is appreciated. thanks !


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30 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I would say that the majority of people who paid the extra money for Ultimate because they want "the very best" have been disappointed in their investment. Bitlocker is fine, but I'd say most people don't use it. I've had the enterprise versions on all machines at work and haven't used Bitlocker. For things I want encrypted, I use True Crypt.

The professional version includes Group Policy Editor as well as XP Mode. The primary use of the Group Policy editor is to set a configuration that all users get on the machine. It's mostly used in businesses and such to set corporate policies and ensure that people are in compliance with company standards. It's only used for a couple of small things at the home level and these things can all be controlled via the registry versus the GUI toolset offered by the Group Policy Editor.

I would NOT be using Windows 7 Ultimate at home if that wasn't the version that I received free of charge at the Windows 7 launch events. No way, I would have gone with anything more than Windows 7 Professional myself.
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30 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 10 Pro

If you feel like you're going to use those extra features than yeah, if not no. To me that's really a simple answer.

I'll say this, I have Ultimate and the only "extra" feature I use is XP Mode, which you can use with Pro as well. I’ll add that due to a retailer’s "advertising" error I got Ultimate (upgrade) for $160 bucks (US).

Bottom line is do you feel like spending the extra funds on something you may not use????
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30 Jan 2011   #4


Even when using those extra, they're nowhere near worth the upgrade price Microsoft is asking.
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30 Jan 2011   #5

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Unless you have special requirements, Home Premium should meet most of your needs.
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30 Jan 2011   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

home premium is very well featured - xp mode you can do otherwise, bitlocker's not that great, and as pparks said gpedit is only a gui. there's a huge price difference between the products, for not very much really.

i'm only using evaluating ultimate, as i'm a technet subscriber.

i did pre-order a copy of home premium (before technet), and was completely happy with all its features - i've never used xp mode, bitlocker nor gpedit on this windows yet, so i really don't know why i'm using ultimate at all. i suppose that's what evaluating means.
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30 Jan 2011   #7

7 64
Why... Why not...

I moved my system up from Windows 7 Home Premium 32 to Pro 64, which was an easy decision for me. It's just faster, and better on a duel processor system. Since you already have a 7 64 Bit, just see if it's worth upgrading by the extras. Which one is right for you? - Microsoft Windows

You may get back up, and be compatible with some more older programs.
Maybe you can get some freeware to make up for what you really need.

Maybe a memory, or graphics upgrade instead?

Just my 2 cents.

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30 Jan 2011   #8
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
But I guess my only reason for really wanting to upgrade is the fact that Ultimate includes gpedit.msc. With gpedit.msc I can tweak every aspect of the OS.
Without using gpedit.msc, most changes / tweaks can be done from registry too; but in very roundabout way.
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30 Jan 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

I've only used gpedit.
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30 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1

If the group policy editor is your only reason for upgrading, then get the Professional upgrade instead. I got a HP laptop that came with x64 Home Premium. I upgraded it to X64 Professional. It has GPEdit and XP mode. Professional will also be supported longer than Ultimate will.
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