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08 Jul 2011   #100
Fatai500

Windows 7 Ultinate x64
 
 

You guys are wonderful!


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13 Feb 2012   #101
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For those of you that have Enterprise, does it bother you that end-of-support occurs 5 years earlier than Professional?


I realize this may not bother folks that frequently upgrade, but I tend to keep what I've got a little longer than a lot of people.


I was stunned when I first found out about this...
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13 Feb 2012   #102
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sibbil, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That would be Start, Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate where the end-of-support occurs 5 years earlier than Professional and Enterprise. Professional and Enterprise both have the same end-of-support 5 years after the others.

This is normal for the home user editions to have support for it end before the business editions.
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14 Feb 2012   #103
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sibbil View Post
For those of you that have Enterprise, does it bother you that end-of-support occurs 5 years earlier than Professional?

I realize this may not bother folks that frequently upgrade, but I tend to keep what I've got a little longer than a lot of people.

I was stunned when I first found out about this...
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Sibbil, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That would be Start, Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate where the end-of-support occurs 5 years earlier than Professional and Enterprise. Professional and Enterprise both have the same end-of-support 5 years after the others.

This is normal for the home user editions to have support for it end before the business editions.
Wow. First post and I messed it up! But thanks for the welcome!

Anyway, meant to say "For those of you that have Ultimate..."

Guess I kind of figured that since Ultimate was more closely aligned with Enterprise (almost identical feature-wise) that they would have the same support dates. I realize that consumer versions have half the life of business versions, and that XP was a dramatic exception to most of the others, but even XP Home with the latest SP is good until April 2014 (via Extended Support Phase), right? I wonder if SP1 for Win7 extends the dates...

I wonder if I can downgrade to Professional when support runs out for Ultimate.
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14 Feb 2012   #104
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could, but it would have to be a clean install to Profesional from Ultimate.
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15 Feb 2012   #105
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You could, but it would have to be a clean install to Profesional from Ultimate.
Was wondering more about cost (in $, not time ) -- just seems to me that it shoudn't cost me to downgrade to an edition of an OS I already "own", to be able to continue receiving security updates.

But, really, wondering more about how folks felt about buying the more expensive Ultimate rather than Professional, only to find that Pro was more aligned with Enterprise (according to MS). This even though Ultimate is more Enterprise than Pro is (feature-wise)...

Thanks for your responses !
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15 Feb 2012   #106
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, Enterprise and Ultimate are just about equal except that Enterprise is geared more toward corporations.

Professional has less features than Ultimate or Enterprise, but is geared more towards businesses.

Ultimate is geared more towards the power user (consumer).

Enterprise and Professional get longer support since it usually takes businesses and corporations longer to be able to update to a newer version of Windows due to the cost of upgrading that many systems. Where as the home user (consumer) is able to upgrade a lot easier and faster.

Unfortunately, to downgrade would mean having to purchase a new key for the downgraded edition. Personally I wouldn't worry about downgrading to get longer support since Windows 7 Ultimate will still run just as well afterwards. By the time support runs out, you would most likely have already wanted to upgrade to Windows 8, or still be just as happy with Windows 7 Ultimate.
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18 May 2012   #107
gregrocker

 

Thanks, Shawn. I'll eventually replace every one of the 200+ links I have bookmarked with one of your tutorials!
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18 May 2012   #108
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, no problem mate.
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03 Jun 2012   #109
SirDarknight

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Which one is the best?

Ultimate or Enterprise?
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