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Windows 7: Home Premium or Professional?

View Poll Results: Which Version did you Pre-Order?
Home Premium 47 58.75%
Professional 33 41.25%
Voters: 80. You may not vote on this poll

04 Jul 2009   #41

Windows 7 ultimate Build 7229 X64

I choose Professional :-)

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04 Jul 2009   #42

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
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It's my understanding I could not use an upgrade version on a new machine because you need a previous install disk to make it work. Someone told me I could but I don't see how.
Yes you can do it and here's how: You use your W7 upgrade disk to install W7 on a bare drive w. no previous OS without entering your upgrade key. If you did enter the key at this time, it would not allow you to proceed because there is no qualifying OS on the drive. After the install is finished, you have an unactivated 30 day trial of whatever version of W7 you installed. You boot into that trial version of W7 and insert your upgrade media and do an upgrade install from within W7, this time entering your upgrade key, which will be accepted because you are allowed to upgrade from W7 RTM, and when that is finished installing, you will have a fully activated installation of whatever version of W7 you bought an upgrade key for. Pretty cool no?
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04 Jul 2009   #43

Windows 7 Build 7201 x 64

I grabbed Home Premium Upgrade from I would have gone Pro, but my vista copy was Home Premium
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28 Aug 2009   #44

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1

Home Premium.

I wasn't gonna pay double the price for one or two features.
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22 Oct 2009   #45

Windows 7 Home Premium

I chose Premium thinking I didn't need the Pro features for home use. That was until I realise I can't access my Samba shares. Grrrrr.
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22 Oct 2009   #46

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

This is probably a really dumb question but... if one were able to get Professional for the exact same price as Home Premium, would there be any reason to choose Home Premium?

I ask this because under the UK student offer, the two are the same price, 30. On that basis I was going to go for Professional.
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22 Oct 2009   #47

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

Yes go Pro, You must say you need to be able to join a domain to get Pro in some instances.
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22 Oct 2009   #48

windows 7 professional
Decided for professional

I wasn't sure, whether to get home premium or professional, but with some older (and still needed) programs and hardware I decided for professional (with XP mode).
I got the x64 pro on monday, installed on tuesday (that was the best win install I've ever seen!), and am now still adding my older programs. So far not too many problems (some crashes, which I never had on Vista x64), but I'm still not at the end of the line (of installing older programs). See what happens, I'm sure that old MS is gonna have some hidden surprises way deep down in the system!
By the way, so far I like Vista x64 (on my laptop) better ...
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