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Windows 7: W7 Pro Vs. Ultimate Vs. Enterprise?

22 Mar 2011   #11
Rooman

Windows 7 Ulitmate x64
 
 

Another difference, albeit a small one, with Windows 7 Enterprise is the Support duration. All the Windows 7 products Mainstream Support ends in 2015, but you have ability to purchase Extended Support from Microsoft (not sure on cost) until 2020 with the Enterprise version.

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22 Mar 2011   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, but you are supposed to only be using the Enterprise version if you are a volume license customer. Microsoft might not be willing to support a home user running the enterprise version of the product anyway.
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23 Mar 2011   #13
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

To be honest, I have never been successful in dealing with any tech support for any of my computers, be it Microsoft, Sony, or Dell. Sales support is just fine, if I need to return or exchange something, it works (within the appropriate time period). If I need help with activation, sure. But after that ... I would take my questions to this Forum rather than call Microsoft.

What I am trying to say, personally I would not base my decision on the projected duration of tech support. I also would not buy any service or support contracts from OEMs.

Now, as to which version to choose - I think it depends on what you need, sorry to repeat the obvious. Language packs are useful to those who needs them. Same with BitLocker. So, if money is not an issue (for instance, if you have a Technet subscription or your employer has a site license), then grab the Ultimate, you can always uninstall what you don't use, but it's there in case you need it. However, if you are paying cash for a retail package, just think whether you will be using the very few additional features and if not, whether having them just in case is worth your money.
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23 Mar 2011   #14
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Yes, but you are supposed to only be using the Enterprise version if you are a volume license customer. Microsoft might not be willing to support a home user running the enterprise version of the product anyway.
Doesnt MS charge for tech support?
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23 Mar 2011   #15
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rooman View Post
Another difference, albeit a small one, with Windows 7 Enterprise is the Support duration. All the Windows 7 products Mainstream Support ends in 2015, but you have ability to purchase Extended Support from Microsoft (not sure on cost) until 2020 with the Enterprise version.

Microsoft Support Lifecycle
Hi there

It's only 2011 now -- why on EARTH should I worry about what is available in 2020 in around 10 YEARS from now. I might be using a TOTALLY different type of device possibly unlike anything available now -- who knows.

In computing terms especially with the current pace of both hardware and software development this is a equivalent to a GEOLOGICAL AGE.

Even large businesses are unlikely to commit that far ahead.

For typical users of this Forum the Multiple activation feature of W7 Enterprise is IMO the main reason for using it opposed to the normal Retail versions -- but DO read the EULA on licensing agreements about using products what you download from Technet.

I use it mainly for building loads of different Virtual Machines for software testing etc.
Virtual Machines are an EXCELLENT way of testing out all sorts of software before these get rolled out for general release.

Cheers
jimbo
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