Which version of Windows 7 should I buy?

Which Windows 7 edition is right for me?

With Microsoft’s release of Windows 7 they have presented three very distinct versions of Windows to choose from. The standard Windows 7 Home edition has many features that we are all familiar with. It has numerous additions which set it apart from previous releases of Microsoft’s standard home editions. The other is Windows 7 Professional edition which has added domain network tools and security that are primarily geared for a large to medium size business. And finally they offer the Ultimate edition which is all the features rolled into one with a primary focus on laptops. All are great stand alone operating systems. But which version is right for me?

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Home Premium has a vast number of features that make it a great operating system for anyone’s personal desktop. Out of the three new versions that Microsoft has released, Windows 7 Home Premium is not only the most affordable but if compared to previous releases of Microsoft’s XP Home and Vista Basic editions it is far more superior. For example it has Windows Media Server built right into the operating system. This feature will give your computer the added capability to stream remote media from anywhere in your home network. Subsequently this feature was sold separately in earlier versions of Microsoft operating systems. It also has a DVD playback and authoring tool which can be handy for editing those home movies. If you compare it to XP Home and Vista Basic it is far better. With all that Microsoft has to offer in Windows 7 Home Premium it should make a great companion for your desktop computer.

Windows 7 Professional

If you are thinking about purchasing Windows 7 Professional there may be a few things to consider before making your decision. Professional is a more business focused package than Home Premium. So spending the extra money for the additional features may be more based on need rather than necessity.  Microsoft’s professional edition now has the capability to encrypt your file structure. This is a valuable feature if you keep a lot valuable documents stored on your hard drive that you don’t want hackers to compromise. Additionally, you can back up your files to a home or business network.

Overall, professional is a great all around package that meets the needs of business professionals and work at home entrepreneurs alike. But if you use your computer primarily to surf the internet or download the occasional video game then save yourself the extra money and go with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 7 Ultimate edition has all of the features available in both Home Premium and Professional. But is it really worth the hefty price tag? Well if you are primarily a laptop user then Ultimate edition may be right for you. It has a new feature called Bitlocker. If you have important data that you need to protect on your laptop then Bitlocker can virtually encrypt and lock your files. So if your laptop gets stolen the thief can’t get to your personal data. Though the Ultimate edition has a lot to offer most of the features for the average desktop user may not ever get used. If you travel a lot with your personal laptop and are concerned about identity theft and security then spending the extra money for the added security may be the worth forking out the dough.

Well there you have it, three very useful and functional operating systems. All of which serve their own specific purpose. Whether your a gamer or a business professional Microsoft has got your needs covered. The only thing left to do now is to choose where you would like to purchase it.

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