Compare Windows® 7 editions
Comparison of the different editions of Windows 7, their features and the kind of user interfaces they have incorporated in them.
Windows 7 is the latest Operating System from Microsoft. Unlike Windows Vista, Microsoft concentrated on incremental upgrade in Windows 7, with the goal of compatibility with different applications and hardware. Some of the features like Windows calendar, Windows movie maker and Windows photo gallery, are not included in Windows 7. In order to run Windows 7 properly on your computer, the computer should have at least 1 gigahertz or faster 32-bit or 64 bit processor, 1 gigabyte RAM for 32 bit or 2 GB RAM for 64-bit, 16 GB available hard disk space DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver etc. Additional requirements are also there in case you decide to use special features. The main versions of Windows 7 are Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.
The main features of all the three versions are discussed below:
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 7 Professional
- Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Home Premium is developed for home usage and it is available for $119.99. Opening and closing documents and files are a lot easier in Windows 7. Programs can be opened easily from the start menu by typing one or two letters. Internet Explorer 8 is available in this version. You can watch, record HDTV and Internet TV. Back up and restore facility available in other versions are not there in the Home Premium version. The encryption program BitLocker is also not there in this version. The user interface is good. Attractive thumbnail view is available in the taskbar.
Windows 7 Professional
Window 7 Professional is developed for professional usage and it is available for $199.99. The features are almost similar to Home Premium. However, the feature named Domain Join used for connecting to office network and more productivity programs are available in this version. The backup and restore feature is also available in Windows 7 Professional. The user interface is also attractive. However, Microsoft hasn't made much changes in the user interface.
Windows 7 Ultimate is the complete version of Windows 7 with almost all the features in it. It is available in the market at a cost of $219.99. It has a special feature for choosing languages. With the help of that you can work in the language of your choice and switch between any of the 35 languages. File encryption feature named BitLocker is also available in this version. It will protect your data from theft and loss. User Interface is attractive than Windows Vista. Attractive gadget and features like peeking Windows are available in the user interface.