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Windows 7 versions, suggestions?

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Windows 7 versions, suggestions?

DKeith45
It's time for me to experiment with Windows 7. I'm building a new system and am going to buy Windows 7. Any comments would be appreciated on the differences between the all the Win7 versions and best pricing you've found to date.

I'll still be using XP, Vista, and Linux on other systems, but need 7 mainly to keep in the tech loop for working on client systems.

Thx.
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PurpleSkys Moderator

windows 7 professional on both our home computers...unless you're looking at wanting extra language packs or bit locker, we figured it was the best version to go with. For comparisons, you could check out http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/default.aspx good luck :)

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DKeith45

I checked your link. Interesting. Odd that there is no upgrade from older Windows OS's to 7 as has been the case in years past. I always bought the upgrade versions as they were really "FULL" versions but required a previous Windows OS disk to authenticate the upgrade process when doing a clean install.

So just three versions this time around? That makes it easy. Looks like Win7 Professional is the ticket, and the OEM version offered at some of the resellers at around $150 will be the way to go. Thx.

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M@gnesium

Professional editions don't have these features:
Bitlocker encryption
Subsystem for UNix-based apps
user interface for multiple language installs
and Virtual machine licenses (Ultimate version includes four vm licences)

If you're really never going to make use of these features... Pro edition would be the way to go! You can also upgrade from Pro to Ultimate at a later stage if you like.

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DKeith45

Whole drive encryption... interesting. I haven't messed with encryption since the days of USENET, REMAILERS and PGP. The last time I used PGP was probably around 1999. I'll look into Bitlocker a bit further.

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OH Smeg

It all depends on what you are using this for. But if you are seriously moving to 7 I would not consider any 32 Bit Version only the 64 Bit Version which is the future.

It also probably more importantly allows the use of more than the 3.25 GIG of Total System RAM that is the upper limit of any 32 Bit OS.

If this is for testing with Enterprise solutions you need the Enterprise or Ultimate Version but if it's just for your own personal use Professional woks a treat for most people who do not need Bitlocker and so on.

Col

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PurpleSkys Moderator

i forgot to mention that part...Darryl did insist that 64 bit was the only way to go

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DKeith45

Got it. Will go for 64 bit. You mention Enterprise... that's Vista correct? Win7 only comes in three flavors... Home, Pro, and Ultimate right?

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santeewelding

Called, "Thumbs", for all these helpful folks.

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.Martin.

tisk tisk tisk...

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.Martin.

Starter - OEM only, comes on netbooks
Home Basic - OEM and Retail - In emerging markets <b>only</b>
Home Premium - OEM and Retail - Aimed at home users
Pro - OEM, Retail and Volume Licensing - Aimed at enthusiasts and small business users
Ultimate - OEM and Retail - fullest version of windows, contains all features
Enterprise - Volume Licensing <b>only</b> - for large companies/enterprises

see http://tinyurl.com/a9zet4

Licensing info
OEM - Pre-installed on a PC, or purchased with hardware
Retail - 'Full' version of software
Volume Licensing - volume purchase, multiple computers with one product key

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santeewelding

The one I got has Bill Gates hanging by chains on the wall to my left, prompted by hot pokers to answer my questions and by screaming if he don't.

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OH Smeg

http://www.infopackets.com/news/business/microsoft/2010/20100401_windows_7_trial_download_free_90_days_extended.htm

M$ has a Trial 90 Day evaluation version of 7 Enterprise available for download. While you have to register with M$ is free otherwise and it is the Enterprise Version.

Col

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.Martin.

is almost the same as Ultimate (apart from support, which doesn't really matter in the 90 day trial)

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DKeith45

Nice. Thanks for the link!

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OH Smeg