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Windows 7 Editions

Windows 7 Editions: Windows 7 operating system is available in six different editions. Different editions provide different usage scenarios. Cheaper editions of Windows 7 provide lesser number of features then expensive one. For example, if you want to purchase a PC  for your home, then you can prefer Home Basic edition of Windows 7. You can decide which editions of Windows 7 should be purchased to meet the needs of your organization or home.

The Six editions of Windows 7 are given below:

  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Note: Each edition of Windows 7 includes all the capabilities and features of the edition below it.

windows 7 Editions

Windows 7 Editions

1. Windows 7 Starter

Starter edition of Windows 7 supports less number of features. It supports x32 bit architecture and supports maximum of one physical processor. This edition does not provide several features such as Windows Aero user interface, DVD playback, Windows Media Center and Internet connection sharing. Advanced features such as Encrypting File system (EFS), Applocker Direct Access, Remote Desktop, Bit Locker and Branch Cache are also not available in Windows 7 starter edition. Starter does not support x64 bit architecture. You can not connect a computer running on Windows 7 starter edition to a domain network.

2. Windows 7 Home Basic

Home Basic supports x64 architecture and supports a maximum of 8GB RAM and the x86 version of Home Basic Windows 7 supports 4GB Ram. Like Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic edition also includes maximum of one physical processor. You cannot make your computer a member of domain using Home Basic edition.

Home Basic edition of Windows 7 also does not provide several features such as Windows Aero user interface, DVD playback, Windows Media Center, Internet Connection sharing, Encrypting File system (EFS), AppLocker, Direct Access, Remote Desktop, and Branch Cache.

Home Basic editions of Windows 7 are available only in emerging markets such as Brazil, China, India, Pakistan, and more. It is not available in emerging markets countries such as Western and Central Europe, Saudi Arabia, North America etc.

3. Windows 7 Home Premium

Unlike Starter and Home Basic edition, Home Premium edition includes Windows Aero user Interface, DVD playback, Windows Media Center, Internet connection sharing, touch screen controls and IIS web server. It does not support enterprise features such as Encrypting File system (EFS), AppLocker, Direct Access, Remote access, Bit Locker and Branch Cache. The x64 version of Home Premium supports 16GB RAM. It supports maximum of two physical processors. You can not make your computer a member of domain using Windows 7 Home Premium.

4. Windows 7 Professional

It offers all the features that are available in Windows Home Premium. In addition to that, it supports EFS and Remote Desktop features as well. Windows 7 Professional edition does not support enterprise features such as AppLocker, Direct Access, Bit Locker and Branch Cache. Like Home premium edition, professional edition of Windows 7 supports up to two physical processors. You can make Windows 7 Home Premium a member of a domain.

5. Windows 7 Enterprise

It supports all the features that are available in all other editions and in addition to that it provides all the enterprise features such EFS, remote desktop, Bit Locker, Branch Cache and Boot from VHD. Enterprise edition of Windows 7 is available only to Microsoft’s volume licensing customers.

A volume license will provide a single key that may be used multiple times up to the quantity ordered. Example: If you purchased 5 Volume you will receive one key that can be used on 5 different computers.

6. Windows Ultimate

Windows 7 ultimate edition also provides all the features available in the enterprise editions. Ultimate edition is available from retailers or new computers installed by the manufacturer.

You can upgrade Home premium and professional edition to Ultimate using Windows anytime upgrade.

Note:  Windows anytime upgrade is a method provided by Microsoft to upgrade an edition of Windows 7 or Vista to other edition of same operating system.

So these are the Windows 7 Edition. I hope you like this if you have any question please comment below. I am happy to help you.

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